Walking the Diamond Path: Further Explorations into Vajrayana

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Walking the Diamond Path: Further Explorations into Vajrayana

Lama Liz Monson
July 8, 2021 - August 11, 2021

Live Online + unlimited access to course recordings

A six-week course, Wednesdays – July 7 through August 11, 2021

5:00–6:30 pm EDT

Due to an unexpected scheduling conflict, we have had to change the day of the first class of Lama Liz’s Walking the Diamond Path: Further Explorations in Vajraya to Thursday, July 8 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm instead of Wednesday, July 7. This is the only week that the class will meet on Thursday. We will resume Wednesday night meetings in the second and following weeks. If you can’t attend on that Thursday, the recording will be available in your user account so that you can catch up. Thanks for your understanding!


Thousands of years ago, the Buddha predicted that the teachings of the Vajrayana would become a key element on the path to restore sanity and clarity to the world and to the minds and hearts of beings. Today, we see a deep need for methods and techniques by which we can navigate the uncertainty, injustices, suffering, and instability of our current circumstances, from the COVID-19 virus to the rapidly escalating effects of climate change. The Vajrayana provides us with just such methods, offering a comprehensive plan for transforming our relationship to the difficult from one of resistance and avoidance to one of liberative enthusiasm.

Join Lama Liz for the second six-week series exploring the Vajrayana. During this course, we will continue our journey into the sacred world (the view, meditation and conduct) of Vajrayana Buddhism. Along the way, we will explore such topics as the Four Empowerments that ripen; the Three Bodies of a Buddha; Vajrayana practice and the Bardo; and the relationship of Vajrayana view and practice and the natural world. We will continue to investigate how the transformative technologies of tantric practices work to purify, melt, and dissolve our karmic patterns of reactivity and suffering. We will also explore how these expedient methods remain nestled within and enhanced by the practices of compassion and natural awareness found within all stages of Buddhist practice.

This course is open to all. No previous experience with Vajrayana philosophy or practice is necessary although some experience with Buddhist practice, doctrine and ideas is helpful. You are welcome to register for this retreat if you haven’t attended Walking the Diamond Path: What is Vajrayana?.

Please note: Participation in this course is NOT authorization to practice the Vajrayana. The goal of this course is to provide insight and information about the Vajrayana path so that participants can decide for themselves if they are interested in practicing Vajrayana. Actual Vajrayana practice requires permission and transmission of the respective teachings. Anyone who is interested in Natural Dharma Fellowship’s Vajrayana track can email vajrayana@naturaldharma.org for more information.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Please read carefully! The Zoom link will be emailed to all those registered two days before the course begins. If you don’t see an email from Natural Dharma Registrar or Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, it may have mistakenly gone to your spam/junk  folder or Promotions or Update categories. Contact the registrar at retreats@wonderwellrefuge.org on Tuesday, Feb. 2 if you have not received the Zoom link.

The same Zoom link will be used each week, so you may want to save it in your calendar so that it is easily accessible. It will also be available in the dashboard of your user account beginning three days before the retreat begins.

PROGRAM COST – It is Natural Dharma Fellowship’s aspiration that no one be turned away from our teachings and retreats because they are unable to pay the full cost. In order make our courses affordable for all who wish to attend, we are offering a three-level fee structure that takes into account people’s differing financial circumstances:

  • Benefactor – for those who can afford it, this fee level helps provide support for those with limited financial resources and assists with the care and maintenance of Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
  • Course fee – for those who can cover the basic cost of a retreat or course
  • Supported – for those with limited financial resources or recent financial hardship

The pricing options for a particular retreat are based primarily on its length and are intended to give you an idea of what it costs to offer that retreat. The amounts listed are suggestions. You may write in any amount that fits your financial situation. Any amount offered above the Course Fee level will be considered a tax-deductible donation and will be acknowledged as such.

USER ACCOUNTS – With the launch of our new website, an exciting feature is now available to you: an individual User Account with a personalized dashboard where the resources from all of your retreats are available in one, convenient location. For example, the Zoom link for a retreat will be stored in your user account so you can locate it easily on the day of the retreat. After the retreat, you’ll find the link to recordings (once they are edited), as well as any other resources the teacher might have provided for the retreat.

Please note: Retreat recordings and other retreat materials are only available through your dashboard.

Creating a user account is easy – If you haven’t already signed up for a user account, we encourage you to do that as soon as possible. Please visit the Create an account page on our website. This page contains all the tools and info needed to set up an account.

You must have an account set up 48 hours prior to the start of the series or a session to have access to pre-retreat materials already posted. If the teacher has made available any pre-retreat materials, they will be available in your user account at this time. Please be aware that this synching does not happen automatically. There is a real, live person who needs time to do this work.

If you register after the series has begun and less than 48 hours before a session, you will not have immediate access to the series materials in your account. We will be synching the session with your user account as soon as we can.

Post-session materials and recordings will be available 7 to 10 days after the conclusion of the event. All resources and materials will remain indefinitely in your user account.

Accessing your user account – Access to your user account begins on the homepage of our website. In the upper right corner, you’ll see one of two things that indicate whether you are logged in or not…

• You are logged IN if you see “My Dashboard” and “Log Out” links in the upper right corner.
• You are logged OUT if you see “Create an Account” and “Log In” links in the upper right corner.

From there, you can take the appropriate action for accessing your dashboard.

Please be sure to check your user account before your registered event for any updated information.  You may contact support@naturaldharma.org with questions about your user account.

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Full Calendar

Six evenings from July 8 to August 11, 5:00–6:30 EDT. The first class will be held on Thursday, July 8, but all subsequent classes will be on Wednesdays. You can use this time zone converter to determine the start time at your home.

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You may register at any time during the six weeks and will receive access to all recordings, including any you may have missed.

Please see the paragraph titled Program Cost for an explanation of the fee structure for this course.

  • Benefactor: $228
  • Course fee: $180
  • Supported: $132
  • Register

About the Teachers

Lama Liz Monson

Managing Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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