This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute

May 25-31, 2015


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Our Spring Program ends May 29.

Summer Program
begins Monday, June 8. Summer course, workshop and retreat schedules are available online and at the Nyingma Institute front desk. For pdf versions: Summer course, workshop, and retreat schedules.

 

Special event
Celebrating the Anniversary of the Buddha’s Birth and Enlightenment

May 25 & June 1-5, 2015

May 19th began the Tibetan month that includes the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth and enlightenment. This month (which concludes on June 16) is an auspicious time to focus on Dharma practice, work, and study, taking advantage of the timeless power of enlightenment. It is also a time to refrain from negative actions that might harm oneself or others. Traditionally, Nyingma community members avoid any intoxicating substance and maintain a strict vegetarian diet during this Tibetan month.

You are welcome to join in these positive actions and to participate in special chanting ceremonies that the Nyingma Institute will be holding in May and June. These include chanting ceremonies on the anniversaries of the Buddha’s birth (May 25) and the Buddha’s enlightenment (June 2), as well as nightly chants on June 1 and June 3-5. All events are free and are held at the Nyingma Institute.

Birth of the Buddha Chanting Ceremony
Monday, May 25, 8-9 PM
We honor the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth with a special chant for blessing and healing.

Click here for the schedule of events.

 

Morning Meditation
Sunday, May 31, 9-9:45 AM
Instructor: Santosh Philip
$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, May 31, 10 AM to Noon
Instructor: Santosh Philip
$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, May 31, 5-5:45 PM
Free.

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, May 31, 6-7 PM
Free.

Mark Henderson on "Prayer to Shakyamuni Buddha."

Close to three-thousand years ago, Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment at Bodhgaya, India. Since that time, the day of his enlightenment has been celebrated with ceremony and prayer by Buddhists throughout Asia and, over the past four decades, at the Nyingma Institute. This year the celebration falls on June 2. In preparation for the Enlightenment Day, Buddhist Studies instructor Mark Henderson will introduce a short prayer to the Buddha and lead participants in a meditation that invokes the Buddha’s awakened presence.

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.

 

Special event:

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Buddha’s Birth and Enlightenment
May 25 & June 1-5, 2015

May 19th began the Tibetan month that includes the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth and enlightenment. This month (which concludes on June 16) is an auspicious time to focus on Dharma practice, work, and study, taking advantage of the timeless power of enlightenment. It is also a time to refrain from negative actions that might harm oneself or others. Traditionally, Nyingma community members avoid any intoxicating substance and maintain a strict vegetarian diet during this Tibetan month.

You are welcome to join in these positive actions and to participate in special chanting ceremonies that the Nyingma Institute will be holding in May and June. These include chanting ceremonies on the anniversaries of the Buddha’s birth (May 25) and the Buddha’s enlightenment (June 2), as well as nightly chants on June 1 and June 3-5. All events are free and are held at the Nyingma Institute.

Click here for schedule of events.

 

Applications are still accepted for this retreat:

FOUR-MONTH HUMAN DEVELOPMENT TRAINING 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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