Housing and Community
Living in community is a vital part of the MTP. We will develop group projects and opportunities to work and relax together.
We do not emphasize social interaction, but we encourage you to share and make connections with your fellow students.
Berkeley and the Bay Area
The MTP will make substantial demands on your time. However, exploring Berkeley and the Bay Area is a wonderful way to spend Sundays. Learn More…
You will take three classes a week, which are open to MTP students only.
- Practice (Meditation and Kum Nye Tibetan yoga)
- Nyingma Psychology (based on the books of Tarthang Tulku)
- Buddhist Studies (teachings and history, overview of the Nyingma community, and the emerging place of Buddhism in the West)
In addition to classes, you will meet with senior members of the community to work out a study program.
You will have the opportunity to take optional classes, but the schedule is already full, so this may not be advisable.
A reading room with facilities for showing videos is available to all students.
There will be a daily morning meditation for all participants, Saturday workshops about once a month, and two short retreats at the beginning and end of the program.
You will spend about 30-35 hours a week on average doing work that supports the activity of the Nyingma Mandala of Organizations. If you have special skills relevant to the work we do, we will do our best to make use of them. You will need to be flexible about the work you do, as it may shift during the course of the program. Hours may vary as well.
We emphasize the practice of Skillful Means, an approach that uses the challenges of work to deepen your personal understanding and challenge limiting patterns. Daily readings presented at group meetings will give you points to practice during the day, and there will be regular opportunities to review how the practice is going.
The Community has always emphasized creating sacred art, including prayer flags, tsa-tsas (images made of fired clay), and paintings.
There will be regular opportunities to participate in such projects.
The schedule of classes is still under revision, and may change. It may also vary depending on which organization you work for and the needs of the calendar.