Free Programs


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The Institute will be closed for the winter holidays December 18-27. We will re-open on Sunday, December 28.

We will be checking our voicemail and email. Please don't hesitate to contact us to register or inquire about our courses, workshops and retreats.  Best wishes for a wonderful new year.

Below is a list of our free programs. Click on the title or scroll down for details and descriptions.


Every Sunday evening at the Nyingma Institute:

Tibetan Chanting
5-6 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 an hour of Tibetan chanting and meditation.

Sunday Lecture Series

6-7 PM

A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar.  Details regarding the Lecture Series in January 2015 is forthcoming.


Nyingma Institute Open House

Upcoming Dates:
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Sunday, March 22

3-5 PM.

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


Full Moon Chant
Each month, 8-9:30 PM

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 in 2015

  • Sunday, January 4
  • Tuesday, February 3
  • Thursday, March 5

Free Meditations and Classes 2014

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 courses. These sessions are free and are open to all.


Meditations on Joyfulness
December 15-17, Monday through Wednesday
7-8 PM

Meditations from the Tibetan tradition will be presented that increase deep joyful feelings that are not dependent on external circumstances. (Details and descriptions to be announced.)

Note that the Institute will be closed for the winter holidays December 18-27.

Renewing Inner Energy through Tibetan Yoga

December 29, 2014-January 2, 2015, Monday through Friday
7-8 PM

Tibetan Yoga practices to refresh and renew. (Details and descriptions to be announced.)


New Year’s Eve Chant
Wednesday, December 31, 8 PM through Midnight

Celebrate the new year with chanting and meditation. Participants unable to stay for the entire chant may leave during short breaks held at hourly intervals.


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