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, guest lecturer, or long-time student.

April 7 — Santosh Philip on “Readings from the Marvelous Companion

The Jatakas are tales of the Buddha’s past lives and are an important category of the sutras taught by the Buddha. Thirty-four of these tales were recounted by the 4th century Sanskrit poet Aryasura and were translated into Tibetan during the 8th century. These Jatakamala tales are now part of the Tibetan Tengyur, the Tibetan collection of commentaries to the Buddha’s teachings, and were published by Dharma Publishing as The Marvelous Companion. Nyingma Institute instructor, Santosh Philip will read from some of these tales and discuss their significance.


April 14 — Hugh Joswick on “Mindfulness of the Body from the Satipatthana Sutta

One of the most important suttas from the Pali Canon and a primary text for Vipashyana practice, the Satipatthana Sutta details the Buddha’s direct path to realization. Its fundamental teaching of mindfulness opens into full enlightenment of a Buddha. In this talk, Nyingma Institute instructor, Hugh Joswick, will read selections from the sutta and lead mindfulness practices from it.

April 21 — Lama Palzang on “Kum Nye Dancing”

“Calm and flowing, peaceful yet alert, true relaxation expresses itself both in movement and in stillness.” (Kum Nye Dancing, p.10)

This talk is an introduction to yogic and Kum Nye dancing. It includes some instruction and practice. Lama Palzang, Co-Dean of the Nyingma Institute, teaches dynamic and playful movements that can powerfully transform body, speech, and mind. He draws from Tarthang Tulku’s Kum Nye teachings. Kum Nye is a form of movement practice that emphasizes awareness and feeling. It is based on ancient Tibetan movement systems for healing and is an opportunity to develop a deep knowledge of our individual embodiment, the specific expression of sacred energy called “myself.”  This method of dance can release blockages, holding patterns, stress, and negative energy. Drums and instruments will be used. Come dance with us!

“Could we learn to manifest beauty and happiness, instead of waiting for it to be delivered to us by circumstance?” (Kum Nye Dancing, p.20)

April 28 — Donna Morton on “Opening to the Natural World”

Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga practices encourage and open the senses to natural beauty. Nyingma Institute instructor and Kum Nye practitioner, Donna Morton, discusses and leads exercises to deepen satisfaction and find nourishment in all that we encounter. Developing sensitivity to the inner qualities of sensation lets us appreciate the interconnectedness of all things and awaken to the power of spring that follows a long winter.