Sunday Talks

Each Sunday from 6-7 PM, a free talk on Nyingma teachings or related topics is presented by a Nyingma Institute faculty member or guest lecturer.

June 3, Lama Palzang & Nathan Gallanter on “Activating the Sacred through Drumming and Chanting”

This talk will provide students with the opportunity to connect to the purpose, context, and use of sacred music in the Tibetan tradition, as well as to experience it in a light-hearted, relaxed manner.

Learn about the process of hand-crafting very large drums; their use and context in Tibetan Buddhist ritual practice; and finally join us in experiencing 10 large drums resounding together with sacred chants and prayers. Staff member and carpenter Nathan Gallanter will speak to the recently completed multiple-month process of creating over 10 drums for ritual use at Nyingma Institute. Lama Palzang, Co-Dean and faculty member, will talk about the context and purpose of ceremonial music in Tibetan Buddhist ritual practice, speaking from his experience as a trained lama.

The practice of chanting aloud with musical accompaniment enlivens and activates energies in the body and mind. It can harmonize and expand your field of experience, help clarify the mind, or be used to strengthen altruistic intentions. For a practitioner, these elements are part of an experiential method of focusing energy and amplifying positive intentions in transformative ways.

June 10, Steve Randall on “Revisioning Work”

Stephen Randall, a long time student of Tarthang Tulku and the Time, Space, Knowledge vision, and author of Results in No Time, discusses how to connect with time in a more dynamic and productive way, making work a way to connect with our fullest potential as human beings. Steve explores a new vision of work that can foster greater fulfillment and open us to a deeper appreciation of our abilities.

June 17, Santosh Philip on “Impermanence”

Impermanence is a key Buddhist teaching. Rather than being a tragedy, impermanence and change can be our best teachers, waking us up to the infinite possibilities within each moment. Nyingma Institute instructor, Santosh Philip, will lead discussion and practice on the changeable nature of body, feelings, and mind.

June 24, Ken McKeon on “Light as Knowledge”

“Manifesting in the contact of heart to mind and being to knowledge, light gives freedom of mind beyond all imagination. Immaculate and indestructible, diamond light offers universal illumination, communicating the wholeness of love and compassion.” Tarthang Tulku, Dynamics of Time and Space.
The radical notion that ‘light’ is fundamental to all experience opens the way to contact a special kind of knowledge within ordinary appearance and meanings. Time, Space, and Knowledge instructor Ken McKeon will lead participants in dialogue and introspective practices that illuminate this approach to knowledge.

July 1 Hugh Joswick on “Meditation and Mind”

How does meditation affect the mind? Nyingma Institute instructor Hugh Joswick will approach this subject experientially, exploring how our perceptions of ‘mind,’ ‘self’ and even “meditation” change as we practice being with whatever we are experiencing. The talk will include some meditation practice.