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Nectar for Refining the Mind Workshop
Saturday, December 14, 10 AM-4:45 PM
Instructor: Sylvia Gretchen
Cost: $80, includes a vegetarian buffet lunch.
Through advanced meditation techniques we gain access to an ever-present sense of delight as we increase our ability to remain in nonconceptual meditation. For advanced meditators.
(Note that the Nyingma Institute is closed for the holidays from December 19-28. There will be no Sunday events on December 22.)
Sunday, December 15, 9-9:45 AM
Instructor: Jack van der Meulen
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. Click here for a list of meditation courses in the Winter Quarter. Click here for information about the Nyingma Meditation Certificate Program.
Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye Relaxation)
Sunday, December 15, 10 AM to Noon
Instructor: Jack van der Meulen
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. For a list of kum nye (Tibetan Yoga) courses in the Winter Quarter, click here. About the Tibetan Yoga Certificate Program. V iew the Nyingma Institute Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) video.
Sunday, December 15, 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. Tibetan chanting is also held from 8-9:30 PM each full moon. Click here for the Full Moon Chant schedule.
Sunday, December 15, 6-7 PM
Caz Verde on "Compassion in Action."
The depth and vastness of the Buddha’s teachings (the Dharma) restore the foundation, purpose, and direction of human life, inspiring a way of living oriented toward loving-kindness, compassion, and selflessness. In this talk, Path of Liberation Program graduate Caz Verde will recount stories of women and men from India and Tibet who became masters of these teachings.
This talk is part of a lecture series titled Path of Liberation, that began in November and continues to December 29, 2013.
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 of men and women, the Buddha left clear guidance on how to travel the path to liberation. These teachings are known both in the sacred texts of the Buddhist tradition and in the oral transmission from teacher to student. For complete list of the lectures, click here.
Drawing on both these sources, the Nyingma Institute is offering a two-year Buddhist Studies program titled the Path of Liberation that begins on January 7, 2014. 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 (Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:15-7:45 PM), 16 weekend workshops, and a week-long retreat. The program instructors are Sylvia Gretchen, with the Buddhist Studies Faculty.
Find out more about the Path of Liberation: A Two-Year Buddhis Studies Certificate Program. Enrollment is currently accepted for the 2014-2015 program.
Don't miss these upcoming special events:
Meditations on Joyfulness
December 16-18, 7-8:30 PM
Evening meditations will include practices from the Tibetan tradition that increase deep joyful feelings that are not dependent on external circumstances.
Full Moon Chant
Tuesday, December 17
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.
Register now for our very popular holiday retreat:
Tasting Relaxation Retreat, December 30-January 4, 2014
Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) practice opens the senses to feeling. This flow of feeling can loosen even chronic tension. In this retreat we learn to relax so deeply that we can “taste” the healing nectar of relaxation as it flows through body and mind. Gentle movement, breathing, and awareness practices help us to discover this relaxation.
Did you know that the Nyingma Institute also offers continuing education programs for lawyers?
Continuing Education Programs for Lawyers
Since 1992, the Nyingma Institute has offered courses that fulfill the MCLE requirements established by the State Bar of California. We offer several sections of all required courses: Legal Ethics, Preventing Substance Abuse, and Bias in the Legal Profession. We have worked with practicing attorneys to design our schedule to meet your needs. Courses are scheduled so that you can earn up to 6 MCLE credits in a single day. Most programs are held in the peaceful environment of the Nyingma Institute and include a declicious vegetarian lunch. The 2013-2014 MCLE courses will be held on Friday, January 10, 2014 and Saturday, January 18, 2014. Click here for more information.