Special Events

Open to the public

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Saga Dawa Celebration 2017

Saga Dawa is the most holy month of the year for Tibetan Buddhists. In 2017, Saga Dawa falls between May 26 and June 25.

At the Nyingma Institute, we celebrate Saga Dawa with retreats, events and devotional practice. This year, offerings include traditional practices led by one of the deans, Lama Palzang.

The garden, with a special altar, will be open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM. Reading material, sutras and mantras will be provided as a support.

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Open House

3:00-5:00 PM, once per semester


Open houses introduce Kum Nye, and meditation, and provide the opportunity to meet Institute faculty and staff. The open house program runs from 3–5 PM with light refreshments, followed by our regular Sunday chanting at 5 pm and talk at 6 PM. Come for some or all of the activities. All open house events are free.

  • Prayer wheel and meditation garden tour
  • Tibetan Relaxation (Kum Nye yoga) demonstration
  • Talk on the Nyingma Institute, its programs and activities
  • Class and program counseling
  • Reception with light refreshments

2017 Open House Dates: 

  • March 26
  • June 11
  • September 3
  • October 8
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Full Moon Chant

7 – 8:30 PM


Date varies each month, see schedule below

The full moon is a time to gather for prayer and meditation. 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.

No registration is required. The chant starts promptly at 7 PM, please arrive a few minutes early.

2017 Full Moon Chant Dates:

  • May 10
  • June 9 — No chant this night, please join us for a special Saga Dawa ceremony from 6 – 8 PM instead!
  • July 9
  • August 7
  • September 6
  • October 5
  • November 4
  • December 3

Community Events

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Community Gathering & Potluck Lunch

First Sunday of each month, 12:30 – 3:00 PM

Potluck lunch followed by a community work session or other activity.

Please RSVP to the front desk at least 3 days in advance. Make sure to tell us what you’ll bring!

Inviting friends is encouraged.