Free Events at the Nyingma Institute
Weekly Event - Every Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday & Sunday: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)
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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 an hour of Tibetan chanting and meditation.
A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar. For a schedule of these talks, click here.
With Nyingma Institute instructor Tom Morse
Sundays, June 30, July 7, and July 14
Join us for three classes based on Tarthang Tulku’s teachings from “Knowledge of Freedom: Time to Change”. Yearning for Fulfillment , pages 138 - 143, is the primary topic for study and discussion and the source for the quotations below.
What stands in the way to our realizing fulfillment? These free classes provide an opportunity to investigate both what fulfillment is and our questions about attaining it. Surprisingly, as we penetrate our ordinary experience, we uncover hidden patterns within our lives. As we recognize them, we can open them up to find unexpected new freedoms.
"At present we are trained only for appreciating a portion of our lives, only for touching experiences that will satisfy us temporarily. Everything we know supports looking outside of ourselves for fulfillment: our language, the way we think about ourselves and our surroundings, the concepts we have formed, and the social conditioning that teaches what we need and how to get what we want."
"We can train ourselves to search within, questioning the source of our deepest yearnings. Letting go of all preconceptions, we can ask ourselves what is really important to our lives, what is it that will sustain us through all forms of adversity."
In many Buddhist lands, the full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. We continue this tradition at the Nyingma Institute through holding a chanting ceremony on full moon nights. Join Nyingma students and friends in chanting the Vajra Guru Mantra interspersed with periods of meditation. The chant is held in one of our classrooms and is led by a faculty member, from 8 - 9:30 PM.
Upcoming Full Moon Chants
- Monday, July 22
- Wednesday, August 21
Upcoming Date: Sunday, September 1
Quarterly open houses introduce Kum Nye, and meditation, and 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. Come for some or all of the activities. All open house events are free.
- Prayer wheel and meditation garden tour
- Tibetan Relaxation (Kum Nye yoga) demonstration
- Talk on the Nyingma Institute, its programs and activities
- Class and program counseling
- Reception with light refreshments
In order to bring more people the benefits of meditation and Tibetan Yoga, the Institute will be offering a series of free classes or meditation sessions between our regularly scheduled quarterly classes. These sessions are free and are open to all.
August 19-30, 7-8:30 PM: Classes
The healing power of breath takes center stage during the two-week break between our Summer and September courses. Each evening participants will be led through gentle breathing exercises that relax and re-tune body and mind.
Theme this year: Aging Well (at any age)
September 30-October 4, 7-7:45 PM and 8-9 PM: Classes
Saturday, October 5, 10 AM-4:45 PM: Workshop (Pre-registration is required)
On September 29, 1972 the Institute was founded by Tibetan master and visionary Tarthang Tulku. We celebrate with a week of free classes followed by a free workshop in which our students, supporters and the general public are invited. As we enter our 41st year as a school we focus on the serious question of how we carry the benefits from our study and meditation with us as we age, even as we pass from this life. We also consider how we can help others facing illness, old age, and death. Classes and workshop will bring traditional teachings and the innovative methods found in Nyingma Psychology, meditation, and the Time, Space, and Knowledge vision to bear on these questions.
December 15-18, 7-8:30 PM: Classes
Evening meditations will include practices from the Tibetan tradition that increase deep joyful feelings that are not dependent on external circumstances.
1815 Highland Place
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 the eight fields.