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Every Sunday at the Nyingma Institute!
Please note that there is no program on Sunday, February 16, 2014 as the Institute will be closed for a community retreat.
An opportunity to deepen your meditation practice and to introduce your friends or family to the benefits of Nyingma meditation. Each session includes brief meditation instruction followed by silent sitting. You are welcome to attend any Sunday session. No pre-registration or prior experience necessary.
Cost: $5. Free to currently enrolled students.
10 AM to Noon
Discover the gentle movement exercises of Kum Nye: effective techniques for relaxation, healing, relieving tension, and revitalizing body and mind. Both experienced and beginning students are welcome to attend this drop-in class. Click here to view the Nyingma Institute Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) video.
The practice of mantra enables us to restore a natural balance and harmony in our lives. When we chant a mantra, we are free to transcend habitual reflexes. The sound of mantra can still the mind and senses, relax the body, and connect us with natural healing energy. - Tarthang Tulku, Hidden Mind of Freedom.
Every Sunday we invite the public to join us for an hour of Tibetan chanting and meditation.
A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar. Topics and dates are listed below.
March 2014 Talks
Sunday, March 2, 6-7 PM
Hugh Joswick on "Listening to the Heart."
If we listen deeply, we can discover a warmth in the center of our hearts that can become our inner sanctuary and refuge. Meditation instructor Hugh Joswick will discuss meditations that unlock the positive flow of feeling in the heart.
Sunday, March 9, 6-7 PM
Barr Rosenberg on "Thoughts for Learning and Knowledge."
Have you noticed that our ordinary ways of thinking are often negative and just get in the way when we need to think clearly and constructively? This talk by the Nyingma Institute’s co-dean Barr Rosenberg is about turning conscious thoughts into productive tools that lead directly to insightful discoveries and solutions. The talk presents various steps along that path, and explains some important themes that come up along the way.
Sunday, March 16, 6-7 PM
Ken McKeon on "For Starters...."
All introspective traditions lead practitioners to take an inward step. The same holds true for the visionary teaching of Time, Space, and Knowledge. The nature and promise of that step will be the subject of tonight's talk. Through conversation and experiential practice we will examine that fundamental move as if for the very first time, sinking into and exploring the unknown without preconception or structuring belief. The wonderfully phrased behest: “Keep an open mind and see what happens,” might be the best advice ever given.
Sunday, March 23, 6-7 PM
Jack van der Meulen on "Working with Lower Body Energy."
In the energetic system outlined in Tibetan Yoga, the lower body is the center of vitality and health. An emphasis on mental tasks can disconnect us from the nourishing energy of the lower body, and, as a result, we may feel drained by our work and become prone to a host of aches and pains. In this talk, Tibetan Yoga instructor Jack van der Meulen will demonstrate gentle exercises that re-energize the belly, hips, and legs, reconnecting us to the vitality of full embodiment.
Sunday, March 30, 6-7 PM
Mark Henderson on "Turning the Mind to Goodness."
How can we maintain our spiritual focus throughout the day? Traditional Tibetan teachings, advise us to keep four thoughts in mind: the rarity of human birth; the impermanence of life; the defects of samsara; and the law of cause and effect. Nyingma Institute instructor Mark Henderson will describe how sustained contemplation of these four thoughts orient the heart and mind toward goodness.