- Nyingma Institute
- Berkeley, CA, USA
- Aug 26 - Dec 14, 2019 (111 days)
About This Event
Give yourself an invaluable gift: the self-discovery that comes from an intensive period of practice and study.
You will be guided through a progression of meditative techniques, in a curriculum designed for lasting impact. Emerge with an expanded understanding of the nature of awareness, a multitude of methods for working with mind, body, senses, and emotions, and fresh insight into the richness and possibilities of being.
The first two-month segment, Inner Freedom, is perfect for anyone who’d like to deeply transform, discover anew, and activate the healing energy of mind and body. Our approach is humanistic, gentle, and direct. It does not rely on a belief system, although spiritual practitioners of all faiths are welcome.
This retreat starts with practices designed for deep relaxation, followed by experiential inquiry into the ways that sensation, feeling, and thinking operate. Based on this exploration, we gently investigate our habits, patterns, and self-images before emerging with new knowledge and insight into the fundamentals of our being.
The second two-month segment, Integrating Practice and Life, opens up our vision of the path of the Bodhisattva and explores how we can come to embody the teachings through work, relationships, and our interactions in the world. It focuses on Rinpoche’s distinctive approach to Skillful Means, exploring how to integrate practice with daily life and work.
This retreat’s curriculum is rooted in traditional Dharma teachings on how to manifest skillful ways of practice in daily life, highlighting how to activate the six paramitas. We will explore the Buddhist paramitas as applied practices, with the support of classics such as the Bodhicaryavataraand excellent commentaries like Path of Heroes, Atisa’s Lojong, 37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas, and Words of My Perfect Teacher.
- Led by an experienced team of Nyingma Institute faculty members who have been immersed in Tarthang Tulku’s teachings for many years.
- A full schedule with multiple sessions of guided group practice each day
- A mix of slow movement Kum Nye yoga and sitting practices
- Daily work-practice to help integrate what you’re learning with ‘regular’ tasks
- Vegetarian meals
- Individual mentor check-ins
- A supportive and tranquil environment
Schedule7:00 – 8:15 AM / Kum Nye Yoga morning practice
8:15 AM / Breakfast and clean-up
9:15 – 10:45 AM / Guided group session
11:00 – 11:30 AM / Morning job
11:30 – 12:30 AM / Individual study and practice time
12:30 PM / Vegetarian buffet lunch and clean up
12:30 PM / Lunch and clean up
2:00–3:30 / Work Practice
3:30-4:00 PM / Tea break
4 – 5:15 pm / Guided group session
5:30 / Vegetarian buffet dinner and clean up
7:00 – 8:30 PM / Optional evening class
Venue HighlightsWe are a volunteer run Buddhist center
Located in Berkeley, CA
One of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist centers in the US
Our founder focuses on practical, tangible results
AccommodationsPrivate retreat rooms
Towels and sheets provided
- Free Parking