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This Week At The Institute
November 23rd–November 29th, 2015
Sunday, November 29th, 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. No pre-registration or prior experience necessary.
Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Relaxation
Sunday, November 29th, 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.
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.
Path of Liberation
Buddhist Studies and Practices Lecture Series At the Nyingma Institute
The Buddha’s teachings introduce us to our own joyful, wise mind. They also show us a way of acting in the world based on compassionate values. These ancient teachings are known as a path of liberation because they liberate us from suffering and from the causes of suffering. They wake us up to the fact that within each of us is a deep core of wisdom, even if it is now hidden or obscured. The ‘path’ is the movement toward the flowering of this wisdom.
Fortunately for us, as well as for more than a hundred past generations, the Buddha left clear guidance on how to travel the path to liberation. These teachings are available through the sacred texts of the Buddhist tradition and through the vitality of the living transmission from teacher to student.
Drawing on both these sources, the Nyingma Institute is offering a two-year Buddhist Studies program titled Path of Liberation that begins in January. This program introduces core teachings and practices, based around the themes of awakened embodiment, awakened communication, awakened mind, and awakened action. The program includes evening classes two nights a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15-7:45 PM), sixteen weekend workshops, and a week-long retreat.
The following lecture is part of the series which introduces the Path of Liberation and some of its teachings. Please visit our "Sunday Programs" page for more information on the upcoming free lectures.
Santosh Philip on "Appreciating the Significance of Karma."
“Karma is action extending outward, like an echo. An action is taken: The mind creates and then the mind reflects. Echoes ripple outward and shadows lengthen, sometimes in simple, shallow ways, sometimes in rhythms and patterns of great complexity that interact and build up in layers.” Tarthang Tulku, Path of Heroes.
Meditative analysis coupled with our life experiences help us to see the connection between cause and effect. Understanding the consequences of our actions helps us to focus our lives in a positive direction. Nyingma Institute instructor Santosh Philip explains how we can awaken to the significance of karma and take full responsibility for enacting positive personal change.