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.

April, 2014 Talks

Sunday, April 6
Sylvia Gretchen on "Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World."

For centuries Tibet transmitted and  treasured an ancient wisdom tradition. Today, we are beginning to appreciate how this powerful path can unlock our own insight and creativity. In this talk, Sylvia Gretchen the co-dean of the Nyingma Institute, describes how we can apply these ancient teachings today and how they can benefit us and others. The talk will include a discussion of how we can become actively engaged in protecting this wisdom tradition.

Sunday, April 13:
Lynn Olechnowicz on "Self-Image, The Limits of an Idea."

Feeling pushed around by nagging thoughts about what we think is expected of us, we can turn around and take a look. Who is back there? We may find that we are being harassed by a shape- shifting phantom comprised of messages from other people and our culture. These sound-bites and mental pictures accumulate to form our ever-changing self-image. In this talk, we will consider whether we want our lives to be dictated by this ephemeral fiction or inspired by something else--like, perhaps, our deepest values and aspirations.

Sunday, April 20:
Santosh Philip on "Kum Nye and Meditation: Calming the Seas."

This talk offers an opportunity to experience Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) and meditation. Tasting these practices enables us to appreciate the way they help quiet noisy thoughts and feelings, and to see how they help build a foundation for growth and development.

Sunday, April 27:
Barr Rosenberg on "Keys to Authentic Interactions."

Our relationships become more meaningful and satisfying when we can develop empathy for the other person and balance it with dedication to our positive values. In order to achieve this balance, it is helpful to quiet two common  mental patterns: the cycling of thoughts and our sense of separateness from others.  The talk will emphasize how we can activate this kind of balance in our lives. 

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