This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute

March 30 - April 5, 2015

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Our Spring Program began March 23, but enrollment is open for many of the courses. Spring course and workshop schedules are available online and also at the Institute front desk.  Course and workshop schedules in pdf version. Discover how our programs can enrich your life!

The Wheel of Life
: A Buddhist Studies Workshop
April 3-4 (Friday, 7-9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-4:45 PM)
Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Mark Henderson
Cost: $95, includes a vegetarian buffet lunch on Saturday.

The symbolism of the Tibetan Wheel of Life demonstrates fundamental Buddhist teachings about the chain of causality and how mental patterns evolve and take form. Study of the Wheel of Life also points to the fact that all things are in constant motion and change. We understand impermanence, not just as a movement from one state of existence to another, but within each moment of experience.

The Wheel of Life also presents a pictorial journey through Buddhist cosmology, outlining six different types of existence that living beings cycle through. The engine driving the wheel of samsaric suffering forward are the ‘afflictions’ of aversion, attachment, and ignorance. When we understand the negative influence that these forces have on us, we can work to eliminate them from our lives—replacing anger with compassionate love, replacing attachment with generosity, and replacing ignorance with penetrating wisdom. The workshop will include meditation practices and analysis that provide tools for making these positive changes.
Prerequisite: sincere interest in the Buddha’s path.


Full Moon Chant
Saturday, April 4, 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 the Main Meditation Hall and is led by a faculty member.


Morning Meditation
Sunday, April 5, 9-9:45 AM
Instructor: Dave Abercrombie
$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.

Click here for programs in Nyingma Meditation.  Meditation classes and workshops in spring quarter which began March 23.


Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga)
Sunday, April 5, 10 AM to Noon
Instructor: Dave Abercrombie
$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. T  o view the Nyingma Institute Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) video, click here 

Kum Nye classes and workshops in spring quarter which began March 23.  Click here for information about our Kum Nye Certificate Program. 


Tibetan Chanting
Sunday, April 5, 5-5:45 PM

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 almost an hour of Tibetan chanting and meditation.


Sunday Talks
Sunday, April 5, 6-7 PM

Mark Henderson on "Healing through Mantra."

For centuries Tibetan masters have used sacred syllables called mantras for healing. Nyingma Institute teacher Mark Henderson will speak about the ways that chanting mantras can heal body and mind. This talk is the first of a series titled Caring for Ourselves. Late spring Sunday talks open doors to finding the healing we need. Truly caring for ourselves may be the least selfish action we take. We learn to access the inner and outer resources that infuse our lives with vitality and meaning. We live the values that express the fullness of our human nature, transmitting this caring to others through our actions and way of being.

Click here for a complete list of talks in late spring.

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