Sunday Talks & Gatherings
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.
5–5:45 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.
6:00 – 7:00 PM / Dharma Talk or Gathering
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Sunday, November 10, 2019 — Silent Meditation Practice: “The Spaces In-Between”
This practice session with Nyingma Institute instructor Pauline Yu consists mainly of silent meditation. It includes a simple gentle Tibetan Yoga practice to soften and relax the body, basic meditation instructions, and time for reflection.
Attendees may also be interested in the Silent Retreat from Dec.9 – 13 or the Silent Mind Peaceful Mind Workshop on Dec.14
Sunday, November 17, 2019 – Abbe Blum on “What is it Like to Teach and Practice and Live a Kum Nye Life?”
Abbe Blum speaks about her 30 plus years of experience in studying and practicing Kum Nye Tibetan yoga. She will talk about the move from “not liking” and “ow!” to the healing qualities of Kum Nye, and to the way Kum Nye helped her with the death of a parent. She’ll set out how curiosity and appreciation arise for her and take her beyond small boundaries of sensing and conditioning. She will also discuss the pathway to becoming a Kum Nye teacher that will be unfolding at the Nyingma Institute in 2020.
In addition to entry points to studying Kum Nye, attendees may also be interested in the Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga Teacher Training program starting at Nyingma Institute in Sept 2020, or the drop-in Kum Nye program on Sundays.
Sunday, November 24, 2019 — Women’s Meditation and Practice Evening
The Nyingma Women’s Meditation and Practice Group will meet regularly at this time, 6–7 pm, on the last Sunday of each month in lieu of the regular Dharma talk. Tea and refreshments, along with discussion of selected topics of interest, will follow practice. This is an excellent opportunity to build community and share interests and study.
Attendees may also be interested in the chanting session from 5 – 5:45 pm that precedes this gathering.
Sunday, December 1, 2019 — Pauline Yu on “Mother of Knowledge: the Legacy of Yeshe Tshogyal”
The Tibetan Nyingma lineages were transmitted by the 8th century Queen, Yeshe Tshogyal. Nyingma Institute instructor Pauline Yu talks about how her life story shows how our human capacity for wisdom can be brought to life.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 — Bob Byrne on “The Perfection of Giving”
The positive qualities in our lives can be expanded beyond what we may now think is possible. Meditation and Buddhist Studies instructor Bob Byrne will explore what ‘perfect’ generosity may mean.