Workshops

Please note that due to health concerns, we are holding all programs online. The registration deadline for workshops is one week in advance. Please register as early as possible in order to ensure that your workshop will run, as programs must meet minimum enrollment conditions.

Late Spring & Summer 2020 Terms 

 

Sat, May 2 (10:00 am – 4:45 pm) 

Path of Liberation: Making Mind the Matter (DHS 407)

Working specifically with the traditional “three trainings”—ethical action, meditation, and wisdom—we gain insight into how “reality” is fabricated and the patterns of ego, personality, and identity that drive this process. 

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $80. Please register by April 25 for this workshop. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677815 

 

Mon, May 4 – Sat, May 16 

First Year Ngondro Retreat 

 

Sat, May 9 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) 

Aging Wisely: Expanding Perspective (NPS 420)

In this workshop we will explore opportunities unique to the stage of life as seniors, enriching our daily experience, particularly through challenging times.  We will consider the mysteries of life and death, the joy of being present, the constant flow of change — through Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices, breathing, Kum Nye gentle body movement, and discussion.  

Instructors: Olivia Hurd and Suellen Ehnebuske. Cost: $50. We encourage you to register by May 2 for this workshop. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677816 

 

Sat, May 16 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) 

Kum Nye Daily Routines: Breath, Massage and Movement (KNR 419) 

Selected practices are combined in short routines appropriate to apply daily to support physical, mental and emotional health. Grounding yet energizing routines are good for morning time, and calming and restorative routines support sleep, healing and inner balance. 

Instructor: Donna Morton. Cost: $50. Please register by May 9 for this workshop. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677817 

 

Mon, May 18 – Sat, May 30 

Second and Third Year Ngondro Retreat 

 

Sat, May 23 (2:00 – 5:00 pm) 

Orientation to Kum Nye Teacher Training (KNR 430)

For those who would  teach Kum Nye and/or for those who want to explore it thoroughly, integrating active relaxation and healing into their lives. 

In September 2020 the Nyingma Institute will launch a year-long intensive teacher training program centered on Tarthang Tulku’s first Kum Nye book, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga. Through this program, the Nyingma Institute joins the international Kum Nye community and draws on over four decades of teachings introduced to the West by Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku in the 1970’s in Berkeley, California. This afternoon introduces the specific vision and requirements of the program and gives participants a taste of what will unfold.  The same workshop will be offered on June 27.

Instructors:  Online Kum Nye Teaching Staff. Cost: $50, or included if you are going to participate in the teacher training program. Please register by May 16 for this workshop.  

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677818 

 

Sat, May 30, (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Joy of Meditation  (MED 424)

For our health and happiness, it is essential that we learn ways of relaxing to bring ease to the mind and give us the inner space we need for healing to arise. Our meditation practice can engage this flow of feeling, expanding and transforming whatever appears into pure joy. Experience some of the deep meditation practices in Joy of Being. For all those with an interest in meditation. 

Instructor: Santosh Philip. Cost: $50. Please register by May 23 for this workshop. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677820 

 

Sat, June 6 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) 

Aging Wisely: the Graceful Years (NPS 422) 

Opportunities for mining wisdom are ever-present as we move into the senior years. In practice and discussion, we will draw on the teachings and meditations from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to wake us up to our precious life right now. How can we age more consciously? Rather than diminishing our experience, slowing down can enrich each moment and be a graceful lesson for others.

Instructors:  Olivia Hurd and Suellen Ehnebuske. Cost: $50. Please register by May 30 for this workshop. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677821 

 

Sat, June 13 (10:00 am – 4:45 pm) 

Path of Liberation: Filled with Devotion (MED413)

The final chapter of the sacred text known as the Uttaratantra, titled “Benefit,” describes the immense merit for the world generated by devotion and certainty in the Dharma. This advanced meditation workshop invites faith based on insight. 

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $80. Please register by June 6 for this workshop. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677822 

 

Sat, June 20

No workshop scheduled. 

Sat, June 27 (2:00 – 5:00 pm) 

Orientation to Kum Nye Teacher Training (KNR 430) 

Both for those who would  teach Kum Nye and/or for those who want to explore it thoroughly, integrating active relaxation and healing into their lives. 

In September 2020 the Nyingma Institute will launch a year-long intensive teacher training program centered on Tarthang Tulku’s first Kum Nye book, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga. Through this program, the Nyingma Institute joins the international Kum Nye community and draws on over four decades of teachings introduced to the West by Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku in the 1970’s in Berkeley, California. This afternoon introduces the specific vision and requirements of the program and gives participants a taste of what will unfold.  

Instructors: Online Kum Nye Teaching Staff. Cost: $50, or included if you are going to participate in the teacher training program. Please register by June 20 for this workshop. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677819 

 

 

Sat, July 4 

Closed for community celebration. 

 

Sat, July 11 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) 

Opening the Heart (KNR 403) 

The heart holds the key to leading a happy life in harmonious and loving accord with others. Kum Nye practices open the heart to deep levels of feeling and appreciation. This workshop includes exercises that loosen physical tension in the chest and upper back. 

Instructor: Donna Morton. Cost: $50. Please register by July 3 for this workshop. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677823 

 

Sat, July 18 (10:00 am – 4:45 pm) 

Kum Nye Beauty and the Senses (KNR 421)

In the presence of beauty or majesty, lonely or depressed thoughts depart, and anxiety and pressure relent. The emotions that restrain our heart and the thoughts that pattern our mind are transformed when we are surrounded by nature. Tarthang Tulku, Mandala Gardens.

In this workshop the natural world—sky, earth, water, trees, and flowers—becomes our meditation. Tibetan Yoga practices open our senses so that we can receive natural beauty more freely, seeing the interconnectedness of all existence. 

Instructor: Santosh Philip. Cost: $80. Please register by July 11 for this workshop. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677832 

 

Sat, July 25 (10:00 am – 4:45 pm) 

Path of Liberation: Wheel of Life (DHS 408)

The symbolism of the Tibetan Wheel of Life demonstrates fundamental Buddhist teachings about the chain of causality and how mental patterns evolve and take form. 

Instructors: Hugh Joswick and Mark Henderson. Cost: $80. Please register by July 18 for this workshop. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677833 

 

Sat, Aug. 1 (10:00 am – 4:45 pm) 

Staying in the Center (NPS 423) 

Wherever I am, I find myself ‘in’, Dimensions of Mind, “No Positions,” 189.

How do we examine our own situation? Is it necessary to meet and launder zillions of complications? To build a ladder to climb higher, see more? It’s not about throwing words around; it’s about living our life in a way that makes a difference. This workshop inquiries about positions we take, the zoning that seems to enforce our mind and body lanes, and ways we can open into greater flexibility and deep insight— “when there’s no holding, it’s all completely open.” Readings and practices drawn from Dimensions of Mind and Joy of Being.

Instructor: Abbe Blum. Cost: $80. Please register by July 25 for this workshop. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677834 

 

Sat, Aug. 8 (10:00 am – 4:45 pm) 

Path of Liberation: Cutting Off Negative Thoughts (MED 415) 

The aim is to turn the mind around, to put an end to self-delusion and unending confusion, to transcend all limited views and limitations on the heart’s natural capacity for love and joy. Tarthang Tulku, Path of Heroes. Through meditative action even adverse conditions can fuel our search for wisdom. In this advanced meditation workshop, we cut off negative thoughts as they arise through applying potent antidotes that protect heart and mind. 

Instructors: Hugh Joswick and Mark Henderson. Cost: $80. Please register by August 1 for this workshop. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677835 

 

Sat, Aug. 8 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) 

Shamatha Meditation Practice Online Intensive (MED501) 

In this mini-retreat we will meet online to practice for three two-hour sessions over the course of a single day: 9 am – 11 am, Noon – 2 pm, and 3 – 5 pm. This program is designed for experienced meditators who have a regular practice or who have attended retreats before. Sessions consist primarily of silent practice with minimal instruction. 

We will be working with the first three shamatha (calm abiding) breath practices from Tarthang Tulku’s book, Practices on the Buddhist Path, which form a progression with each informing the next in a natural way. We will end the day with a practice for opening the heart. 

Instructor: Pauline Yu. Cost: Suggested donation of $30, but we are committed to making this accessible for all who wish to join. Prerequisites: To create and maintain a container that provides maximum benefit, retreat participants are expected to commit to participate for the entire day. Please register by August 1. 

Register:  https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1677836 

 

Sat, Aug. 15 

No workshop scheduled. 

 

Sat, Aug. 15 – Fri, Aug. 28 

The Beauty of Merit & Wisdom: 14-Day Retreat 

 

Sample Schedule

  • 10:00 AM Instruction Session
  • 11:30 AM Tea Break
  • 12:00 PM Instruction Session
  • 1:00 PM Vegetarian Lunch
  • 2:00 PM Instruction Session
  • 3:30 PM Tea Break
  • 4:00 PM Instruction Session
  • 4:45 PM Workshop Concludes