Fall Workshops

Fall Workshops at the Nyingma Institute

Workshops retreats offer fresh insights and spiritual refreshment in a gentle, meditative atmosphere.

Saturday workshops begin at 10 AM and conclude at 4:45 PM unless otherwise noted, and they include a vegetarian buffet lunch. Workshops are open to all levels of students unless a prerequisite is specified.

Extend the benefits of your workshop by making it a weekend retreat. Workshop participants may arrange to stay overnight in one of the Institute’s comfortable guest rooms for an additional $45 per night. As a retreatant, overnight workshops guests are offered complimentary Sunday morning meditation and Tibetan Yoga class.


Fall 2016 Workshops


October 7, Dream Lotus Evening (NPR401), 7–9 PM

The images which emerge from dream awareness will intensify our waking experience, allowing us to see more of the nature of existence. Tarthang Tulku, Openness Mind.

Although we spend many hours dreaming, we may awaken with only vague memories of our dreams. Specific meditation and visualization exercises from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition bring a special awareness into the dream state that helps us not only to remember our dreams, but also to become conscious that we are dreaming. With practice, we can even gain control over our actions in dreams.

More importantly, these practices highlight the similarities between our dream and waking states. We sense more clearly the fabricated quality of our waking states and see that small shifts in awareness can dramatically change the quality and outcome of the events in our lives. All experience becomes more open and more responsive to our true needs.

This workshop introduces practices that relax body, mind, and senses, especially focusing on releasing tension in the neck. The main practice is a short visualization from the Tibetan tradition to perform before going to sleep.

Cost: $30. Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Openness Mind. Suitable for all levels of students.


October 8, Music, Mantra, and Meditation (MED419), 10 AM–4:45 PM

If you are very silent and alert, you may hear a beautiful, soft music in your body—a sort of silent music between thoughts. Tarthang Tulku, Openness Mind.

There is an art of deep listening that hears all sounds as music and recognizes a vast healing silence at the very heart of sound. This workshop takes sound itself as its starting point and teaches how to use music and mantra to lead the mind effortlessly into meditation.

Cost $80. Instructors: Santosh Philip and the Nyingma Institute faculty.  For all levels of students.


October 15, Activating Joyous Feeling (NPS406), 10 AM–4:45 PM

By stimulating and directing positive, joyous feelings we can change the essence of our inner patterns and experience. When positive or joyous feelings and attitudes pass through each organ and circulate throughout our whole system, our physical and chemical energies are transformed. In other words, we have the opportunity to recreate our bodies through positive energy. Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance.

Meditation, awareness, and movement practices awaken and expand joyous feelings. You will learn exercises that distribute deep feelings of joy through both body and mind.

Cost: $80. Instructors: Santosh Philip. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Gesture of Balance and Kum Nye Relaxation. Suitable for all levels of students.


October 22, Translucent Person: Radiant World (MED410), 10 AM–4:45 PM

Whatever we do, wherever we go, whatever happens on this crowded surface of interactions constituting our world, there is also the sky. The sky is perhaps the simplest example of space, but it is a very important symbol as well. No matter how tangled, crowded, and intense our activities might be, the sky is present too… directly above everything… Tarthang Tulku, Time, Space, and Knowledge.

The divisions between mind and body; the partitions that separate the world we live in into objects and events can be challenged. Insight discloses such barriers as windows that can illuminate an intimate presence of being. This workshop presents practices drawn from the Time, Space, and Knowledge vision that cultivate an awareness of interactions and interfaces between things. Surfaces and partitions become translucent to a new type of unqualified openness.

Cost: $80. Primary Instructor: Ken Mckeon. Suitable for all levels of students.


October 29, Transforming Personal History (NPS407), 10 AM–4:45 PM

In every time and place throughout history, people have been lifted out of their daily routines by moments of beauty when they sensed the wonder of being alive in this world. Tarthang Tulku, Knowledge of Freedom.

Habits and patterns intertwined with painful memories often prevent us from enjoying the freedom and beauty offered by our human body and mind. It is possible to skillfully touch memories in ways that cut through their power to restrict us. Practices from Tarthang Tulku’s Knowledge of Freedom help transform personal history from a source of pain into a wellspring of renewal.

Cost: $80. Instructors: Hugh Joswick. Suitable for all levels of students.


November 5, Dissolving Rigid Patterns (SKM404), 10 AM–4:45 PM

Rigid patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior dim the vibrancy of our lives. This workshop helps to dissolve these patterns into the dynamic movement of time and growth. We learn innovative interpersonal practices that reveal habitual patterns as pure awareness. As rigidity dissolves, dysfunctional patterns fall away and useful patterns become flexible to changing circumstances.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Barr Rosenberg. Based on Skillful Means teachings and unpublished manuscripts by the instructor. Suitable for all levels of students.

November 11–12, Healing Pain (TSK401), Friday, 7–9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM–4:45 PM

Whoever we are and whatever we do, we experience physical and mental pain. This workshop offers four key exercises that are tools for alleviating pain. In the first exercise, creative imagination is utilized to shift our relationship to pain. The second helps us bypass the entangling stories that tie inner sensations to suffering. The final two exercises connect us with a fundamental vitality that underlies enjoyment and pain. The workshop will include discussion on how to apply the exercises in dealing with both acute and chronic pain.

Cost: $95. Instructor: Santosh Philip. Friday, 7—9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM—4:45 PM. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Dynamics of Time and Space. Suitable for all levels of students.


November 19, Beauty and Merit: A Seven Branch Offering Workshop, Saturday 10 AM–4:45 PM

This workshop is an unparalleled opportunity to focus on and amplify all that is positive in a substantive, hands-on approach to the 7 Branch Offerings. The 7 Branch Offerings are an essential and effective set of practices contained within many texts and pujas of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. They are a fruitful way to generate merit, one of the two accumulations that is necessary to progress towards enlightenment. This workshop is part of the longer Beauty and Merit retreat, click the link below to learn more.

Cost: $80, Instructor: Lama Palzang, co-dean of the Nyingma Institute, (click below for a brief instructor bio). Prequisite: Suitable for those with a sincere interest in the teachings of the Buddha.

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November 25–27, Cultivating Compassionate Love Weekend Retreat (NPR402), Friday, 10 AM–Sunday, 3 PM

We can learn to love ourselves and others more deeply through actively cultivating compassionate love. This kind of love heals the painful divisions between living beings, allowing us to forgive others and to cleanse ourselves of ill-will. The retreat introduces gentle visualization, mantra, and meditation practices given by the Buddha.

Cost: $235 (non-residential); $350 (residential). Friday 10 AM–9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM–5 PM; Sunday, 10 AM–3 PM. Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Suitable for all levels of students. Click here for the Fall Retreats page.


December 3, Silent Mind, Peaceful Mind (MED409), 10 AM-4:45 PM

Everything is existing perfectly as complete openness. Tarthang Tulku, Hidden Mind of Freedom.

Mind can become silent, peaceful, and aware through sustained meditation. This day of meditation practices and instruction shows how to release expectations and find serenity.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Barr Rosenberg. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Hidden Mind of Freedom. For those with some meditation experience.


December 10, Inner Bliss (MED411), 10 AM–4:45 PM

The wider our concept of mind becomes, the more experience we can accept without making judgments. This acceptance itself becomes meditation, and we realize that meditation is an integral part of our experience… Whatever we see, hear, taste, or feel—whatever comes to us in life—becomes rich and alive. Tarthang Tulku, Hidden Mind of Freedom.

Advanced meditation techniques focus on contacting clarity and bliss, allowing us to extract a special kind of inner joy and meaning from all kinds of experiences. This workshop presents practices that utilize the power of mind to reshape itself through visualization and mantra. Through these meditative techniques, we shift away from interpretations and images, remaining with the pure energy of mind. Then, like a raindrop falling into the ocean, mind merges with Being.

Cost: $80. Instructors: Hugh Joswick. For advanced meditators. Prerequisite: three years of meditation experience or consent of the instructors.


December 27–January 1, Tasting Relaxation Six-Day Retreat (KNR501)

Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) practice opens the senses to feeling. This flow of feeling can loosen even chronic tension. In this retreat we learn to relax so deeply that we can “taste” the healing nectar of relaxation as it flows through body and mind. Gentle movement, breathing, and awareness practices help us to discover this relaxation.

Cost: $470 (nonresidential); $700 (residential). Instructors: Peggy Kincaid and Jack van der Meulen. Retreat begins Tuesday at 10 AM and concludes on Sunday at 2 PM. Includes the “Renewing and Refreshing the Senses” workshop on December 31. Suitable for all levels of students. Click here for the Fall Retreats page.


December 31, Renewing and Refreshing the Senses (KNR401), 10 AM–4:45 PM

Celebrate the dawning of a new year with a day of restorative Tibetan Yoga to relax and refresh body and mind.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Jack van der Meulen. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Tibetan Relaxation. Suitable for all levels of students.


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