This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute

November 24-30, 2014

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Our Fall quarter began Monday, October 6 and will end December 12. Enrollment is still possible in some of the classes; call or email us to inquire.

To register for our courses, workshops and retreats, or for more information, call 510-809-1000 or email us at For our Fall Program in pdf. 

The Institute will be closed on Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.  We will re-open on Friday, November 28.

Cultivating Compassionate Love Retreat

November 28-30; Friday 10 AM-9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-3 PM.
Instructor: Olivia Hurd.
Cost: $235 (nonresidential); $350 (residential).

We can learn to love ourselves and others more deeply through actively cultivating compassionate love. This kind of love heals the painful divisions between living beings, allowing us to forgive others and to cleanse ourselves of ill-will. The retreat introduces gentle visualization, mantra, and meditation practices given by the Buddha. Suitable for all levels of students.



Morning Meditation
Sunday, November 30, 9-9:45 AM
Instructor: Santosh Philip
Cost: $5. Free for currently enrolled students and the Institute's Certificate Program 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.

Join us for
our Fall meditation courses and workshops & retreats.
For information about the Nyingma Meditation Certificate Program, click here. 


Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye Relaxation)
Sunday, November 30, 10 AM to Noon
Santosh Philip
Cost: $15.
Free for The Institute's Certificate Program students.

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. Join us for our Kum Nye weekday classes and weekend workshops this Fall Kum Nye courses, weekend workshops and week-long retreats.

About the Tibetan Yoga Certificate Program. View the Nyingma Institute Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) video.


Tibetan Chanting
Sunday, November 30, 5-5:45 PM

he 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 in Hidden Mind of Freedom.

We invite the public to join us for an hour of Tibetan chanting and meditation. We will be chanting the Vajra Guru Mantra.  Tibetan chanting is also held each full moon from 8-9:30 PM. The Full Moon Chant in December is Saturday, December 6.  Click here for the 2014 Full Moon Chant schedule.

Sunday Talks
Sunday, November 30, 6-7 PM

Jack van der Meulen on "Peaceful Mind; Open Heart."

An open heart and a peaceful mind help us negotiate life’s challenges. Tibetan Yoga instructor Jack van der Meulen will offer nonconceptual movement practices that lead to open, receptive, states of tranquility from which we can act with integrity and kindness.

This lecture is part of a lecture series titled Mastering the Art of Happiness, October 5 - December 13, 6-7 PM. Peace, happiness, joy, and well-being—we all wish for these things. Offering them to ourselves and others can form the core of a meaningful life. Fall talks explore both the techniques and art of finding happiness through what we do and how we know ourselves. We learn to become our own true friend as we cultivate a path that engages senses and mind, instilling both with joy and delight.

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