This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute:

Our Winter term is ongoing, browse through our many Classes and Day-Long Retreats. We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday Day-long Retreat: Open Communication, March 4 (10 AM–4:45 PM), includes lunch.

Mutual trust and creative dialogue develop most quickly when we exchange ideas by speaking and listening responsively in a setting of inner silence. In this workshop, we first learn to hear the thoughts that unfold in the privacy of our own minds and notice how often they are lonely, repetitive, or unproductive. With that knowledge, we practice interpersonal exercises that make it easy to speak and listen to others without private thoughts. Setting aside the inner dialogues that hamper communication, we open our hearts, get to know other people better, and learn more about ourselves.

Cost: $80 Instructor: Barr Rosenberg. This workshop is open to all levels of experience. Register online here.


Sunday Morning Meditation

9–9:45 AM
Instructor: Jack van der Meulen (every Sunday in March)
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: Jack van der Meulen (every Sunday in March)
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

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 Talks

6–7 PM

A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar every Sunday. See all upcoming talks here.

March 5: Elissa Slanger on “Inner Resources for Aging and the End of Life”

Elissa Slanger, an octogenarian, psychologist, and student of the Dharma for over 50 years, will discuss how Nyingma practices can alter our perceptions of the losses inevitable with aging and even of death. The talk will include exercises and practices that can enrich our daily lives as we age.