Sunday Programs

SUNDAY PROGRAMS

 

Morning Meditation

9–9:45 AM
Instructor: Santosh Philip (every Sunday in February)
Cost: $5. Free to currently enrolled students.

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.

Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga)

10 AM-Noon
Instructor: Santosh Philip (every Sunday in February)
Cost: $15. Free to students in the Institute's Certificate Programs.

Discover the gentle movement exercises of Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga): 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. To view the Nyingma Institute Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) video, click here
Cost: $15. Free to students in the Institute's Certificate Programs.

Tibetan Chanting

5-5:45 PM
Free

For centuries mantras have been an integral part of Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice. This tradition is continued at the Nyingma Institute, and every Sunday a Nyingma Institute senior student or faculty member leads participants in chanting a special mantra known as the “Vajra Guru Mantra.” Calling on the power of compassionate wisdom, the mantra is:
OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM
(Pronounced: om ah hum vajra guru payma siddhee hum)

The mantra is chanted in a slow melodious way that helps deepen meditation and activate inner healing. Approximately thirty minutes of chanting is followed by ten to fifteen minutes of silent sitting.

Participating at the Nyingma Institute: The chant is held Sundays at 5 PM in the Institute’s main meditation room. Please plan on arriving a few minutes before 5 PM. Both cushions and chairs are available for participants. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Participating Online: You can participate in the chant online through this link: Sunday Chant. The link is activated from 5-5:45 PM, allowing you to follow the live-streaming audio. The chanting typically gets underway at a few minutes after 5 PM.

Sunday Talks

6-7 PM
Free

A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar.

March 26: Hugh Joswick on “An Awakened Vision of Being"

The gentle teachings of the Buddha form a living body of knowledge that has resounded through countless cultures and times. Nyingma Institute Instructor Hugh Joswick will outline key Buddhist teachings such as the “Four Noble Truths” and discuss their relevance for us today.

April 2: Santosh Philip on "Mindfulness and Kum Nye"

Kum Nye, or Tibetan Yoga, shows us an entirely new way of being embodied that infuses each sense with relaxation beyond labels. Nyingma Institute instructor Santosh Philip will present and lead participants through practices that specifically increase mindfulness of the body and mindfulness of feeling.

April 9: Ken McKeon on "Exploring the inward/outward openness of time, space, and knowledge"

The Time, Space, and Knowledge (TSK) teachings introduced to the West by the founder of the Nyingma Institute, Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku activate a new way of being and a new way of knowing. They show us how to free ourselves from our limited perspectives, introducing a vision of unbounded possibilities. Join Ken McKeon for an hour of TSK inquiry into the expression of knowledge in time and space.

April 16: Abbe Blum on "Integrating flow of feeling in the Energy Centers"

This talk explores four main energy centers of the body—head, throat, heart, and navel— and how we can enhance our well-being by learning to contact and enliven what is dormant within us and calm what tends to be overstimulated. Discovering how energy flows through or may be blocked in various centers, we can encourage positive energy, clarity, and more balance in our lives.

April 23: Olivia Hurd on "Seeing through Self-Images"

We all tend to create images of ourselves, which we project outward to the world, as well as inwardly. Do these self-images serve us, or do they restrict our ability to respond spontaneously and openly to life? Nyingma Psychology instructor Olivia Hurd will discuss ways we can break through these limitations, to expand the range of our responsiveness and to enjoy more freedom of mind and actions.

April 30: Mark Henderson on "The Wheel of Life"

The Buddha taught that our destiny is not determined by fate, but by causality. To illustrate this teaching he described existence as an ever-turning wheel. Propelled by positive or negative actions, living beings move to more or less favorable states of existence. Nyingma Institute instructor Mark Henderson will introduce the wheel of life as depicted in Tibetan art and will discuss this key teaching on causality, its inner and outer architecture, and how deeper inquiry, understanding, and wisdom lead to freedom.

May 7: Barr Rosenberg on "Routing Thought through the Senses"

Much of the time our thoughts do not help us to live our lives. By contrast, our eyes and ears and sense of movement constantly bring us useful information. We can receive significant benefit from thinking when we route our thoughts through our senses. Innovative techniques blend the creative potential of our thought process with the disciplined awareness of our senses, while taking advantage of our mind’s high level responsiveness to sensory inputs. We can readily retrain our thinking for more effective problem solving.

May 14: Donna Morton on "Supporting Brain Health"

We can take steps now to maintain the resilience and health of our mental functions. Donna Morton, Tibetan Yoga instructor, physical therapist, and nutritional consultant will share ways from each of these disciplines that can help you to slow the aging process of the brain.

May 21: Olivia Hurd on "Meditation as Gesture of Balance"

Seeking balance is a process of trying to gain stability through exploring the edges of what is not balance. Meditation can be such a process. If obstacles arise in meditation, we can learn to touch them gently, feeling our way, rather than reacting to them with discouragement. Olivia Hurd, Nyingma Institute meditation instructor will discuss ways we can use obstacles to expand our capabilities, moving beyond them to enjoy more freedom and openness in the process. A short practice will be included.

May 28: Santosh Philip on “Opening to Natural Beauty”

We can cultivate seeing and sensing natural beauty. Even in the midst of a city the color of the sky, the touch of the wind, a glimpse of a tree can awaken our sense of wonder and joy. Nyingma Institute instructor Santosh Philip will present ways to expand your experience of the beauty of the natural world. He will also lead you in awareness exercises that show how meditation can further deepen enjoyment of the world around us.

June 4: Pauline Yu - The Cobbler, the King and Other Yogis: Stories of the 84 Siddhas

The 84 Siddhas are a remarkable and incredibly varied array of Vajrayana practitioners who attained realization. Nyingma Institute instructor, Pauline Yu, draws from Buddha's Lions: The Lives of the 84 Siddhas, and speaks to the inspiration and insights offered to us by these fantastical stories.

June 11: Hugh Joswick on “Meditation and Mind”

How does meditation affect the mind? Nyingma Institute instructor Hugh Joswick will approach this subject experientially, exploring how our perceptions of ‘mind,’ ‘self’ and even “meditation” change as we practice being with whatever we are experiencing. The talk will include a short meditation practice.

June 18: Peggy Kincaid - Kum Nye Dancing

Nyingma Institute instructor, Peggy Kincaid, will describe some of the fundamental principals of Tarthang Tulku’s Kum Nye Dancing and demonstrate ways to engage and activate the energies of the body through movement and dance.

June 25: Pauline Yu - Thoughts

How does the Nyingma tradition approach thoughts, particularly as they surface in meditation? What is their nature, and how does one work with them? Nyingma Institute instructor, Pauline Yu, leads meditative practices to relax the mind and gently investigate thinking, based on the chapter titled "Thoughts" from Openness Mind.

 

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