The awakening of human potential
“Over the past thirty years, countless Western students like me have been inspired and guided by Tarthang Tulku, known to his students as Rinpoche. In 1971 I completed my studies for a degree in law in the Netherlands. For five years I worked for a large international shipping company in New York and Hong Kong. But then I made a major shift, deciding to dedicate my time and energy to working and studying under Rinpoche’s guidance.
Why did I make this change? Basically because Rinpoche’s teachings make perfect sense, and are so utterly positive. The philosophy and psychology of Tibetan Buddhism is all about the awakening of human potential, drawing out what is best over time. The heart of the teachings is the recognition of our intrinsic freedom, from which we fall away over and over again, mostly out of habit and ignorance. As Rinpoche once put it, the Buddha’s teachings are all about ‘making things lighter’.
Warmed by recognizing the value of these truths, I began to study at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, California. A few years later, I received an MA in Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology. Through studying these teachings I made a most important discovery: We already have all the knowledge we need to be successful.
To awaken this knowledge and return to the authenticity of being, and to help others who wish to do the same, has become my mission in life. One sentence from the teachings in particular reflects my motivation: to lead a life that in retrospect seems worthwhile.”
Sharing the knowledge
Arnaud Maitland is a senior student of Tarthang Tulku since 1976. An international lecturer, retreat leader, Nyingma teacher, meditation instructor and Skillful Means consultant, Arnaud Maitland brings the ancient teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma lineage into the mainstream of contemporary culture and life. He leads groups and individuals in discovering that we already possess the knowledge to create a meaningful, successful and happy life.
Arnaud is the Director of Dharma Publishing and Managing Director of the Center for Skillful Means. Prior to these positions, he was the president of Dharma Enterprises, a for-profit publishing company that raised millions of dollars to support the building of the Odiyan Retreat Center. He has been a part of the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Center organizations for over 35 years, running centers in Boulder, Colorado and Berkeley, California, as well as leading retreats in locations around the world, including Argentina, Germany, Holland, Latvia, United Kingdom, and United States.
Arnaud Maitland shares his knowledge in individual and group instructions, webinars, and retreats as well as books, on-line coaching and CDs. He has clients and students who have been with him for over 20 years, and new students are attracted to his clear and caring style of teaching and leading workshops.
He has written two books; the first, MasterWork describes his years applying Skillful Means practices to the running of a for-profit printing business. Living without Regret, his second book, describes how to apply Dharma in daily life, told in relation to how his family worked through dealing with Alzheimer’s.
For the last eight years, he has given retreats in US, UK, Holland, France, Germany, Brazil and Argentina. The topics of some of these are: Kum Nye, Living Without Regret, Padmasambhava and 25 Disciples, Prayer to Kuntu Zhangpo, Sacred Knowledge in Motion – Kum Nye Dancing, Skillful Means, Questioning Mind, Pranidanaraja, Death and Dying: How to Make the Most out of Life, and Relationships: Relating better to the Real You.