Sunday Programs



Morning Meditation

9–9:45 AM
Instructor: Santosh Philip (every Sunday in February)
Cost: $5. Free to currently enrolled students.

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.

Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga)

10 AM-Noon
Instructor: Santosh Philip (every Sunday in February)
Cost: $15. Free to students in the Institute's Certificate Programs.

Discover the gentle movement exercises of Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga): 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. To view the Nyingma Institute Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) video, click here
Cost: $15. Free to students in the Institute's Certificate Programs.

Tibetan Chanting

5-5:45 PM

For centuries mantras have been an integral part of Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice. This tradition is continued at the Nyingma Institute, and every Sunday a Nyingma Institute senior student or faculty member leads participants in chanting a special mantra known as the “Vajra Guru Mantra.” Calling on the power of compassionate wisdom, the mantra is:
(Pronounced: om ah hum vajra guru payma siddhee hum)

The mantra is chanted in a slow melodious way that helps deepen meditation and activate inner healing. Approximately thirty minutes of chanting is followed by ten to fifteen minutes of silent sitting.

Participating at the Nyingma Institute: The chant is held Sundays at 5 PM in the Institute’s main meditation room. Please plan on arriving a few minutes before 5 PM. Both cushions and chairs are available for participants. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Participating Online: You can participate in the chant online through this link: Sunday Chant. The link is activated from 5-5:45 PM, allowing you to follow the live-streaming audio. The chanting typically gets underway at a few minutes after 5 PM.

Sunday Talks

6-7 PM

A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar.

January 1: Hugh Joswick on “Time of Our Lives”s Knowledge.”

Examining the nature and dynamic of time can open experience to new dimensions. Utilizing insights from Tarthang Tulku’s writings on time, space and knowledge, Nyingma Institute instructor, Hugh Joswick, will discuss how considering the phenomena of time can awaken a deep caring for our lives.

January 8: Olivia Hurd on “A New Beginning”

The dawning of the New Year can be a new beginning leading to greater health and well-being. Nyingma Institute instructor Olivia Hurd will show how to sustain our positive aspirations throughout the year by cultivating meditation and an openness to whatever arises. Olivia will explore how to awaken mind to a "new" moment unfolding and let go of “old" patterns.

January 15: Mark Henderson on “Visions of Enlightenment”

The beauty that is the essence of art invites an understanding that heals our senses and thoughts, and opens our hearts to an ecstatic quality that touches a great love... In the unfolding interaction of beauty and love, infinite beauty flows into infinite compassion, the all-inclusive love that has no objects. Art is then completed, made one with the viewer, and existence itself is transformed into perfect art. Tarthang Tulku from the forward to Tibet in Pictures

Tibetan Buddhist art is seen an integral part of the spiritual path. Specific colors, forms, and symbols are used to heighten awareness and deepen compassion. Nyingma Institute instructor Mark Henderson will discuss how this sacred art can be used in meditation and what we can learn from Tibetan art today.

January 22: Jack van der Meulen on “Kum Nye for the Heart”

We can consciously nurture the inner warmth of loving feelings through Tibetan Yoga exercises that release tension in the heart area, allowing us to both give and receive affection more freely. Tibetan Yoga teacher Jack van der Meulen will present exercises that help to open the heart to feeling and will discuss how these practices can be applied in daily life.

January 29: Santosh Philip on “Un-doing Stress and Anxiety through Movement and Meditation.”

We know that meditation can reduce the negative effects of stress in our lives. But we also know how hard it can be to find the time to meditate regularly. In this talk and demonstration, Nyingma Institute instructor Santosh Philip sets out short, simple tools for reducing stress, applying the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Yoga and Buddhist meditation.

February 5: Ken McKeon, on “Time Out/Time In”

If we relax our presuppositions about time, we find ourselves within a multi-valanced realm. Things, including ourselves, need not go only one way. Nyingma Institute instructor, Ken McKeon will lead an active engagement with time as presented in Tarthang Tulku's vision of Time, Space, and Knowledge.

February 12: The Nyingma Institute will be closed for community a retreat.

February 19: Peggy Kincaid on “Touching the Heart of Kum Nye”

The basic process of Kum Nye is to relax and balance our energies. Nyingma Institute Kum Nye instructor, Peggy Kincaid, will discuss how to touch our feelings deeply expanding the flowing rhythms they bring to us. Exercises for relaxation and balance are included in this talk.

February 26: Barr Rosenberg on “Open Communication”

When we open to the possibilities that communication offers, we find precious opportunities for learning and self-discovery. Mutual focus comes spontaneously when we attend to one another, and leads to inner silence and alert responsiveness. Nyingma Institute instructor Barr Rosenberg will examine how communication enhances productive thinking and supports a path of working well with knowledge.

March 5: Elissa Slanger on “Inner Resources for Aging and the End of Life”

Elissa Slanger, an octogenarian, psychologist, and student of the Dharma for over 50 years, will discuss how Nyingma practices can alter our perceptions of the losses inevitable with aging and even of death. The talk will include exercises and practices that can enrich our daily lives as we age.

March 12: Olivia Hurd on “Awakening Heart and Mind"

In this talk, Nyingma instructor Olivia Hurd will discuss meditiation as a tool to open mind and heart, to deepen their interrelationship, and to deepen our connection with all beings. A meditation practice will be included. 

March 19: Donna Morton on “Nourishing to Flourishing”

A natural outgrowth of truly appreciating the preciousness of this human embodiment and the opportunities it conveys, is the wish to take care of ourselves in order that the best in us can emerge. Understanding how the attitudes we adopt and lifestyle choices we make either support or undermine the conditions for flourishing gives us more power to direct actions of body, speech and mind in the service of unfolding our full potential. Nyingma Institute instructor, Donna Morton, will discuss ways we can cultivate that flourishing.

March 26: Hugh Joswick on “An Awakened Vision of Being"

The gentle teachings of the Buddha form a living body of knowledge that has resounded through countless cultures and times. Nyingma Institute Instructor Hugh Joswick will outline key Buddhist teachings such as the “Four Noble Truths” and discuss their relevance for us today.


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