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. 

WINTER/EARLY SPRING WORKSHOPS

Kum Nye Workshop 4 for Kum Nye Teacher Training (KNR430)
Body of Knowledge: Relaxation and Vitality
January 16 – 17, Saturday (9:00 – 3:00) and Sunday (9:00 – 3:00)
For those enrolled in the Kum Nye Teacher Training Program.
Instructors: Kum Nye faculty

How to Meditate (MED401)
January 23 Saturday (10:00–1:00)
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: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $50.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830561

–Longchenpa Sadhana is Jan 28-Feb 1, by invitation only–

Medicine Buddha Practice (NPR406)
February 6, Saturday (10:00–1:00)
This workshop is intended both as an introduction to Medicine Buddha practice, and as a reactivation or renewal for those who are already familiar with it. As practitioners, it can be invaluable to reconnect with this practice periodically, to reawaken one’s relationship to Medicine Buddha, and to come together to practice as a group.
It is said that simply hearing the Medicine Buddha’s name and his mantra brings forth powerful blessings for the healing of body and mind. Medicine Buddha practice is for healing and releasing all kinds of accumulated negativity or impurities, including trauma and long-term illnesses. It also works on a subtle level to help cleanse and purify layers of imbalanced emotionality and confusion, removing all sickness, obstacles, traces of negative actions, and obscurations.
By practicing and chanting together as a group, we support each other and strengthen the power of our practice. The blessings of this practice can be directed towards yourself; loved ones such as family, friends, or pets; and all beings in need of healing.
Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Cost: $50. Please register one week in advance in order to meet minimum registration for this program to run.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830538

Growing Compassion: A brief exploration of how to unlock the strength of your heart. (NPS417)
February 13, Saturday (10:00–1:00)
Compassion goes beyond feeling more empathy and concern for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, resilience in the face of life’s challenges, and the courage to help alleviate suffering in oneself and others. In this half-day workshop, Compassion Educator and Nyingma Institute instructor, Erika Rosenberg, Ph.D., will take participants through an experiential exploration of the cultivation of compassion. This brief training offers a variety a meditations and exercises to explore qualities that support the development of your inherent compassionate nature. In particular, practices will visit three key aspects of compassion work: relaxation and stabilization of the mind, self-compassion, and embracing common humanity. No meditation experience is required to participate in this workshop.
Instructor: Erika Rosenberg, PhD, Cost: $50.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830602

Kum Nye Workshop 5 for Kum Nye Teacher Training (KNR 430)
Inner Balance: Integrating Body and Mind to Engender Wellness
February 20–21, Saturday 9:00 – 3:00, Sunday 9:00 – 3:00
For those in the Kum Nye Teacher Training Program.
Instructors: Kum Nye faculty

Path of Liberation: Visions of Enlightenment (DHS401)
February 27: Saturday 10 AM–4:45 PM (or 1:00 PM)
This workshop explores the unique ways that a fully awakened being manifests. First, we look at Tibetan art as a vital embodiment of enlightenment, examining the ways in which awakened qualities are depicted. We also work with mantra (ways to merge sound with awakened awareness) and Tibetan meditations that evoke the Buddha. Finally, we consider three specific aspects to a Buddha’s embodiment: the Dharmakaya, the Sambhogakaya, and the Nirmanakaya.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. 
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830546

The Four Immeasurables (DHS406)
Saturday, March 6, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, PST
Thus someone who, by taking refuge, has become a site for spiritual growth,
Will cultivate their mind for the welfare of sentient beings,
By letting the flower of compassion blossom in the soil of love,
And tending it with the pure water of equanimity in the cool shade of joy. Longchenpa.
Contemplation of the Four Immeasurables has immense benefits for the practitioner. The cultivation of equanimity, love, compassion, and joy can calm mind and open one to profound states of awareness and understanding. The Four Immeasurables are a transformative cure for disturbing emotional motivations, and a central practice for developing good will toward all beings without exception.
In this workshop, Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek will guide students through traditional practices for developing the four immeasurables.
Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Cost: $50. Please register one week in advance in order to meet minimum registration for this program to run.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830548

Spring Meditation Practice Daylong (MED501) 
Saturday, March 13
In this practice intensive we meet online to sit for three sessions over the course of a day: 9:00 am – 10:30 am, 12:30 – 2 pm, and 3:30 – 5 pm. Sessions consist primarily of silent practice (about 1 hours each session) with minimal instruction (15-20 mins/session of guided practice or slow movement/stretches).
Instructor: Pauline Yu. Cost: $30 for Saturday only, or $50 for the full weekend. Prerequisites: This program is for experienced meditators who are comfortable with sitting for 1 – 1.5 sessions. Please register one week in advance, by March 6, in order to meet minimum registration for this program to run.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830560

Spring Meditation Practice Daylong (MED501) 
Sunday, March 14
In this practice intensive we meet online to sit for three sessions over the course of a day: 9:00 am – 10:30 am, 12:30 – 2 pm, and 3:30 – 5 pm. Sessions consist primarily of silent practice (about 1 hours each session) with minimal instruction (15 minutes per session of guided practice or slow movement/stretches).
Instructor: Pauline Yu. Cost: $30 for Sunday only, or $50 for the full weekend. Prerequisites: This program is for experienced meditators who are comfortable with sitting for 1 – 1.5 sessions. Please register one week in advance, by March 7, in order to meet minimum registration for this program to run.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830560

Transforming Emotions (NPS401)
March 20, Saturday (10 AM-1:00PM) 
We all have the tools within to experience our negative emotions with a calm and clear mind, without having to suffer. From that vantage point, we are capable of transforming them into pure energy, without judgment, and with compassion. In this three-hour workshop, we will offer a penetrating analysis of emotions, providing specific introspective practices to shift our experience, expand our awareness and open our hearts. Practices include sitting meditation, breath awareness, chanting and gentle movement exercises (Kum Nye).
Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost $50.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830531

The Noble Eightfold Path (DHS420)
March 27, Saturday (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, PST)
Right view, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right samadhi: These fundamental, foundational practices are key to living and learning in a way that manifests the path towards enlightenment. This workshop leads us to engage anew with the Noble Eightfold Path and ask ourselves how we can return to them again and again, and to work with them on multiple levels.
Instructors: Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek. Cost: $50. Please register one week in advance in order to meet minimum registration for this program to run.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830563

Path of Liberation: Faith in Dharma (DHS402)
April 3: Saturday 10 AM–4:45 PM (or 1:00 PM)
The awakening of faith in the Dharma means that we have surrendered our heart to truth. This workshop outlines the steps to such faith. Students will learn to distinguish belief from faith and skepticism from inquiry. Discussion and practice will focus on how to build inner confidence in our own abilities as we seek guidance from those who are wiser.
Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. 
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830531

Life Stories of the Great Treasure Revealers (DHS425)
April 10: Saturday, 10:00 – 1:00
Who were the great tertons, the Treasure Revealers? What is ter? How are the Treasure Revealers related to Guru Padmasambhava and his 25 great disciples? What do their findings reveal to us in the modern age? What effects have they had on current practice in the Nyingma tradition? Do their teachings still speak to us directly? This three-hour workshop will explore the histories and mysteries of many of these powerful spiritual beings, including the great Longchenpa, Pema Lingpa, Jigme Lingpa, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, and Chogyur Lingpa, among others.
Instructor: Richard Kingsland. Cost: $50.
Register: https://register.asapconnected.com/classdetail.aspx?org=4698&pk=1830564