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Khenpo Pema Wangdak at Nalanda

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Introduction

Khenpo Pema Wangdak is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher based in NY.  Nalanda has benefited from his presence several times over the years, and he conducted our 2017 bodhisattva vow ceremony.  If you aren't familiar with his teaching, many hours of audio recordings of his verse-by verse teachings on Shantideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life are available at Bodhisattva Guide_KhenpoPema

Schedule of Events

Public Talk


Room 100, The Olympia Center

Generosity

A Giving Attitude that Touches All Aspects of Our Lives

Generosity is the first of the Six Perfections (paramitas) in Buddhism - a suggestion of its importance.  Although in our public culture we might relate generosity to writing a check for a charitable cause, this sort of material giving is only a small part of what Buddhists mean by generosity.  It is an attitude that ideally pervades our thoughts, speech, and actions.  There are many ways to be generous that do not involve money. Come and hear Khenpo Pema teach on this giving attitude, generosity. Talk followed by Q&A and refreshments.

Public Talk


Nalanda Institute Dharma Center, Olympia

Basics of Buddhist Thought and Practice

Khenpo Pema Wangdak is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher who has taught in the US for decades.  He has generously visited Olympia and taught at Nalanda several times over the years, including 2017 when he conducted a bodhisattva vow ceremony.

This morning talk at our Dharma Center is intended to provide a broad foundation of knowledge about Buddhism, whether you are merely curious or already a regular practitioner.  This is a chance to ask those questions you've always wondered about.

Taking Refuge

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Nalanda Institute Dharma Center, Olympia

Refuge Ceremony and Bodhisattva Vows

If taking refuge in a formal way interests you, Khenpo Pema will provide the opportunity on Sunday afternoon, November 18.  Of course you would want to know more about what going for refuge means, and how you might center a regular practice on refuge.   Listed here are links to two resources:

After the Refuge ceremony, Khenpo Pema will also offer Bodhisattva Vows, so please stay to observe and support those taking or re-taking Bodhisattva Vows.

Public Talk


Nalanda Institute Dharma Center, Olympia

Introduction to Vajrayana Buddhism

Within the Mahayana Bodhisattva tradition, Vajrayana practice is considered an especially skillful means to train the mind, with the potential for producing swift results. Loppon Jamyang spoke on this topic at his Dharma Teaching on 11/1, so it is particularly timely to hear Khenpo Pema's description of Vajrayana. Next year Geshe-la plans to provide structured teaching in Vajrayana preliminaries for those interested. Hearing this talk is a good way to discern if you might be interested!