Winter 2017 Courses

Nyingma Institute courses are offered in four quarters of ten weeks (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall) and a four-week session in September. To meet the needs of our students, almost all courses are scheduled in the evening, and some meditation and Nyingma Psychology courses are also offered during the day. The daytime sessions mirror evening courses.  

New Payment Policy:

Registration and payment for the full ten week term is required, except for the Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Kum Nye classes and class audits. The cost of drop-in and audit classes is $18. per class. Sunday Kum Nye is $15 per class.  Installments are accepted with financial aid approval.

Winter Courses

January 9–March 17, 2017

Click on the section title below or scroll down for complete course schedules and descriptions.

Nyingma Meditation

Kum Nye—Tibetan Yoga (drop-in classes available)

Skillful Means

Time, Space, and Knowledge

Tibetan Language

Nyingma Meditation

The practice of Nyingma Meditation leads to serenity and insight. Courses provide instruction in meditation techniques and support for daily practice.

MED102 Beginning Meditation: Developing Inner Serenity

Thursdays, 6:15–7:45 PM (January 12–March 16)

Meditation activates a deep source of inner peace that can protect us from suffering and frustration. Through sitting meditation, walking meditation, and mantra practice students learn to relax tension and cultivate equanimity. The focus is on reducing mental distractions.

Cost: $180. Instructors: Nyingma Institute Faculty. For beginners and those wishing to review basic techniques.


MED202 Intermediate Meditation: Overcoming Obstacles

Wednesdays, 10–11:30 AM (January 11–March 15)

In this course, students learn to overcome the most common obstacles to meditation: sleepiness, overactive thoughts, and “dreaminess.” The course also includes practices and teachings that further develop concentration and awareness.

Cost: $180. Instructors: Olivia Hurd and Ken McKeon. Prerequisite: one year of meditation experience.


MED209 Intermediate Meditation: Shamatha and Vipashyana

Wednesdays, 8–9:30 PM (January 11–March 15)

Through two aspects of meditation, calming and insight, the mind is experienced as tranquil and sensitive, alive and brilliant. In this course, students will be led through contemplative practices that reveal deeper levels of mind than are ordinarily recognized. The focus is on sitting practice with a minimum of instruction.

Cost: $180. Instructor: Hugh Joswick. Prerequisite: two years of meditation experience.


MED302 Advanced Meditation: Light Awareness: Visualization and the Sacred

Mondays, 6:15–7:45 PM (January 9–March 13)

"Great potential exists within the human mind, but because our minds are undisciplined, we can ordinarily interact with only one idea or image at a time. Visualization can be very helpful in channeling the energy and power necessary to exercise, strengthen, and develop the mind . . . teaching us to use the entire mind." — Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance.

Visualization is a component of many Buddhist meditations. It can catalyze meditative development and foster insight into the nature of reality. Through visualization we directly contact the light of awareness, radiantly open and yet fully cognizant. New dimensions of experience emerge. We could name them “sacred,” or we could simply wonder how we ever lived in the flat, lifeless world we previously knew.

Focusing on breath, color, and the sacred images of Tibetan art, this class will provide training in visualization practices as a means to deepen meditation and ultimately cleanse mind and appearance of all dualistic grasping. Experience arises as a brilliant and harmonious whole.

Cost: $200, which includes the “Visions of Enlightenment” workshop, January 20–21 (Friday, 7–9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM–4:45 PM).Primary Instructor: Santosh Philip with Mark Henderson. Based on Gesture of Balance by Tarthang Tulku with supplementary readings from other Buddhist texts. Prerequisite: three years of meditation experience and consent of the instructor.

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Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga)

The gentle movement, massage, and breathing practices of Kum Nye promote physical and emotional health as they bridge the gap between the material and the spiritual.

KNR101 Promoting Spaciousness (drop-in or term registration available)

Wednesdays, 6:15–7:45 PM (January 11–March 15)

Kum Nye teaches us to live spaciously as it gently moves us beyond perceived limits and boundaries. Students open the senses and then navigate the space of sensations, emotions, and perceptions, moving toward an integration of body and mind.

Cost: $180 for 10 weeks or $18 for each drop-in class. Instructor: Jack van der Meulen. For beginning and intermediate students.


KNR301 Transforming Breath, Energy, Feeling

Mondays, 8–9:30 PM (January 9–March 13)

"Kum Nye is based on comprehensive understanding of the body: how its inner systems operate, how they are interconnected, and how they are activated by energy circulating through them." —Tarthang Tulku, Joy of Being.

Advanced Kum Nye practices transform the body/mind on an energetic level. This experiential course integrates breath, movement, and feeling. We become more present and embodied.

Cost: $180. Primary Instructor: Santosh Philip with Jack van der Muelen. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Joy of Being. Prerequisite: one year of Kum Nye practice.


KNR201 Kum Nye: Inner and Outer Massage of Feeling, (drop-in or full term)

Fridays, 10–11:30 AM (January 13–March 17)

This class provides a foundation for understanding the basis and development of Kum Nye, and the three levels on which its exercises can be experienced. Breathing, awareness, movement, and self-massage practices promote deep relaxation.

Cost: $200. For students registered in the full winter 10 week term, this class includes the workshop KNR411 Touching the Heart of Kum Nye on February 25th. Instructor: Peggy Kincaid. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Tibetan Relaxation.

Click the image of Peggy Kincaid below to see a video about the class.



KNR107 Sunday Morning Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye)

Sundays, 10 AM–Noon

Renew a spirit of ease and appreciation through gentle Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) practices that relax body, breath, and mind. Each session includes a range of movement, massage, and breathing exercises.

Cost: $15 per session. Instructors: Jack van der Meulen, Santosh Philip, and Dave Abercrombie. This drop-in class is for all levels of students. Note: no class held on February 12.


Skillful Means

"The study of mind has traditionally been the province of a small minority in society, but in today's democratic times we can see it quite differently. We are all human beings aiming at similar goals, and we can all direct our efforts toward attaining knowledge, each in our own ways." —Tarthang Tulku, Mastering Successful Work.


SKM214 Working Well Together

Tuesdays, 8–9:30 PM (January 10–March 14)

"When we respond to one another with caring and love, there are no separations between us. We see that our differences express our unique qualities, inspiring a deep appreciation of human nature. As we experience the full commonality of all human beings, our attitude toward life becomes light and open. We discover that participating with others in a mutual sharing of knowledge and experience generates the wisdom to fulfill all needs, and to live in harmony with all beings." —Tarthang Tulku, Skillful Means.

This course helps us to expand positive interactions such as respect, communication, and cooperation. The goal is to enhance individual creativity and interpersonal harmony. Through focused discussion and interpersonal exercises, we learn to quiet the busy mind, develop shared goals, and connect more positively with others.

Cost: $200, which includes the “Open Communication” workshop on March 5. Instructors: Barr Rosenberg and Santosh Philip. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Skillful Means and unpublished materials by Barr Rosenberg.


Time, Space, and Knowledge

"Space and Time are not simply backgrounds or supporting mediums for our ordinary pursuits and experience; they can provide a very special and direct form of nourishment for our “humanity” or human nature." —Tarthang Tulku, Time, Space, and Knowledge.

TSK108 Time, Space, and Knowledge: Perspectives and Practices

Wednesdays, 6:15–7:45 PM (January 11–March 15)

Enter visionary teachings on Time, Space, and Knowledge (TSK) through this thought- provoking course. Lightly but directly probing the lived experience of time, space, and knowledge, the seminar-like instruction opens a path of transformative inquiry, unbound by assumption or belief.

Cost: $180. Instructor: Ken McKeon. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s writings on Time, Space, and Knowledge. For students of all levels.


TSK101 Experiencing the Dynamic of Time

Tuesdays, 6:15–7:45 PM (January 10–March 14)

At the edge of the future, time sparkles; in the richness of feeling and energy, time glows. Practices focus on finding these places and allowing them to expand and deepen. Students discover time coursing through body and mind: a dimension inseparable from their being.

Cost: $180. Instructor: Ken McKeon. For those familiar with the TSK vision.


Tibetan Language

Learn classical written Tibetan and unlock a treasury of wisdom–the vast sacred literature of Tibet.


TIB102 Beginning Tibetan, Level II

Thursdays, 6:15–7:45 PM (January 12–March 16)

In this beginning class, you learn to read and pronounce Tibetan script; study basic Tibetan grammar; and develop a working vocabulary.

Cost: $180. Instructor: Morris Allen. Prerequisite: TIB101 or instructor’s consent. Some familirity with Tibetan alphabet and grammar is necassary to join this class or instructor's consent.


TIB202 Intermediate Tibetan, Level II

Fridays, 6:15–7:45 PM (January 13–March 17)

The focus will be on increasing comprehension of classical Tibetan through reading selected texts.

Cost: $180. Instructor: Mollie Hughes. Prerequisite: TIB201 or instructor’s consent.

TIB301 Tibetan Tutorial

Fridays, 4:30–5:45 PM (January 13–March 17)

Reading and translation of Tibetan texts.

Cost: $180. Instructor: Barr Rosenberg. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

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