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. 



September 17, Saturday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Kum Nye Movement and Massage (KNR417)

Building on the four-week massage class, we add movement to stimulate subtle flow of energies in the body and cultivate inner massage. Through slow movement, massage deepens and promotes health and well-being. Workshop can be taken separately from the class and works for all levels of students.

Instructor: Santosh Philip. Cost $50. Register: 


September 24, Saturday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

POL workshop, Path of Prayer to the Land of Bliss (DHS415)

A “Buddha-field” refers to a realm of being where all that happens is conducive to attaining enlightenment. One such Buddha-field is Sukhavati, “Land of Bliss,” presided over by the Buddha Amitabha. This workshop looks at how human consciousness can connect to these realms. 

Readings will be provided. 

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost $50. Register: 


October 1, Saturday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Healing and Pain (NPS416)

We all have a relationship with pain.  Some types of pain are familiar, perhaps recurring physical or emotional pain, and we have familiar responses to that pain. In Dynamics of Time and Space, Tarthang Tulku challenges our conventional ways of knowing and being, and offers us exercises in how to listen to the central message of pain. These  practices guide us through the sensations of pain to a deeper, more incisive knowledge that can relieve the suffering pain brings and relax the reaction of feeling overwhelmed.  When we respond directly to the pain, rather than trying to resist or avoid it out of fear, healing can take place. The meditations and visualizations we will work with help calm mind and body, relax emotions and sensations, and take us to a level of knowing that can transmute the power of pain.  By listening to the body, and using the creative power of mind and imagination, we can shift the dark, negative energy of pain into openness and light.  

Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost $50. Open to all. Register: 


October 8, Saturday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

POL workshop: The Teaching of Vimalakirti (DHS417)

We take a closer look at the path of the bodhisattva through a recent translation of the Vimalakīrtinirdeśa from the Sanskrit. The sūtra centers around the mysterious figure of Vimalakīrti, a wealthy householder recognized by the Buddha as a realized bodhisattva. Vimalakīrti’s questions intimidate everyone. Yet through his interrogations, humorous dialogue, and fantastic miracles he teaches the nonduality of the Mahayana path with striking clarity. We will look at some key moments in the sūtra that illustrate the grand vision of the bodhisattva.

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Register: 


October 15, Saturday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) 

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: 


October 21 – October 22 Weekend Retreat (Friday, October 21, 10:00 –1:00 pm, PT, Saturday, October 22, 10::00 –1:00 pm, PT) 

Cultivating the Immeasurables (NPS521) 

Deepening Dimensions of Mind program 

 Classical introduction to working with the Four Immeasurable States of Being—love, compassion, joy, and equanimity—with the deans of the Nyingma Institute.

Instructors: Lama Palzang, Pema Gellek, Deepening Dimensions of Mind teachers. Cost: $120. Register: 


October 29, Saturday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

POL workshop: The Power of Buddhist Symbols (DHS416)

Buddhist art and architecture stand as guides to enlightenment. This workshop explores sacred forms and their symbolic language from an advanced perspective. We will look at how to connect with the power and beauty of Buddhist sacred art, conceptually and experientially, and how practice with different kinds of Buddhist symbols can express deep truths of our being.  

Instructors: Hugh Joswick and Mark Henderson. Cost: $50. 


November 5, Saturday (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) 

Graduate training for Kum Nye Teachers (KNR433)

Continuing Education for Level 1 certified Kum Nye Teachers. Topic: Advancing your teaching skills. Satisfies annual advanced training requirement to maintain certification. 

Instructors: Abbe Blum, Santosh Philip, Anita McNulty, Donna Morton. Cost: $75. Register: 

November 12, Saturday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Activating and Balancing the Energy Centers through Kum Nye (KNR444)

Subtle mental and physical energies move through the physical body in a pattern. “Within this pattern are energy ‘centers’ that act as ‘terminals’ for these energies as they radiate and circulate throughout the body “( Tarthang Tulku, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga ). Each center has unique qualities that awaken, inform and balance our experience. We will explore these qualities and engage practices to discover how Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga works with each and how we might learn to integrate these qualities in our daily life.

Instructor: Anita McNulty. Cost: $50. Register: 

November 18-20, Weekend Retreat

(Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, PT)

Healing, Dying, and Awareness  (NPS513)

How can we approach sickness and dying as part of a fully lived life? How can we prepare ourselves for the final stage of life, so that we can be more present for loved ones and ourselves?  Join us for a medically-informed perspective on death and dying, hospice and compassionate care from medical professional Dr. Laurie Hopman. Dr. Hopman trains residents in hospice care and has been studying Nyingma teachings for many years. In this workshop, we will look directly at the death of the physical body. We will review the processes that take place individually and socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Utilizing medical information about these processes we can prepare ourselves to be less blindsided by events, decrease our reactivity, and increase our openness. Utilizing the wisdom and compassion of the Dharma we can enhance our stability and suffer less through potentially painful and difficult situations surrounding our own dying or caring for a loved one who is dying. 

This program also includes sessions of Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga for relaxation and healing as well as a traditional Tibetan Buddhist perspective on dying  from the deans of the Nyingma Institute, Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. 

Instructors: Laurie Hopman, MD, Olivia Hurd, Anita McNulty, Lama Palzang, and Pema Gellek. Cost: $150. If you have financial difficulties, please email us to apply for a scholarship. Register: 


November 19, Saturday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Kum Nye Movement and Massage (KNR417)

Building on the Healing Power of Touch class, we add movement to stimulate subtle flow of energies in the body and cultivate inner massage. Through slow movement, massage deepens and promotes health and well-being. Workshop can be taken separately from the class and works for all levels of students. 

Instructor: Santosh Philip. Cost $50. Open to all.  Register: 


December 3, Saturday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) 

Kum Nye and Chronic Pain (KNR424)

How does someone with chronic pain engage the practice of Kum Nye? Perusing the Kum Nye text or having attended a class, you may be daunted by the physical rigor required to practice many of the exercises, or even the challenge of sitting still and attending to bodily sensations. Yet you may have a sense that Kum Nye offers a meaningful path if you can engage it with care. Let’s explore ways in which Kum Nye can help us turn towards, open, and befriend our experience with interest and compassion.

Instructor: Donna Morton. Cost $50. Open to anyone with a sincere interest in exploring their embodied experience through Kum Nye. Register: 


December 10, Saturday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Silent Mind, Peaceful Mind (MED409) 

Mind can become silent, peaceful, and aware through sustained meditation. This day of meditation practices and instruction shows how to release expectations and find serenity. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Hidden Mind of Freedom.

Instructor: Hugh Joswick. Cost $50. For those with some meditation experience. Register: