Overview & Hours
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.
VISIT US: We are open to the public by appointment, including the garden, and are happy to give you a brief tour. Please contact us at to arrange a visit. We will be finishing up some construction in the garden in Fall 2023.
COVID POLICY: We strongly encourage students to wear masks indoors here. If you are not vaccinated, we would greatly appreciate it if you informed us, and masked indoors. Instructors may forego masking to be more easily heard. When outdoors, masks are optional. Thank you for taking care, and helping to protect our community which includes immunocompromised and older folks!
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.