This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute: The Winter Term Begins

Our winter term begins this week - browse through our many Classes and Day-Long Retreats. We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday: Food, Relaxation, and Movement as Medicine Day-Long Retreat

10AM-5PM
Instructor: Donna Morton

View details and register online here.

Saturday: How to Meditate Half-Day Retreat

10AM-1PM
Instructor: Olivia Hurd

View details and register online here.

Sunday Morning Meditation

9–9:45 AM
Instructor: David Abercrombie (every Sunday in January)
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. No pre-registration or prior experience necessary.

Sunday Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Relaxation

10 AM-Noon
Instructor: David Abercrombie (every Sunday in January)
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.

Sunday: 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 every Sunday. See all upcoming talks here.

January 15: Mark Henderson on “Visions of Enlightenment”

Tibetan Buddhist art is seen an integral part of the spiritual path. Specific colors, forms, and symbols are used to heighten awareness and deepen compassion. Nyingma Institute instructor Mark Henderson will discuss how this sacred art can be used in meditation and what we can learn from Tibetan art today.