This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute:

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Sunday, March 26: Spring Open House

3–5 PM 
Free, Open to all

Our free open house will introduce you to our offerings plus provide the opportunity to meet Institute faculty and staff. The open house program runs from 3–5 PM with light refreshments, followed by our regular Sunday chanting at 5 pm and talk at 6 PM. Join us for...

  • Prayer wheel and meditation garden tour 
  • Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) demo
  • Talk on the institute's programs and activities
  • Class and program counseling
  • Reception with light refreshments

Sunday Morning Meditation

9–9:45 AM
Instructor: Jack van der Meulen (every Sunday in March)
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: Jack van der Meulen (every Sunday in March)
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.

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.