Integrating Body, Breath, and Mind Free Lecture Series in February February 2, 2013Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS, Dharma.
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Integrating Body, Breath, and Mind
Free Lecture Series in February
Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) instructors introduce ideas and exercises that encourage the free flow of feelings and sensations within and between body and mind.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Donna Morton on “Integrating Body and Mind.”
There are esoteric teachings within the Tibetan tradition that involve integrating the inner energy of body and mind. Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) embodies these teachings in a powerfully non-conceptual manner. Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) instructor Donna Morton will discuss how this process of integration takes place and will lead participants through some key Kum Nye practices.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Jack van der Meulen on “Healing the Heart.”
We can bring healing into our lives by skillfully concentrating on various parts of our bodies. In this talk, Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) teacher Jack van der Meulen will present ways to open the heart to positive feeling. Releasing tension centered in the heart can develop our ability to give and receive love and compassion.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Santosh Philip on “Energy of Breath.”
The rhythms of our breath chart the way we live our lives. Central to the practice of Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) are exercises that consciously soothe the breath, tapping into a source of vitality and ease. Nyingma Institute instructor Santosh Philip will show you how to contact the energy of the breath.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Santosh Philip on “Connecting Inner and Outer.”
Meditation allows us to touch the quality of space directly, sensing the connection between inner and outer. Santosh Philip will present meditation exercises that invite you will experience spacious calm that pervades body, mind, and world.
Buddhist Studies Summer Program at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California January 25, 2013Posted by ebmc in Classes, Dharma.
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Buddhist Studies Summer Program
at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California
Residential Work-Study Program June 10th to August 1st, 2013
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California is happy to announce our Summer 2013 Buddhist Studies Summer Program and the Kumara Residential Work-Study Program. Hosted at the Northern California center of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, these programs offer a unique opportunity for a focused period of study, reflection, meditation and service in a beautiful and inspiring environment.
Students in these programs participate in a comprehensive program of study and meditation that combines traditional and academic approaches to Buddhist studies. Led by visiting Tibetan teachers and our resident Lamas and translators, our full summer of teachings include:
• Traditional teachings by a number of eminent Tibetan teachers, including Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, and our resident Lama, Tsultrim Sangpo.
• Daily teachings by Lama Tsultrim Sangpo on the core Mahayana text, A Brilliant Sun: the Stages of Practice for the Bodhisattvacāryāvatra
• A regular series of lectures on historical and philosophical topics covering the fundamentals of early Buddhism, the developments and philosophies of the Mahayana tradition, and an introduction to Buddhist tantric thought
• Instruction in the diverse methods of Tibetan meditation practice under the guidance of our experienced Lamas
The program is open to anyone from any background and interest. There are a number of ways to apply; please visit the program page for complete information.
Those between the ages of 18 and 30 may join the Buddhist Studies Summer Program for a significantly reduced rate by participating in our Kumara Work-Study Program. Students in this program are offered comfortable accommodation, all meals, and access to Gomde’s full summer schedule in exchange for 20 hours of service per week and the staffing of our regular seminars and teaching programs. We have a variety of jobs available for people of all abilities and with any skills. The cost of this program is $800 for the summer. Visit the Kumara Program page http://gomdeusa.org/all-programs/kumara-intership-program/ or email us at email@example.com for more information and to apply.
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California is located approximately three hours north of San Francisco in the remote coastal mountains of Mendocino County.
For more information about Rangjung Yeshe Gomde’s activities please visit us at
At the Nyingma Institute the Winter Term begins Jan 7, with an Open house on Jan 6 to introduce you to the Institute. December 21, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Dharma, Dharma Resources, General Resources, Sitting groups & Support groups.
At the Nyingma Institute the Winter Term begins Jan 7, with an Open house on Jan 6 to introduce you to the Institute. Visit our website for more information.
Two new courses beginning this term:
Reclaiming the Heart – A Five-Month Nyingma Psychology Program. This five-month course provides insights and inner tools designed to help participants reclaim the authentic heart of their being. Each month focuses on a theme essential to this journey. Each class session offers introspective meditations and analysis along with key ideas from the Tibetan tradition.
Opening to the Dharma – A year-long journey into the teachings of the compassionate Buddha at the Nyingma Institute. This year-long series of classes initiated by our founder, Tarthang Tulku, to introduce key Buddhist ideas, teachings, and practices. Illuminating the teachings of the Buddha in a clear and systematic fashion, the series consists of four 10-week classes and one 4-week class. Class dates and topics are at our website.
The following is a “Day by Day” class listing, visit our site for details or come to our Open House to meet the faculty and get a feel for the space.
January 7—March 15
6:15-7:45 PM NPR109 Medicine Buddha Practice (ends February 11)
6:15-7:45 PM MED302 Advanced Meditation
8:00-9:30 PM NPS101 Reclaiming the Heart
8:00-9:30 PM KNR301 Kum Nye: Transforming Breath, Energy, Feeling
10:00-11:30 AM MED102 Beginning Meditation
6:15-7:45 PM DHS111 Birth of Enlightenment
6:15-7:45 PM DHS206 Resolve for Ultimate Goodness
6:15-7:45 PM TSK101 Experiencing the Dynamic of Time
8:00-9:30 PM SKM212 Exploring Mind’s Frameworks
8:00-9:30 PM KOF102 Awakening Knowledge
10:00-11:30 AM MED202 Intermediate Meditation
6:15-7:45 PM KNR101 Kum Nye: Promoting Spaciousness
6:15-7:45 PM TSK108 TSK: Perspectives and Practices
8:00-9:30 PM MED209 Shamatha and Vipashyana
1:00-2:30 PM: NPS101 Reclaiming the Heart
6:15-7:45 PM DHS206 Resolve for Ultimate Goodness
6:15-7:45 PM MED102 Beginning Meditation
8:00-9:30 PM MED202 Intermediate Meditation
8:00-9:30 PM TIB102 Beginning Tibetan, Level II
4:30-5:45 PM TIB301 Tibetan Tutorial
6:15-7:45 PM TIB202 Intermediate Tibetan, Level II
Day long workshop/retreats.
10:00 AM-Noon KNR107 Sunday Morning Kum Nye
5:00 Free participatory Chanting
6:00 Free Lecture
(510) 809 1000
DiversityWorks Fellowship November 29, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS, Dharma.
Hello beloved Activists, Educators, Trainers, and Healers:
I’d like to ask for your help! DiversityWorks is looking for organizational teams and individual consultants to apply to the DiversityWorks Fellowship, a fully-funded, invitation-only workshop series. These retreats will connect a select group of organizations and their delegates to share ideas and learn collaboratively.
Participants will strengthen their fundamental skills in oppression awareness and social justice workshop design and facilitation and acquire practical tools to stay creative and resilient during challenging facilitation moments.
Through this process, DiversityWorks seeks to nurture new community partnerships. Bringing together groups with diverse expertise and constituencies will create the most productive opportunities for mentorship and sharing of best practices.
The initial retreat and follow-up trainings for the DiversityWorks Fellowship take place in late January and early February of 2013 in Oakland, CA. The application deadline is Saturday, December 15, 2012.
Please let me know if you would like to see the more detailed announcement and feel free to contact me with any questions.
Private practice in Somatic Experiencing November 14, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Coaching, Counseling.
Hello Sangha Members:
I want to let you know about my N. Berkeley private practice in Somatic Experiencing®.
I am happy to offer a first session at no charge.
For those of you who don’t know, Somatic Experiencing® (SE) is a process designed to work with accumulated stress or trauma which may leave our physiology in a habitual or easily triggered state of fight, flight or freeze. We may experience this as constriction in our body, emotional reactivity, intrusive thinking, restlessness, irritation, and more.
For meditation practitioners and others, SE can help with:
•Settling and calming the nervous system
•Letting go of discursive thinking and getting in touch with bodily experience
•Allowing unprocessed material to arise to consciousness, move through in small manageable pieces, and be integrated
Skills learned in sessions can be easily integrated into everyday life and practice. I am passionate about this work. I hope you will come and try it!
Peaceful and Inspiring Retreats at the Nyingma Institute October 16, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community DHARMA, Community EVENTS, Dharma, Dharma Resources, General Resources, Sitting groups & Support groups.
Peaceful and Inspiring Retreats at the Nyingma Institute
Cultivating Compassionate Love Retreat November 23-25
Friday 10 AM-9 PM
Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM
Sunday, 10 AM-3 PM
We can learn to love ourselves and others more deeply through actively cultivating compassionate love. This kind of love heals the painful divisions between living beings, allowing us to forgive others and to cleanse ourselves of ill-will. The retreat introduces gentle visualization, mantra, and meditation practices given by the Buddha.
$190 (nonresidential); $275 (residential).
Instructor: Olivia Hurd. For all levels of students.
Luminous Mind Retreat November 26 – December 1
Extend your Thanksgiving holiday with a week of meditation and visualization practices in the peaceful environment of the Nyingma Institute. This retreat focuses on teachings and practices that help reveal the clear, luminous nature of mind.
Cost: $370 (nonresidential); $600 (residential)
Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen, Olivia Hurd, Santosh Philip, and Ken McKeon
Prerequisite: One year of meditation experience and consent of instructors.
Tasting Relaxation Retreat December 27- January 1, 2013
Begins Thursday at 10 AM, concludes Tuesday at 3:30 PM
Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) practice opens the senses to feeling. This flow of feeling can loosen even chronic tension. In this retreat we learn to relax so deeply that we can “taste” the healing nectar of relaxation as it flows through body and mind. Gentle movement, breathing, and awareness practices help us to discover this relaxation. Includes the “Renewing and Refreshing the Senses” workshop on December 29.
$360 (nonresidential); $550 (residential). Instructors: Nyingma Faculty
Call to register: 510-809-1000
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Transforming Personal History October 16, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community DHARMA, Community EVENTS, Dharma, Dharma Resources, General Resources, Sitting groups & Support groups.
Transforming Personal History
10 AM-4:45 PM
Includes Vegetarian Buffet Lunch
“In every time and place throughout history, people have been lifted out of their daily routines by moments of beauty when they sensed the wonder of being alive in this world.” Tarthang Tulku, Knowledge of Freedom.
Habits and patterns intertwined with painful past memories often prevent us from enjoying the freedom and beauty that the human body and mind offer. It is possible to skillfully touch these memories in a way that cuts through their power to restrict us. Practices from Knowledge of Freedom can help transform personal history from a source of pain into a wellspring of renewal.
Cost: $80. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Jack van der Meulen.
* This Workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider: Nyingma Institute #2513.
To Register, Call 510-809-1000
Tools for Troubled Times October 16, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community CONNECTIONS, Community DHARMA, Community EVENTS, Dharma, Dharma Resources, General Resources, Sitting groups & Support groups.
Tools for Troubled Times
10 AM-4:45 PM
Vegetarian Buffet Lunch Included
The challenges of work and daily life sometimes trouble us so much that we seem to have no place to turn. This workshop presents innovative exercises and styles of interaction that provide the resources we need. Taking stock of our inner state, cutting through negativity, relaxing into open awareness and benefitting from our friends’ insights, we can stay balanced, learn from our difficulties and generate the strength we need to succeed.
Instructor: Barr Rosenberg.
Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Mastering Successful Work.
Webinar on Diversity Awareness: Tool for Life, Labor and Love through the Process Work Institute October 16, 2012Posted by ebmc in Classes, Community EVENTS.
Facilitating Mainstream and Marginal Parts
By Bill Say, M.A.
When considering diversity awareness, and it’s applicability to health, deeper democracy, and sustainability, I’d like to name two interrelated pairs. The first, inclusion and marginalization, are central diversity processes. The second pair is mainstream and minority. Individuals, couples, organizations, communities, nations, and the global level all seem to have relatively mainstream bodies and relatively minority, and often marginal, ones. Almost by definition these marginal parts contain information and perspectives missing, or at least underrepresented, from the mainstream.
The missing perspectives and information held by the marginal ones are needed, and sometimes indispensable. A mainstream body is like a train moving on a track, often dismissing the messages from minority parts.
Mainstream and marginal are here to stay. Their existence is not the problem per se. The issue, at least in my mind, is how the two relate. This can be an individual relating to a physical symptom, a couple opening to a bothersome relational tendency, an organization tending to a disturbing member or process, a community looking at homelessness or mental illness, or even the global community facing terrorism.
One key issue and frequent problem embedded in this relationship is the power, or centrality, differential. Mainstream ones tend to both enjoy their power and be insufficiently aware of that rank and its impact on other, less central parties. On the other hand, the marginal one may doubt its own value, even while it needs to be listened to. If shut out, these physical, relational and collective problems can escalate. “You won’t listen to me? Listen to this!” That’s partly what we see when health problems become chronic, relationship tendencies becoming serious problems, and collective conflicts worsen.
These marginal, mysterious, and sometimes terrifying parts of life need to be listened to, even while their messages aren’t always so clear. Power differences impact the ability to communicate clearly.
Appreciating diversity awareness becomes easier when we have experiences when the disturbing or otherwise marginal person, part or experience becomes the answer. We get encouraged when we see how the symptom or the problem becomes the solution.
Diversity awareness is intimately linked to health, sustainability, and deeper levels of democracy. We can learn to work to promote these areas within our own individual minds and bodies, when facing a physical symptom, burnout, inner tyrant, or troubling emotion, etc. Or we can look at a relationship we’re part of, see what is mainstream and what is marginal and how they may relate and inform each other.
Thanks for reading!
Starting October 25, I’ll be offering a three-part webinar on Diversity Awareness: Tool for Life, Labor and Love through the Process Work Institute.