Geshe-la will be on summer break during July and August. We will practice as a group over the summer. These sessions will be a great chance to join the group and catch up with help from the students as we practice and discuss what we have covered, up through the mandala offering.
"Ngöndro" is the preliminary or foundation practices of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. We meet on the second and fourth Monday evenings of each month (except July 8). Geshe-la plans to transform this group into a Guru Yoga practice group in the fall.
Two practice texts for participants are available through Nalanda ($10 each), and one published book is recommended for participants to buy on their own: Turning Confusion into Clarity by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (Snow Lion, about $25). Please call Jan Vleck 360-594-5972 to learn more about joining this group.
Training the Mind, Changing our Self
Chanting, Meditation, and Discussion
These sessions are appropriate for any level of student. We meet all year, including during the summer, for a 7 PM meditation featuring chanting, meditation and discussion. Weekly discussion periods after the closing dedication prayer are intended to support your meditation and understanding-- they form around questions and comments of those in attendance. Plus they're a fun way to get to know your sangha companions.
Although first Thursdays of each month are typically Dharma teachings by Geshe Jamyang, he takes a summer break so mark your calendar for his next teaching on September 5. During the summer, Thursday sessions will be led by senior meditators.
1:30 - 3 pm
BOOK DISCUSSION on "Tantra"
This group meets weekly to read and discuss the book Tantra by Geshe Tashi Tsering, which was selected to increase our benefit from the Highest Guru Yoga empowerments presented earlier this month. Sonam Dorje joins us as a fellow student and expert resource.
Tantra (Wisdom Publications; volume 6 in The Foundations of Buddhist Thought) is written for a contemporary reader. The jacket says, Anticipating the many questions Westerners have upon first encountering tantra's colorful imagery and veiled language, Tantra uses straight talk to explain deities, initiations, mandalas, and the body's subtle physiology of channels and chakras. Please obtain your own copy of the book - Nalanda is not providing them.
For more information call either Bob Harris 360-352-2819 or Jan Vleck 360-584-5972.
Green Tara Group
2nd Sunday of each month
12:15 - 1:45 pm
Meditation, Music, Mantras, and Movement
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).
The Nalanda Study Group
1st & 3rd Saturday of the Month
1 - 3 pm
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.
2nd Sunday of the Month
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.