Special Events


The following is a list of special events. 

3rd Annual Peace Walk, September 29th, A Walk in Peace and Harmony, for the Benefit of All

BeginsThursday, September 29, 8:00-9:00 AM, starting from the Nyingma Institute

Early in the morning of September 29th, eminent Buddhist monks and nuns from California’s Burmese, Cambodian, Laotian, Thai, Shri Lankan, and Vietnamese Buddhist temples will assemble at the Nyingma Institute. At 8:00 AM, amidst flowers, incense, and prayer they will circumambulate the Stupa in the Institute’s meditation garden and then descend the Institute’s front staircase, bound for Mangalam Center in downtown Berkeley. Their walking meditation will be dedicated to easing discord and bringing all beings to a path of inner peace.

The Peace Walk will be conducted in silence with lay people following the Buddhist monastics. The route will be clearly marked with flowers and flags, and participants will be guided by volunteers stationed along the way. All lay people will receive a button to wear identifying them as being part of the procession. The walk is approximately 1.1 miles, all downhill, through the heart of the U.C. Berkeley campus and then on to Mangalam Center at 2018 Allston Way.

Students and friends of the Nyingma Institute as well as the general public are welcome to join the Inner Peace Walk, bringing their silent prayers and wishes for healing and peace to this beautiful walking meditation.

Please plan on arriving at the Institute’s main lobby by 8:00 AM. There will be tea and coffee available.

Note: We will not be able to provide parking at the Institute so please consider public transportation and car-pooling.

Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony, September 29th, 30th and October 1

For information and registration about the Tipitaka chanting ceremony held at our sister organization after the Inner Peace Walk, click here.


Nyingma Institute Open House 
October 2, (Fall Classes begin October 3rd)

 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

Upcoming Open House Dates:

  • 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. The chant is held in one of our classrooms and is led by a faculty member, from 8–9:30 PM.

No registration is required. The chant starts promptly at 8 PM, so please arrive a few minutes earlier.

Upcoming Full Moon Chant Dates

  • September 16
  • October 16
  • November 14

Contact us at (510) 809–1000 or email us at nyingma-institute@nyingma.org.