This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute

October 20-26, 2014

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Our Fall quarter began Monday, October 6 and will end December 12. Enrollment in most classes is still possible; call or email us to inquire.

To register for our courses, workshops and retreats, or for more information, call 510-809-1000 or email us at For our Fall Program in pdf. 

Origin of Appearance Workshop
Saturday, October 25, 10 AM - 4:45 PM
Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Ken McKeon.
Cost: $80, includes a vegetarian buffet lunch.

Each moment of our lives is like a tiny bud, a precious spark of creativity with subtle beginning, middle, and end points, and each of these points continues to open up more petals. The rippling effect radiates outward, opening channels and disclosing field after field of beauty. Tarthang Tulku, Seeing the Beauty of Being.


Through meditation we can sensitively trace how things appear; in doing so we connect to deep currents of creativity and bliss. Prerequisite: experience with meditation practice.


Morning Meditation
Sunday, October 26, 9-9:45 AM
Instructor: Dave Abercrombie
Cost: $5. Free for currently enrolled students and the Institute's Certificate Program 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.

Join us for
our Fall meditation courses and workshops & retreats.
For information about the Nyingma Meditation Certificate Program, click here. 


Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye Relaxation)
Sunday, October 26, 10 AM to Noon
Dave Abercrombie
Cost: $15.
Free for The Institute's Certificate Program students.

Discover the gentle movement exercises of Kum Nye: 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. Join us for our Kum Nye weekday classes and weekend workshops this Fall Kum Nye courses, weekend workshops and week-long retreats.

About the Tibetan Yoga Certificate Program. View the Nyingma Institute Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) video.


Tibetan Chanting
Sunday, October 26, 5-5:45 PM

he 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 in Hidden Mind of Freedom.

We invite the public to join us for an hour of Tibetan chanting and meditation. We will be chanting the Vajra Guru Mantra.  Tibetan chanting is also held each full moon from 8-9:30 PM. The Full Moon Chant in November is Thursday, November 6.  Click here for the 2014 Full Moon Chant schedule.

Sunday Talks
Sunday, October 26, 6-7 PM

Santosh Philip on “Beauty in Space and Time.”

Our reality can open to a realm where time, space, and knowledge are undivided, without beginning or end. Awareness can become familiar with this unity… Then we begin to explore avenues towards beautiful new realms. Tarthang Tulku, Mandala Gardens.

The beauty of nature—the color of the sky, a blossom, the rugged bark of a tree—can inspire and uplift our spirits. Nyingma Institute instructor Santosh Philip will discuss how the experience of beauty can also deepen meditation and how meditation can further deepen enjoyment of the world around us.

This lecture is part of a lecture series titled Mastering the Art of Happiness, October 5 - December 13, 6-7 PM. Peace, happiness, joy, and well-being—we all wish for these things. Offering them to ourselves and others can form the core of a meaningful life. Fall talks explore both the techniques and art of finding happiness through what we do and how we know ourselves. We learn to become our own true friend as we cultivate a path that engages senses and mind, instilling both with joy and delight.

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