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

Please view topics below

Sunday, September 22, 2019 — Olivia Hurd on “Meditation:  Self-Confidence through Self-Discovery”

How can meditation practice strengthen our inner confidence?  It is possible, through looking at mind free from judgments, and with openness, to discover qualities of mind that we can rely on: peacefulness, insight, and satisfaction.  Beneath the divisive concepts of who we think we are, we can find a trustworthy resource that inspires us from within. This talk by meditation instructor Olivia Hurd will include practices to encourage mind’s flexibility and balance through expanding awareness.

Attendees may also be interested in the Transforming Negative Emotions workshop on Sept.28

 

Sunday, September 29, 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, October 6, 2019 – Mark Henderson “Work as Meditation in Action”

The Skillful Means series offers a dynamic approach to working, living, and meditation by cultivating faculties through work that are not different from those needed for spiritual practice. Learn about some of the techniques and approaches offered for integrating “work” and “meditation.” 

Attendees may also be interested in the Meditation in Action workshop on Oct.12. Before this talk, there is an Open House program from 3 – 5 pm and a free chant from 5 – 5:45 pm that you are also welcome to join. 

 

Sunday, October 13, 2019 — Hugh Joswick on “Unmasking the Self-Image”

How might the mask of identity obscure the fresh vitality of who we really are? 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 a short meditation practice. 

Attendees may also be interested in the Question of Identity workshop on Oct.19

 

Sunday, October 20, 2019 – Mark Henderson on “Teachings from the Center”

Since his arrival in America in 1969, Tarthang Rinpoche has authored over forty books in English that all speak to the power of mind at the center of the human condition. This talk offers introduction, context, and a highly essentialized overview for the history and origins of the teachings offered through Nyingma Institute. For newcomers and long-time students alike. 

Attendees may also be interested in the Journey Through Mind retreat from Nov.11-15

 

Sunday, October 27, 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, November 3, 2019 – Santosh Philip on “Living Compassion” 

How can we make compassion a living force in our lives? What are the most common obstacles to compassion and how can we overcome them? Talk will include compassion chanting and practical suggestions for bringing compassion to life. 

Attendees may also be interested in the Cultivating Compassionate Love 3-Day Retreat starting on Nov.29

 

Sunday, November 10, 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 17, 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 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.