Free Programs

Free Classes (scheduled during Quarter breaks)

Free classes, Monday through Friday, March 14–18, 7–8:00 PM

Finding Inner Peace through Meditation, Movement, and Mantra

These free classes are designed to increase inner peace and release tension. Each class will highlight movement and sitting practices that provide tools to break free of stress and deepen meditation. Everyone is welcome to attend the entire series, or to drop-in on any class session.

Monday, March 14, 7–8 PM:
Meditation, the Key to Inner Peace
Instructor: Ken McKeon

Tuesday, March 15, 7–8 PM:
Cultivating a Loving Heart
Instructor: Olivia Hurd

Wednesday, March 16, 7–8 PM:
Tibetan Yoga: Movement as Meditation
Instructor: Jack van der Meulen

Thursday, March 17, 7–8 PM:
Mantra: Healing Sound
Instructor: Olivia Hurd

Friday, March 18, 7–8 PM:
Gentle Techniques for Releasing Stress
Instructor: Santosh Philip


Our full Spring Quarter Program begins Monday, March 21.

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Sunday evening chanting and talk at the Nyingma Institute:

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 Talk (click for this week's talk)
6–7 PM

A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar. 


Nyingma Institute Open House

Sunday, March 20

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. Open Houses include the following activities:

  • 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

Upcoming Open House Dates:

  • June 5
  • August 28
  • October 2
  • December 4

Full Moon Chant

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. 


Upcoming Full Moon Chant Dates

  • January 23
  • February 22
  • March 23
  • April 21
  • May 21
  • June 20
  • July 19
  • August 18
  • September 16
  • October 16
  • November 14



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