Plan Your Visit

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.

We are usually open from 10am to  6pm and even if closed, the person at the front desk can open the store and make a sale.

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.

Open by appointment between 10am – 6pm daily. Please call or email us to make an appointment. 

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.

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


  • We ask that you remove your shoes as you enter the buildings. You can place them in the shoe racks at the entrances.
  • Please finish any food or drinks before entering the meditation rooms that serve as our classrooms.
  • It’s also considered respectful to avoid pointing your feet at the altars in the meditation rooms.
  • Please walk clockwise around the prayer wheel and stupa in the garden.
  • Please treat sacred mantra, text, or images respectfully — avoid placing them on the ground, stepping over them, etc. 


  • The timing for our workshops is usually as follows, unless otherwise noted – Friday sessions are from 7 – 9 pm, Saturday sessions are from 10 am – 4:45 pm and include a vegetarian buffet lunch.
  • Workshop participants may arrange to stay overnight in one of the Institute’s comfortable guest rooms for an additional $125 per night.

Getting Here and Parking:

  • We have a small private parking lot for use by our students and retreatants. Stay on Hearst Avenue until you pass Highland Place, then turn left. There is a handicapped spot further up the driveway after you enter the parking lot.
  • The closest BART station is Downtown Berkeley, which is a 30 minute walk and partially uphill. If you are visiting for a retreat and have bags with you, we recommend taking a taxi or bus. Please check Google Maps for the buses that stop nearby.
  • The closest airports are Oakland International and San Francisco International airports, both of which connect directly to BART (at Coliseum and San Francisco International Airport stops, respectively.)
  • If you are arriving by plane, we encourage you to either arrange a shuttle from the airport (we recommend Bay Porter) or take BART to Downtown Berkeley and a taxi from there to the Nyingma Institute.