Workshops (Online)

Please note that due to health concerns, we are holding all programs online. Please register as early as possible in order to ensure that your workshop will run, as programs must meet minimum enrollment conditions. Our suggested registration deadline for workshops is one week in advance. After you enroll, a faculty member will send you the link to join online — usually this is sent about a day before the date of the workshop. 

LATE SPRING & SUMMER WORKSHOPS

April 24 – 25, Kum Nye Teacher Training 

May 1, Turning the Mind to the Dharma (DHS403)
Saturday, May 1 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM) 
In this workshop, we study the “four thoughts” that turn the mind to the Dharma: awakening to freedom and good fortune, impermanence, suffering, and karma. Open to all students with an interest in Buddhism. 
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Part of the Path of Liberation Program.
Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/#EventID=1884441 

May 8, Awakening Bodhicitta (DHS427) 
Saturday, May 8 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM) 
What role does virtue have to play in one’s spiritual path, or simply in a well-lived, satisfying life? When we practice virtuous deeds or simple goodness this can challenge our own complacency, cynicism, and despair, making room instead for change and transformative realizations. 
Altruism, as generated through practices that expand our concern and minds, is key to the path of the bodhisattva. In this workshop, we will focus on the Buddhist practice of bodhicitta, the aspiration for universal awakening, as well as how we can find a balance between being and doing.
We can invite virtue into our lives through small acts of love and equanimity, opening channels to our innermost being, that space where we live from when aligned with our highest aspirations and truths. 
Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Cost: $50. 
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1885794 

May 15, How to Meditate (MED401)
Saturday, May 15 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
This workshop will offer instruction in traditional sitting meditation geared toward the beginner, and for anyone with a lapsed practice who wishes to establish a daily meditation practice. It will include guided mindfulness of breathing, slow, gentle Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga to balance body/mind energy, as well as chanting and walking meditation. Join us in simple, profound practices that can transform the quality of everyday life, stimulating creativity and integrating body and mind, using your own inner resources.
Instructor: Suellen Ehnebuske. Cost: $50. 
Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/#EventID=1884447 

May 22, Homage to Shakyamuni Buddha (NPR408) 
Saturday, May 22 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM) 
Join us for chanting, meditation, and guided visualization evoking devotion for the omniscient wisdom and infinite compassion of Shakyamuni Buddha. This workshop falls during the holy lunar month of Saga Dawa; join us to celebrate the Buddha’s life and teachings and to practice together with devotion and gratitude during this auspicious time. Our practice together will include Tibetan master Lama Mipham’s prayer to Shakyamuni Buddha. 
Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Cost: $50. 
Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/#EventID=1884448 

May 29, Training for Freedom (DHS404)
Saturday, May 29 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Classic Buddhist education uses three trainings—shila (morality), samadhi (meditation), and prajna (wisdom)—to develop wholesome knowledge and power. This workshop introduces these traditional tools for clearing away confusion and karmic patterns. Open to all students with an interest in Buddhism.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Part of the Path of Liberation Program
Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/#EventID=1884449 

June 12 -13, Kum Nye Teacher Training 

July 10, Meditation Practices to Connect Mind and Heart: Heartmind (NPS424) 
Saturday, July 10 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
In this workshop, we will apply traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices to connect mind and heart, in order to more deeply experience Heartmind, the essence of our being. We will use gentle movement practices, Kum Nye, to communicate with, touch and expand the unique energy of the heart; also chanting, as well as discussion from our direct experiences of real life. Tarthang Tulku writes, “It is in the heart center that our inner nature grows to fullness. Once the heart center opens, all blockages dissolve, and a spirit or intuition spreads throughout our entire body so that our whole being becomes alive. … When we are able to integrate our minds with our hearts and our actions with our intuitions we can find genuine meaning in our lives. … We become naturally self-nourishing, self-motivating, and self-confident. So, let us look at what is happening in our hearts. This is an essential preparation for experiencing the truth of our lives.”
Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $50. 
Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/#EventID=1886360 

July 17, Question of Identity: Ten Ideas of Self (DHS405)
Saturday, July 17 (10:00 AM–1:00 PM)
Who creates, controls, enjoys, defiles, or purifies experience? Am “I” substantial, or have “I” as Tarthang Tulku writes, “entered into an illusory partnership with an entity that has no existence of its own?” Experiential exercises will shed light on these questions, while lecture will examine the ten kinds of self as described by the Bodhisattva Maitreya and the Nyingma master Lama Mipham Rinpoche. Open to all students with an interest in Buddhism.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Part of the Path of Liberation Program. 
Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/#EventID=1884451 

July 31, Summer Meditation Practice Daylong (MED501) 
Saturday, July 31 (8:30 AM – 5:30 PM) 
In this practice intensive we meet online to sit for four sessions:  8:30 am – 10:00 am, 10:30 – Noon, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, and 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Sessions consist primarily of silent practice with minimal instruction. 
Instructor: Pauline Yu. Cost: $25. 
Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/#EventID=1884452 

Aug 6 – 8, Kum Nye Teacher Training 

Aug 7, How to Meditate Workshop (MED401)
Saturday, August 7, (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
This workshop will guide you in establishing a regular meditation practice at home, whether you are a beginner or someone needing support in re-establishing a lapsed practice.  Practices from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition will be presented to quiet and calm mind, and to integrate body and mind, serving to cultivate an accepting and friendly relationship with whatever we experience within. They include guided sitting practices, gentle body movement (Kum Nye), breathing practices and chanting.  Through observing experience calmly and quietly, we can activate an awakened quality of awareness that is always available, ultimately leading to the natural state of mind: clear, peaceful, open and compassionate.
Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $50. 
Register: https://nyingmainstitute.asapconnected.com/#EventID=1884450

EARLY & LATE FALL WORKSHOPS

Not yet open for online registration. 

Saturday, August 28 — No workshop scheduled

Saturday, September 4th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Practicing the Four Immeasurables (DHS406)

Cultivating the “four immeasurable” states of mind—love, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity—is a classic Buddhist practice that teaches us to transcend our ordinary way of being and our limited way of understanding love. We discover an inner serenity that fosters the realization of selflessness.

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50, included in the Path of Liberation program.
Register: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=4698#EventID=1970647 

Saturday, September 11 – No workshop scheduled

Saturday, September 18, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Stillness, Alertness, and Ease: the Seven Gestures Posture (KNR427)

“The traditional position for sitting (shown by the Buddha when he first became enlightened) facilitates relaxation of both body and mind. Energy flows smoothly in this position, and with enough time, all mental and physical energies become transformed into positive healing sensation. This position consists of seven ‘gestures’.” — Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga

In this half-day workshop we will explore the seven ‘gestures’, building and embodying within ourselves this posture of balance. We will consider awareness, breathing and movement practices that can support a more easeful adoption of these gestures, as well as modifications/alternatives for those unable to sit on the floor.

This workshop is relevant for both students of Kum Nye and meditation.

Instructor: Donna Morton. Cost: $50.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1970652 

Saturday, September 25, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Medicine Buddha Practice: Balancing the Elements (NPR406)

In this workshop, we’ll practice Medicine Buddha mantras, prayers, and visualization. We’ll also explore how Medicine Buddha practice is related to balancing the elements in one’s body–earth, water, fire, wind, and space.

Medicine Buddha practice can aid in the release of sickness, emotionality, and trauma, as well as purify and cleanse obscurations, confusion, and traces of negative actions. For centuries, practitioners have practiced in this way to bring healing to themselves, loved ones, and all who are suffering from illness or any form of imbalance, sending the deep blue, lapis lazuli energy of healing to all beings.

Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Cost: $50.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1970654 

Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
The First Teachings of the Buddha (DHS422)

We look at the first three discourses the Buddha taught to his disciples as he turned the Wheel of the Dharma. We will read three Pāli suttas describing the four noble truths, the nature of non-self, and the six sense organs burning with desire.

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50, included in the Path of Liberation program.
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Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Meditations to Open the Heart (MED421)

This half-day mini retreat will focus on practices to open the heart energy center. We will use breath practices, mantra, visualization, and gentle movement, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga. “So begin by listening to your heart, to your feelings . . .  a deep warmth in the center of the heart, which is our inner sanctuary, our own home.” — Tarthang Tulku, Hidden Mind of Freedom. For all levels of meditators.

Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $50.
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Saturday, October 9, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, PT
Introduction to Joy of Being Kum Nye: Tuning Up and Tuning In (KNR431)

“Relaxation can accommodate whatever arises in the mind; relaxation can smooth the jagged edges of thoughts, remove their hooks from our consciousness, and enable them to slip away.” — Joy of Being, p. 26

During this afternoon, a Joy of Being way of practice and understanding that creates a “new home of feeling” (p.23) by tuning into relaxation will be introduced. Right now we may be more tuned in to negativity, more sensitive to pain—especially given the last months and year. By attracting mind and senses to internal sources for meaning and satisfaction, and connecting heart and head, we invite “calmness and joyful feelings to circulate throughout our systems.”

This workshop may especially benefit those with some foundation in Kum Nye who would like to explore further. All are welcome.

Instructor: Abbe Blum. Cost: $50.
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Saturday, October 16, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
How to Meditate (MED401)

This workshop will offer instruction in traditional sitting meditation geared toward the beginner, and for anyone with a lapsed practice who wishes to establish a daily meditation practice. It will include guided mindfulness of breathing, slow, gentle Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga to balance body/mind energy, as well as chanting and walking meditation. Join us in simple, profound practices that can transform the quality of everyday life, stimulating creativity and integrating body and mind, using your own inner resources.

Instructor: Suellen Ehnebuske. Cost: $50.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1970752 

Saturday, October 23 — Break between Early Fall and Late Fall terms

Saturday, October 30 — No workshop scheduled

Saturday, November 6, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Entering the Mandala of the Five Buddha Families (DHS428)

We can understand the qualities of deluded and awakened mind through the mandala of the five buddha families, with their corresponding colors, directionalities, and rich symbolism. Through the beauty of sacred art, prayer, mantra, and visualization, we can meet these enlightened energies in the forms of Vairochana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, and Amoghasiddhi. In this workshop, we will learn about the traditional context of the five buddha families and how we can relate to this mandala in our practice and lives.

Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Cost: $50.
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Saturday, November 13, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Kamalashila and the Stages of Meditation (DHS419)

Kamalashila accompanied Santaraksita to Tibet in the 8th century at the request of King Trisong Detsen. He played an important role in establishing Buddhism in Tibet and was the principal defender of the Indian gradual way of enlightenment over the Chan method of sudden enlightenment. In a great debate at Samye monastery c. 793, Kamalashila bettered his opponent, who advocated a direct awakening of mind through meditation, by arguing for a gradual path that required training in the whole field of Buddhist study. Kamalashila thereby established the Indian tradition of study and practice in Tibet and the gradual path of development. In this workshop we will examine a principal writing of Kamalashila, the Bhavanakrama, on the stages of meditation. Lecture, practice, and discussion will bring this key text in Tibetan history to life.

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50, included in the Path of Liberation program.
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Saturday, November 13, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Aging Wisely (NPS421)

This workshop will explore teachings and meditation practices on the truth of impermanence, in order to see the unique opportunities for transformation as we grow older. “Impermanence and death are integral parts of being alive; this realization can vibrate within us and wake us up …. Right now we can enjoy our lives.”  — Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance

Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $50.
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Saturday, November 20, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Following Sensation and Expanding Feeling (KNR440)

“We can nurture and heal both our bodies and minds by touching our feelings deeply and expanding the flowing rhythms they bring to us, for they are linked to the vitality of the universe itself.” — Tarthang Tulku, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga

The fundamental activity of Kum Nye practice is to contact the feeling sensations in the body and expand them, increasing our ability to deeply relax and enhance enjoyment of our lives. We will practice with sitting, movement and breath exercises from the first Kum Nye book. This session is appropriate for the beginning practitioner and experienced alike. It will include basic instruction in how to do Kum Nye.

Instructor: Anita McNulty. Cost: $50.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1970766 

Friday, November 26 – Sunday, November 28
Opening to Knowledge: Online Retreat (NPS511)

Most of us tend to take the habit patterns and common concepts that frame our day-to-day experience as real. We usually are not aware of underlying assumptions, let alone that we are subject to a limiting regime of mind.

In this 3-day experiential webinar retreat we explore ways in which we can open our hearts, minds and senses to ways of knowing that take us beyond familiar, constricting definitions and concepts.

We will explore the workings of our mind, body and senses in very basic, experiential ways, combining in-depth Kum Nye exercises and explorations from The Joy of Being with reflections, contemplations and meditative exercises based on Knowledge of Freedom.

For more details, please visit: https://nyingmainstitute.com/kof-openingtoknowledge/

Instructors: Abbe Blum, Santosh Philips, and Elske van de Hulst. Cost: $150.
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Saturday, December 4, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Life Stories of the Mahasiddhas (DHS426)

Join us for an introduction to selected life stories of the great early Indian masters, including Saraha, Virupa, Shantideva, Tilopa, Naropa, Padampa Sangye, Drukpa Kunley, Padmasambhava, Marpa, Milarepa, and Shabkar. Their accomplishments and influence are legendary, and their teachings and examples can encourage us toward awakening even now.

Instructor: Richard Kingsland. Cost: $50.
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Saturday, December 11, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, PT
Longchenpa’s Path into Natural Freedom of Mind (DHS429)

This workshop will explore chapter two of Longchenpa’s Great Perfection: The Natural Freedom of the Nature of Mind. The text reveals the path for opening up Longchenpa’s expansive and immediate vision of the nature of mind. In addition to listening to an updated translation of the text and discussion, mantra and visualization practices inviting Longchenpa’s unique blessings will be introduced.

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50.
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Saturday, December 18, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, PT
Winter Meditation Practice Daylong (MED501)

In this practice intensive we meet online to sit for four sessions: 8:30 am – 10:00 am, 10:30 – Noon, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, and 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Sessions consist of silent practice with minimal instruction.

Instructor: Pauline Yu. Cost: $25. For those with meditation experience.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1970762