Drop-In Programs

Free Sunday Talks

Sundays, 6-7 PM


A talk on Nyingma teachings is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or visiting scholar. See schedule of upcoming talks.

Free Sunday Vajra Guru Mantra Chant

Sundays, 5–5:45 PM


For centuries mantras have been an integral part of Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice. This tradition is continued at the Nyingma Institute, and every Sunday a Nyingma Institute senior student or faculty member leads participants in chanting a special mantra known as the “Vajra Guru Mantra.” Calling on the power of compassionate wisdom, the mantra is:


(Pronounced: om ah hum vajra guru payma siddhee hum)

The mantra is chanted in a slow melodious way that helps deepen meditation and activate inner healing. Approximately thirty minutes of chanting is followed by ten to fifteen minutes of silent sitting.

Participating at the Nyingma Institute: The chant is held Sundays at 5 PM in the Institute’s main meditation room. Please plan on arriving a few minutes before 5 PM. Both cushions and chairs are available for participants. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Participating Online: A live stream of the audio is available online here. The chanting typically starts a few minutes after 5 PM.

Drop-in Meditation Sessions

Mondays-Thursdays 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Sundays 9:00 – 9:45 AM

$5 for general public, free for Nyingma Institute students

A brief 5-minute introduction to basic meditation posture, followed by silent sitting. We offer this to the general public, as well as to our students as a support in developing a regular practice. Open to all.

Please note that there are no evening meditation sessions the week of July 4. 

Sunday Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga)

Sundays, 10 AM – Noon

Cost: $15. Free to students in the Institute’s Certificate Programs.

Discover the gentle movement exercises of Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga): effective techniques for relaxation, healing, relieving tension, and revitalizing body and mind. Both experienced and beginning students are welcome to attend this drop-in class.

Additional Drop-In Classes & Programs

Most of our Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga classes accept drop-ins. Visit our Student Portal & Registration Site to see the current schedule.

We also have free Open House and Full Moon Chants, please visit the Special Events page to learn more.