In addition to classes, workshops, and retreats, the Institute regularly offers a rich Sunday program that you may drop in on. To receive the Nyingma Institute Weekly Newsletter for events and happenings at the Institute, email us at Nyingma-Institute@Nyingma.org.
Cutting off Negative Thoughts Workshop
Saturday, May 18, 10 AM - 4:45 PM
Instructor: Sylvia Gretchen.
Cost: $80, includes a vegetarian buffet lunch
The aim is to turn the mind around, to put an end to self-delusion and unending confusion, to transcend all limited views and limitations on the heart’s natural capacity for love and joy. Tarthang Tulku, Path of Heroes.
Through meditative action even adverse conditions can fuel our search for wisdom. In this meditation workshop, we cut off negative thoughts as they arise through applying potent antidotes that protect heart and mind. Prerequisite: One year of meditation experience.
Sunday, May 19, 9-9:45 AM
Instructor: Dave Abercrombie
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.
Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye Relaxation)
Sunday, May 19, 10 AM to Noon
Instructor: Dave Abercrombie
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.
Click here to view the Nyingma Institute Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) video.
Sunday, May 19, 5-6 PM
The 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.
Sunday, May 19, 6-7 PM
Sylvia Gretchen on “Thirty-Seven Wings of Enlightenment.”
At the heart of Buddhist practice there is a beautiful vision of thirty-seven wings of enlightenment that bear us to full awakening. Each wing represents a stage in the living journey toward greater wisdom and compassion. Sylvia Gretchen, co-dean of the Institute, will speak about these ‘wings’ of enlightenment and show how they are symbolized in the sacred form of the Buddhist Stupa.
This talk is part of the May Lecture Series entitled The Buddha and His Teachings. The Buddha taught that all beings possess the potential for enlightenment, and that, with the appropriate effort, anyone can become a fully awakened Buddha. If, however, the seed of enlightenment is to take root, the ground must be well prepared. Preparation includes study of the Buddha’s teachings and contemplation of the symbols that convey non-conceptual meaning directly to consciousness.
This May and through early June we are happy to present a series of talks and events that introduce and deepen knowledge of the Buddha and his teachings. These include the celebration of the Buddha’s birth and enlightenment and the opening of a new circumambulation path surrounding the golden Stupa that stands in the meditation garden. Other special events include evening meditation and chanting sessions held from 7-8:30 PM, Monday through Friday the week of June 3-7. All talks and events are free.
Summer Retreats and The Four-Month Human Development Retreat
Register now for our Summer Retreats which begin June 10. Early registration is highly recommended as a retreat could be canceled due to low enrollment. Reserve now for a limited number of single rooms with spectacular views for residential retreats! Applications for the Institute's premier training program, Four-Month Human Development Retreat, for 2013 (August 31—December 17, 2013) are now being accepted.