About Us

The Nyingma Institute offers courses, workshops and retreats to the public. We have seven fields of study, including Meditation, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, Nyingma Psychology, and more. Our mission is to share the healing wisdom of the Nyingma tradition and reveal a path of inner freedom.

“Nyingma” (pronounced Ning-ma) is the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism. Nyingma Institute is one of the oldest schools of Tibetan Buddhism in the west, founded by Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche in 1972.

We offer multiple approaches or paths in order to serve the different orientations and needs of students: 


Our healing-oriented fields of study require no belief system or commitment to Buddhism. You will find support in our friendly and compassionate community and learn an array of practices to relax, heal and deeply nourish yourself. With a focus on developing wellness, our joyful, affirmative approach to meditation, Tibetan yoga, and self-knowledge fosters the development of the whole individual – body, mind, and senses.

Traditional Buddhist Practices

If you are looking for a traditional, sacred approach, you can immerse yourself in traditional Dharma studies, including the practices of mantra, visualization, and chanting of prayers and texts.

Path of Action

The Nyingma Institute is more than a center for classes and retreats. It is also the heart of a community of volunteers practicing the bodhisattva path of compassionate service.

The Institute’s staff, faculty, and residents are all volunteers. Volunteering is an act of generosity, a path of practice, and a means to nurture enlightened community.

Our volunteers serve the Dharma’s ancient, timeless message through projects that are vast in scope and impact. These projects include the publication of important sacred and scholarly texts. In partnership with our sister organization, Yeshe De, we have distributed over four million texts, translated into twelve languages and adopted in over 700 college and university courses. We also preserve the precious lineage of Tibetan sacred art – with its vision of beauty as a guide to enlightenment – by producing drawings, Thanka images, statues, stupas, prayer wheels, prayer flags and other artistic forms.