Each gate represents a key piece of what in our experience is needed to achieve individual and collective liberation. Your course instructor, Dr. Larry Ward—a PhD in Religious Studies, a certified instructor from The Trauma Institute and a senior Zen Buddhist Dharma teacher—will provide valuable tools and teachings grounded in his 30 years of experience in trauma resiliency and mindfulness practice.
Our modern world pushes us to respond to life from a state of stress. The Four Gates series helps you to respond to stress from a place of embodiment, presence, awareness and ease. If you’re activated by trauma and want to learn better ways to show up for yourself and in the world, this series may be for you.
No. It is recommended that you take the Earth Gate before any other course as it is the first and foundational course. The Earth Gate stands alone as a useful tool for healing and transformation.
The Individual and the collective cannot be separated from one another. The courses provide the basic understanding and tools for beginning to heal trauma stored in the body from personal and social experiences.
Absolutely! You don’t have to be, or aspire to be, a Buddhist to enjoy and understand the lessons. The courses are designed for beginners as well as experienced practitioners wishing to refresh or deepen their mindfulness practice.
The courses draw heavily on Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village tradition of Engaged Buddhism. It combines many of that tradition's mindfulness practices with practices from The Trauma Resource Institute.