Programs


Nyingma Institute Certificate Programs


The Nyingma Institute is now authorized by the State of California to offer certificate programs in the subjects listed below.* For a full description of each program please see their individual pages:


Path of Liberation Program


Path & Practices of Liberation Program


Nyingma Psychology Program


Nyingma Meditation Program


Kum Nye Program


Nyingma Studies Program


Four-Month Human Development Retreat


Path of Liberation Program


Begins Winter Quarter


The Path of Liberation Program is a training in Buddhist study and practice that is structured by the teachings of embodiment ( kaya), awakened speech (vacca), awakened mind ( citta), awakened qualities ( guna), and awakened action ( karma). Students will be introduced to the basic cognitive and experiential teachings of the Buddha. Texts will be drawn primarily from the Mahayana tradition.


Components of the program include eleven required classes, fifteen workshops, and one week-long retreat (404 hours .)


The cost of the entire two-year program is $4,200, which includes a non-residential retreat.**


The program begins in Winter Quarter with the course ' DHS201 An Awakened Vision of Being.'


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Path and Practices of Liberation Program


Begins Winter Quarter


The Path and Practices of Liberation Program is a full-time, two-year program that centers around the Path of Liberation Dharma Studies classes, and also provides training in all areas of Nyingma studies, including Nyingma meditation, Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga), Nyingma Psychology, Skillful Means, and more. Students will be introduced to the basic cognitive and experiential teachings of the Buddha. Texts will be drawn primarily from the Mahayana tradition.


Components of the program include fifty required classes, twenty-seven workshops, and two week-long retreats (1,200 hours.) The cost of the entire two-year program is $12,000, which includes two non-residential retreats.**


This program may also be taken in a five-week retreat format over four or more years, beginning in the summer of 2008.


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Nyingma Psychology Program


Begins Winter Quarter


The Nyingma Psychology Program focuses on how to use analysis and meditation to precisely determine mental and emotional states. With this knowledge, students learn to apply antidotes that transform negative states and discover how to act in ways that are genuinely positive. Components of the program include two required classes and two required workshops; and three elective classes, two elective workshops, and one elective week-long retreat (130 hours.)


The cost of this program is $1,500, which includes a non-residential retreat.**


The Nyingma Psychology Program begins in Winter Quarter with the required class, NPS101 Healing Mind.


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Beginning Nyingma Meditation Program


Ongoing


Nyingma Meditation traces its origin to the time of the Buddha, 2,500 years ago. This ancient practice promotes inner calm and clarity, balancing emotions and opening the meditator to new dimensions of conscious experience. The Beginning Nyingma Meditation Program introduces students to the fundamentals of Nyingma Meditation practice and provides the support for students to develop an on-going, daily practice of their own. Components of the program include five required classes, one elective class, four workshops, and one week-long retreat (130 hours.)


The cost of this program is $1500, which includes a non-residential retreat.**


The Beginning Nyingma Meditation Program is ongoing; students may join in any quarter.


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Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga Program


Ongoing


Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) is a natural healing system based on Tibetan medicine and the mind-body disciplines of Buddhism. In the Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Program students will learn Kum Nye's basic movement, massage, and breathing practices, which were designed by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku to promote physical and emotional health.


Components of the program include five required classes, one elective class, four workshops, and one week-long retreat (130 hours.) The cost of this program is $1500, which includes a non-residential retreat.**


The Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Program is ongoing; students may join in any quarter.


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Two-Year Nyingma Studies Program


Ongoing


This program is designed to allow students to sample teachings from all areas of Nyingma studies, coming to a more comprehensive and deeper knowledge of the Nyingma tradition. Working closely with an advisor, students select courses from the following area of study, with a focus on intermediate and advanced offerings: Nyingma Meditation, Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga), Nyingma Psychology, Time, Space, and Knowledge, Skillful Means, Nyingma Practices, Tibetan Language, and Dharma Studies. Students have the option of concentrating on a single area, such as Nyingma Meditation, or they may choose to study in several different areas. Students must complete twelve classes, eight workshops, and two week-long retreats (256 hours).


The cost of this program is $2,750, which includes non-residential retreats.**


The Two-Year Nyingma Studies Program is ongoing; students may join in any quarter.


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Please call (510) 843-6812 or e-mail nyingma-institute@nyingma.org for complete program requirements and to register.


Four-Month Human Development Retreat


Upcoming retreat dates are: August 30 to December 16, 2009.


This retreat provides students with an intense four-month period of study and practice of Nyingma teachings. The retreat curriculum is a program in human development, working both cognitively and experientially with mind, body, and spiritual awareness. Students develop insight into the nature of consciousness, emotion, thought, embodiment, and feeling. Exercises release the hold of negative habitual patterning within body and mind, allowing previously untapped human qualities to emerge. Participants are instructed in how to integrate their new knowledge and way of being within daily life so that what is learned in the retreat continues to unfold and develop.


Daily instruction sessions begin at 6:30 AM and are alternated with periods of study and practice. Retreatants also attend evening classes and weekend workshops, for a total of 616 hours.


For more info please visit the Human Development Retreat page.


*The Nyingma Institute has received a temporary approval to operate from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.   A temporary approval is merely an interim designation the Bureau can authorize pending a qualitative review and assessment of the institution.   At the time it is issued, the Bureau has not yet conducted a site visit.   It is issued if the Bureau determines the institution's operational plan satisfies the minimum standards listed in Education Code Sections 94915.   The temporary approval will remain in effect for at least 90 days, but not more than 360 days in order to enable the Bureau to conduct the site visit and inspection of the institution.   After that visit, the Bureau will then determine whether the institution should be approved on a permanent basis.


Units you earn in Nyingma Institute certificate programs in most cases will not be transferable to any other college or university. In addition, if you earn a certificate in one or more of the programs at the Nyingma Institute, in most cases it will not serve as a basis for obtaining a higher level degree at another college or university and will not, by itself, qualify you to teach the subject at the Nyingma Institute, or anywhere else.


**Additional fees for room and board apply for a residential retreat.


 


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