Every Sunday evening at the Nyingma Institute:
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
A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar. For a schedule and description of these talks, click here.
Path of Liberation: Free Lecture Series
November 3 - December 29, 2013
The Buddha’s teachings introduce us to our own joyful, wise mind. They also show us a way of acting in the world based on compassionate values. These ancient teachings are known as a path of liberation because they liberate us from suffering and from the causes of suffering. They wake us up to the fact that within each of us is a deep core of wisdom, even if it is now hidden or obscured. The ‘path’ is the movement toward the flowering of this wisdom.
Fortunately for us, as well as for more than a hundred past generations of men and women, the Buddha left clear guidance on how to travel the path to liberation. These teachings are known both in the sacred texts of the Buddhist tradition and in the oral transmission from teacher to student.
Drawing on both these sources, the Nyingma Institute is offering a two-year Buddhist Studies program titled the Path of Liberation that begins in January 2014. This program introduces core teachings and practices, based around the themes of awakened embodiment, awakened communication, awakened mind, and awakened action. The program includes evening classes two nights a week (Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:15-7:45 PM), 16 weekend workshops, and a week-long retreat. The program instructors are Sylvia Gretchen and Jack Petranker.
Full Moon Chant
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
Special Meditations and Classes
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.
Winter: Meditations on Joyfulness
December 16-18, 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.
Nyingma Institute Open House
Upcoming Date: Sunday, December 8
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.