We will take turns reading the Diamond Sutra as a group in a reading circle with Bob Harris. The reading will be from the book Buddhist Wisdom by Edward Conze, with time for discussion between paragraphs. If you have a copy please bring it along. If you don’t have the book yet please come anyway--this format will make it easy to participate until you can obtain a copy.
There is no set charge, a donation is appropriate.
The Bodhisattva Path
Thursday Evenings, 7 pm
Integrate Study with Practic
Reading, Discussion and Practice
Loppon Jamyang will help us plan how to integrate our year-long study with our practices, both individually and together. Please give some thought to ideas about new or existing volunteer activity that you can undertake over the holidays and in the future. The goal is to engage in some concrete community service, to use as your own "learning lab" for practicing generosity and the rest--all the skills that you would like to perfect as you accomplish wisdom and compassion. In December we will have several sessions to discuss our experiences: insights, difficulties, etc. No required reading this week.
Sakya Monastery Offers Bodhisattva Training
The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva
H.E. Khondung Asanga Vajra Sakya is teaching The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva at Sakya Monastery in Seattle, on Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17 at 2:00 – 4:30 pm both days. Pre-registration and further information is on the Sakya Monastery website.
Meditation for Everyone
Mondays, 7 pm - 8:30
Monday Evening Meditation
Do you find that meditating with others strengthens your enthusiasm for practice? Then try out the Monday evening meditation sessions. The format is particularly accessible to beginning meditators. There are two 15 minute silent meditations with short opening and closing prayers, led by senior students at Nalanda. The meditation session is followed by Q & A, discussion, or "how to meditate" instruction, depending on the interests of the participants that evening. No requirements, just show up at 7 pm on any Monday evening at the Dharma Center, 1620 Fourth Avenue (near Ralph's Thriftway).
Preparation for Sitting
Sundays, 11 am - 12 pm
Yoga for Meditation
Loosening and relaxing your body prior to meditation is highly beneficial for achieving mental stability. While this class will be generally beneficial like all yoga, it will have a particular focus on preparing for sitting meditation.
Suitable for all levels, $5 donation, no one turned away.
This a one hour class. Please be prompt.
The instructor, Mardi, has taught yoga for 6 years and practiced it for 17. For questions, contact: email@example.com or 920.639.1685
The Nalanda Study Group
1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month
1 - 3 pm
Don’t believe Everything You Think
The current, long term topic for reading and discussion: Don’t believe Everything You Think by Thubten Chodron . Join us at any time. See
Book Study and Discussion.
For the Young Ones
3rd Sunday of the Month
10 - 11 am
The goal is to promote kindness and awareness and relational skills. Zach plans a mix of stories, activities, and meditation along with snacks. Some games and activities will be related to dealing with anger. As before, at least one parent is expected to remain during the class. The class is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
Zach is a parent, a member of Nalanda for 3 or 4 years, and a teacher of martial arts. He has also practiced Buddhism in the Zen tradition.
2nd Sunday of the Month
Starting in January, the “Long Sitting” program is going back to once a month on the second Sunday. So if you’re wanting to try longer meditation sessions, join our accomplished leaders and other Nalanda folks in the "Long Sitting".
Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
At Your Convenience
A Personal Retreat?
This month His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a 3-day teaching on Kamalashila's Middling [Middle] Stages of Meditation and the Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas. See the Videos. Perhaps you could take a personal retreat day and listen to the teaching, even if you weren't in India at the time!
Selected Teachings from Nalanda
Some of Geshe Jamyang's teachings on the first Thursday of each month as well as teachings from Nalanda's Retreats are now available online at Talks.