Special Events


The following is a list of special events. 

Upcoming Free classes (all scheduled during Quarter breaks):

May 30–June 3

August 15–26, Mondays through Fridays, 7–8 PM

September 26–30, with free workshop on October 1


Nyingma Institute Open House 

 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:

  • 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. 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

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


Tibetan New Year’s: February 9 (we may have a chant)

Saga Dawa: May 7–June 5

Buddha’s birth: May 13

Buddha’s Enlightenment: May 21 (will have full moon chant and other possible daytime events or retreat)


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