This Week At The Institute

Communication and caring

This Week At The Institute

April 13-19, 2015

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Our Spring Program has already begun, 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!

Summer retreat schedule is now available online and at the Nyingma Institute front desk.


Self-Image: A Nyingma Psychology Workshop
Saturday, April 18, 10 AM - 4:45 PM
Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Olivia Hurd
Cost: $80, includes a vegetarian buffet lunch

False expectations, critical judgments, and negative emotions are rooted in complex images that we hold of ourselves and the world. This workshop looks directly at how self-images develop and how we can free ourselves from their compulsive power. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Openness Mind. Open to those with some experience in meditation or Nyingma Psychology.


* This workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider: Nyingma Institute #2513.   5 CE credits


Morning Meditation
Sunday, April 19, 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) Relaxation
Sunday, April 19, 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 19, 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 19, 6-7 PM

Barr Rosenberg on "Communication and Caring."

“Communication is the vital link between our visions and the support needed to help them take form.” Tarthang Tulku, Skillful Means.

Good communication opens channels of love and caring between ourselves and others. Perhaps even more importantly, it creates channels within ourselves that access to our inner truth and deeper values. Barr Rosenberg, the co-dean of the Nyingma Institute, will speak on how the very same obstacles that seem to interfere with communication can guide us to the treasures in our own hearts; we only need to care and to entrust ourselves to our caring.

This talk is part of a talk 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.  April-May Sunday talks in pdf.


Those interested in this talk might want to know about this related Skillful Means workshop:

Resolving Problems, May 2

By testing and refining understanding, we experience directly for ourselves how knowledge works. In time we find knowledge in our hands and in our voice; we know it so closely that there is no need to seek it or even give it names. Tarthang Tulku, Mastering Successful Work.

Are your thoughts helpful? Do they successfully resolve your problems at home and work? Often thoughts block our creative energies, rob us of spontaneity, cause needless negativity, bind us to old ways, confuse the issues, go around in circles, stray into distraction, and lead us nowhere. We need productive styles of thought that lead reliably to clarity, personal growth, and consistent success. Innovative cognitive and experiential exercises in this workshop can meet this need and open new windows of opportunity.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Barr Rosenberg. Based on Mastering Successful Work. Open to all levels of students.

Applications are now being accepted for this retreat


2015 Program: August 26-December 12

This retreat provides students with an intense four-month period of study and practice of Nyingma teachings. The retreat curriculum is a program in human development, working both cognitively and experientially with mind, body, and spiritual awareness. Students develop insight into the nature of consciousness, emotion, thought, embodiment, and feeling. Exercises release the hold of negative habitual patterning within body and mind, allowing previously untapped human qualities to emerge. Participants are instructed in how to integrate their new knowledge and way of being within daily life so that what is learned in the retreat continues to unfold and develop.

Upon completion, students will understand how habitual patterns of thought and emotions arise, how to transform negative energy patterns to allow previously untapped human qualities to emerge, and how to integrate their new knowledge and way of being within daily life so that what is learned in the retreat continues to unfold.

Cost for this retreat: $6,800 (nonresidential); $9,200 (residential) which may be paid in monthly installments ($1,700 nonresidential; $2,300 residential.). Note that both residential and nonresidential costs include vegetarian meals.

Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and the Nyingma Institute faculty.

To learn more about this retreat, click here.

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