About Us


The Nyingma Institute, founded in 1972, is one of the oldest continuously operating Tibetan Buddhist centers in the U.S. We are a small center run entirely by volunteers, dedicated to supporting Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche’s Dharma activities and to offering religious as well as secular educational opportunities rooted in the ancient wisdom of Tibet’s Buddhist heritage. Lama Palzang and Pema Gellek are our new Co-Deans.

What is “Nyingma” and how do you pronounce it? 

Nyingma means “Ancient Ones” and is the oldest of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It originates from the first wave of transmission that reached Tibet from India in the 7th and 8th centuries.

The “y” in Nyingma is silent, so it’s pronounced “Ningma.”

Do you offer classes?

Yes, please visit our main site, www.nyingmainstitute.org, to learn about classes.

Do you have ongoing free events? 

We offer an Open House a few times a year and have free events (mantra chanting and a talk) on Sundays, both of which are a good opportunity to visit us and meet our faculty. See what’s happening this week.

Can I come visit the meditation garden?

Of course. Our garden is a peaceful place to reflect, read, or walk mindfully around the prayer wheel. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, we walk around prayer wheels, stupas, and sacred monuments clockwise, so make sure to circle in this direction! It also contains a large golden stupa and small pond with fish. The garden is open between 9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily.

What types of retreats do you offer?

We have scheduled retreats as well as private retreats.