This class is intended for people new to Buddhism. It’s common to encounter various parts of Buddhism but end up with a lot of questions about how it all fits together. This class will explain the fundamental concepts, practices and goals of Buddhism and show how the various elements fit together and form a coherent path. 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, Goals, and Following the Path
Questions and discussion are encouraged. Each class will have hand-outs. The recommended text is Buddhism for Beginners by Thubten Chodren.
The instructor, Bob Saunders, has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over 35 years. He has studied with Nalanda founder, Loppon Jamyang Tsultrim, for 30 years; has had over 30 days of instruction from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and has been on pilgrimage to the 8 holy sites in India & Nepal and to Tibet.
Every Third Tuesday of the Month 2:30 - 4:45 pm and 5 - 6:30 pm
Feeding Those in Need
Join Nalanda members and others in cooking and serving dinner at Olympia's Community Kitchen on the Third Tuesday each month (Jan 22, Feb 18, etc.). Training is provided.
Gerry C is leading Nalanda's effort to support this enormous act of kindness. Please text or email if you want to sign up, schedule training, or to learn more 541-913-0631 or email to learn more.
2nd & 4th Mondays of the Month
Guru Yoga of Sapan Manjushri
Loppon Jamyang leads this Vajrayana practice on the second and fourth Mondays. If you attended the Guru Yoga 'combined blessing' given by HH the Sakya Trizin, bring your Guru Yoga sadhana and join us! If you did not receive the initiation, you are welcome to attend as a blessing and an introduction to Vajrayana.
To learn more about Vajrayana practice, here are two books we have recently studied at Nalanda:
Turning Confusion into Clarity by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (Snow Lion, about $25).
Tantra by Geshe Tashi Tsering (Wisdom Publications; volume 6 in The Foundations of Buddhist Thought, about $17). You might even want to read volumes 1-5 of this series before you jump directly into Tantra!
Training the Mind, Changing our Self
Chanting, Meditation, and Discussion
These sessions are appropriate for any level of student. We meet all year, including during the summer, for a 7 PM meditation featuring chanting, meditation and discussion. Weekly discussion periods after the closing dedication prayer are intended to support your meditation and understanding-- they form around questions and comments of those in attendance. Plus they're a fun way to get to know your sangha companions.
Loppon Jamyang presents Dharma teachings on the first Thursday of each month, and also leads meditation on the 3rd Thursdays. Other weeks are led by senior meditators.
1:30 - 3 pm
BOOK DISCUSSION on "Tantra"
Sonam Dorje is guiding a reading Creation and Completion: Essential Points of Tantric Meditation by Jamgon Kongtrul, with a Commentary by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (Wisdom Publications). The book is available from Nalanda at $4-6 below the cover price.
Green Tara Group
2nd Sunday of each month
12:15 - 1:45 pm
Meditation, Music, Mantras, and Movement
The Tara Circle is a wonderful way to engage body, voice, and mind. Moving to recorded music, our Tara Circle learns hand mudras and movements to bring bliss and joy. We move then we 'sit' for 20 minutes.
This practice follows the second Sunday 'Long Sits'.
For information, contact Kim Abbey at 206-387-6134 (phone or text).
The Nalanda Study Group
1st & 3rd Saturday of the Month
1 - 3 pm
Come and try out this friendly ongoing book group, guided by Sonam Dorje. Each book will be discussed at alternate sessions. You may read either or both (and attend either 1st or 3rd Saturdays, or both as you choose). Typically the group reads aloud, then discusses, so it's low pressure. Books are not available through Nalanda.
1st Saturdays: The Sun of Wisdom by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, a commentary on Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way.
3rd Saturdays: Being Nobody Going Nowhere by Ayya Khema, contemporary clear, practical instruction on meditation and techniques for overcoming counterproductive mental habits and beliefs in our daily lives.
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.
Selected Teachings from Nalanda
Some of Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim's teachings on the first Thursday of each month as well as teachings from Nalanda's Retreats are now available online at Talks.
Mark Your Calendar
all day Celebration at Nalanda. Last year this was 9 am - 4 pm and a very lively program led by Geshe Jamyang. Take a day off from work -- you'll recall this event years from now when that workday is long forgotten!
May or June 2020
We are talking with noted scholar Lama Jay Goldberg as our prospective teacher, assisted by Loppon Jamyang depending on the date we select. Stay tuned.