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Tibetan Nyingma Institute

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Faith-Based


1815 Highland PlaceBerkeley, CA 94709 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to share the healing wisdom of the Nyingma tradition and reveal a path of inner freedom. We are part of a network of organizations, the Nyingma Mandala, formed to preserve and transmit Tibet’s ancient heritage. A traditional mandala is a symmetrical, intricately detailed artistic representation of the entire universe, or a pure Buddha realm, that can be used as a support by practitioners. It is also an organizing principle that can inspire or guide action, with different qualities associated with each cardinal direction. On a deeper level, it points to the balanced, intrinsic wholeness of being. Each mandala is complete unto itself, and unfolds its meaning in infinite dimensions.


Located in Berkeley, California, the Nyingma Institute offers retreats, workshops, and courses in seven fields of study. We seek residents who are interested in committing for six-months or longer as part of our live-in staff. We do not require that you be Buddhist, only that you are open and respectful.

Please note that this is a full-time, intensive program with 6 days of structured work-practice, and 1 day of free time per week.

Nyingma Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer-run organization that offers programs to connect you with your inner resources, expand well-being, and offer a path of wisdom. We also have a direct connection to cultural preservation work via the printing and distribution of over 3.5 million sacred Tibetan-language texts over the last 30 years.

To learn more, please visit www.nyingmainstitute.com/volunteer

Contact: berkeleyvolunteers@nyingma.org


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