Four Month Retreat

Monday, August 26 – Saturday, December 14 (Sixteen weeks) 

Give yourself an invaluable gift:  the self-discovery that comes from an intensive period of practice and study.

This is an unparalleled opportunity to delve deeply into your being, as well as to bring back what you have learned into daily life. Retreat offers a sacred container for nurturing and developing your life. Experience the carefully sequenced and time-tested practices of Healing Mind: Path of Inner Freedom, and explore how we can come to embody the teachings through work, relationships, and our interactions in the world in Living Dharma: Every Day as the Field of Practice.

The two parts of this retreat can be attended separately. Please see below for more information.


Healing Mind: Path of Inner Freedom Retreat (2 Months) 

Monday, August 26 – Saturday, October 19 (Eight weeks)

This two-month training is based on the sequencing and progression of our classic Four Month Retreat. It is perfect for anyone who’d like to deeply transform, discover anew, and activate the healing energy of mind and body. Our approach is humanistic, gentle, and direct. It does not rely on a belief system, and spiritual practitioners of all backgrounds are welcome.

We start with practices designed for deep relaxation, followed by experiential inquiry into the ways that sensation, feeling, and thinking operate. Based on this exploration, we gently investigate our habits, patterns, and self-images before emerging with new knowledge and insight into the fundamentals of our being.

Living Dharma:  Every Day as the Field of Practice (2 Months)

Monday, October 21 – Saturday, December 14 (Eight weeks) 

This two-month experience opens up our vision of the path of the Bodhisattva and explores how we can come to embody the teachings through work, relationships, and our interactions in the world.

It focuses on Rinpoche’s distinctive approach to Skillful Means, exploring how to integrate practice with daily life and work. The retreat’s curriculum is rooted in traditional Dharma teachings on how to manifest skillful ways of practice in daily life, highlighting how to activate the six paramitas.

It also draws from his new books Caring, Dimensions of Mind, and Lotus Trilogy.

When steam rises off the water of a lake, the steam and the lake aren’t separate. In the same way, the subject arises and takes on the form that it does through the encounter with the object. . . . Each shapes the other, and each depends on the other.

From Dimensions of Mind, by Tarthang Tulku.


If you have significant financial constraints, please contact us to apply for a scholarship.


Our Front Desk is open 10 AM – 7 PM, PST on weekdays and Sunday, and 10 AM – 5 PM, PST on Saturdays. We look forward to hearing from you.

Phone:  (510) 809-1000 

Please contact us for an application. Payment plans are available. 


The Nyingma Institute, founded in 1972, is one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist centers of learning in the U.S. It was groundbreaking in its early introduction of Tibetan Buddhism to Westerners, and it continues to be singular due to the unique and multi-faceted quality of Rinpoche’s teachings, which have been developed for the Western mind by a lama who has devoted fifty years of his life to teaching, observing, and working closely with his students here in the U.S.

The wider our concept of mind becomes, the more experience we can accept without making judgments. This acceptance itself becomes meditation. 

From Hidden Mind of Freedom, by Tarthang Tulku.