Embodying an enlightened vision of human potential
When: This program will begin September 4 and end on December 12, 2019. You can participate wherever you are by means of Zoom internet conference software.
What: We will practice TSK exercises, mostly from the first book, Time, Space, and Knowledge, focusing on one or, occasionally, two exercises per week. Readings will be suggested to accompany the exercises. How much you read, and how much you do these exercises will be completely up to you.
Exercises we plan to do, with their order, are: 15, 7, TSK 11-13 or KTS "Feel of Space," 17, 18-19, 20, 23, 24, 29, 30, 32, 33, and 35.
Using our Zoom conferencing software, we will 'meet' online at least once a week, probably on weekends or whenever most of us are available. We could have a live retreat in the middle of December.
Each participant will have a "TSK scrapbook" webpage or two on the TSK Association website, providing a space to create an illustrated / pictured story of participation in the Peak Performance program. This space might allow participants to share and understand what time and space are opening up during our participation.
How much: We suggest a sliding scale from $15-25/week, depending on what you can afford. But it's completely up to you. When you submit a payment is also up to you. Send payment to TSKA, 2020 Durant Ave, #204, Berkeley, CA 94704, or pay via our Paypal account.
Our long-term plan is to offer this kind of program three times/year. Many of us TSK students have studied and grown within the TSK vision for decades and still find it very challenging and potent.
The Program will be taught by Steve Randall and Richard Miller, students and instructors of the TSK vision for over thirty years. Steve was authorized to teach TSK by Nyingma Centers.
Central values of the circle describe how, best ways, to experience, which are independent of what we do. At the center are deeply shared values, and our most valued qualities. As we become masters in life, our experience changes from having qualities on the periphery to having those at the center of circle.
"When we truly and fully relax, it is no longer the `self' that is experiencing--we become the experience itself." --Tarthang Tulku
"A new world perspective has been created." --Lama Anagarika Govinda
"The exhibition is simple . . . . There are no fixed points and no fixed identity, but quality and character remain." (KTS, p. 242, Tarthang Tulku
Time, Space, and Knowledge is a transformative vision of reality that was first described in the book Time, Space, and Knowledge by Tarthang Tulku in 1977. TSK is a nonsectarian vision written originally in English, and meant for liberation of the Western mind. Unlike most transformative disciplines, TSK focuses on principles and practices for what is sometimes called the inner or mental game, rather than the outer game or the outer, material reality. TSK focuses on the inner game, but does not focus on the self and its needs and desires.
For more of an introduction to TSK, see http://www.tskassociation.org/whats-tsk.html
"Time, Space, and Knowledge" and "TSK" are registered service marks of Nyingma Centers. TSKA is independent of Nyingma Centers. This program is being presented by the TSK Association, not by Nyingma Centers or the Nyingma Institute.
A Time, Space, and Knowledge program Sep.-Dec. 2019
Did you grow up thinking that your separate self is in charge of your life and that you can develop the self-esteem and self-confidence to be and do almost anything you want? Has this proven true in your life, or has the self turned out to be somewhat confused and impotent?
Whether this is true or not, it seems that "conventional knowledge today focuses on the self: what the self needs, what it understands, and what it is capable of." The self structure is tacitly presumed to be at the center of all experience.
However, if we leave the realm of conventional knowledge and explore the zone of peak performance, we find the opposite: missing from the zone is our ordinary self, that sense of ourselves that we so commonly think that we are, that we trust to be our agent and make our decisions. It is absent from our best moments, from peak experiences. The separate self actually seems to interfere with peak experience and performance!
This is the heart of practicing the Inner Game in any activity. As focus increases, self-interference decreases, and performance inevitably improves." --T. Gallwey
Things may be worse than we think. Tarthang Tulku said "As long as we continue to operate within a limited [‘lower space'] perspective which perceives a 'self' set apart from an 'other', our experience will remain a self-perpetuating cycle of anxiety, frustration, pain, and despair. We need to transcend the ‘isolated self' perspective altogether in order to deal directly with the root of our emotional and psychological problems." (p. 66, TSK)
"The emphasis on giving importance to the self is creating great damage in the world, because it [self] is separative and therefore it is constantly in conflict . . . ." --J. Krishnamurti
So it makes sense that the time, space, and knowledge vision "is not based on modifying or balancing the self-image or its feelings." (pp. xxxv-xxxvi, DOT I) TSK clearly sees little or no need to 'care for' or somehow maintain a self, or self-image, or even self-esteem, which would need to be based on having and maintaining our sense of self.
If we delve even further into research on peak performance, zone experiences apparently lack not just self, but all structures of experience, all persistent psychic frameworks upon which ordinary experience is built..
Like the self, other structures (or complexes)--such as linear time, now-then, past-present-future, container space, here-there, and subject object--evidently constitute the sole obstacle to our well-being and realization--"Only the structures of consciousness insist on covering over the mystery [ that is living reality] with the familiarity of the previously recorded.” (italics mine, pp. 158-9, Tarthang Tulku, 1994)
However, just as the breaking up of clouds simultaneously brings greater light, dissolving the structures may be sufficient to expose the zone of peak experience and performance. By removing these structures as TSK does, we seem to have a very direct path to the zone of peak performance, well-being, and realization.
So as we move closer and closer to a third-level zone of peak experience, TSK opens all complexes, structures, and positions, including self, self-image, and self-esteem. None of them remains substantial or 'existent'.
And along the way, by distilling the fundamental awareness informing these dissolving structures, we develop an imperturbable emotional equanimity, a mirrorlike nondual awareness that is never blemished by anything that it touches.
Author of the TSK vision is Tarthang Tulku, one of the last remaining lamas to have received a complete education in pre-1959 Tibet. After teaching at Sanskrit University in India and founding Dharmamudranalaya (Dharma Publishing) in India, he settled in Berkeley, California in l969. Here he founded the Tibetan Nyingmapa Meditation Center, the Tibetan Nyingma Relief Foundation, Dharma Publishing (USA) and the Nyingma Institute within the first four years of his arrival.
For many years, Tarthang Tulku taught and wrote extensively. Now he is on retreat, focusing mainly on his mission to rebuild the valuable monastic libraries of Tibet and freely distribute reproductions of rare books of ancient Tibetan wisdom to as many monasteries and practitioners as possible in the Himalayan region. Over the past twenty years, the Nyingma community has worked continuously to fulfill this mission, publishing and distributing thousands of these sacred Tibetan texts each year.
In addition, he has guided the creation of the Odiyan Retreat Center in Sonoma County, and made it the foundation of his efforts to establish the Dharma in the West in a traditional retreat setting. At Odiyan practitioners and scholars can become immersed in the meditations and trainings of the Nyingma lineage.
As Head Lama of the Tibetan Nyingmapa Meditation Center, his mission is to preserve and transmit the symbols, sacred literature, teaching, and forms of Tibetan Buddhism. He provides both vision and spiritual guidance to the Nyingma organizations that he has established worldwide and to the students who make up the Nyingma community.