This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute

October 27-November 2, 2014

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Our Fall quarter began Monday, October 6 and will end December 12. Enrollment is still possible in some of the classes; 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. 

Transitions as Teachers: A Nyingma Psychology and Practices Workshop
Saturday, November 1, 10 AM - 4:45 PM
Instructors: Elissa Slanger and Sylvia Gretchen
Cost: $80, includes a vegetarian buffet lunch

Times of transition present unique opportunities to make fundamental changes. Although they are universal, the most powerful transitions—death, illness, loss—are often deeply feared. This workshop presents ways to cultivate an awareness of both small and large transitions as natural forces of creativity with great potential. Letting go of the fear of transformation, within transitions we discover new beginnings and vast possibilities. Suitable for all levels of students.

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

Morning Meditation

Sunday, November 2, 9-9:45 AM
Instructor: Santosh Philip
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, November 2, 10 AM to Noon
Santosh Philip
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, November 2, 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, November 2, 6-7 PM

Olivia Hurd on "Transforming the Past."

Throughout our lives, we have been taught how to view and interpret our experience—what to consider ‘good’ and what to consider painful; what to expect in life and what to expect from ourselves.... Tarthang Tulku, Knowledge of Freedom.

Painful memories can shape our lives, dictating negative responses that bind us to conditioned patterns of action imprinted within our body and mind. Unaware of this process, we do not see that the present moment is dimmed and distorted by the force of past conditioning. Nyingma Institute instructor Olivia Hurd will discuss how skillfully observing mental images can help us break free from the constricting hold of the past.

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.

Those interested in this talk might want to attend this workshop:

Transforming Personal History: A Nyingma Psychology and Practices Workshop, Saturday, November 8, 10 AM - 4:45 PM. Cost: $80. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Jack van der Meulen. 

Habits and patterns intertwined with painful past memories often prevent us from enjoying the freedom and beauty that the human body and mind offer. It is possible to skillfully touch these memories in a way that cuts through their power to restrict us. Practices from Knowledge of Freedom can help transform personal history from a source of pain into a wellspring of renewal. Suitable for all levels of students. There is still space in this workshop.

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