News & Updates

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.

2018 Study Program

Thursday Evenings, 7 pm
Note: No meeting Thursday evening, Nov 22 - Thanksgiving
Courtesy of Mimi Williams

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

These teachings are aligned with The Complete Path: A Systematic Training from Sutra to Tantra, a program designed by H.H. the Sakya Trizin.

"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.]

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.

Saturday Book Group

1st & 3rd Saturday of the Month
1 - 3 pm

Don't Believe Everything You Think

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!

The current book is Don’t Believe Everything You Think by Thubten Chodron.  It is a commentary on the verses: The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas written by the monk Togmay Zangpo about 800 years ago.  In the group we will also read aloud from commentaries by other authors on each verse.  We usually read a new verse every meeting or so.  Each verse speaks for itself so it is easy to join the group at any time.

Sonam Dorje, a Tibetan Buddhist monk and scholar, will be there to guide our study and help with our questions.  (If you don't know Sonam, you should attend just to meet this 'hidden yogi'!)

Extended Sitting

2nd Sunday of the Month
9 am

Long Meditation

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.

Fall Visitor


Khenpo Pema's Visit to Olympia

Khenpo Pema Wangdak is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher based in NY.  Nalanda has benefited from his presence several times over the years, and he conducted our 2017 bodhisattva vow ceremony.  If you aren't familiar with his teaching, many hours of audio recordings of his verse-by verse teachings on Shantideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life are available at Bodhisattva Guide_KhenpoPema

For a detailed description of the weekend's events, see the SCHEDULE

  • : public talk at the Olympia Center.
  • : Basics of Buddhist Thought and Practice
  • : Refuge ceremony and brief Bodhisattva Vow ceremonies. You can just take refuge and observe the Bodhisattva Vow ceremony, or do both (refuge vows are done whenever Bodhisattva vows are taken or renewed).
  • : Introduction to Vajrayana Buddhism.

Helpful Guides


Taking Refuge - Two Documents

For those considering taking refuge, Nalanda offers access to some literature

  1. PRACTICE GUIDELINES for the Three Visions - Taking Refuge
  2. TAKING REFUGE - The Foundation and Paths of Buddhism
    The Nalanda Institute
    Center for Buddhist Study and Meditation
    Olympia, WA

The second piece is set up to be printed two-sided, as a booklet.  So if you print all the pages and fold them in half, they make a booklet 8.5" tall x 5.5" wide.

Mark Your Calendar

spring & summer 2019 Events
Dalai Lama 200
Courtesy of Mimi Williams

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!

Online discussions

Fridays, 6:15pm - 7:45 pm
or At Your Convenience
Thubten Chodron and Dalai Lama 200

Approaching the Buddhist Path
by HH the Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron

On Friday nights through September 24, co-author Ven. Thubten Chodron of Sravasti Abbey will be giving talks on the Dalai Lama’s new book, co-authored by Thubten Chodron, Approaching the Buddhist Path.  The talks will be streamed on Livestream on Fridays and then later posted to Sravasti Abbey’s Youtube Channel. (The first talk was on July 20, and talks are generally 1.5 hours long.)  See the schedule.



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.