Sunday Evenings

On Sundays, our free programs are:  a chant from 5:00 – 5:45 PM, tea and light refreshments (5:45 – 6:00 PM), and a free Dharma talk from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. On the last week of each month, we hold a Women’s Meditation and Practice group instead of the talk.

5:00 – 5:45 PM / Chant 

Approximately thirty minutes of chanting is followed by ten to fifteen minutes of silent sitting. The mantra is chanted in a slow melodious way that helps deepen meditation and activate inner healing. Cost: Free. 

Who's leading the chant this week? (Winter 2020 & Early Spring 2020)
Jan 12: Morris A.
Jan 19: Donna P.
Jan 26: Olivia H.
Feb 2: Bob B.
Feb 9: *Closed for community retreat. No chant*
Feb 16: Donna P.
Feb 23: Olivia H.
March 1: Linda D.
March 8: Bob B.
March 15: Donna P.
March 22: Linda D.
March 29: Linda D.
April 5: Donna P.

6:00 – 7:00 PM / Dharma Talk or Gathering

Jan 12: Hugh Joswick “Exploring Meditation at the Nyingma Institute”

In Dimensions of Mind, Tarthang Tulku compares the kind of meditation most people practice to “nothing more than baby-sitting.” What does he mean by that? Is there a type of meditation that goes beyond our familiar, even if uncomfortable, ways of baby-sitting the mind? In this talk, Nyingma Institute instructor Hugh Joswick will introduce practices that open the grasping quality we often bring to meditation and discuss ways we can free ourselves from the idea that meditation depends on “me” doing meditation. He will also discuss some of the upcoming classes for the Winter term at the Nyingma Institute.

Jan 19: Erika Rosenberg “The Healing Power of Compassion”

Compassion arises when we are confronted with suffering (in ourselves or others) and feel motivated to help end it. How do we explain the paradoxical truth that opening one’s heart to suffering helps us find happiness and peace? Join Erika Rosenberg, Ph.D., Nyingma Instructor and Research Scientist, for a discussion of the nature of compassion, how we can grow our own compassion, and the ways in which compassionate connection can heal people, communities, and our planet.

Erika Rosenberg, Ph.D., is co-developer of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Program, Founding Faculty at The Compassion Institute, and Consulting Scientist at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain

Jan 26: Women’s Meditation and Practice Evening at the Nyingma Institute

Join us for meditation followed by tea and discussion. Free and open to the Nyingma Community. 

Feb 2: Bob Byrne “Longchenpa: Master of the Nyingma Lineage”

Instructor Bob Byrne will discus the remarkable achievements of Longchenpa, a 14thC Tibetan master. Longchenpa was a great poet who wrote with brilliant clarity; an all-knowing master who wrote on many topics, whose works that survives fill over 5,000 pages; a man with phenomenal memory and tireless energy; a perfected master in the Dzogchen lineage and a worker of miracles; a dedicated teacher; and one of the greatest figures of the Nyingma lineage. His story and teachings can inspire and enrich our own efforts.

Feb 9: Closed for Community Retreat – No Dharma Talk

Feb 16: Abbe Blum “Practicing Caring Through Teaching Kum Nye”

Truly caring for ourselves may be the least selfish action we can take. We can learn to access the inner and outer resources that infuse our lives with vitality and meaning. We can live the values that express the fullness of our human nature, transmitting this caring to others through our actions and ways of being. Abbe Blum, Long-time Instructor of Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, will speak on becoming a teacher of Kum Nye as one pathway available for caring through teaching.

Feb 23: Women’s Meditation and Practice Evening at the Nyingma Institute

Join us for meditation followed by tea and discussion. Free and open to the Nyingma Community. 

March 1: Olivia Hurd “Aging Wisely”

As we age, can we wake up to the opportunity of life in new ways? When we look more closely at the experience of loss and the inevitability of death, we may find there is knowledge to explore, enabling us to appreciate life more fully; to wake up to what is, now; to act with more effectiveness for the benefit of ourselves and others. This talk will explore the experience of aging as an opportunity for growth, transformation, and ways to continue to contribute what we have, to benefit all beings.

March 8: Bob Byrne “Developing Balance through Meditative Awareness”

Long time Instructor Bob Byrne will talk about developing meditative awareness, and the role of the body and the mind in cultivating balance in meditation, as well as using mantras and visualizations.

“Often, when we meditate, we may feel that we have fewer emotional upheavals or fewer disturbances and distractions. But this does not mean we are transcending the ordinary level, for past negative patterns still remain. Watching our thoughts, examining our feelings, and concentrating on refining our perceptions are temporary tools which can make us happy and joyful. But if we want to develop meditative awareness, … we must go beyond consciousness… when we have meditative awareness we know how to touch each experience directly, and consequently we do not get pulled in and trapped by expectations.” Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance.

March 15: Mark Henderson “Kamalashila and the Stages of Meditation”

Kamalashila played an important role in establishing Buddhism in Tibet at the time of King Trisongdetsen. Kamalashila’s text, “The Stages of Meditation” clarified for the Tibetan people the gradual path to enlightenment central to Indian Buddhism. In this talk, Institute Instructor Mark Henderson will introduce Kamalashila’s principal writing on the stages of meditation, the Bhavanakrama, bringing this key text in Tibetan history to life.

March 22: Santosh Philip “Body Psychology”

The movements of the body and physical feelings, and the flow of energies intimately relate to movements within the psyche. In this talk, Kum Nye Instructor Santosh Philip will discuss the relationship between the psyche and the body, giving practical suggestions on how to work with physical postures and feelings to increase well-being.

March 29: Women’s Meditation and Practice Evening at the Nyingma Institute

Join us for meditation followed by tea and discussion. Free and open to the Nyingma Community. 

April 5: Donna Morton “The Art of Sitting Comfortably”

Instruction in how to sit comfortably for meditation is given by Nyingma instructor and physiotherapist Donna Morton. She will introduce a variety of sitting strategies and will discuss the benefits and challenges of each.