Overview of Certificate Programs

 

Certificate Programs at the Nyingma Institute

The Nyingma Institute offers seven programs that lead to certificates of completion. Certificate programs provide a cohesive series of classes, workshops, and retreats that enhance cognitive and experiential learning. Although students may still attend individual classes, workshops and retreats as auditors, we recommend a certificate program in order to gain the greatest benefit from study at the Nyingma Institute.


Approval to Operate

The Nyingma Institute is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means that this institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. The Bureau can be reached at: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833 or P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; Web site Address: www.bppe.ca.gov, Telephone and fax #’s: (888) 370-7589 or by fax: (916) 263-1897 or (916) 431-6959 or by fax: (916) 263-1897.

 


 

Both the Finding Inner Peace Nyingma Meditation and the Beginning Kum Nye Programs have at their heart a series of beginning classes that present fundamental movement and sitting practices to calm body, breath, and mind. These practices form the basis for life-long learning and inner growth. The Mastering the Art of Happiness Nyingma Psychology Program introduces cognitive and experiential practices to recognize negative emotional patterns and cut them at their root. Each of these three programs can be completed in one year, although students may take up to two years to finish.

The Two-Year Nyingma Studies Program provides students who already have a background in Nyingma teachings with a path to deepen their training, and the Four-Month Human Development Training Retreat provides an intensive, reliable method to greater self-knowledge and spiritual transformation. Our two ongoing Dharma studies programs—the Path of Liberation (Begins January 2017) and Path and Practices of Liberation—are a gateway to the teachings of the Buddha. In these programs, we study the great vision of the Buddha, and learn to practice introspective techniques designed definitively to lead us out of the state of confusion and suffering that is the hallmark of our fragmented, modern world.


Mastering the Art of Happiness Nyingma Psychology Program

Course Length: Minimum 1 year (52 weeks); maximum 2 years (104 weeks), minimum of 130 Contact Hours.

Course Schedule: Required classes are offered on Monday evenings from 8:00—9:30 PM or, in some quarters, on Thursday afternoons from 1—2:30 PM. Elective classes are typically offered in the evenings at 6:15—7:45 PM or 8:00—9:30 PM. Most workshops are held on Saturdays from 10:00 AM—4:45 PM. Elective retreats are offered throughout the year. Retreats typically begin on Mondays at 10:00 AM and end on Saturdays at 4:45 PM.

Course Description: Using analysis and meditation to precisely determine mental and emotional states, students learn to cultivate and maintain joyful ease—a deep relaxation of body and mind that leads to greater flexibility and authenticity. Applying antidotes that transform negative states of mind, inner suffering is diminished.

At the heart of the program are introspective practices that facilitate individual insight and the strength to enact positive change. Discussion centers on teachings from the Tibetan tradition presented in a non-dogmatic fashion that fosters each student’s journey of inner discovery. The texts utilized are written by the Institute’s founder, Tarthang Tulku. The goal is for each student to gain the skills needed to find greater joy and meaning in their lives.

Course Objective: Upon completion of the Mastering the Art of Happiness Nyingma Psychology Program, students will understand how to determine the body/mind components of mental and emotional states, and how to apply antidotes to transform the negative aspects of emotions, concepts, and feelings.

Program Requirements: Five classes, four workshops, and one one-week retreat. Four of the five classes are required; one is elective. Two of the four workshops are required, two are elective. The one-week retreat is an elective. Students choose electives in conjunction with their student advisor.

Required Classes: (4) (66 hours) (May be taken in any order)*

NPS101 Healing Mind (30 hours)
NPS102 Transforming Negative Emotions (15 hours)
NPS107 Insights from Buddhist Psychology (6 hours)
NPS103 Working with Emotions (15 hours) or
NPS104 Art of Happiness (15 hours)

Required Workshops: (2) (10 hours)*

NPS401 Transforming Negative Emotions (5 hours)
NPS405 The Self-Image (5 hours)

Elective Classes: (Choose one 15 hour class or two 7.5 hour classes)*

KNR105 Kum Nye: Expanding Enjoyment and Ease (15 hours)
KNR101 Kum Nye: Promoting Spaciousness (15 hours)
KNR102 Kum Nye: Working with Lower Body Energy (15 hours)
KNR103 Kum Nye: Releasing Tension and Restoring Balance (15 hours)
MED101 Quieting the Mind (15 hours)
TSK108 Time, Space, and Knowledge: Perspectives and Practices (15 hours)
NPR103 Dream Yoga and Authentic Communication (6 hours)**
NPS105 Heart Practices for Everyday Life (7.5 hours)
NPS108 Finding Wholeness and Wellness on the Spiritual Path in the Modern World (15 Hours)
NPS106 Nyingma Gateway: Love of Knowledge (15 hours)

**Certificate Program students will receive additional 1.5 hours’ instruction.

Elective Workshops: (Choose 2 workshops) (10 hours)*

NPR401 Dream Lotus Evening (2.5 hours) (counts as half a workshop)
NPS406 Activating Joyous Feeling (5 hours)
NPS407 Transforming Personal History (5 hours)
NPS414 Mindful Eating: Getting Back to Our Senses (5 hours)
NPS402 Overcoming Fear of Change (5 hours)
MED401 How to Meditate (2.5 hours) (counts as half a workshop)
KNR403 Opening the Heart (5 hours)
KNR406 Joy and Spaciousness (5 hours)
NPS411 Loving Yourself, Loving Others (5 hours)
KNR420 The Art of Sitting Comfortably (2.5 hours) (counts as half a workshop)
KNR404 Balancing Emotions through Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)
NPS408 Compassion, Mindfulness, and Well-Being (5 hours)
NPS409 Attaining Inner Confidence (5 hours)
NPS404 Topics in Transforming Emotions (5 hours)
TSK403 Creativity and Consciousness (5 hours)

Elective Nonresidential Retreat: (Choose 1 retreat) (29 hours)*

NPS507 Luminous Mind (29 hours)
NPS501 Transforming Negative Emotions (29 hours)
NPS502 Cutting through Conditioning (29 hours)
NPS503 Loving Yourself, Loving Others (29 hours)
NPS504 Touching Wonder and Facing Fear (29 hours)
NPS505 Reclaiming the Heart (29 hours)
NPS506 Self-Image: Observing, Recognizing, Releasing (29 hours)
KNR502 Integrating Body and Mind through Tibetan Yoga (29 hours)
KNR503 Kum Nye: Touching Present Energy (29 hours)
KNR505 Tibetan Yoga for Healing and Energy (29 hours)
MED501 Silent Retreat (29 hours)
MED503 Developing Clarity (29 hours)
MED506 Reflection and Insight (29 hours)
TSK501 Time, Space, and Knowledge: Visionary Journey into Inner Space and Time (29 hours)

*In individual cases, to further the educational goals of the student, classes, workshops, and retreats may be substituted for those on these lists with the consent of the Program Director or the Chief Academic Officer.

 

Finding Inner Peace Meditation Program

Course Length: Minimum 1 year (52 weeks); maximum 2 years (104 weeks), minimum of 130 Contact Hours.

Course Schedule: Required classes are typically offered on Thursday evenings at 6:15-7:45 PM. Elective classes are typically offered in the mornings from 10-11:30 AM or the evenings from 6:15—7:45 PM or 8-9:30 PM. Most elective workshops are held on Saturdays from 10:00 AM—4:45PM. Elective retreats are offered throughout the year. Retreats typically begin on Mondays at 10:00 AM and end on Saturdays at 4:45 PM.

Course Description: Nyingma Meditation traces its origin to the time of the Buddha, 2,500 years ago. The Finding Inner Peace Meditation Program introduces students to the fundamentals of meditation practice and provides the support needed to establish an on-going daily practice. Classes offer instruction and guidance in silent sitting and walking meditation, Tibetan mantra practice, visualization, Tibetan Yoga (Kym Nye), and mindful living. Readings and discussion bring insight to the nature of mind and meditation. Components of the Finding Inner Peace Meditation Program include five required classes in Meditation, and one elective class, four workshops and one week-long retreat in Nyingma meditation or a related area.

Course Objective: Upon completion of the Finding Inner Peace Meditation Program, students will understand the basic principles of meditation, will have knowledge of basic sitting and walking meditative techniques, and will be prepared to have an ongoing daily meditation practice of at least one-half hour per day.

Program Requirements: Six classes, four workshops (or a total of twenty hours), and one one-week retreat. Five of the six classes are required; one is elective. The four workshops and the one-week retreat are electives. Students choose electives in conjunction with their student advisor.

Required Classes: (5) (66 hours) (Need not be taken in sequential order)*

MED101 Quieting the Mind (15 hours)
MED102 Developing Inner Serenity (15 hours)
MED103 Calm and Clear (15 hours):
MED104 Self-Observation (15 hours)
MED105 Meditation for Healing (6 hours)

Elective Classes: (Choose 1 class) (15 hours)*

KNR101 Kum Nye: Promoting Spaciousness (15 hours)
KNR102 Kum Nye: Working with Lower Body Energy (15 hours)
KNR103 Kum Nye: Releasing Tension and Restoring Balance (15 hours)
KNR105 Kum Nye: Expanding Enjoyment and Ease (15 hours)
TSK108 Time, Space, and Knowledge: Perspectives and Practices (15 hours)
NPS102 Transforming Negative Emotions (15 hours)

Elective Workshops: (Choose 4 workshops or a total of 20 hours)*

NPS401 Transforming Negative Emotions (5 hours)
MED401 How to Meditate (2.5 hours)
NPR401 Dream Lotus Evening (2.5 hours)
MED402 Healing Sound (5 hours)
MED403 Calm and Clear (5 hours)
MED404 Visualization to Clear the Mind (5 hours)
MED406 Light Awareness: Visualization in the Tibetan Tradition (5 hours)
MED412 Healing through Breath (5 hours)
MED407 Foundations for Mindfulness (5 hours)
MED418 Gesture of Balance (5 hours)
MED419 Music, Mantra, and Meditation (5 hours)
NPS406 Activating Joyous Feeling (5 hours)
KNR403 Opening the Heart (5 hours)
KNR420 The Art of Sitting Comfortably (2.5 hours)
KNR401 Renewing and Refreshing the Senses (5 hours)
KNR404 Balancing Emotions through Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)
KNR415 Stress Reduction through Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)

Elective Nonresidential Retreats: (Choose 1 retreat) (29 hours)*

MED501 Silent Retreat (29 hours)
MED502 Finding Inner Peace (29 hours)
MED503 Developing Clarity (29 hours)
MED506 Reflection and Insight (29 hours)
KNR501 Tasting Relaxation (29 hours)
KNR502 Integrating Body and Mind through Tibetan Yoga (29 hours)
KNR503 Kum Nye: Touching Present Energy (29 hours)
KNR505 Tibetan Yoga for Healing and Energy (29 hours)

*In individual cases, to further the educational goals of the student, classes, workshops, and retreats may be substituted for those on these lists with the written consent of the Program Director or the Chief Academic Officer.

 

Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Program

Course Length: Minimum 1 year (52 weeks); maximum 2 years (104 weeks), minimum of 130 Contact Hours.

Course Schedule: Required classes are offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:15—7:45 PM. Elective classes are offered in the evenings from 6:15—7:45 PM or from 8:00—9:30 PM, or in the mornings from 10—11:30 AM. Most elective workshops are held on Saturdays from 10:00 AM—4:45 PM. Elective retreats are offered throughout the year. Retreats typically begin on Mondays at 10:00 AM and end on Saturdays at 4:45 PM.

Course Description: Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) is a natural healing system based on Tibetan medicine and the body-mind disciplines of Buddhism. In this program, students will learn Kum Nye’s basic movement, massage, and breathing practices, which were designed by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku to promote physical and emotional health as they bridge the gap between the material and the spiritual.

Components of the Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Program include five required classes in Kum Nye and one elective class, four elective workshops and one elective week-long retreat in Kum Nye or a related area. Each class, workshop, and retreat presents a focused set of exercises and instruction designed to lead to a specific goal, such as balancing emotions or releasing stress.

Course Objective: Upon completion of the Beginning Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Program, students will understand the basic principles of Kum Nye, will have knowledge of basic massage, movement and breathing practices, and should have an ongoing daily Kum Nye practice of at least one-half hour a day.

Program Requirements: Six classes, four workshops, and one one-week retreat. Five of the six classes are required; one is elective. The four workshops and the one-week retreat are electives. Students choose electives in conjunction with their student advisor.

Required Classes: (5) (66 hours) (Need not be taken in sequential order)*

KNR101 Kum Nye: Promoting Spaciousness (15 hours)
KNR102 Kum Nye: Working with Lower Body Energy (15 hours)
KNR103 Kum Nye: Releasing Tension and Restoring Balance (15 hours)
KNR104 Kum Nye: Kum Nye to Balance Feelings (6 hours)
KNR105 Kum Nye: Expanding Enjoyment and Ease (15 hours)

Elective Classes: (Choose 1 class) (15 hours)*

KNR106 Kum Nye Self Massage (7.5 hours) (counts as half a class)
KNR107 Sunday Morning Tibetan Yoga (20 hours)
KNR108 Special Topics in Kum Nye (10-15 hours)
KNR109 Healing Power of Touch (6 hours) (counts as half a class)**
KNR202 Integrating Body and Mind (15 hours)
KNR205 Balancing and Integrating Body and Mind (15 hours)
MED101 Quieting the Mind (15 hours)
MED102 Developing Inner Serenity (15 hours)
MED103 Calm and Clear (15 hours):
MED104 Self-Observation (15 hours)
NPS105 Heart Practices for Daily Life (7.5 hours) (counts as half a class)

**Certificate Program Students will receive additional 1.5 hours instruction.

Elective Workshops: (Choose 4 workshops) (20 hours)*

KNR401 Renewing and Refreshing the Senses (5 hours)
KNR402 Expanding Enjoyment and Ease (5 hours)
KNR403 Opening the Heart (5 hours)
KNR404 Balancing Emotions through Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)
KNR405 Tasting Relaxation (5 hours)
KNR406 Joy and Spaciousness (5 hours)
KNR407 Tibetan Yoga for Sustaining Inner Balance (5 hours)
KNR411 Revitalizing Inner Energy (5 hours)
KNR412 Inner Alchemy: Transformation through Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)
KNR413 Embodiment of Beauty (5 hours)
KNR415 Stress Reduction through Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)
KNR416 Special Topics in Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)
KNR419 Kum Nye Massage (2.5 hours) (counts as half a workshop)
KNR420 The Art of Sitting Comfortably (2.5 hours) (counts as half a workshop)
KNR421 Opening to the Power of the Natural World (7 hours)
KNR422 Healing Inner Space (15 hours) (counts as three workshops or half a retreat)
KNR423 Surrendering to Calmness (15 hours) (counts as three workshops or half a retreat)
MED401 How to Meditate (2.5 hours) (counts as half a workshop)
MED402 Healing Sound (5 hours)
MED403 Calm and Clear (5 hours)
MED406 Light Awareness: Visualization in the Tibetan Tradition (5 hours)
NPR401 Dream Lotus Evening (2.5 hours) (counts as half a workshop)

Elective Nonresidential Retreats: (Choose 1 retreat) (29 hours)*

KNR414 Generating Happiness from Within (15 hours) (counts as half a retreat)
KNR422 Healing Inner Space (15 hours) (counts as three workshops or half a retreat)
KNR423 Surrendering to Calmness (15 hours) (counts as three workshops or half a retreat)
KNR501 Tasting Relaxation (29 hours)
KNR502 Integrating Body and Mind through Tibetan Yoga (29 hours)
KNR503 Kum Nye: Touching Present Energy (29 hours)
KNR505 Tibetan Yoga for Healing and Energy (29 hours)
MED501 Silent Retreat (29 hours)
MED502 Finding Inner Peace (29 hours)
MED506 Reflection and Insight (29 hours)

*In individual cases, to further the educational goals of the student, classes, workshops, and retreats may be substituted for those on these lists with the written consent of the Program Director and the Chief Academic Officer.

 

Two-Year Nyingma Studies Program

Course Length: Minimum 2 years (104 weeks); maximum 4 years (208 weeks), minimum of 256 Contact Hours.

Course Schedule: All classes, workshops and retreats are elective. Elective classes are offered in the evenings from 6:15—7:45 PM or from 8:00—9:30 PM or in the daytime from 10—11:30 AM or 1—2:30 PM. Most elective workshops are held on Saturdays from 10:00 AM—4:45 PM. Elective retreats are offered throughout the year. Retreats typically begin on Mondays at 10:00 AM and end on Saturdays at 4:45 PM.

Course Description: This program is designed to allow students to sample teachings from all areas of Nyingma studies, coming to a more comprehensive and deeper knowledge of the Nyingma tradition. Working closely with an advisor, students select courses from any of the following, with a focus on intermediate and advanced offerings: Nyingma Meditation, Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga), Nyingma Psychology, Time, Space, and Knowledge, Skillful Means, Nyingma Practices, Tibetan Language, and Dharma Studies. Some students may choose to concentrate on a single area, such as Nyingma Meditation or Tibetan Language; others may choose studies in several different areas. Components of the Two-year Nyingma Studies Program include classes, workshops, and retreats. All are electives.

Course Objective: Depending on course selections, upon completion of the Two-Year Nyingma Studies Program, students will have a foundational understanding of the basic areas of Nyingma studies.

Program Requirements: Classes, workshops, and retreats totaling 256 contact hours. All are electives. Course selections is made in conjunction with a Student Advisor. In some cases, prerequisites must be satisfied. See course descriptions for prerequisites.

Elective Classes:*

NPR102 Tibetan Chanting and Sacred Art (15 hours)
NPR107 Tibetan Teachings on Death and Dying (7.5 hours)
NPR108 Special Topics in Nyingma Practices (15 hours)
NPR109 Healing through Mantra (6 hours)
MED201 Intermediate Meditation: Sustaining Meditation (15 hours)
MED202 Intermediate Meditation (15 hours)
MED203 Intermediate Meditation: Meditations to Open the Heart (15 hours)
MED204 Intermediate Meditation (15 hours)
MED205 Intermediate Meditation (6 hours)
MED206 Experiencing Openness (15 hours)
MED207 The Deepening Stream (15 hours)
MED208 Reality and Illusion (15 hours)
MED209 Shamatha and Vipashyana – 15 Hours
MED210 Intermediate Meditation: Attaining Inner Confidence (6 hours)
MED211 Shamatha and Vipashyana – 6 Hours
MED301 Advanced Meditation (15 hours)
MED302 Advanced Meditation (15 hours)
MED303 Advanced Meditation (15 hours)
MED304 Advanced Meditation (15 hours)
MED305 Advanced Meditation (6 hours)
KNR201 Inner and Outer Massage of Feeling (15 hours)
KNR202 Integrating Body and Mind (15 hours)
KNR203 Stimulating Inner Energy (15 hours)
KNR204 Kum Nye: Opening the Energy Centers (6 hours)
KNR205 Balancing and Integrating Body and Mind (15 hours)
KNR301 Advanced Kum Nye (15 hours)
KNR302 Advanced Kum Nye (15 hours)
KNR303 Advanced Kum Nye (15 hours)
KNR304 Advanced Kum Nye: Generating Happiness from Within (6 hours)
KNR305 Advanced Kum Nye (15 hours)
KOF101 Knowledge that Heals (15 hours)
KOF102 Awakening Knowledge (15 hours)
KOF103 Penetrating the Dynamic of Pain (15 hours)
KOF104 Engaging Knowledge that Heals (6 hours)
NPS101 Healing Mind (30 hours) (counts as two 15-hour classes)
NPS106 Nyingma Gateway: Love of Knowledge (15 hours)
NPS108 Finding Wholeness and Wellness on the Spiritual Path in the Modern World (15 Hours)
NPS201 Path of Self-Mastery (15 hours)
NPS202 Inner Mandala (15 hours)
SKM101 Mastering Successful Work (15 hours)
SKM102 Achieving All Goals (15 hours)
SKM103 Skillful Means (15 hours)
SKM104 Challenging Negativity in the Workplace (15 Hours)
SKM211 Inward Exploration (15 hours)
SKM212 Exploring Mind's Frameworks (15 hours)
SKM213 Pioneering Inwardly (15 hours)
SKM214 Skillful Means: Working Well (15 hours)
SKM401 Challenging Negativity in the Workplace (5 Hours)
SKM402 Communicating Well (5 Hours)
SKM403 Tools for Troubled Times (5 Hours)
SKM404 Topics in Skillful Means—5 Hours
TSK101 Experiencing the Dynamic of Time (15 Hours)
TSK102 The Translucent Person (15 Hours)
TSK103 Inviting Knowledge (15 Hours)
TSK104 TSK Right from the Start! (15 Hours)
TSK108 Time, Space, and Knowledge: Perspectives and Practices (15 hours)
DHS101 Words of the Buddha (15 hours)
DHS102 Tibetan Sacred Texts (15 hours)
DHS103 Yogins of Tibet (15 hours)
DHS104 Opening to the Dharma: A Precious Life (15 hours)
DHS105 Opening to the Dharma: Depths of Experience (15 hours)
DHS106 Opening to the Dharma: The Great Vision of the Mahayana (15 hours)
DHS107 Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha (15 hours)
DHS108 Faith, Doubt, and Inquiry (7.5 hours)
DHS109 Three Foundations for Liberation (7.5 hours)
DHS110 Mindfulness: Exploring Tibetan Practice (15 hours)
DHS111 Opening to the Dharma: Birth of Enlightenment (15 hours)
DHS112 Special Topics in Buddhist Studies (6 hours)
DHS204 Four Foundations of Mindfulness (6 hours)
DHS211 Buddhist Studies Tutorial (15 hours)
DHS212 Special Topics in Intermediate and Advanced Dharma Studies (15 hours)
TIB101 Beginning Tibetan (Level I) (15 hours)
TIB102 Beginning Tibetan (Level II) (15 hours)
TIB103 Beginning Tibetan (Level III) (15 hours)
TIB104 Beginning Tibetan (Level IV) (15 hours)
TIB105 Beginning Tibetan (Level V) (6 hours)
TIB201 Intermediate Tibetan (Level I) (15 hours)
TIB202 Intermediate Tibetan (Level II) (15 hours)
TIB203 Intermediate Tibetan (Level III) (15 hours)
TIB204 Intermediate Tibetan (Level IV) (15 hours)
TIB205 Intermediate Tibetan (Level V) (6 hours)
TIB301 Tibetan Tutorial (15 hours)
TIB302 Tibetan Tutorial (6 hours)

Elective Workshops:*

NPR403 Devotional Practices (5 hours)
NPR405 Preparation for the Time of Death: The Bardo is Now! (7 hours)
NPR406 Medicine Buddha Practice (7 hours)
NPR407 Tibetan Sacred Art Workshop (7 hours)
NPR408 Special Topics in Nyingma Practices (5 hours)
NPR409 Transitions as Teachers (5 hours)
NPR410 Dream Yoga and Authentic Communication (7 hours)
MED404 Visualization to Clear the Mind (5 hours)
MED405 Wheel of Analytic Meditation (5 hours)
MED408 Joy of Being (5 hours)
MED409 Silent Mind, Peaceful Mind (5 hours)
MED410 Translucent Person: Radiant World (5 hours)
MED411 Inner Bliss (5 hours)
MED412 Healing through Breath (5 hours)
MED413 Filled with Devotion (5 hours)
MED414 Contemplating Awakened Heart (7 hours)
MED415 Cutting off Negative Thoughts (5 hours)
MED416 Special Topics in Advanced Meditation (5 hours)
MED417 Transforming Adversity (5 hours)
MED420 Developing Mindfulness through Chanting and Visualization (5 hours)
KNR407 Tibetan Yoga for Sustaining Inner Balance (5 hours)
KNR408 Mindfulness through Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)
KNR409 Opening Energy Centers (5 hours)
KNR410 Energizing Body and Mind (5 hours)
KNR411 Revitalizing Inner Energy (5 hours)
KNR413 Embodiment of Beauty (5 hours)
KNR416 Special Topics in Tibetan Yoga (5 hours)
KNR421 Opening to the Power of the Natural World (7 hours)
KNR422 Healing Inner Space (15 hours)
KNR423 Surrendering to Calmness (15 hours)
NPS404 Topics in Transforming Emotions (5 hours)
NPS405 The Self-Image (5 hours)
NPS409 Attaining Inner Confidence (5 hours)
NPS411 Loving Yourself, Loving Others (5 hours)
NPS412 Emotions, Intelligence, and the Mind (5 hours)
NPS415 Essential Practices for Well-Being (7-15Hours)
DHS406 Cultivating Unlimited Love (5 hours)
DHS407 Making Mind the Matter (7 hours)
DHS409 The Six Transcending Perfections (5 hours)
DHS410 Developing Bodhicitta (5 hours)
DHS411 Buddhist Studies Tutorial Workshop (5 hours)
DHS413 The Perfections of Patience and Strength (7 hours)
SKM402 Communicating Well (5 Hours)
TSK401 Healing Pain (7 hours)
TSK402 Names and Namelessness (7 hours)
TSK403 Creativity and Consciousness (5 hours)
TSK404 A Return to Light (5 hours)
TSK405 Conducting Perfect Knowledge through Time (7 hours)
TSK406 Waking to Space; Opening to Freedom (5 hours)
TSK407 Freedom for Knowledge (5 hours)

Elective Nonresidential Retreats:*

KNR501 Tasting Relaxation (29 hours)
KNR502 Integrating Body and Mind through Tibetan Yoga (29 hours)
KNR503 Kum Nye: Touching Present Energy (29 hours)
KNR504 Opening the Senses (29 hours)
KNR505 Tibetan Yoga for Healing and Energy (29 hours)
KNR506 Special Topics in Intermediate and Advanced Kum Nye (29 hours)
KNR414 Generating Happiness from Within (15 hours)
MED501 Silent Retreat (29 hours)
MED503 Developing Clarity (29 hours)
MED504 Special Topics in Advanced Meditation (29 hours)
MED506 Reflection and Insight (29 hours)
NPR501 Preparation for the Time of Death (29 hours)
NPR502 Inner Resources for Difficult Times (15 hours)
NPR503 Enlightenment Retreat (29 hours)
NPR402 Cultivating Compassionate Love (14 hours)
NPR406 Medicine Buddha Practice (7 hours)
NPS504 Touching Wonder and Facing Fear (29 hours)
NPS505 Reclaiming the Heart (29 hours)
NPS506 Self-Image: Observing, Recognizing, Releasing (29 hours)
NPS507 Luminous Mind (29 hours)
SKM501 Skillful Means: Communication and Connection (29 Hours)
TSK501 Visionary Journey into Inner Space and Time (29 hours)
TSK502 Translucent Body; Radiant World (29 hours)
DHS412 Dharma Studies Workshop/Retreat (13 hours)
DHS501-540 (Path of Liberation retreat weeks) (30 hours)

*In individual cases, to further the educational goals of the student, classes, workshops, or retreats may be substituted for those on these lists with the consent of the Program Director or the Chief Academic Officer.

 

Path of Liberation Program

Begins January 2017

The Path of Liberation Program is a training in Buddhist study and practice that is structured by the teachings of kaya, vacca, citta, guna and karma. Students will be introduced to the basic cognitive and experiential teachings of the Buddha. Texts will be drawn primarily from the Mahayana tradition. Components of the Path of Liberation Program include eleven required classes in Dharma Studies, fifteen workshops in Dharma Studies, Nyingma Practices, or Meditation, and one week-long Dharma Studies retreat. Upon completion of the Path of Liberation Program, students will have a basic understanding of fundamental Buddhist teachings, such as the Four Noble Truths, the Eight-fold Noble Path, Karma and Klesha, Interdependent Co-operation, and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. They will be familiar with Buddhist history and important works of literature. They will further understand the living spirit of Buddhist teaching and practice.

Path and Practices of Liberation Program

Begins January 2017

The Path and Practices of Liberation offers an intense immersion in Buddhist study and practice that is structured by the teachings of kaya, vacca, citta, guna and karma. The Path of Liberation classes and workshops form the core of this full-time program and provide a thorough grounding in the basic teachings and texts of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In addition, students in this program will be trained in Nyingma Psychology, Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga), Nyingma Meditation, Skillful Means, and Nyingma Practices.Upon completion of the Path and Practices of Liberation Program, students will have a basic understanding of fundamental Buddhist teachings, such as the Four Noble Truths, the Eight-fold Noble Path, Karma and Klesha, Interdependent Co-operation, and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. They will be familiar with Buddhist history and important works of literature and with the living spirit of Buddhist teaching and practice. Students will also have a thorough grounding in Nyingma Psychology, Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga), Nyingma Meditation, Skillful Means, and Nyingma Practices.

There are three formats for taking this program. Format I is a Retreat Format. Students who select this format take seven 5-week retreats and one 4-week retreat. Each retreat contains a minimum of 150 hours of instruction, for a total of 1200 hours. Note: Program cost includes nonresidential retreats only; residential retreats require an additional fee for room and board. Format II is a Full-time Format. Students who select this format take fifty classes (970 hours), twenty-seven workshops (170 hours); and two one-week retreats (60 hours) over a minimum of two years, for a total of 1200 hours. Format III is a Combined Format. Students who select this format work closely with an advisor to select some retreats from the Retreat Format and some classes and workshops from the Full-time Format. Total Program instruction must equal a minimum of 1200 hours.

Four-Month Human Development Training Retreat

Begins August 18, 2016

This retreat provides students with an intense four-month period of study and practice of Nyingma teachings. The retreat curriculum is a program in human development, working both cognitively and experientially with mind, body, and spiritual awareness. Students develop insight into the nature of consciousness, emotion, thought, embodiment, and feeling. Exercises release the hold of negative habitual patterning within body and mind, allowing previously untapped human qualities to emerge. Retreatants attend day and evening classes and weekend workshops. Retreat dates for 2016 are August 18 - December 10, 2016. Cost for this retreat: $6,800 (nonresidential); $9,200 (residential) which may be paid in monthly installments ($1,700 nonresidential; $2,300 residential.). Both residential and nonresidential costs include meals.

Why Choose a Certificate Program?

  1. You will receive a thorough grounding in the subjects studied with a clear path of experiential practice and cognitive study.
  2. You will be advised by skilled faculty and staff so that you make the most of your training.
  3. The cost of the programs is less than the cost of attending the equivalent number of individual classes or workshops.

Programs offered through the Nyingma Institute are not vocational in nature and are not represented to lead to employment.

The transferability of credits you earn at the Nyingma Institute is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the certificate you earn in your program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or certificates that you earn at Nyingma Institute are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at the Nyingma Institute will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may see to transfer after attending the Nyingma Institute to determine if your credits or certificate will transfer.

Nyingma Institute has not entered into any articulation or transfer agreement with any other postsecondary school.

Certificates awarded in Nyingma Institute Programs are not teaching credentials. Earning a certificate in a Nyingma Institute Program will not, by itself, qualify you to teach at the Nyingma Institute, or anywhere else.

For complete information regarding our Certificate Programs, including financial information and school policies, see our School Catalogue page.