Spring 2015 Workshops

Spring 2015 Workshops

Find insight and spiritual refreshment in a gentle, meditative atmosphere..

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

Make it a mini retreat!  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 workshop guests are offered complimentary Sunday morning meditation and Tibetan Yoga class.

Click on the workshop title or scroll down for full descriptions of the workshops. To register or for more information, please call (510) 809-1000 or email us at nyingma-institute@nyingma.org. For continuing education credits for MFTs and LCSWs, please register in advance so that we can have the necessary documentation available upon your arrival.


March 14: A Return to Light (TSK404)

March 28: How to Meditate (MED401)(10 AM-1 PM)

March 28: Embodiment of Beauty (KNR413)

April 3-4: The Wheel of Life (DHS408) (Friday, 7-9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-4:45 PM)


April 11: Preparation for the Time of Death: The Bardo is Now! (NPR405)*

April 18: Self-Image (NPS405)*

April 25: Increasing Brain Health through Tibetan Yoga (KNR416)

May 2: Resolving Problems (SKM404)


May 9: Compassion, Mindfulness, and Well-Being (NPS408)*

May 16: Cutting off Negative Thoughts (MED415)


May 23: Gesture of Balance: A Guide to Awareness, Self-Healing, and Meditation (MED418)


*Courses or workshops marked with an asterisk meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider: Nyingma Institute #2513


Descriptions of the workshops

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.

 

A Return to Light (TSK404), March 14

The Time, Space, and Knowledge vision describes a ‘light transmission’ that is activated through knowledge. In this workshop we return to the ‘lightness’ of being through practices that illuminate the interplay of mind and world. The discipline that leads from darkness to light begins with an experiential exploration into inner time and space. We learn to find points of clarity within the world we inhabit, activating a path of light and lightness of being.

Light, radiance, and clarity lead us forward on a journey that awakens delight and creativity. This journey takes us beyond outworn identities and concerns. ‘Lightly’ we question the apparent limitation of who we are and what we can do—and mine each moment for clues that point beyond all limits.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Ken McKeon. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s, Dynamics of Time and Space. Open to all levels of students.

 

How to Meditate (MED401), March 28 (10 AM-1 PM)


Meditation is the process of self-discovery. On one level the meditation experience shows us the patterns of our lives—how we have carried on our emotional characteristics since childhood. But on another level it frees us from these patterns, making it easier for us to see our inner potentials. Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance.


 This half-day workshop provides basic instruction in meditation and allows time to discuss how to sustain or renew a regular meditation practice. You will learn how to sit and focus the mind in silent meditation. You will also learn techniques from Tibetan Yoga that help quiet mind and senses. This workshop is a good introduction to the unique Nyingma approach to self-development, an approach that emphasizes individual responsibility and freedom.

Cost: $45. Instructor: Olivia Hurd. 10 AM-1 PM, followed by lunch. Open to beginners and those wishing to renew a meditation practice.

 

Embodiment of Beauty (KNR413), March 28


As we let beauty speak to us, if we bring our experience close to the heart, it will expand, and even overflow the ordinary boundaries between self and world. We may touch a quality of bliss or openness or merging where being itself is celebrating ecstatically. Tarthang Tulku, Seeing the Beauty of Being.


The physical senses are capable of receiving great beauty, bringing moments of exquisite feeling and deep satisfaction. To activate this capacity for beauty, confusion and repressed anger must be cleared out of the pathways of the senses. The Kum Nye practices introduced in this workshop initiate a stream of inner feeling that cleanses each sense.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Santosh Philip. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Seeing the Beauty of Being and Joy of Being.

 

The Wheel of Life (DHS408), April 3-4 (Friday, 7-9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-4:45 PM)

The symbolism of the Tibetan Wheel of Life demonstrates fundamental Buddhist teachings about the chain of causality and how mental patterns evolve and take form. Study of the Wheel of Life also points to the fact that all things are in constant motion and change. We understand impermanence, not just as a movement from one state of existence to another, but within each moment of experience.

The Wheel of Life also presents a pictorial journey through Buddhist cosmology, outlining six different types of existence that living beings cycle through. The engine driving the wheel of samsaric suffering forward are the ‘afflictions’ of aversion, attachment, and ignorance. When we understand the negative influence that these forces have on us, we can work to eliminate them from our lives—replacing anger with compassionate love, replacing attachment with generosity, and replacing ignorance with penetrating wisdom. The workshop will include meditation practices and analysis that provide tools for making these positive changes.

Cost: $95. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Mark Henderson. Friday, 7-9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-4:45 PM. Prerequisite: sincere interest in the Buddha’s path.

 



Preparation for the Time of Death: The Bardo is Now! (NPR405), April 11*     5 CE credits

Special meditation practices in Tibetan Buddhism are associated with the bardo, the period between death and rebirth. Nyingma masters instruct us not to wait until this difficult time, but instead to see change—death and rebirth—in every new moment. This workshop presents practices designed to heighten our ability to make positive choices at crucial times in our lives. Lecture and discussion will include practical suggestions from the Tibetan tradition on how to maintain optimal conditions during the days that proceed and follow the time of death.

Cost: $80. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Elissa Slanger. Open to all levels of students.

* This workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider: Nyingma Institute #2513.

 

Self-Image (NPS405), April 18*     5 CE credits

False expectations, critical judgments, and negative emotions are rooted in complex images that we hold of ourselves and the world. This workshop looks directly at how self-images develop and how we can free ourselves from their compulsive power.

Cost: $80. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Olivia Hurd. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Openness Mind. Open to those with some experience in meditation or Nyingma Psychology.

* This workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider: Nyingma Institute #2513.


 

 

 

 

Increasing Brain Health through Tibetan Yoga (KNR416), April 25

What is good for the brain is good for the whole being.

This workshop presents an integrated program of Tibetan Yoga movement, breathing, and awareness exercises that can increase the healthy functioning of the brain. You will also learn about foods that nourish brain health and how exercises and good sleep patterns can rejuvenate the brain.

Recent research studies provide clear evidence that regular meditation, healthy eating, exercise, and a positive mental outlook slow the aging process in the brain—allowing us to stay healthy and happy longer. Writer Jeffrey Kluger recently wrote in Time Magazine that, “Deciding to live better, it increasingly seems, is the same as deciding to live younger.” Tibetan Yoga helps us to do just that: decreasing stress, negative thinking, and increasing circulation throughout the body as it opens the senses to positive stimuli. Donna Morton, PT, NC, Tibetan Yoga instructor, physical therapist and holistic nutrition consultant has successfully worked for many years with students and clients battling illness and physical limitation. She firmly believes that we are never too old or too young to make heathy lifestyle changes. Says Donna, “Tibetan Yoga offers techniques and approaches that simultaneously benefit body and mind. This is a powerful combination that can be utilized directly to increase brain functioning and health at any age.”

Cost: $80. Instructor: Donna Morton. Open to all levels of students.

 

Resolving Problems (SKM404), May 2


By testing and refining understanding, we experience directly for ourselves how knowledge works. In time we find knowledge in our hands and in our voice; we know it so closely that there is no need to seek it or even give it names. Tarthang Tulku, Mastering Successful Work.


Are your thoughts helpful? Do they successfully resolve your problems at home and work? Often thoughts block our creative energies, rob us of spontaneity, cause needless negativity, bind us to old ways, confuse the issues, go around in circles, stray into distraction, and lead us nowhere. We need productive styles of thought that lead reliably to clarity, personal growth, and consistent success. Innovative cognitive and experiential exercises in this workshop can meet this need and open new windows of opportunity.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Barr Rosenberg. Based on Mastering Successful Work. Open to all levels of students.

 

Compassion, Mindfulness, and Well-Being (NPS408), May 9*     5 CE credits

This workshop offers meditation practices, experiential exercises, and discussion designed to help people build skills for connecting with their own good nature and learning how to extend that kindness to others. We will see how building the heart can build courage and the willingness to engage each moment more fully.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Erika Rosenberg. Open to all levels of students.

* This workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider: Nyingma Institute #2513.

 

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Cutting off Negative Thoughts (MED415), May 16

The aim is to turn the mind around, to put an end to self-delusion and unending confusion, to transcend all limited views and limitations on the heart’s natural capacity for love and joy. Tarthang Tulku, Path of Heroes.

Even adverse conditions can fuel our search for wisdom when meditative awareness alerts us to our mental responses. In this meditation workshop, we cut off negative thoughts as they arise through applying potent antidotes that protect heart and mind.

Cost: $80. Primary Instructor: Sylvia Gretchen. Prerequisite: One year of meditation experience.

 

Gesture of Balance: A Guide to Awareness, Self-Healing, and Meditation (MED418), May 23


The first and most basic theme emphasized by Buddhism concerns confronting our lives directly—taking stock of our experience honestly… It is understood that each person must take responsibility for overcoming the frustrations of life and for cultivating those qualities which are most central to fulfillment as a human being. Individual effort is called for, rather than a passive appeal for salvation at the hands of another. Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance.


This workshop is an experiential journey into awareness and meditation practices that help us acknowledge the essential values and problems of our human life and discover within ourselves the power of our human embodiment. These tools give us the confidence we need to balance and heal body, mind, and spirit.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Open to all levels of students.

 


*Courses or workshops marked with an asterisk meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider: Nyingma Institute #2513

To register or for more information, please call (510) 809-1000 or email us at nyingma-institute@nyingma.org.

 

Typical Workshop Schedule

10:00 AM Instruction Session

11:30 AM Tea Break

12:00 PM Instruction Session

1:00 PM Vegetarian Lunch

2:00 PM Instruction Session

3:30 PM Tea Break

4:00 PM Instruction Session

4:45 PM Workshop Concludes

 

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