This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute: 

Summer is here! Well almost... the summer semester of courses and retreats are ready for students of all levels. We hope to see you soon!

Weekday Evening Meditation Sessions

6:00 – 6:45 PM
Cost: $5. Free to currently enrolled students.

Monday through Friday, we offer donation-based evening meditation sessions. A brief 5-minute introduction to basic meditation posture, followed by silent sitting. We offer this to the general public and our students as a support in developing a regular practice. No pre-registration necessary. If you’ve never meditated before, we recommend taking a Beginning Meditation class as well.

Saturday, April 29: Seeing Through Self-Images (Day-long Retreat)

Instructors: Erika Rosenberg and Olivia Hurd
Cost: $80

In this day-long retreat, we will explore the restrictive force of ‘self-images,” the conceptualizations our minds make of who we are. Developing neutral observation of these images, we can recognize how they operate and notice the thoughts and emotions tied up with them. This recognition begins a natural process of healing, allowing us to release negative self-talk and to let go of the images themselves.

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

9–9:45 AM
Instructor: Dave Abercrombie (every Sunday in April)
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. No pre-registration or prior experience necessary.

Sunday Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Relaxation

10 AM-Noon
Instructor: Dave Abercrombie (every Sunday in April)
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.

Sunday: 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 Dharma Talk   

6–7 PM

A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar every Sunday. See all upcoming talks here.

April 30: Mark Henderson on "The Wheel of Life"

The Buddha taught that our destiny is not determined by fate, but by causality. To illustrate this teaching he described existence as an ever-turning wheel. Propelled by positive or negative actions, living beings move to more or less favorable states of existence. Nyingma Institute instructor Mark Henderson will introduce the wheel of life as depicted in Tibetan art and will discuss this key teaching on causality, its inner and outer architecture, and how deeper inquiry, understanding, and wisdom lead to freedom.