Blaine S and Bob H will be teaching on the Vimalakirti Sutra, a beloved Mahayana sutra, on two Tuesdays in December. The text is Vimalakirti and the Awakened Heart, a new commentary by Joan Sutherland. This should be of special interest to those who attended the previous Vimalakirti session.
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.
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.
Celebration of New Year and Sakya Pandita's Birthday
Mark your calendars for this Nalanda New Year’s event. Details are still in planning but it will most likely be New Year’s Day afternoon. It’s expected to include a ceremony to honor Sakya Pandita, a period for personal meditation, and a pot-luck meal. Both the Dharma Center and Amahoro House will be open, for meditation and socializing respectively.
1620 Fourth Av E, near Ralph's Thriftway.
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 Teachings
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.
Lynnwood Convention Center
Thousand Offerings to Ushnishavijaya
On Saturday 12/23 H.E. Asanga Rinpoche will also conduct an Ushnishavijaya puja (9-noon) followed by teaching and mandala offering (2-4 pm) and Tibetan cultural dancing performance (4-5 pm), all held at the Lynnwood Convention Center. The suggested contribution is $75--far less expensive than a trip to Tibet! Pre-register for this event as well through
Sakya Monastery. If you sign up, and want to carpool, send an email to email@example.com and we will try to connect people for driving. Loppon Jamyang will attend.
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: 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!
Mark your calendar to hold the weekend of May 4-6 for the 2018 Nalanda retreat at Gwinwood Retreat Center in Lacey. Want to be on the planning committee? Let a Board member know or send us an email. We are also planning to offer ceremonies for refuge vows and Bodhisattva vows, probably in spring 2018, timing dependent on when we cover those topics in our Thursday discussions.
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.