News & Updates

Suspending Activities

The Nalanda Institute is temporarily suspending all face to face activities.

See the updated Quick Reference of Nalanda's On-Line Zoom Activities.

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, The Nalanda Institute has suspended effective immediately all face to face practices, programs, and activities until further notice.  We will maintain an on-line presence and practice support for a limited number of our practices, programs, and activities using Zoom.

We are currently setting up the necessary Zoom account to accomplish this.  We will provide regular updates through email about on-line access to Nalanda Zoom meeting rooms for various practices and programs and the necessary meeting I.D.s to participate.

You will need to download the Zoom app to your smart phone and set up an account or you may connect to a Nalanda practice/program meeting from a desktop or laptop computer directly through the Zoom website without an account.  Zoom is a generally user friendly platform, though please be mindful that many are new to Zoom and there will be a learning curve for some.

We will also provide scheduling updates through the email newsletter and Nalanda's website, and through our Facebook page, so please check back regularly.

Please stay informed, stay in the moment, and stay healthy!

The following practices, programs, and activities have been suspended until further notice:
  • Noon Mindfulness Meditation (daily)
  • Long Sit Meditation (2nd Sundays)
  • Green Tara Group (2nd Sundays)
  • Saturday book group
  • Guru Yoga of Sapan (Thursdays)
  • Core Principles (4th Saturdays)

On-Line Meetings

Please contact Blaine Snow for the latest information for on-line meetings during this time of restricted and postponed meetings.
Every Thursday through May 7
6 - 7:30 pm

Mindfulness for Cancer Patients

And Their Caregivers

This ongoing class is conducted by long-time Nalanda member Blaine Snow as one of his community activities.  It's not explicitly Buddhist... although there are plenty of implied Buddhist principles.  Intended for cancer patients, their caregivers, as well as anyone else with life-threatening illnesses, participants will work on a daily meditation practice through meditation posture, breathing, body awareness, mental attitude, mind-body relaxation, focused attention, and deep acceptance with what is.

Regardless of our struggle, the goal of mindfulness meditation is to develop the ability to see and address chronic mental habits that cause unnecessary suffering.  Mindfulness allows us to better cope with life's challenges and helps us find rest and tranquility in the underlying natural state of our minds.

Cost: suggested donation of $10 per person

More info: Email Blaine Snow
Also see the flyer describing the class.

Interested in Learning About Buddhism?

Child & Carribou

Introduction To Buddhism

Bob Saunders will offer the classes remotely using Zoom for those interested in a remote learning approach.  The time has been customized to suit the participants, so contact Bob directly if you are interested: or 360 402-6815.

In this class, Bob Saunders covers the foundational ideas of Buddhism.  The Dalai Lama has famously said: “My true religion is the practice of kindness”. This class shows how the key philosophies of Buddhism fit together to give depth and power to this noble idea and help us navigate life’s trials and tribulations.

  1. Orientation to Nalanda and the Main Ideas of Buddhism
  2. The Main Ideas, a little deeper
  3. How to Meditate, how it works, several styles of meditation
  4. Buddhist Wisdom, typical pathways for practicing Buddhism

Help at the Community Kitchen

Every Third Tuesday of the Month
2:30 - 4:45 pm and 5 - 6:30 pm
Courtesy of Mimi Williams

Feeding Those in Need

Join Nalanda members and others in cooking and serving dinner at Olympia's Community Kitchen on the Third Tuesday each month (Jan 22, Feb 18, etc.).  Training is provided.

Gerry C is leading Nalanda's effort to support this enormous act of kindness.  Please text or email if you want to sign up, schedule training, or to learn more regarding recent changes and accommodations for safety made in response to COVID-19: 541-913-0631 or email.

Local Benefit for the Hungry

Local Tastes Best
Courtesy of Mimi Williams

Support the Thurston Hunger

The Thurston Hunger Walk is reborn as the Thurston Hunger Non-Walk!  All donations go to Senior Services, The Community Kitchen, and Thurston County Food Bank.  The walk originally scheduled for May 3 has been cancelled.  Donations are more important now as our community struggles to feed the most vulnerable.  You can be of service by donating online.  There's a donate button on the Thurston Hunger Walk web site or you can go directly to their donation page.  Give what you can.  I just tried this out using a credit card, and found it quick and easy.  There are logo buttons for supporting organizations including Nalanda Institute, so click on Nalanda to indicate our involvement.

Please help! Give what you can.

Temporarily Suspended


Guru Yoga of Sapan Manjushri

Guru Sapan Manjushri practitioners are encouraged to maintain their practice at home for the next month. More information will follow for these practitioners in the coming weeks.

To learn more about Vajrayana practice, here are two books we have recently studied at Nalanda:

  • Turning Confusion into Clarity by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (Snow Lion, about $25).
  • Tantra by Geshe Tashi Tsering (Wisdom Publications; volume 6 in The Foundations of Buddhist Thought, about $17). You might even want to read volumes 1-5 of this series before you jump directly into Tantra!

Temporary Format for Thursday Evening

On-Line Presentation
Courtesy of Jamyang Tsultrim

Chanting, Meditation, and Discussion

Thursday evening practices have been temporarily modified for on-line presentation and participation through Zoom,  You can download the Sadhana we are using for Thursday evenings.

The First Thursday teaching and discussion as well as regular Thursday practices have been combined to use Zoom for guided meditation (two 15 min. sessions), chanting, commentary and discussion with our teacher, Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim.  We will provide Zoom meeting access I.D. and other information through email.

Guru Sapan Manjushri practitioners are encouraged to maintain their practice at home for the next month.  More information will follow for these practitioners in the coming weeks.


The only change in the practice is our teacher, Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim, will lead a guided mediation rather than silent meditation.

The Zoom meeting I.D. for the Thursday evening practice is: 459433559.

This meeting I.D. will remain the same for every upcoming Thursday night practice also.

Some of you may be new to Zoom, so we’ve included these instructions.  Zoom is fairly user friendly and the learning curve is relatively quick for newcomers.

If you are using a laptop or desktop PC to participate:
  • Go to the Zoom website for this meeting.
  • You do not have need a Zoom account.  All you need is the meeting I.D.: 459433559.
  • You will see a button near the top right that reads “join meeting”.
  • Enter the meeting I.D as above to join the meeting.  (Clicking the Zoom link above includes this meeting ID.)
  • You may have to click a button to start the video and the audio
  • You should be able to see Jamyang and the other participants as well as hear them.
  • They will be able to see you, assuming you sit in front of the computer camera.
  • If the host takes up the whole screen, when someone else talks, the view shifts to that person, the next person talking, etc.  That’s how the discussion will occur.
  • You can also have a “gallery” view where everyone is on the screen at the same time.
If you are using a mobile phone or a tablet to participate:
  • You will need to download the Zoom app to your device.  The app is free.
  • From the app, “join the meeting” by entering the meeting I.D.: 459433559
  • When you tap the screen, a menu pops up at the bottom of the screen.  That is where you will find controls to turn on video and audio if they are not initially on.
  • As with the PC, you will see everyone and they will see you (if video is on).

Stay safe, stay in the moment, and stay well.

Tantric Buddhism

Zoom Meeting: mtg# 878 935 457
for info: Jan V. 360-584-5972
Thursday Afternoons
1:30 - 3 pm
Courtesy of Mimi Williams


This group tends to read classical texts or their commentaries, and is probably more accessible to those already familiar with traditional Buddhist thought.  Sonam Dorje is guiding a reading Creation and Completion: Essential Points of Tantric Meditation by Jamgon Kongtrul, with a Commentary by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (Wisdom Publications).  The book is available from Nalanda at $4-6 below the cover price.  Contact Grace O, Jan V, or Bob S.

Ritual Chanting

Every Saturday
10 - 11:30 am
Note: Practices with "Zoom"
Go to Zoom Meeting #817 534 3467

Chenrezig and Green Tara Practices at Nalanda

Zoom practice started Mar 21.  If you are not a current participant and wish to join, contact Zack Zinn (before the meeting time!).

Lama Lungrik leads a practice to transform our body, speech, and mind into the Dharma, the union of compassion and emptiness.  Once a month closest to the full moon we do Green Tara practice, drawing closer to the action aspect of compassion.  (This Green Tara practice is not the same as the Tara Circle that meets on 2nd Sundays.)

The Nalanda Study Group

Note: Suspended Temporarily
1st & 3rd Saturday of the Month
1 - 3 pm

You're Invited!

Come and try out this friendly ongoing book group, guided by Sonam Dorje.  Each book will be discussed at alternate sessions.  You may read either or both (and attend either 1st or 3rd Saturdays, or both as you choose).  Typically the group reads aloud, then discusses, so it's low pressure.  Books are not available through Nalanda.

1st Saturdays: The Sun of Wisdom by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, a commentary on Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way.

3rd Saturdays: Being Nobody Going Nowhere by Ayya Khema, contemporary clear, practical instruction on meditation and techniques for overcoming counterproductive mental habits and beliefs in our daily lives.

Green Tara Group

Note: Meetings Temporarily Suspended.

Meditation, Music, Mantras, and Movement

The Tara Circle meets monthly on the second Sunday.  The Tara Circle is a wonderful way to engage body, voice, and mind.  Moving to recorded music, our Tara Circle learns hand mudras and movements to bring bliss and joy.  We move then we 'sit' for 20 minutes.

This practice follows the second Sunday 'Long Sits'.

For information, contact Kim Abbey at 206-387-6134 (phone or text).

Extended Sitting

Note: Meetings Temporarily Suspended.

Long Meditation

Are you curious to try out longer meditation sessions?  Come to the monthly long sit, where the conditions are highly conducive to practice: you will be with other meditators and surrounded by a beautiful dharma center!  Mark your calendar for the second Sunday each month.



Selected Teachings from Nalanda

Some of Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim's teachings on the first Thursday of each month as well as teachings from Nalanda's Retreats are now available online at Talks.

Mark Your Calendar

Note:Current status to be determined.

Nalanda Retreat

Accomplished translator and yogi Lama Jay Goldberg is the guest teacher for this year's retreat.  Loppon Jamyang will assist.  Lama Jay will offer a Green Tara initiation and teach intensively on the Green Tara sadhana.  Request Friday off work, and reserve the weekend on your calendar.  Full details coming soon.

Many thanks to our Pledge Donors!

Nalanda's programs are supported in large part by those who have pledged regular financial contributions.  Thank you so much!  Your generosity is an inspiration, and the benefits have far reaching effects.  To learn more about making a one-time on-line contribution, please click on the "Dana" link at the top of this page, or to set up on-going on-line contributions, please contact us at info@nalandaolywa or use your bank's electronic payment options


Additional Dharma Resources for the Pandemic

Sakya Monastery in Seattle writes: "We encourage members to continue their own regular practices at home and also to recite the dharani of Arya Parnasavari and A Prayer for Pacifying the Fear of Disease as protection from this coronavirus outbreak.  In addition, H.E. Dagmo Kusho has provided, for the benefit of all sentient beings, a short Orange Tara practice to help protect against the spread of infectious disease."

HH the Sakya Trichen has also provided an on-line oral transmission of and text for The Prayer Which Saved Sakya From the Epidemic.  [This is another version of the "Prayer for Pacifying the Fear of Disease" noted above from the Sakya Monastery website.]