Tarthang Tulku arrives in the Bay Area.

In a small house on Webster Street, he
holds classes on Tibetan language and
basic Buddhist teachings on Tuesday
evenings, as well as four-hour sessions
on Saturdays consisting of basic
teachings, prostrations and meditation


Nyingma Institute is officially incorporated as a
non-profit organization. Its purpose is to make
Nyingma teachings and techniques available to
the general public in an academic setting, without
commitment to the religious aspect of Buddhism.
Slide 1973 Nyingma Institute begins operation at its
present location, a former fraternity house
built in 1913.

Observing that many people
have difficulty with extended periods of
sitting, Tarthang Tulku introduces exercises
based on traditional Tibetan medical
techniques. These practices become the
teachings of Kum Nye Relaxation.

A series of books develops out of Rinpoche’s
early teaching at the Institute, which becomes
the foundation for Nyingma Psychology.

The first annual 8-week Human Development
Training Program, oriented to the needs of
psychologists, social workers, educators and
counselors, is held.