Dharma Study

Swan River Dharma class is an open gathering for students of the philosophy of yoga and Buddhism.  Facilitated by Swan River Co-Owner Keith Porteous.

Please note that the first Wednesday of every month will be Singing Circle, rather than Dharma class. Singing Circle is a chance to experience the teachings in a non-intellectual, fully embodied way. If you enjoy the chanting at the beginning of a Jivamukti or Swan River Yoga class, this class is for you.

Join the conversation @ the Dharma blog.

Book 1 of Patanajali’s Yoga Sutras:  A Practical Application
Text: Yoga:  Discipline of Freedom by Barbara Stoler-Miller

**Note:  Book 2 of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras begins in January of 2016

“Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness” by Chogyam Trungpa

The Three Principle Paths, written by Je Tsongkapa.  These famous 14 verses can be read here.  Their commentary, by Pabongka Rinpoche, is expressed in the book below.

The Principle Teachings of Buddhism, by Tsongkapa, Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, Michael Roach and Pabonka Rinpoche

These books are for sale at the Swan River Yoga Mid-City Mandir.





Daily Suggested Practices:

Daily Meditations from Swan River Teachers
Refuge and Tong-Len  (with Keith)


Daily Meditations from our teachers

Preliminary Meditation  (with Cindy Lee)

Death Meditation (with Lama Marut)

Tong-Len (with Lama Marut)

Six Times a Day Book
– Get started today: The quick guide in English or Spanish
– Geshe Michael Roach’s commentary on The Book
– Dharma Blog about working with the 6 x a Day Book

Favorite Lectures & Resources:

The Knowledge Base

Components to a Daily Practice (with Lama Marut)

The Magic of Empty Teachers

Recommended Reading

Yoga Philosophy

An Offering of Leaves by Ruth Lauer-Manenti

Yoga: Discipline of Freedom by Barbara Stoler Miller

The Text of Yoga Psychology by Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D. (Sri Brahmananda Sarasvati)


A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Master Shantideva.  Recommended translation by Stephen Batchelor

The Garden by Geshe Michael Roach

The Essence of Mahayana Lojong Practice by Sermey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin

Buddhism with an Attitude by B. Alan Wallace

Thoughts Without a Thinker

Meditation in Action by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche


Transcending the Levels of Consciousness by David R. Hawkins, M.D., PhD.

Vibrational Medicine by Dr. Richard Gerber (also on soundstrue.com)