Bob Harris and Blaine Snow will teach this class on Tuesday nights. One of the interesting things about this Sutra is that Vimalakirti was a highly accomplished lay person who was highly praised by the Buddha. It demonstrates that one does not have to become a monk or a nun to reach the peaks of Buddhist realization.
Vimalakirti Sutra text recommendation
Although Robert Thurman's Vimalakirti Sutra translation is available free from the internet in PDF, Blaine recommend's purchasing the physical book for the following reasons:
You get Thurman's excellent introduction and his end-notes which are an important addition (like a commentary)
When we refer to places in sutra during our discussions, we can all be on the same page
You will have in your library a physical copy of the teaching which will add to your storehouse of bodhisattva merit...
Book available from
AbeBooks or your favorite bookseller.
Blaine Snow teaches at Saint Martin’s University and has practiced Buddhism since 1982. He studied many years with Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim and Ven. Anam Thubten. He completed the Dharmata Foundation’s teacher training course and was ordained in 2008 to teach Buddhism under the lineage of Anam Thubten.
Bob Harris has studied and practiced Buddhism since 1965. He has studied many years with Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim, Anam Thubten, and many other important Lamas and masters.
Understanding the Bodhisattva Path
Khenpo Pema Wangdak
Nalanda will host visting teacher, Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak, who will talk about the Bodhisattva aspirations and path, and introduce preparation and ceremonial procedures for the Bodhisattva vow ceremony on Sun, Oct 29. If you are considering taking the Bodhisattva vows, you should attend this talk.
Commit to the Bodhisattva Path
Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
Khenpo Pema will administer the Bodhisattva Vows. All friends of Nalanda are invited to witness the ceremony, and there will be a tsok (refreshments!) afterward. So far about twelve people have indicated they plan to take the vows. We are making additional materials available to vow aspirants -- so let us know if you want to be included. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you decide to do this. You are strongly encouraged to attend Khenpo Pema's talk on Sat, Oct 28 if you plan to take the vows.
4th Saturday of the Month
1 - 3 pm
Diamond Sutra Monthly Study Group
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
Sakya Pandita Study Resumes
Reading, Discussion and Practice
Our Thursday evening discussions of Sakya Pandita's "Clarifying the Sage's Intent", led by Loppon Jamyang, resume in September. We will continue our reading of Sakya Pandita's Clarifying the Sage's Intent, with teaching commentary by Loppon Jamyang. Please refer to the READING SCHEDULE for September & October.
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.