This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute

January 26 - February 1, 2015

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Our 2015 Winter quarter began Monday, January 5, 2015. Enrollment in most classes is still possible.

2015 Winter Course Schedule and 2015 Winter Workshop Schedule are available online.

For our 2015 Winter Courses and Workshops in pdf.  Click here for our 2015 Winter Program Catalogue in pdf.

To register for our courses and workshops or for more information, call 510-809-1000 or email us at


Mindful Eating: Getting Back to Our Senses
Saturday, January 31, 10 AM - 4:45 PM
Primary instructor: Donna Morton
Cost: $80, includes a vegetarian buffet lunch.

With mindful eating, food becomes an offering to our total wellbeing. We discover that there are important dimensions to nourishing ourselves beyond the food choices we make. How we eat--the awareness and care we bring to the table—profoundly affects how our bodies receive and assimilate food. In this workshop, experiential exercises highlight ways to engage the senses more fully while eating and to attend to how the body feels before, during, and after eating. The joy of eating becomes a true feast of being. Suitable for all levels of students.

Make it a mini retreat!  Participants may arrange to stay overnight in one of the Institute’s comfortable guest rooms for an additional $45 per night. As a retreatant overnight workshop guests are offered complimentary Sunday morning meditation and Tibetan Yoga class.  

Morning Meditation
Sunday, February 1, 9-9:45 AM
Instructor: Dave Abercrombie
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.

Click here for meditation courses in the Winter quarter, started January 5.
Click here for programs in Nyingma Meditation.

Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga)

Sunday, February 1, 10 AM to Noon
Instructor: Dave Abercrombie
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. T  o view the Nyingma Institute Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) video, click here

For Kum Nye courses in the Winter quarter, starting January 5, click here.
Click here for information about our Kum Nye Certificate Program.


Tibetan Chanting
Sunday, February 1, 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, February 1, 6-7 PM

Mark Henderson on “Longchenpa: Master of the Nyingma Lineage.”

Mark Henderson discusses the remarkable achievements of Longchenpa, a 14th century Tibetan master. Longchenpa was a great poet who wrote with brilliant clarity; an all-knowing master who wrote on many topics, whose works that survive fill over 5,000 pages; a man with phenomenal memory and tireless energy; a perfected master in the Dzogchen lineage and a worker of miracles; a dedicated teacher; and one of the greatest figures in the Nyingma lineage. His story and teachings can inspire and enrich our own efforts.

This talk is part of a lecture series titled Healthy Living. In this lecture series, we view healthy living as the optimization of our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Each lecture focusses on particular teachings and practices from the Nyingma Institute designed to help you improve your overall health in 2015. For the lecture series in pdf, click here.

Those interested in this talk might like to know about this workshop:

Filled with Devotion
February 21, 10 AM - 4:45 PM; Cost: $80.

This advanced meditation workshop invites faith based on insight. It includes a careful reading of a text describing the immense benefit for the world generated by devotion and certainty in the Dharma. Instructors: Sylvie Gretchen and Hugh Joswick. Prerequisite: three years of meditation experience and sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings.


Please feel free to contact us at (510) 809-1000 or email us at


Please note that the Nyingma Institute will be closed February 5, 6, and 7 for a community retreat. Sunday programs will be held on February 8 as usual.

We will continue to check our email and voicemail during this time. Please feel free to leave messages or email us regarding class and workshop registrations and any inquiries. Thank You!

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