This Week At The Institute

This Week At The Institute,

Check out our Spring Quarter Classes and Workshops.

Sunday Program

Morning Meditation
Sunday, May 8, 9–9:45 AM
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. No pre-registration or prior experience necessary.


Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Relaxation
Sunday, May 8, 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.


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.


Sunday, May 8:

Mark Henderson on "Prayer to Shakyamuni Buddha."

Close to three-thousand years ago, Shakyamuni Buddha was born and then attained enlightenment. Since that time, the days of his birth and enlightenment have been celebrated with ceremony and prayer by Buddhists throughout Asia. The Nyingma Institute will be holding chanting ceremonies on both these anniversaries: May 13 (birth of the Buddha) and May 21 (the enlightenment). In preparation for these events, 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.