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Buddhist Workshops and One or Two Day Retreats

The Nyingma Institute

Weekly Event - Every Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

Buddhist Workshops and One or Two Day Retreats

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Workshops offer fresh insights and spiritual refreshment in a gentle, meditative atmosphere.

Saturday workshops begin at 10 AM and conclude at 4:45 PM unless otherwise noted, and they include a vegetarian buffet lunch.

Workshops are open to all levels of students unless a prerequisite is specified.

Participants may arrange to stay overnight in one of the Institute’s comfortable guest rooms for an additional $45 per night. Make it a mini retreat by joining our Sunday Program at no extra cost.  Morning meditation at 9 AM, and Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga at 10 AM.

Participants stay in peaceful, comfortable single-occupancy rooms overlooking the serene Meditation Garden, at the foot of the Berkeley Hills, or the expanse of San Francisco Bay.

July 27, MED416 Vision, Meditation, and Action 

The Buddha’s way of life emphasizes vision, meditation, and action as part of a complete path to liberation. This workshop draws on revered Tibetan teachings that describe how to integrate vision with meditation and daily actions. It includes sustained meditation practice.

Cost: $80. Primary Instructor: Sylvia Gretchen. Prerequisite: 3 years of meditation experience or consent of the Instructor.

August 2-3, DHS404 Training for Freedom (Friday, 7-9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-4:45 PM)

Classic Buddhist education uses three trainings—shila (ethics), samadhi (meditation), and prajna (wisdom)—to develop wholesome knowledge and power. This workshop introduces these traditional methods for clearing away the network of confusion and karmic patterns with an emphasis on experiential practice.

Cost: $95. Friday, 7-9 PM; Saturday 10 AM-4:45 PM. Instructors: Hugh Joswick and Buddhist Studies faculty. Prerequisite: sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings.


August 9-10, DHS414 The Perfections of Meditation and Wisdom (Friday, 7-9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-4:45 PM)

Wisdom is said to come forth from within the deep silence of contemplation. In this workshop we practice meditations that inspire insight and study a classic Buddhist text that describes the process of ‘perfecting’ meditation and wisdom.

Cost: $95. Friday, 7-9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-4:45 PM. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Santosh Philip. Based on Shantideva’sBodhicharyavatara. Prerequisite: background in Buddhist Studies.


August 17, NPR409 Transitions as Teachers

Times of transition present unique opportunities to make fundamental changes. Although they are universal, the most powerful transitions—death, illness, loss—are often deeply feared. This workshop presents ways to cultivate an awareness of both small and large transitions as natural forces of creativity with great potential. Letting go of the fear of transformation, we discover within transitions new beginnings and vast possibilities.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Barr Rosenberg. Suitable for all levels of students.


August 24, TSK404 A Return to Light

The Time, Space, and Knowledge vision describes a ‘light transmission’ that is activated through knowledge. In this workshop we return to the ‘lightness’ of being through practices that illuminate the interplay of mind and world. The discipline that leads to from darkness to light begins with an experiential exploration into inner time and space. We learn to find points of clarity within the world we inhabit, activating a path of light and lightness of being.

Light, radiance, and clarity lead us forward on a journey that awakens delight and creativity. This journey takes us beyond outworn identities and concerns. ‘Lightly’ we question the apparent limitation of who we are and what we can do—and mine each moment for clues that point beyond all limits.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Ken McKeon. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s, Dynamics of Time and Space. Suitable for all levels of students.

* These workshops meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider: Nyingma Institute #2513.

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Nyingma Institute
1815 Highland Place
Berkeley, CA 94709

Weekly Event - Every Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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The Nyingma Institute

Established in 1972

The Tibetan Nyingma Institute was founded by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku.

The Tibetan Nyingma Institute offers programs in eight fields of study: Buddhist Studies; Nyingma Psychology; Nyingma Meditation; Knowledge of Freedom; Time, Space, & Knowledge; Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga), Skillful Means; and Tibetan Language

No religious commitment is required to participate at the Nyingma Institute. Introductory and advanced programs are available in all eight fields.

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