This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute

August 31–September 6, 2015

Morning Meditation
Sunday, September 6, 9–9:45 AM
Instructor: Jack Van der Meulen
$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. No pre-registration or prior experience necessary.


Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Relaxation
Sunday, September 6, 10 AM to Noon
Jack Van der Meulen
$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. 


Tibetan Chanting

5–5:45 PM


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:


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 Talk

Sunday, September 6, 6–7 PM:

Mark Henderson on "The Sacred Language of Tibet.”

Classical written Tibetan is like a crystal chalice, created specifically to translate and hold the wisdom of the Buddha's teachings. The language—its words and even its grammar—reflects this sacred purpose. Tibetan language instructor Mark Henderson will tell the story of the creation of written Tibetan and introduce some of its rich literature.