The Self in Question | Online

Questioning the Self - Online Retreat based on Love of Knowledge

Online seminar on Love of Knowledge

March 18 – 20th, 2022
in three 3-hour sessions
with Jack Petranker

Our world is shaped by space, time, and knowledge. Events happen in time, the reality we know appears in space, and our ability to experience is shaped by the kinds of knowledge available to us.

Love of Knowledge: Foundations, Inquiries, and Paradigms for Transformation - book by Tarthang Tulku

Usually, we think of space, time, and knowledge as factors we cannot change—larger and more powerful than we are. But when we look with care and appreciation, we realize that space, time, and knowledge are fluid and alive. The only reason they seem so limiting is that we see them through the eyes of the self—the actor we put at the center of what we do and what we encounter, the unquestionable owner of experience.

In this program, we will call the self into question. Following a path of inquiry laid down in Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche’s Love of Knowledge, we will look at the stories we use to make sense of experience, the positions we adopt that close down alternatives, and the limits we impose when we claim that knowledge is what the self knows.

Perhaps the immobility of the things that surround us
is forced upon them by our conviction that they
are themselves, and not anything else,
and by the immobility of our conceptions of them.
– Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

Jack Petranker

Jack Petranker is Director of Mangalam Research Center, and former Dean of the Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley. A direct student of Tarthang Tulku since 1980, Jack holds degrees from Stanford, Yale, and University of California, Berkeley. He is author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet? and the editor of many books in the TSK series.

This retreat is a co-production of the Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI) in Berkeley, California, and Nyingma Centrum Nederland.


The fee for the 3-day online seminar is € 135,-. You may register and pay using the button below.


Time and date

The Self in Question online seminar will consist of three 3-hour sessions.


Friday, March 18th – Sunday, March 20th, 2022


10 AM – 1 PM
California time (PST)

18:00 – 21:00 hrs
Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris time (CET)

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Online sessions

Sessions will be held online via Zoom. We will send you the zoom link well in advance of the start of the seminar.

We encourage participants to organise a quiet space for private practice in the days of the retreat, and to ensure reliable acces to the internet.


The retreat will be held in English.