This Week at the Institute

This Week at the Institute

April 21 - 27, 2014

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Inner Resources for Difficult Times: The Transitions of Aging and Death
April 24-26 (Begins Thursday at 2 PM; all day Friday and Saturday)
Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Elissa Slanger.
Cost: $240 (nonresidential); $350 (residential).
Both nonresidential and residential costs include vegetarian meals.

The Nyingma approach to aging and death offers a wealth of inner resources that we can draw on to reduce fear of transitions and to bring clarity to the path ahead. This workshop develops the needed resources through specific meditations, visualizations, and discussions aimed at challenging false assumptions and fears about aging. It includes teachings from the Tibetan tradition on the stages that consciousness moves through at the time of death and afterwards. This workshop is suitable for those facing the aging process and for those caring for the elderly.

Morning Meditation
Sunday, April 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 6-7 PM

Barr Rosenberg on "Keys to Authentic Interactions."

Our relationships become more meaningful and satisfying when we can develop empathy for the other person and balance it with dedication to our positive values. In order to achieve this balance, it is helpful to quiet two common  mental patterns: the cycling of thoughts and our sense of separateness from others. The talk will emphasize how we can activate this kind of balance in our lives. 

Those interested in this talk might also want to participate in the Resolving Problems: A Skillful Means Workshop on May 17, 10 AM - 4:45 PM.


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