This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute

October 22-23, Medicine Buddha Weekend Retreat, Saturday, 10 AM - Sunday, 4:30 PM

October 22, Translucent Person: Radiant World (MED410), 10 AM–4:45 PM


Sunday Program

Morning Meditation
Sunday, October 16, 9–9:45 AM
David 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. No pre-registration or prior experience necessary.


Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Relaxation
Sunday, October 16, 10 AM to Noon
Instructor: David 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.


Tibetan Chanting

Sundays, 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.


October 23rd,

Hugh Joswick 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 in ways that restrict our ability to respond positively to new situations and circumstances. Nyingma Psychology teaches us that we can consciously orchestrate how we know the past through meditative awareness. Nyingma Institute instructor Hugh Joswick will discuss how skillfully observing mental images can help us break free of the constricting hold of the past.