Why a gate?

In many houses of worship there are gates you must walk through to get into the heart of the space. The image of a gate is an invitation to go deeper. To cross into a new place. To start to change our way of thinking and seeing things.

This course is a journey through the second of the four gates, the Wind Gate. It is the follow-up to the Earth Gate course, the first of the four gates. The wind symbolizes change and action. A powerful force that can move the unmovable. With the image of the wind as our guide, we can learn to transform our fear, anger, and anxiety caused by trauma.

About this course

Wind Gate is the second in a 4-part series that offers simple practices to identify and understand trauma in our bodies and minds, so that we become more skillful in how we care for ourselves and others. Combining mindfulness and meditation with neuroscience and trauma-informed teaching, the Wind Gate explores how our minds and nervous systems sustain racialized thinking, speech, and behavior.

  • In this course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Improve the connection and the dialogue between your body and mind

  • Understand the role our nervous system plays in our healing and transformation

  • Listen to the body in a deep way to understand what it is communicating

  • Recognize when you are being consumed by your thoughts and taken out of the present moment

  • See your connection to the Earth and how it's expressed all around you

Course outline

The Wind Gate has 8 lessons. They are pre-recorded so you can learn at your own pace. We recommend no more than one lesson a week. Feel free to take more than one week for each lesson, to pause if needed, or to return to earlier parts of the course. Do not rush yourself to complete things. When you enroll in the course, you receive lifetime access to all the materials.

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    • Lesson 1: Buddhist psychology and race

    • Lesson 2: The mind is a field of seeds

    • Lesson 3: Understanding our unwholesome seeds

    • Lesson 4: Manas and race consciousness

    • Lesson 5: Being free to make choices

    • Lesson 6: Reconditioning our racialized nervous system

    • Lesson 7: The true nature of reality

    • Lesson 8: Continuing the quest

Meet your instructor

Dr. Larry Ward

Senior Dharma Teacher

One of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s most senior, non-monastic Dharma Teachers, Larry has a PhD in Religious Studies with a Buddhism emphasis. His dissertation focused on the intersection of mindfulness and neuroscience. His teaching style, which he calls, “Deep Buddhism,” is interdisciplinary and focused on embodiment of the teachings, integrating Buddhism with neuroscience, trauma/resiliency work, indigenous wisdom and social imagination. His aim is to support the healing and transformation of societal karma at the deepest levels of body and mind. Larry is a knowledgeable, charismatic and inspirational teacher, expressing his insights with personal stories and resounding clarity, expressing his dharma name, “True Great Sound."

Enrollment options

Choose the payment plan that’s right for you. There are no added fees if you select a monthly payment. Each plan includes lifetime access to the course materials. All prices are in US dollars.