News & Updates

Meditation for Everyone

Mondays, 7 pm - 8:30

Monday Evening Meditation

This Monday evening session feature two short meditation periods followed by an optional discussion period depending on attendees' interests.  It is led by senior practitioners at Nalanda.  It is designed for newer members who are encouraged to come and request meditation instruction or ask questions of long-time western practitioners.  It’s also intended for those who want to come and just meditate, since our Thursday evening program now features more study and less meditation.  No requirements, just show up.

2018 Study Program: Summer Update

Thursday Evenings, 7 pm
Courtesy of Mimi Williams

Summer Program

We will have a Thursday night meditation session all summer but it will not be the study program that we had through Fall/Winter/Spring.  We had been devoting Thursday evenings to Loppon Jamyang teaching on "The Complete Path," an organized presentation of the central ideas of Tibetan Buddhism (See below).  Now through the summer our meeting will be a 30 to 40 minute meditation session followed by discussion on broad Dharma topics.  Discussions may be just "Dharma appreciation moments" or "Dharma Challenges" that members bring up.  These evening sessions are suitable for anyone interested in Buddhism and meditation, and will be led by senior students.  Loppon Jamyang Tsultrim takes a break during July and August, because the rest of the year he works full time as a mental health counselor, teaches a class at TESC, and leads Nalanda Institute. Oh, and has a family...

The Complete Path -- Summer Update

The Complete Path: A Systematic Training from Sutra to Tantra is a program designed by H.H. the Sakya Trizin.

Books Available for 2018

Loppon Jamyang's teachings will reference two books: Three Visions by Ngorchen Konchog Lhundrub, and Three Levels of Spiritual Perception by Deshung Rinpoche.  Nalanda makes both available at the low cost of $18 each, or both for $35. You can read one, the other, or both. The first one is very succinct (207 pp) and classical (written in the 1500s).  Deshung Rinpoche's contemporary commentary is longer (497 pp), and gives more stories, context, examples, and wonderful asides from this cherished master.

Weekly reading assignments will be distributed at the Center, and on our website, but keep in mind that the planned schedule usually changes during the year.  [We still have copies of Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson for $20.]

Summer Reading Suggestion

Summer at the Bayshore Library
Courtesy of Mimi Williams

Women in Buddhism

Our founding teacher and a number of Nalanda students have ties to the International Buddhist Academy (IBA) in Kathmandu.  In fact, the IBA Principal, Khenpo Dr. Ngawang Jorden, has taught at Nalanda in years past, and the IBA is the academic home to our ongoing study program "The Complete Path".  So you might be interested to read a 2012 paper questioning the traditional view of the status of women in Buddhism, that has been selected by the IBA for translation into Tibetan.  You can access the paper through this link: Right View, Red Rust and White Bones : A Re-examination of Buddhist Teachings on Female Inferiority by Goodwin et al. in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics.

Here is the abstract of that paper:

“Hundreds of psychological and social studies show that negative expectations and concepts of self and others, and discrimination based on the idea that a particular group is inferior to another, adversely affect those who discriminate as well as those who are subject to discrimination. This article argues that both genders are harmed by negative Buddhist teachings about women and by discriminatory rules that limit their authority, rights, activities, and status within Buddhist institutions. Śākyamuni Buddha’s instructions in the Tripiṭaka for evaluating spiritual teachings indicate that because such views and practices have been proven to lead to harm, Buddhists should conclude that they are not the True Dharma and should abandon them.”

Green Tara Group

1st Sunday of each month
12:15 - 1:45 pm

Meditation, Music, Mantras, and Movement

Kim's Green Tara group, Meditation, Music, Mantras, and Movement, is set for the first Sunday each month.

Saturday Book Group

1st & 3rd Saturday of the Month
1 - 3 pm

Don't Believe Everything You Think

Study and discussion with others is a great way to progress along your own Dharma path, and feel more connected within our Sangha. Try out this group!

The current book is Don’t Believe Everything You Think by Thubten Chodron.  It is a commentary on the verses: The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas written by the monk Togmay Zangpo about 800 years ago.  In the group we will also read aloud from commentaries by other authors on each verse.  We usually read a new verse every meeting or so.  Each verse speaks for itself so it is easy to join the group at any time.

Sonam Dorje, a Tibetan Buddhist monk and scholar, will be there to guide our study and help with our questions.  (If you don't know Sonam, you should attend just to meet this 'hidden yogi'!)

Extended Sitting

2nd Sunday of the Month
9 am

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.

Portland, OR

Sakya Trizin - Jamyang

His Holines Sakya Trichen

The NW Tibetan Cultural Association will host His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche (the 41st Sakya Trizin) for a full-day teaching at Bodkhang on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.  This is an uncommon local opportunity to hear teaching from an important figure from the older generation of Tibetan masters (b. 1945).  As the 41st Sakya Trizin (throneholder) until 2017, His Holiness led the Sakya Order for over 50 years.

Loppon Jamyang plans to attend and we may be able to organize carpools.  A Vajrakilaya Empowerment will begin at 9:30 AM, and a Transference of Consciousness (Phowa) teaching at 2 PM.  Details to follow, but mark your calendar if you would like to attend.  Suggested Donation: $25 for ages 19 and over.

Meet His Holiness Sakya Trichen

Sakya Trizin relaxed

Reception for H.H. Sakya Trichen in Olympia

Geshe Jamyang wants everyone to understand that this reception for H.H. Sakya Trichen and his entourage is an important opportunity for members to gain experience with and make a connection to a High Tibetan Lama.  H.H. Sakya Trichen is one of the most important and accomplished spiritual teachers in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and within the organizational framework of Tibetan Buddhism is one step below H.H. The Dalai Lama.

This reception is one element of a traditional form of respect where the important teacher is met and greeted on the way to town and accompanied by the hosts for a ceremonial entry into the town.  The host in this case is Sakya Monastery in Seattle.  H.E. Dagmo Kusho (Acting Head Lama), Adrienne Chan (co-executive director) and other leaders and monks from Sakya Monastery will come from Seattle to greet H.H. Sakya Trichen in Olympia.

For Nalanda members it’s an opportunity to meet not only H. H. Sakya Trichen but leaders, monks and senior members of Sakya Monastery of Seattle.  The informal conversations with such people are an important form of Dharma education.  Nalanda members are encouraged to attend if at all possible.  For more background on Sakya Lineage and these teachers see: H.H. Sakya Trichen website and Sakya Monastery website.

Because it’s an important event, Nalanda members must arrive at the designated time and stay for the completion, so: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.  For the same reason, there is a simple dress code.  Basically no shorts or T-shirts, so: long pants & shirt with collar, skirt & blouse, or dress.  At 11:30 AM, Jamyang will go over the greeting protocol, but basically members will form a line and present both a khata and a flower to His Holiness.  Bring a khata and a flower (any kind).  We will have khatas and flowers available also.  Members will have to buy lunch for $16, no other cost.  His Holiness will give a short talk, maybe 15 -20 minutes.

The ritual and protocol may seem foreign and it is a departure from our usual informality at Nalanda.   Remember that Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana) is the “quick path” to enlightenment and a critical part of that path is the proper relationship (respect and appreciation) for a qualified teacher.  So please, take advantage of this opportunity if you can, don’t get hung up on the protocols, do come and enjoy the show.

  • Super (Chinese) Buffet, 1390 Galaxy Dr. Lacey, WA.
  • Thu, Aug 16, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Dress appropriately
  • Bring a khata and a flower
  • Enjoy the occasion and learn

Sakya Monastery, Seattle

Sakya Trizin

Chakrasamvara Empowerment

with His Holines Sakya Trichen

HH the Sakya Trichen Rinpoche is also visiting Sakya Monastery in Seattle to offer a 2-day Chakrasamvara Empowment (5-8 pm on Sat, 2-8 pm on Sun).  Attendance at both sessions is required to receive the empowerment.  The suggested donation is $300 for Monastery non-members.  Check Chakrasamvara Empowerment for details.  His Holiness Sakya Trichen commented:

“Unlike other mandala such as Hevajra or Kalachakra, the Chakrasamvara mandala is still fully manifested and active in the twenty-four holy places in India.  For this reason, Chakrasamvara and his consort, Vajrayogini, are considered one of the most effective deities of our time.”

The prerequisite for taking this empowerment is Refuge.  There are no commitments.  This empowerment fulfils the prerequisite for a Vajrayogini empowerment by a Sakya Lama.

spring 2019

Nalanda Retreat will be Fri June 7 - Sunday June 9

Yes, it's not too early to mark your calendar, and arrange for that Friday to be a vacation from work!  Expect to start Friday afternoon and finish around noon on Sunday.  We have confirmed the Venerable Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche from Sakya Monastery will be the main teacher, assisted by Loppon Jamyang.

Online discussions

Fridays, 6:15pm - 7:45 pm
or At Your Convenience
Thubten Chodron and Dalai Lama 200

Approaching the Buddhist Path
by HH the Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron

On Friday nights through September 24, co-author Ven. Thubten Chodron of Sravasti Abbey will be giving talks on the Dalai Lama’s new book, co-authored by Thubten Chodron, Approaching the Buddhist Path.  The talks will be streamed on Livestream on Fridays and then later posted to Sravasti Abbey’s Youtube Channel. (The first talk was on July 20, and talks are generally 1.5 hours long.)  See the schedule.



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.