This Week at the Institute

This Week at the Institute

April 14 - 20, 2014

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Our Spring Quarter began March 24, but it is still possible to enroll in most courses In this quarter, in addition to the many wonderful workshops, we also offer these special three-day workshops: Inner Resources for Difficult Times:The Transitions of Aging and Death (April 24-26) and Generating Happiness from Within (May 24-26). Register now for our summer courses and retreats. Don't hesitate to contact us for assistance or more information.  Our friendly staff is here to help answer your questions.


Full Moon Chant
Tuesday, April 15, 8-9:30 PM

In many Buddhist lands, the full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. We continue this tradition at the Nyingma Institute through holding a chanting ceremony on full moon nights. Join Nyingma students and friends in chanting the Vajra Guru Mantra interspersed with periods of meditation. The chant is held in one of our classrooms and is led by a faculty member, from 8 - 9:30 PM.
You will be provided a copy of the mantra. All are welcome! All voices are appreciated!

Please call or email us if you are attending for the first time.



Self-Image: A Buddhist Psychology Workshop
Saturday, April 19, 10 AM - 4:45 PM
Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Erika Rosenberg.
Cost: $80, includes a vegetarian buffet lunch.

False expectations, critical judgments, and negative emotions are rooted in complex images that we hold of ourselves and the world. This workshop looks directly at how self-images develop and how we can free ourselves from their compulsive power. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Openness Mind. Open to those with some experience in meditation or Nyingma Psychology. This workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider: Nyingma Institute #2513.

Make it a mini retreat!  Participants may arrange to stay overnight in one of the Institute’s comfortable guest rooms for an additional $45 per night. As a retreatant overnight workshop guests are offered complimentary Sunday morning meditation and Tibetan Yoga class.  To register for this workshop or make a reservation for an overnight stay, please call (510) 809-1000 or email us at


Morning Meditation
Sunday, April 20, 9-9:45 AM
Instructor: Santosh Philip
Cost: $5. Free for currently enrolled students and The Institute's Certificate Program 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.

Register now for meditation classes and workshops in the Spring Quarter.  Reserve your space now in our weeklong summer meditation retreats which start June 9.

For information about the Nyingma Meditation Certificate Program, click here. 

Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye Relaxation)
Sunday, April 20, 10 AM to Noon
Santosh Philip
Cost: $15.
Free for The Institute's Certificate Program students.

Discover the gentle movement exercises of Kum Nye: 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. Check out the many Kum Nye weekday classes and workshops in the Spring Quarter.  Reserve your space now in our weeklong summer kum nye retreats which start June 9.

About the Tibetan Yoga Certificate Program. View the Nyingma Institute Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) video.


Tibetan Chanting
Sunday, April 20, 5-5:45 PM

he 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 in Hidden Mind of Freedom.

We invite the public to join us for an hour of Tibetan chanting and meditation. We will be chanting the Vajra Guru Mantra.  Tibetan chanting is also held each full moon from 8-9:30 PM. Click here for the Full Moon Chant schedule.

Sunday Talks

Sunday, April 20, 6-7 PM

Santosh Philip on "Kum Nye and Meditation: Calming the Seas."

This talk offers an opportunity to experience Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) and meditation. Tasting these practices enables us to appreciate the way they help quiet noisy thoughts and feelings, and to see how they help build a foundation for growth and development.

Those interested in this talk might want to know about these week-long Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) retreats this summer:

Weeklong retreats offer fresh insights in a gentle, meditative atmosphere. Both residential and non-residential retreats include vegetarian meals.  A private tour of retreat facilities available by appointment.  See our photo albums on Facebook for a virtual tour.

June 9-14: Opening the Senses (KNR504)

June 16-21: Kum Nye: Touching Present Energy (KNR503)

June 23-28: Expanding Body Knowledge (KNR506)


Please feel free to contact us at (510) 809-1000 or email us at