Staying Here

Located a block away from UC Berkeley at the foothills of Highland and Hearst, we offer a quiet and reserved environment ideal for reflection and introspection. Rooms offer beautiful views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge, or our peaceful meditation garden.

Furnished private and shared rooms are available for individuals, with shared kitchen, bathrooms, and showers.

Established in 1972, the Nyingma Institute is a respected Tibetan Buddhist learning center which offers classes and retreats to the general public, in addition to housing staff and dedicated community members.


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Please note that we are a vegetarian, substance-free environment. While you are free to partake off premises, we require that no meat or alcohol be consumed or stored here.

Vegetarian meals are prepared onsite, and served buffet-style for lunch and dinner. We select organic produce, fruits and staples whenever possible. For breakfast, toast, eggs, cheese, fruit, yogurt, milk, soymilk, almond milk, fruit, coffee and a selection of teas are available to you in the kitchen.

The kitchen is off-limits for personal use; we encourage you to participate in our meal plan.

You need not be Buddhist, but should be respectful of our spiritual focus and the quietude that is sought by our retreatants and students.

For comments on living here from residents, please see the testimonials section at the bottom of this page.

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Retreat Rooms

Shared Facilities


Contact (510) 809-1000

Our Front Desk is open from 10 am – 6 pm daily

You can also email us via this form:


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“The beauty of the environment, the support of staff and shared meals, the pleasure of community balanced with an easy autonomy – all of these make Nyingma, for me, so much more than just a place to rent a room conveniently close to UC Berkeley campus. I experience the Nyingma environment as an oasis of beauty, calm, and mindful community. It’s a quiet refuge, a place to be replenished.” – E.G, renter 


“Living at the Nyingma Institute is a wonderful opportunity to live in a spiritually based community, and I am grateful to be able to live here.

“There is no pressure to participate in this aspect of the community, nonetheless it informs all of the style of life here; people are generally thoughtful and responsive to other’s needs, critical in a group living situation. The Institute has a long and interesting history, and there are students, residents and guests from all over the world which gives it a very international flavor. If one is interested in spiritual practice, there is ample opportunity and space to engage. I deeply appreciate that I can have my alone time, and still have access to interesting people and activities when I choose.

The food is delightful-varied, plentiful and healthy. One can taste the caring that goes into meal preparation. There is a beautiful meditation garden for recharging that feels worlds removed from urban Berkeley. The location cannot be beat-one can walk to campus within a few minutes, walk to downtown & BART easily within 15 minutes, and even to North Berkeley BART or the gourmet ghetto for a more ambitious walk.” – A.M,  renter 


“Nyingma Institute meets all my needs: safety, spotless, walking distance to UC Berkeley, having a community, meeting amicable people, as well as wonderful food.” –M.L, visiting scholar at UCB

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