Lectures and Seminars

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Monday Night Group Meditation meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Check out our Sunday Meditation Series and Meditation Satsang (Second Fridays) for additional ways to meditate together.

May 

Foundations of Vishoka Mediation (In-Person) with Donna

Wednesdays, May 15-June 5, 6:30-7:30pm
Four Week Seminar:
(Please note: Start date has changed from May 8 to May 15) The practice of meditation helps us cultivate a relaxed nervous system and peaceful mind. In this course, you will learn the essential elements of Vishoka Meditation, the system of meditation taught by the Himalayan Institute, that directs you to an experience of inner radiance and tranquility. Topics include healthy breathing, relaxation techniques, and seated meditation for greater focus and clarity. Whether you are an experienced meditator interested in refining your practice or just beginning, this course will support your inward journey.
This is the In-Person option
Fee: $65 (ID#: S42-P) —

Foundations of Vishoka Mediation (Zoom) with Donna

Wednesdays, May 15-June 5, 6:30-7:30pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $65 (ID#: S42-V) —

Death Café (In-Person Only) with Julia & Brigitte

Thursdays, May 16-June 6, 6-7pm
“Death and grief are topics avoided at all costs in our society…If we talk about them, maybe we won’t fear them as much,” commented a NYC Death Café member. Our group will sit in conversation with each other on general topics offered by group members and facilitators. (What is discussed at meetings is confidential and we will respect participants’ beliefs and concerns.) Registration is required.
We will meet for 4 weeks in our HIB café (aka the library), feasting on sweets and hot beverages. To learn more about these meetings, the Café’s history, members’ stories and topics, consult the Death Café website: deathcafe.com.
Donation Based
Fee: $0 (ID#: S45-P) — FULL
June 

Meditation Satsang: Second Fridays (In-Person Only) with Erin

Friday, June 14, 7-8pm
(Formerly “New Moon Meditation” – we have switched this offering to meet on the second Friday of each month)
Join with others in silent, seated, meditative awareness. There will be a 15-minute introduction led by the teacher for relaxing into your practice, 30 minutes of silence, and again, the teacher will guide students for the last portion of the class, offering reflection and a space for questions and the sharing of experience—registration requested.
Donation Based: $10 suggested donation.
Satsang is a Sanskrit term that means truth (sat) community (sangha), recognizing the importance of coming together with other like-minded spiritual seekers for education, practice, and support. Fee: $0 (ID#: S47) —

Taking Care of Your Nervous System – Building Resilience and Compassion in Difficult Times (In-Person) with Julia

Saturday, June 15, 10am-1pm
Difficult events fill the daily news, which can bring on anxiety, fear, and anger in ourselves and our community. It's not uncommon to experience short and long-term stress from our collective experience. Yogic wisdom and modern neuroscience offer a healing approach to regain a sense of internal safety, self-control, and self-compassion. Join Julia for a conversation on nervous system anatomy, breath regulation, and mindfulness practices designed to help you build self-knowledge, resilience, and an emotionally balanced perspective on difficult events. Take-home materials provided.
This is the In-Person option
Fee: $45 (ID#: S48-P) —

Taking Care of Your Nervous System – Building Resilience and Compassion in Difficult Times (Zoom) with Julia

Saturday, June 15, 10am-1pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $45 (ID#: S48-V) —

HIB’s Sweet Summer Solstice! Solstice Ritual and Ice Cream Social with Donna, Jackie, Julia, Kerry, Sapna, Sarah, Tracy

Thursday, June 20, 6:30-7:45pm
The summer solstice marks the time when the radiance of the sun is at its highest. It provides a rich opportunity to tap into the wisdom of your own inner “sun,” your intuitive heart. Join us for a solstice ritual to renew your inner connection. Afterward, we will cool off with ice cream and sweet treats in the company of your HIB friends.
Pre-registration requested. Fee: $10 (ID#: S49) —

You're invited! HIB’s 50th Anniversary Celebration with Special Guests: Rolf and Mary Gail Sovik, Ishan Tigunait & Keynote Speaker Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Saturday, June 29, 2-4:30pm
The Himalayan Institute of Buffalo is celebrating 50 years of Yoga, Meditation, Service, and Community throughout Western New York. Please join us in honor of this momentous occasion. Enjoy light refreshments and desserts.
Hear stories of how H.I. Buffalo came into existence, the search for and eventual discovery of our beloved home on Delaware Ave. (purchased in 1979), our evolution over a half-century, and exciting plans for the future.
RSVP requested: call 716-883-2223, email: [email protected], or register online at hibuffalo.org Fee: $0 (ID#: S50) —

August 

Nourishing the Sacred Summer Retreat: Reconnecting with Mother Earth

Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18, 2024

The earth is our home and our source. Join Sarah and Julia for a weekend of renewed connection to Mother Earth and her abundant restorative energy. Explore this energy through root chakra-themed yoga practices, Vishoka Meditation, mindful nature walks, and a fire ceremony celebrating our unity and connection.

Visit our Retreat Page for more information and to register.


October 

Vishoka Meditation Course: Support and Structure to Transform Your Personal Meditation Practice (In-Person) with Sarah Guglielmi and Julia Kress

Wednesdays, October 23 – December 18; 6:30-8:30pm

Imagine a life free from pain and sorrow and infused with joy and tranquility. The ancient yogis called this state Vishoka, and they insisted that we all can reach it, even in the midst of a highly chaotic world.

How do we do it? We train our mind to stay focused on what we can control. We design our meditation practice, our yoga lifestyle, and our worldview to support our evolution towards Vishoka.

The Vishoka Meditation® Course is the official companion to Pandit Rajmani Tigunait’s Vishoka Meditation book and is designed to help you comprehensively experience the wisdom and practices described therein.

In this intensive program, we’ll go through Vishoka Meditation step-by-step, and break down all the preparatory practices as well as the complete practice of Vishoka Meditation. Learn each step systematically, while you build your practice at home in between sessions. The Vishoka Meditation system expands on the 5-Step meditation process you know from the Himalayan Tradition. It will help you take your practice to the next level, and is designed for students of all proficiencies, from those just beginning, to experienced meditators and yoga teachers.

Attention Yoga Teachers: This course qualifies for 20 CEU credits with Yoga Alliance. This course is a prerequisite for the Vishoka Meditation Teacher Training Course offered through the Himalayan Institute headquarters in Honesdale, PA.

Cost: $349
$299 early bird pricing until September 30th
Payment Plan Offered - please contact the office for details
Check out our HIB Vishoka Meditation Course page!

This is the IN-PERSON option
Fee: $299 (ID#: VMT-P) --


Vishoka Meditation Course: Support and Structure to Transform Your Personal Meditation Practice (Zoom) with Sarah Guglielmi & Julia Kress

Wednesdays, October 23-December 18, 6:30-8:30pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $299 (ID#: VMT-V) —

November 

HIBuffalo’s Fall Getaway Weekend

Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 3

Join your friends from HI Buffalo for an unforgettable weekend at the Institute's main campus and retreat center in Honesdale, PA. De-stress and rejuvenate in this picturesque setting in the heart of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Enjoy lectures, yoga classes, and meditation in the Sri Vidya shrine. Hike the trails at the Institute's beautiful 400-acre campus or enjoy ayurvedic treatments, massage, or integrative health consultations at our PureRejuv Wellness Center. Nourishing vegetarian meals and a community supportive of your health and wellness await you during this three-day/two-night getaway.

Visit our Retreat Page for more information and to register.