Special Events


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Below is a list of special events. Click on the title of the event or scroll down for descriptions.

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Buddha’s Birth and Enlightenment

Nyingma Institute Open House

Full Moon Chant


Celebrating the Anniversary of the Buddha’s Birth and Enlightenment

May 25 & June 1-5, 2015

May 19th began the Tibetan month that includes the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth and enlightenment. This month (which concludes on June 16) is an auspicious time to focus on Dharma practice, work, and study, taking advantage of the timeless power of enlightenment. It is also a time to refrain from negative actions that might harm oneself or others. Traditionally, Nyingma community members avoid any intoxicating substance and maintain a strict vegetarian diet during this Tibetan month.

You are welcome to join in these positive actions and to participate in special chanting ceremonies that the Nyingma Institute will be holding in May and June. These include chanting ceremonies on the anniversaries of the Buddha’s birth (May 25) and the Buddha’s enlightenment (June 2), as well as nightly chants on June 1 and June 3-5. All events are free and are held at the Nyingma Institute.

Birth of the Buddha Chanting Ceremony
Monday, May 25, 8-9 PM
We honor the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth with a special chant for blessing and healing.

Enlightenment of the Buddha Chanting Ceremony
Tuesday, June 2, 8-9:30 PM
The chant on this full-moon night will include periods of chanting interspersed with meditation.

Devotional Chant in Honor of the Buddha
(7-8 PM nightly, Monday, June 1 & Wednesday to Friday, June 3-5)
A special Tibetan chant in honor of the Buddha.

Schedule for the chants:

Monday, May 25: chanting ceremony , 8-9 PM (anniversary of the Birth of the Buddha)

Monday, June 1: devotional chant, 7-8 PM

Tuesday, June 2: chanting ceremony, 8-9:30 PM (anniversary of the Buddha’s enlightenment)

Wednesday, June 3: devotional chant, 7-8 PM

Thursday, June 4: devotional chant, 7-8 PM

Friday, June 5: devotional chant, 7-8 PM


Nyingma Institute Open House

Upcoming Date:

Sunday, June 7, 2015
3:00-5:00 PM

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

Future dates:

Sunday, August 30
Sunday, October 4
Sunday, December 6

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. Sorry, but no one will be admitted once the chant has started. You may leave the chant at anytime. Thank you!


Upcoming Full Moon Chants in 2015

  • Tuesday, Jun 2 (also celebrating the anniversary of the Buddha’s enlightenment)
  • Thursday, Jul 2
  • Friday, July 31
  • Saturday, Aug 29
  • Monday, Sep 28
  • Tuesday, Oct 27

Please note that there will be no full moon chant in November and December.

Please feel free to contact us at (510) 809-1000 or email us at nyingma-institute@nyingma.org.