Free Programs

 Buddha’s Enlightenment Chant: May 21, (will have full moon chant 8:00–9:30 PM and other possible daytime events or retreat)


Upcoming Free classes (all scheduled during Quarter breaks):

May 30–June 3

Meditations on the Compassionate Buddha

Monday through Friday, May 30-June 3, 7-8 PM

Contemplating the form of the Buddha and invoking his presence is said to be a way to bring peace and harmony to oneself and others. We will do just that in a series of free classes held each weeknight evening from May 30 to June 3. A Nyingma Institute instructor will lead participants in a chant dedicated to the Buddha, followed by silent meditation. The evening sessions will include instruction in a visualization practice that will further deepen the practice.

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, June 5

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:

  • 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

  • May 21
  • June 20
  • July 19
  • August 18
  • September 16
  • October 16
  • November 14


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