Bring awareness practice into your everyday life. Classes are a wonderful way to cultivate a regular meditation practice or to engage with contemplation, inquiry, or deep relaxation of mind, body, senses over a longer period of time than afforded by a workshop or a retreat.
Please note that due to health concerns, we are holding all classes online. After you enroll, you will receive an email with the Zoom link from faculty about a day before your class begins. The same link will be used each week for your class.
LATE FALL COURSES (October 24 – December 18, 2022)
*Please note that there are no classes on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 24th)
Light of Longchenpa: the Greatest Master of the Nyingma Tradition (DHS301)
Sundays, 10AM-11:30AM PST (1PM EST; 2PM Rio de Janeiro time; 7PM Amsterdam time). Seven sessions: October 30; November 6, 13, 20, 27; December 4, 11.
This course introduces students to the life and teachings of Longchenpa, revered as the greatest master of the Nyingma Buddhist tradition and a heart-son of Padmasambhava. Nyingma teachers throughout the centuries have taught that the immeasurable blessings of Longchenpa (1308-1364, Tibet) are available to us for inspiration and transformation if we learn how to open to Longchenpa’s presence.
Instructor: Elon Goldstein. Cost: $126. Please there is a workshop following the course that can be registered for together or separately. Register for class only: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2258184
Sutra Study: The Ten Bhumis (DHS101)
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PT (October 26 – December 14, 2022)
Note class does not meet on November 23.
One of the seventeen important Mahayana sutras recommended by TNMC, the Dashabhumika-sutra (the Ten Bhumis) is chapter 31 of the Avatamsaka sutra. It describes in detail the stages of the bodhisattva path to complete and perfect awakening. In addition to the six perfections, the ten bhumis also include perfections of skillful means, prayer, strength, and knowledge. This sutra provides a thorough presentation of the steps to awakening.
Sutra Study is an ongoing course that examines essential texts within the Mahayana tradition. Through careful reading and focused discussion, we seek to better appreciate the breadth and depth of the Buddhist tradition and contemplate how these teachings speak directly to our present experience.
Instructors: Pema Gellek and Hugh Joswick Cost: $126. Open to all interested in the study of Mahayana sutras. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2214923
Path of Liberation: Majestic Aspirations (DHS211)
Conclusion of the Path of Liberation Program
Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 pm, PT (October 25 – December 13, 2022)
“Drawing on the power of compassion, a single individual can transform the whole universe.” — Tarthang Tulku
We begin by examining the power of Buddhist symbols to transform consciousness. Using the achievements of Tarthang Tulku’s Nyingma organizations as an example, we come to appreciate the scope and scale of Rinpoche’s aspirations and actions, including the challenges of forming a spiritual community in today’s world. The wish to free others from suffering can motivate us to overcome obstacles to our spiritual growth. For centuries Buddhist practitioners have expressed their wishes to aid all living beings through reciting a prayer of aspiration known as the “Sovereign Prayer for Enlightened Practice” (the Pranidhanaraja). We conclude our study of the path of liberation by focusing on the vast scope of compassionate aspiration in this text, opening to the possibility that it may inspire us for our journey through life.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost $144, includes one workshop. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2221692
Guide to Chanting Tibetan Prayers (DHS114)
Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2:00 pm, PT (October 26 – December 14)
Learn how to chant traditional prayers in the Tibetan language. Practice materials will be provided showing the Tibetan text, phonetic pronunciation, and English translation. In addition to providing background teachings, students will be guided in the pronunciation, melody, and rhythm of selected traditional Buddhist prayers.
Instructors: Lama Palzang and Mark Henderson. Cost: $144. Prerequisites: Sincere interest in the Buddha’s teachings. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2221714
Advanced Meditation: Impermanence, Bardo, and Awakening (MED311)
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (October 24 – December 12)
All things change no matter how tightly we cling. This course is about embracing the vitality of time itself. We contemplate impermanence and the bardo—the point of transition between lives and events. Cutting through patterns of hope and fear, we awaken to the possibility of enlightenment.
Students are encouraged to attend the weekend retreat on Nov. 18-20, which will be led by Laurie Hopman, M.D., Pema Gellek, and Lama Palzang.
Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Based on the writings of Longchenpa. Cost: $144. Prerequisite: three years of meditation experience or consent of the instructors. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2221726
Intermediate Meditation: Attaining Inner Confidence (MED210)
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PT (November 17 – December 15)
4 classes only, no class on Thanksgiving.
How can we learn to attain inner confidence? Tarthang Tulku writes in Gesture of Balance, “There are no specific steps to follow. Yet, by utilizing the insight, strength and confidence gained from meditation we naturally discover the truth which is always within us. … We learn to trust in ourselves.” This four-week class will focus on techniques to begin to transcend the dualistic tendencies of mind, through deepening relaxation, developing a sense of mind/body balance using gentle Tibetan yoga, and accepting our experience without expectation or judgment, with kindness, even as emotions arise—we can practice staying in the present moment.
Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $72. Prerequisite: One year beginning meditation or consent of the instructor. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2221733
Beginning Meditation: Quieting the Mind, Opening the Heart (MED109)
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PT (October 27 – December 15)
7 classes, no class on Thanksgiving.
When we make the commitment to meditate, we are creating an opportunity in the quiet and stillness to meet our moment to moment experience in a very different way than we usually do. Learning to meditate can be a sacred journey where we experiment and explore this special space of meditative awareness. More than just being calm, meditation has the potential to soften the thinking mind, relax the body and open our hearts to more generosity and kindness toward ourselves and others.
In this class, beginning meditators will learn traditional meditation techniques to quiet and clarify the mind, practices that widen our perspective, develop inner serenity, and balance the energy of body and mind. The class practices include Kum Nye Tibetan yoga slow movement exercises, silent as well as lightly guided meditations, chanting, visualizations, and reflections. All with a focus on cultivating awareness, well-being and self-knowledge.
Aspiring meditators, beginning meditators and those with previous meditation experience who would like to stabilize a lapsed practice are most welcome. Text for support will be Gesture of Balance and Hidden Mind of Freedom, both by Tarthang Tulku.
Instructor: Suellen Ehnebuske. Cost: $126. Open to all. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2221738
Meditation Practice Group: Sleeping and Dreaming (MED220)
Fridays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, PT (October 28 – December 16, 2022)
No class Friday, November 25.
Explore practices and instructions from Tarthang Tulku related to rest, sleep, and awareness. Each class ends with Dream Lotus practice. Silent sitting will be included, as well as Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga for relaxation and perhaps also a good night’s sleep.
This is a weekly 1-hour community practice group, meant to provide space for coming together and practicing.
Instructor: Pauline Yu. Cost: $96. Prerequisite: knowledge of the fundamentals of meditation. All class fees go towards supporting Nyingma Institute’s mission to offer programs for healing and inquiry, and for humanitarian projects protecting the continuity of Buddhist traditions in Asia. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2222030
KUM NYE TIBETAN YOGA
Advanced Kum Nye: Wisdom and Mind (KNR320)
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PT (October 25 – December 13)
“Let the feelings express themselves … Thoughts cannot catch you, for you are beyond ego and self-image” — Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, p.60.
In this year-long series for experienced Kum Nye practitioners, we will approach each of the six perfections through Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga as embodied forms, feelings, and movements. The six perfections are the practices of a bodhisattva, one who has oriented their entire being to pure altruism and awakening. This term’s class is inspired by and will playfully explore wisdom.
Instructor: Santosh Philip. Cost $144. Prerequisite: three years Kum Nye experience or consent of instructor. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2222048
Anatomy of a Kum Nye Exercise: #95 Stimulating Inner Energy, #98 Inner Immortality of Energy, #101 Touching Present Energy, and #111 Circulating Energy. (KNR132)
Wednesdays, 8:30 – 9:30 AM, PT (Oct 26 – Dec 14, 2022)
This morning class meets weekly for 1 hour. In this 8-week class we will work intimately with body, breath, senses, and awareness as we explore selected Kum Nye practices in depth and detail. This term we work with exercises from the final section of the text: Stimulating and Transforming, Stage Three. In the class series we include additional Kum Nye exercises that support our exploration, as well as delve into the textual material for this stage of practice. Commitment to daily practice between classes is required to get the full benefit of this course.
Instructor: Donna Morton. Cost: $96. Prerequisites: completed at least one Kum Nye course or workshop, or with permission of the instructor. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2222058
Beginning Kum Nye: Entering the Path of Relaxation (KNR122)
Tuesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 am, PT (October 25 – November 15, 2022)
This four-week class is an introduction to the practice of Kum Nye, focusing on the first Kum Nye book, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga. Kum Nye is a unique practice for calming and integrating body and mind. We learn to contact bodily feelings/sensations, and work with the breath to develop stillness and alertness. It will include sitting, breath instruction and introduction to several exercises from the book. There will be a handout provided every week with the exercises covered and suggestions for developing your practice. Experienced Kum Nye practitioners are welcome to join.
Instructor: Anita McNulty. Cost $48. Open to all. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2222094
All-Level Kum Nye: The Healing Art of Kum Nye Practice (KNR121)
Tuesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 am, PT (November 22 – December 13)
“Kum Nye heals both our bodies and minds, bringing their energies together to function calmly and smoothly”—Tarthang Tulku.
We explore practices and exercises from the first Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga book: inner and outer massage of feeling, breath, sitting, working with the senses, and the energy centers. The emphasis is on “how to do Kum Nye” and will be oriented toward practice.
This course may be attended as a series or as a drop-in class. Basic instructions will be included in each class for anyone new to Kum Nye. Appropriate for all levels and abilities; adaptations to exercises will be included for those with physical limitations. Experienced and beginning students are welcome and may join at any time.
Instructor: Anita McNulty. Cost $48 for series, $12 per drop-in. Sign up available until 1 hour prior to class start. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2222119
Intermediate Kum Nye: Making Kum Nye Our Own, Bringing Ease to Mind
Joy of Being Program: Part 2 (KNR225)
Bringing up the Agent of Awareness and Surrendering to Calmness
Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, PT (October 27 – December 15, 2022)
7 classes, no class on Thanksgiving. Note 6:00 PM starting time.
This term cultivates the foundation of deep relaxation that brings together body, senses, and feelings in ways that nourish the mind with pleasure. We practice surrendering to calmness through advanced Kum Nye exercises and contemplations. As awareness expands, we can allow space for something new and positive to develop that is truly our own, and perhaps begin to turn our lives more effectively toward benefit for ourselves and others.
Instructor: Abbe Blum. Cost $126. Part 2 can be taken separately from Part 1 with consent of instructor. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2222137
Self-Massage: Healing Power of Touch, Part Two (KNR106)
Fridays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (October 28 – November 18)
A four-week hands-on class in Kum Nye self-massage. This class continues the Early Fall self-massage class, but it can be taken separately. You will be led through slow massage routines that promote relaxation and deepen your sense of physical presence. For all levels of Kum Nye students. A separate workshop on November 19, Kum Nye Movement and Massage, continues the class.
Instructor: Santosh Philip. Cost: $72. Open to all. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2222152
Deepening Dimensions of Mind: Understanding Self and Mind Program
Part 2: Tracing the Patterns of Mind (NPS520)
Mondays, 10:00 – 11:30 am, PT (November 7 – December 19) (NPS520A)
Mondays, 7:00 –8:30 pm, PT (November 7 – December 19) (NPS520B)
This nine-month program (32 classes and two weekend retreats) will follow the order of topics as presented in Tarthang Tulku’s Dimensions of Mind. The class will also feature readings and exercises from other books by Tarthang Rinpoche. Part 2 examines the patterns that structure and hinder our spiritual growth and development. We will explore the structures of I, me, mine, and mind as the gateways to samsara. The morning class is taught in conjunction with the Nyingma Centrum Nederland. The evening class is for those unable to schedule attendance in the morning.
Program cost of $720 can be paid in 9 monthly installments of $80 per month.
Instructors: Abbe Blum, Elske van de Hulst, Hugh Joswick. Program has already started. LEARN MORE.
The Time for Appreciation is Now
Thursdays, 6 pm – 7:30 pm PT (October 27, 2022 – December 8, 2022)
“If we could appreciate our own energy flow, our rhythms of breathing, our beating hearts, we might recover wholeness and balance, and with it our human dignity.”
Seeing the Beauty of Being, p. 109
Join us to explore the treasures that have been available to us since birth, ready to be discovered and appreciated on our journey to a caring life.
Opening our hearts to these gifts and to their conditions of time and space will allow the dynamism and changes of life to unfold in appreciation.
Classes offer experiential ways of learning, mainly through guided reflections and meditation practices, Tibetan yoga exercises, group sharing and discussions. Between classes, there are additional practices and exercises, as well as readings, to enhance the possibilities for engaging in appreciation in action now!
Instructors: Barbara Below and Pauline Yu. Cost: $150. Register: This class has been postponed! New dates will be announced soon.
Aging Wisely: Awakening to the Present Moment (NPS118)
Tuesday 7:00 – 8:30 pm, PT (October 25 – December 13)
What is most important, most meaningful to you? Tarthang Tulku writes in Gesture of Balance, “to appreciate life fully, we have to face reality. Impermanence and death are integral parts of being alive; this realization can vibrate within us and wake us up… we see that although our lives are very dear to us, they do not last forever.” In this class we will explore the unique opportunities for transformation that the later years of our lives offer, as we deepen appreciation of life right here, right now. Drawing on teachings from the Tibetan tradition relevant to aging, we will practice shamatha and contemplative meditations, and Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, to harmonize and integrate body and mind; and have discussions reflecting on our own experience of self-knowledge through self-observation with an attitude of acceptance and kindness.
Students are encouraged to attend the weekend retreat on November 11–13, which will be led by Laurie Hopman, M.D. and Nyingma Institute deans, Pema Gellek and Lama Palzang.
Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $144. Open to students of all ages who have some meditation experience. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2222162
Advanced Tibetan Tutorial (TIB302)
Fridays, 3:30 – 4:45 pm, PT (October 28 – December 16, 2022)
This advanced Tibetan course consists of continuing reading and translation in the classical Tibetan language. It is for those who already have a good grasp of grammar, vocabulary, and working with Tibetan texts.
Instructor: Barr Rosenberg. Cost: $126. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2222169
Intermediate Tibetan Level (TIB202)
Thursdays, 6:15 -7:45 pm, PT (October 27 – December 15, 2022)
Continued reading and translation of traditional texts and prayers in the classical Tibetan language.
Instructor: Mark Henderson. Cost: $126. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2222176
Beginning Tibetan Level (TIB102)
Mondays, 6:15 – 7:45 pm, PT (October 24 – December 12, 2022)
In this beginning level language class, students study vocabulary and grammar while working with selections from classical Tibetan texts.
Instructor: Mark Henderson. Cost: $126. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2222184
TIME, SPACE AND KNOWLEDGE (TSK)
Time, Space and Knowledge: Opening Space (TSK105)
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, PT (October 26 – December 14, 2022)
Space is primordially peaceful and open. Its openness accommodates all views and experiences without denying their unique contributions. In this class, students will work with Tarthang Tulku’s book Time, Space, and Knowledge to expand their experience of space and spaciousness. TSK is an open path. It is taught throughout the year at the Institute. Anyone with an interest in exploring experience on a fundamental level is welcome.
Instructor: Ken McKeon. Cost: $126. Open to all. Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=2222193