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This Week At The Institute
Thursday, September 29th, 8:00 AM
Sunday, October 2, 9–9:45 AM
Instructor: Jack van der Meulen
$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.
Nyingma Institute Open House
October 2, 3–5 PM (Fall Classes begin October 3rd)
Open houses introduce Kum Nye, and meditation, and provide the opportunity to meet Institute faculty and staff. The open house program runs from 3–5 PM with light refreshments, followed by our regular Sunday chanting at 5 pm and talk at 6 PM. Come for some or all of the activities. All open house events are free.
Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Relaxation
Sunday, October 2, 10 AM to Noon
Instructor: Jack van der Meulen
$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.
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:
OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM
(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.
A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar every Sunday.
Olivia Hurd on “The Nyingma Institute: A link in the 2500 year lineage of Buddha’s Wisdom and Compassion”
The Tibetan tradition transmits an ancient wisdom that is as essential right now in our lives as when it first blossomed on our planet. Nyingma Institute instructor, Olivia Hurd, will speak about how we can let the Buddha’s teachings guide us toward inner freedom and the power to accomplish our highest values. She will also describe how the Nyingma Institute’s programs, developed by Tarthang Tulku, blend study and experiential practice of this ancient tradition to awaken a radical vision of wholeness and well-being.