Closed for Health Reasons / Online Programs Only 


March 11, 2020

Dear Students and Friends,

In order to protect the health of our more at-risk community members, Nyingma Institute has decided to suspend in-person instruction and to make programs available online via Zoom for the rest of this term (Early Spring 2020) and until further notice.

  • Classes will be offered online.
  • Workshops will be offered online as well.
  • We have cancelled our retreats for the rest of this term.
  • A few of our Sunday programs (morning meditation, chant) will be suspended.
  • Sunday Kum Nye will be offered online. Please register in advance; a minimum enrollment is required. 
  • Sunday Talks will be offered online. Please register in advance; a minimum enrollment is required. 

Our sincere apologies for the short notice, and we thank you so much for your understanding and support.

Warm wishes,
Nyingma Institute Staff

P.S. Please don’t hesitate to call us at (510) 809-1000 (leave a message and we’ll return your call shortly) or email us at if you have any questions.

P.P.S. How to join online. 

Attend a free talk

On Sundays, we have free afternoon and evening public programs.

Learn about upcoming free events, free Sunday talks, and donation-based programs:

Discover new books

The Dharma Publishing Bookstore has moved from our location in downtown Berkeley to a beautiful new space at the Nyingma Institute. Our many windows offer us fresh air and a lovely view. In addition to all the Dharma Publishing books, cds, dvds, and art, we carry our buckwheat meditation cushions and mats, books of Tibetan masters, plus hand-hammered singing bowls, prayer wheels, prayer flags and altar items.

The bookstore is open from 11 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Saturday; closed Sunday.

However, the bookstore can be accessed any time the front desk is staffed (Weekdays 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Saturdays 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Sundays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM).

Image of the Meditation Garden

Enjoy the Garden


We look forward to sharing our new, improved garden with you after renovations have been completed!

Perfect for walking meditation, contemplation or reading a book, this peaceful space is open to the public.

Framed by the red leaves of the Japanese Maple in fall and blooming roses in summer, a golden Stupa, symbol of enlightened mind rises above a small waterfall. Housed under red eaves, a prayer wheel activates billions of prayers with each rotation, while brightly colored fish dart in and out among water lilies. 

Stay and relax

Stay in a supportive environment that combines traditional symbols of enlightened awareness with the natural beauty of flowers, trees, and pond, and sweeping vistas of the San Francisco Bay.
Image of fruits and veggies.

Savor the food

Retreatants and residents enjoy vegetarian meals prepared on the premises, served buffet-style for lunch and dinner.

We are a vegetarian kitchen, please note that no meat is allowed on the premises. 

If you’d like to join us for a meal, please make a $12 donation at the Front Desk. 


Guide for New Students

Welcome to the Nyingma Institute! Here are a few guidelines to help you orient yourself to the environment and customs here. More questions? Please call the Front Desk at (510) 809-1000 between 10am – 7pm. You can also email us at


  • Please remove your shoes and place them in the shoe racks at the entrances.
  • No food or drinks in the meditation rooms. Please avoid pointing your feet at the altars or sitting with your back to them.
  • Please walk clockwise around the prayer wheel and stupa in the garden.
  • Please avoid placing anything considered sacred (printed prayer, mantra, or sacred image) on the ground or stepping over it.

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