The Lotus Sutra - Universal Teachings of the Mahayana
Tuesdays: 6/20, 7/11, 8/8, 8/15, 8/29
7 - 8:30 pm
The Lotus Sutra – Universal Teachings of the Mahayana
The Lotus Sutra is universal mindfulness practice at its best. We will read from Thich Nhat Hanh’s: Opening the Heart of the Cosmos: Insights on the Lotus Sutra. Thich Nhat Hanh shows that this revered sutra can be a profound and practical guide to transforming ourselves and our world. We will learn about its historical and cultural place in East Asian Buddhism and focus on its power to transform our lives.
This class will allow participants to deepen their Buddhist practice by inquiring into Mahayana teachings, asking questions, participating in discussions, and developing a broader appreciation for the richness of the Buddhist tradition. If you plan to attend, please acquire a copy of the book ahead of time.
This class is being taught by two senior practitioners at Nalanda:
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 Tsul-trim, Anam Thubten, and many other important Lamas and masters.
1 - 4 pm
Tsa Tsa Making Workshop
You are invited to attend a Tsa tsa making workshop at the pottery studio of Pam Sinclair. Tsa tsas are sacred images made by Tibetan Buddhists as a meditation practice. You will make a porcelain stupa using a mold that Geshe Jamyang brought back from India. You will also get to experiment with other molds and stamps to create a ceramic relief plaque.
Location: Pam’s studio in McCleary
Space limited: Space in the workshop is limited to 12 participants. You must be registered to attend this event.
Directions to the studio, carpooling arrangements, and further information will be sent to you after you are registered for the workshop.
Khenpo Pema Wangdak
Mark your calendar for a special teaching planned for Sunday, October 26 to be given by the Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak, who spoke on "Enthusiasm" at Nalanda last November. The teaching will be closely tied to the bodhisattva path and 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.
Focus of 2017
Thursday Evenings, 7 pm
Year-Long Theme: The Bodhisattva Path
Reading, Discussion and Practice
Our study focus in 2017 is "The Way of the Bodhisattva", designed to awaken and realize our altruistic resolve to attain buddhahood for the benefit of all beings. In September, we will resume our reading of Sakya Pandita's Clarifying the Sage's Intent, with teaching commentary by Loppon Jamyang. Over the summer we encourage you to practice and memorize the Bodhicitta Prayer in Tibetan. Here are links to the written prayer and a chanted version in Tibetan--note that the mp3 file includes an English translation that differs from the one we will be using.
Thursday Nights in August
On Thursday evenings we have been chanting and meditating before turning to our review of Sakya Pandita's Clarifying the Sage's Intent. Everyone is welcome to attend on Thursdays--pre-reading is not required. The discussions have been quite lively, informed by the questions from those who haven't (yet) read the text. Copies of the book are still available at half price ($30). Sharon or Bob S will lead these sessions over the next 3 weeks (August 17, 24, and 31). The reading and teaching schedule for September will be published when finalized with Loppon Jamyang.
Meditation for Everyone
Mondays, 7 pm - 8:30
Monday Evening Meditation
Nalanda has now started a Monday evening meditation session. It will be similar to our noon meditation: a half hour of meditation in two 15 minute sessions with short opening and closing prayers. There will be an optional discussion period of up to half hour depending on participant interest. This will be mainly Q & A or discussion on topics of interest to those attending. It will be led by senior students at Nalanda. It is particularly good for those new to meditation or Buddhism. The discussions are intended to allow participants to ask questions on how to meditate or on basic Buddhist concepts. No requirements, if interested just come on any Monday evening.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.