Every Sunday at the Nyingma Institute!
An opportunity to deepen your meditation practice and to introduce your friends or family to the benefits of Nyingma meditation. Each session includes brief meditation instruction followed by silent sitting. You are welcome to attend any Sunday session. No pre-registration or prior experience necessary.
Cost: $5. Free to currently enrolled students.
10 AM to Noon
Discover the gentle movement exercises of Kum Nye: effective techniques for relaxation, healing, relieving tension, and revitalizing body and mind. Both experienced and beginning students are welcome to attend this drop-in class. Click here to view the Nyingma Institute Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) video.
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.
A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar. Topics and dates are listed below.
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 the Buddhist Studies faculty. The following lecture series introduces the Path of Liberation and some of its teachings.
Sunday, December 1, 6-7 PM
Santosh Philip on "Appreciating the Significance of Karma."
Karma is action extending outward, like an echo. An action is taken: The mind creates and then the mind reflects. Echoes ripple outward and shadows lengthen, sometimes in simple, shallow ways, sometimes in rhythms and patterns of great complexity that interact and build up in layers. Tarthang Tulku, Path of Heroes.
Meditative analysis coupled with our life experiences help us to see the connection between cause and effect. Understanding the consequences of our actions helps us to focus our lives in a positive direction. Nyingma Institute instructor Santosh Philip explains how we can awaken to the significance of karma and take full responsibility for enacting positive personal change.
Sunday, December 8, 6-7 PM
Olivia Hurd on "Training for Freedom."
At every moment, choice presents itself, for actions and reactions of body, speech and mind are continually taking place. Impulses are constantly arising; some lead in neurotic, destructive directions reinforcing a deluded self-centered orientation; others lead in more positive directions, promoting a lighter, freer consciousness not circumscribed by the self. Ways of Enlightenment: Buddhist Studies at the Nyingma Institute.
Genuine freedom depends on two things: first, ascertaining the positive direction for our inner and outer actions and, second, having the power to act on what we discern. To gain this kind of knowledge and power, the Buddha’s teachings advise us to train in ethical action (shila), meditative concentration (samadhi), and wisdom (prajna). In this talk, Nyingma Institute instructor Olivia Hurd will discuss how these three ‘trainings’ clear away the network of confusion and emotional instability.
Sunday, December 15, 6-7 PM
Caz Verde on "Compassion in Action."
The depth and vastness of the Buddha’s teachings (the Dharma) restore the foundation, purpose, and direction of human life, inspiring a way of living oriented toward loving-kindness, compassion, and selflessness. In this talk, Path of Liberation Program graduate Caz Verde will recount stories of women and men from India and Tibet who became masters of these teachings.
(Note that the Nyingma Institute is closed for the holidays from December 19-28. There will be no Sunday events on December 22.)
Sunday, December 29, 6-7 PM
Santosh Philip on “Faith, Confidence, and the Spiritual Path."
The Buddha insisted that his followers investigate his teachings, testing them in the inner laboratory of experience. As a result, faith in Buddhism “implies faith in one’s ability to recognize truth when it presents itself and to take responsibility for verifying it through analysis and meditative experience.” (Ways of Enlightenment). Nyingma Institute Instructor Santosh Philip will speak about how faith supports our search for meaning in life.
What students say about the Path of Liberation Program:
I was initially unsure as to whether Tibetan Buddhism as taught in the Nyingma tradition would satisfy my thirst for a deeper understanding of the Dharma, but I took a leap of faith and enrolled in the Nyingma Institute’s two-year Path of Liberation program. I soon discovered that this program was a balanced approach combining both an intellectual understanding of the Dharma as well as a heart-based approach that allowed me to connect with The Dharma on a deeper level. Through the program, I have learned to incorporate the Dharma into my daily life and have found that my daily suffering has much diminished and that I now see the world through much more compassionate eyes. Russ B., Program student
This program is a rare gem. While the textual content of the classes addressed my hopes for a solid foundation for further study of the Dharma, Sylvia and Jack brought a depth of understanding that goes much farther than mere intellectual knowledge. The meditations, mantras and visualizations practiced in the classes were essential to opening both my mind and my heart in ways that enabled the teachings to penetrate through some of my habitual ways of understanding and being in the world. I recommend this program to anyone who wishes to truly taste the nectar of the Buddha’s teachings. Lynn O., Program graduate
For detailed information about the Path of Liberation Program which begins January 2014, click here. Enrollment is currently being accepted.