Sunday Programs

Every Sunday at the Nyingma Institute!

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Morning Meditation
9-9:45 AM
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
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. 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
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 almost an hour of Tibetan chanting and meditation.

Sunday Talks
6-7 PM
A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar. Topics and dates are listed below.

2014 August Talks

August 10: Ken McKeon on “Conducting Knowledge through Time.”

Breaking through what appear to be solid limitations, we can enter a different dimension of time, where freedom opens into the perfection of being. Time, Space, and Knowledge instructor Ken McKeon will lead participants in dialogue and introspective practices that illuminate this approach to knowledge.

August 17: Jack van der Meulen on “Sacred Breath.” 

We live within the rhythms of our breath. Through Tibetan Yoga we can attune these rhythms to deeper states of consciousness and wellness. In this talk, Tibetan Yoga instructor Jack van der Meulen describes the vital sacred energy within the breath and shows ways to contact its healing nourishment.

August 24: Santosh Philip on "Breath and Meditation." 

The breath can be a gateway to meditation, leading to deep states of inner calm and insight. This talk by Tibetan Yoga instructor Santosh Philip introduces key breathing practices from the Tibetan tradition that help begin and develop meditation practice.

August 31: Sylvia Gretchen on "Resting in Mindful Awareness."

Mindfulness reveals a dynamic and creative aspect of experience that bridges the gap between ‘inner’ and ‘outer’. With sustained practice, mindfulness enables spiritual qualities to emerge and develop within our stream of being. In this talk, Sylvia Gretchen, the co-dean of the Nyingma Institute, will lead participants in mindfulness meditations and will discuss how to ‘rest’ within mindful awareness.

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