Sunday Talks

Each Sunday from 6-7 PM, a free talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar.

May 7: Barr Rosenberg on “Routing Thought through the Senses”

Much of the time our thoughts do not help us to live our lives. By contrast, our eyes and ears and sense of movement constantly bring us useful information. We can receive significant benefit from thinking when we route our thoughts through our senses. Innovative techniques blend the creative potential of our thought process with the disciplined awareness of our senses, while taking advantage of our mind’s high level responsiveness to sensory inputs. We can readily retrain our thinking for more effective problem solving.

May 14: Donna Morton on “Supporting Brain Health”

We can take steps now to maintain the resilience and health of our mental functions. Donna Morton, Tibetan Yoga instructor, physical therapist, and nutritional consultant will share ways from each of these disciplines that can help you to slow the aging process of the brain.

May 21: Olivia Hurd on “Meditation as Gesture of Balance”

Seeking balance is a process of trying to gain stability through exploring the edges of what is not balance. Meditation can be such a process. If obstacles arise in meditation, we can learn to touch them gently, feeling our way, rather than reacting to them with discouragement. Olivia Hurd, Nyingma Institute meditation instructor will discuss ways we can use obstacles to expand our capabilities, moving beyond them to enjoy more freedom and openness in the process. A short practice will be included.

May 28: Santosh Philip on “Opening to Natural Beauty”

We can cultivate seeing and sensing natural beauty. Even in the midst of a city the color of the sky, the touch of the wind, a glimpse of a tree can awaken our sense of wonder and joy. Nyingma Institute instructor Santosh Philip will present ways to expand your experience of the beauty of the natural world. He will also lead you in awareness exercises that show how meditation can further deepen enjoyment of the world around us.

June 4: Pauline Yu – The Cobbler, the King and Other Yogis: Stories of the 84 Siddhas

The 84 Siddhas are a remarkable and incredibly varied array of Vajrayana practitioners who attained realization. Nyingma Institute instructor, Pauline Yu, draws from Buddha’s Lions: The Lives of the 84 Siddhas, and speaks to the inspiration and insights offered to us by these fantastical stories.

June 11: Hugh Joswick on “Meditation and Mind”

How does meditation affect the mind? Nyingma Institute instructor Hugh Joswick will approach this subject experientially, exploring how our perceptions of ‘mind,’ ‘self’ and even “meditation” change as we practice being with whatever we are experiencing. The talk will include a short meditation practice.


June 18: Peggy Kincaid – Kum Nye Dancing

Nyingma Institute instructor, Peggy Kincaid, will describe some of the fundamental principals of Tarthang Tulku’s Kum Nye Dancing and demonstrate ways to engage and activate the energies of the body through movement and dance.

June 25: Pauline Yu – Thoughts

How does the Nyingma tradition approach thoughts, particularly as they surface in meditation? What is their nature, and how does one work with them? Nyingma Institute instructor, Pauline Yu, leads meditative practices to relax the mind and gently investigate thinking, based on the chapter titled “Thoughts” from Openness Mind.