Blaine S and Bob H are offering more sessions on the Heart Sutra, on two Tuesday evenings (above). Their discussion will be organized around Anam Thubten's book, "Fragrance of Emptiness" [chapters 6-13 on Dec 11, and the remainder on Dec 18], but it is not necessary to have read the book or gone to previous classes to participate in the discussion. Please drop in if you are interested.
(except 7 pm
Introduction to Buddhism
This class is intended for people very new to Buddhism, although anyone is welcome. Bob Saunders, the teacher, has been a student of Geshe Jamyang for about 30 years. He will offer four 1.5 hour classes on Tuesdays (skips Jan 22) at the Dharma Center (1620 Fourth Avenue, near Ralph's grocery). The class will cover:
How to Meditate and Orientation to Nalanda
The Main Ideas of Buddhism: Four Noble Truths, Suffering, Enlightenment
The Main Ideas, Deeper: compassion, karma, the middle way
Buddhist Wisdom and Following the Path
Questions and discussion will be encouraged. Each class will have hand-out that summarize the topics. The recommended text is Buddhism for Beginners, by Thubten Chodren, and a broader reading list will be available. For questions E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bob at 360 402-6815.
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.
2019 CHANGES for Monday Evenings
Classical Buddhist Foundation Practice [Ngöndro]
Loppon Jamyang will provide a new regular program on the second and fourth Monday evenings beginning in January. Five foundation practices will be studied and practiced, each for about 2 months during the year. The five are: refuge, prostration, mandala offering, Vajrasattva, and Guru Yoga practice. Ngöndro means 'prerequisite' -- these practices are prerequisites for Vajrayana practice.
These sessions are appropriate for any level of student, provided you are interested in intense focus on these traditional Tibetan Buddhist practices.
2018 Study Program
Thursday Evenings, 7 pm
The Complete Path -- Fall Update
In November we turn our attention to the ultimate enlightenment thought. We are nearing the end of the years study of these two texts, and will soon be hearing about the Vajrayana path from both Geshe-La and Khenpo Pema
"The Complete Path" refers to the Sakya Lamdre tradition. If you wish to read a concise description of Lamdre, Deshung Rinpoche provided that in our readings of The Three Levels of Spiritual Perception (pages 261-264 and 269).
We still have copies of our two texts: the classic Three Visions and Deshung Rinpoche's contemporary commentary on it, The Three Levels of Spiritual Perception, available at half price (cheaper than Amazon!).
For the past 2+ years, our Thursday evenings have been heavy on textual study and discussion. In 2019, Thursdays may return to the previous format (chanting, meditation, and discussion). Those interested in additional study of classical Tibetan Buddhism and advanced practice might meet with Geshe-la twice a month, perhaps on Mondays. This group would focus on preliminary practices for Vajrayana known as "Ngondro" (look it up in Rigpa Wiki). Stay tuned.
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.]
Thursday evening practices in 2019 will return to a format a lot like Thursdays before we started The Complete Path program, with chanting, meditation, and discussion. The plan is to have two silent meditation sessions. The first one may be briefer (10 minutes?) aimed at generating mindfulness. The second one will be a guided session supporting our theme for the year, "Training the Mind, Changing our Self". Guided sessions will cover topics such as lovingkindness, compassion, bodhicitta, exchanging self and others, etc. There will NOT be assigned reading, but Loppon Jamyang may recommend some books as optional resources to review as desired.
These sessions are appropriate for any level of student. If you have not been attending Thursdays, please come and check out these sessions to see if they advance your personal practice and life. About half the sessions will be led by Geshe-La plans to lead on the first and third Thursdays, with other weeks led by senior practitioners he has selected and trained.
Green Tara Group
2nd 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 now set for
the SECOND Sunday each month.
The Nalanda Study Grou
1st & 3rd Saturday of the Month
1 - 3 pm
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!
We will be reading two books: Being Nobody Going Nowhere by Ayya Khema and The Sun of Wisdom by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Beginning January 5, the first Saturday of the month will be dedicated to The Sun of Wisdom and the third Saturday to Being Nobody Going Nowhere. Participants in the study group have the flexibility to come to both sessions or they can come once a month if they prefer to read just one of the books.
2nd Sunday of the Month
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.
Mark Your Calendar
spring & summer 2019 Events
Nalanda Retreat and Sakya Monlam
Remember to mark your calendar, and put in for a vacation day that Friday! 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.
- : Sakya Monlam North America
These are the REVISED expected dates for this important event that will take place in Seattle. More information as it approaches, but you can learn about last year's event here. Nalanda expects to be involved!
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.