Retreats:  January – April 2020

Come stay with us at the Nyingma Institute. You’ll find that we’re a tranquil sanctuary located conveniently in Berkeley, with a beautiful view, caring instructors, and programs designed to help you reconnect, re-center, and bring more clarity and balance into your life.

Residential participation includes overnight stays, plus lunch, dinner, and self-serve breakfast. Non-Residential participation includes
instruction and lunch only. Online registration is available for non-residential participation. For the residential option, please contact us at info@nyingmainstitute.com or (510) 809-1000 to reserve a room.

Retreats:  Winter & Early Spring 2020 

 

Nyung Nay Purification Retreat (DHS546) 

Friday, March 6th – Saturday, March 7th 

Nyung Nay (“Fasting Retreat”) is an intensive practice focusing on Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. Each session includes visualization, prayers, and mantra. This purification retreat includes fasting, periods of prostration, and taking day-long vows. Nyung Nay is practiced in order to purify one’s mind, create merit, and cultivate compassion. It  can serve as a powerful reset for one’s life and practice, rupturing unproductive patterns and healing root causes of imbalance.

The lineage of the Nyung Nay practice began with Gelong-ma Palmo, a nun who experienced great hardship and cured herself of leprosy through dedicated application of this practice revealed to her by Avalokitesvara. In keeping with the practice’s themes of purification, please wear clean clothes in white colors and avoid wearing fragrance or adornments. You will also be agreeing to forgo entertainment and socializing during this retreat. 

Cost: $360 Residential / $235 Non-Residential. Residential includes a 2-night stay in a private room and instruction. Please add $150 for an extra night’s stay. Non-residential includes instruction only. Instructor(s): Lama Palzang. Retreat begins at 10:00 AM on Friday, ends at 5 PM on Saturday. 

More information: 

  • The first day begins at 10 am with practice instructions. Retreatants participate in practice sessions in silence, with only a light lunch served for the day; liquids are allowed throughout the first day. The second day is a complete fast, with no food or liquids taken. The fast is broken on the morning of the third day, with check-out by 11 am. 
  • In order to participate, you should be in good health and free of hypo- or hyper-glycemic concerns including diabetes. You should also have familiarity with Buddhist teachings and agree to follow the discipline of the retreat, including fasting, silence, the eight Mahayana precepts (see below), and attending all sessions unless arranged in advance with the instructor. If you have any questions about your suitability for this retreat, please contact us to speak to an advisor.
  • The eight Mahayana precepts, a set of one-day vows, are: avoidance of killing, stealing, sexual activity, telling lies, taking intoxicants, eating more than one meal, singing, dancing, or playing music, wearing jewelry, and using high seats or beds. 

Register:  https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1617623

 

Befriending the Mind (NPS510) 

Friday, March 13th – Sunday, March 15th 

How can we develop healthier, more authentic ways of being and let go of old patterns – including anxiety, loneliness, regret, or depression – that no longer serve us? In this 3-day retreat, we work with simple, practical, and effective meditative practices from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition that point us towards finding freedom of mind. By reconnecting to ourselves and restoring a vital line of communication between mind, body, and senses, we can access our essential awareness and our own inner counselor. 

This workshop is not intended as a replacement for therapy. It is for anyone who is interested in becoming more relaxed and wakeful in the world, and in making decisions based on what makes each of us whole. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome. 

Cost: Residential $465 / Non-Residential $305. Residential includes a 2-night stay in a private room, instruction, self-serve breakfast, buffet-style vegetarian lunch and dinner each day. Non-residential includes instruction and lunch only. Instructor(s): Pema Gellek, Abbe Blum, Hugh Joswick. Retreat begins 10:00 AM on Friday, ends 4:45 PM on Sunday. 

Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1617649

 

Wisdom in Action:  Each Day as the Path of Dharma (DHS547) 

Monday, March 23rd – Friday, March 27th 

Rooted in traditional Tibetan Dharma teachings, this program presents skillful ways of understanding and living that come into being as we exercise the six paramitas — generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditative concentration, and wisdom. 

What might be possible if we ventured beyond the structured realm of relative knowing, narrowing reason, and ordinary mind?  We can embrace inquiry, meditation, and the practice of the six paramitas to access creative energy and a direct, vitalizing knowing. 

Cost: Residential $870 / Non-Residential $565. Residential includes a 4-night stay in a private room, instruction, self-serve breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner each day. Non-Residential includes instruction and lunch only. Instructor(s): Pema Gellek, Lama Palzang, Hugh Joswick, Abbe Blum, Mark Henderson. Retreat begins 10:00 AM on Monday and ends 4:45 PM on Friday. 

Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1617650

 

Essential Healing Practices of Tibetan Buddhism (NPR505)

Monday, April 13th – Friday, April 17th 

This five-day retreat combines potent healing practices of Tibetan Buddhism for a thorough refreshment and renewal of mind, body, and senses.  Each day begins with Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, which calms and readies us to ease into meditation, followed by instruction in the specific meditative practice given for the day. 

We will engage awareness and breath practices that invite deep relaxation, as well as learn about visualization and mantra practices for healing.  

Cost: Residential $870 / Non-Residential $565. Residential includes a 4-night stay in a private room, instruction, self-serve breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner each day. Non-Residential includes instruction and lunch only. Instructor(s): Pema Gellek, Lama Palzang, Hugh Joswick, Abbe Blum, Mark Henderson. Retreat begins 10:00 AM on Monday and ends 4:45 PM on Friday. 

Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1617651