FREE Classes and Events All Week Begins with Sylvia Gretchen
Nyingma Institute Presents: LIVING AND AGING WELL Free Events Celebrating the Nyingma Institute 43rd Anniversary Classes: Monday to Friday, September 28–October 2, 7–7:45 PM & 8–9 PM Workshop: Saturday, October 3, 10–AM–4:45 PM Open House: Sunday, October 4, 3–4:30 PM Special talk: Sunday, October 4, 6–7 PM The Institute was founded by Tibetan master and visionary Tarthang Tulku in September of 1972. We are celebrating this anniversary with a series of free events which include a week of classes, a Saturday workshop, and a Sunday open house and talk to which our students, supporters, and the general public are invited. The focus of the series is on how we grow, and grow old, in ways that increase well-being and continue to reveal value and meaning. In particular, we look at how we can carry the benefits of meditation and other teachings that the Nyingma Institute is well-known for with us as we age, even as we pass from this life. These events and classes are free and open to the public. Monday, September 28: 7–7:45 PM: “Living (Well) with Impermanence” with Sylvia Gretchen Coming to terms with impermanence is much more than an acceptance of change, illness, old age, and death. It is the full engagement with this moment of time and taking full responsibility for who we are right now. This is the only moment when we can change-neither the future nor the past are available to us: thinking that we will make positive changes in the future is just wishful thinking. Now is the time to honestly look at who we are. Through fully understanding impermanence we gain the knowledge and power to take full responsibility for our lives. 8–9 PM: “Maintaining the Loving Heart” with Olivia Hurd The attitudes that we form now (positive or negative) go with us as we age, often becoming more fixed and inflexible in our older years. This class presents classic Buddhist meditations that help us maintain a loving heart and compassionate wishes toward others through subtle shifts in attitudes and thoughts. Developing these positive habits of mind enriches the very fabric of our inner experience, creating a basis for constructive engagement with others. Tuesday, September 29: 7–7:45 PM: “Breath and Awareness Practice” with Mark Henderson Breathing practices can awaken joyful, positive feelings even when we are unable to get around easily. Coupled with awareness practices they can ease discomfort, sustaining a sense of well-being and ease. 8–9 PM: “Making the Most of Transitions” with Barr Rosenberg The transitions we face as we age can be times of great sadness, but they can also be appreciated and even welcomed as opportunities for progress on the spiritual path. This class explores how transitions rend the armor of illusory self-images, helping us discern our true nature. Wednesday, September 30: 7–7:45 PM: “Tibetan Yoga for Every Age” with Jack van der Meulen We focus on Tibetan Yoga practices that can be performed even when movement is limited. 8–9 PM: “Healing Time” with Ken McKeon When we dive into time itself, pain loses its sharpness. Time, Space, and Knowledge practices provide the means for deep healing. Thursday, October 1: 7–7:45 PM: “Meditations for the Time of Death” with Sylvia Gretchen Classic Buddhist meditations that help reduce fear and prepare for the time of death. 8–9 PM: “Finding Serenity in the Midst of Change” with Hugh Joswick Challenge yourself to bring the meditation mind into mildly difficult situations such as an unexpected change in plans. Later, with practice, the serenity of meditation can be channeled into even the most difficult changes. Friday, October 2: 7–7:45 PM: “Techniques for Managing Pain” with Santosh Philip & Olivia Hurd Practices from Nyingma Psychology and Tibetan Yoga help us manage chronic and acute pain. 8–9 PM: “Releasing Stress” with Santosh Philip Many stresses arise as we age, including grief and inevitable loss. This class presents techniques that relieve stress, allowing us to respond to difficulties with less anxiety and fear. Saturday, October 3: 10 AM–4:45 PM: “Healing through Sound” Workshop “If you are very silent and alert, you may hear a beautiful, soft music in your body-a sort of silent music between thoughts.” Tarthang Tulku, Openness Mind. There is an art of deep listening that hears all sounds as music and recognizes a vast healing silence at the very heart of all sound. This workshop blends music, mantra, and silence to awaken the healing power of sound. Instructors: Nyingma Institute faculty. (Prior registration required for this workshop.) Sunday, October 4: 3–4:30 PM: Open House Learn about the history and teachings at the Nyingma Institute, tour its grounds, and meet faculty and staff members. 6-7 PM: Talk on “Transitions as Teachers” with Sylvia Gretchen Tibetan Buddhists have developed many powerful practices to help us during times of transitions, including the time of death. All of them are alike in recognizing the immense power of our mind-thoughts, attitudes, and openness-to shape experience. The co-dean of the Nyingma Institute, Sylvia Gretchen, will discuss how these practices can become part of a lifelong training and cultivation. In short, dying well results from living well. Contact the Nyingma Institute by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; call (510) 809–1000.