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.
The instructor, Bob Saunders, has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over 35 years. He has studied with Nalanda's 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.
2nd & 4th Mondays of the Month (except July & August)
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.
Training the Mind, Changing our Self
Chanting, Meditation, and Discussion
Thursday evening practices in 2019 return to a format of chanting, meditation, and discussion. (No reading assignments!) January meditation sessions will focus on awareness of the breath, or mindfulness of breathing, a foundational practice keyed on the development of attention. Geshe-la says, "I have learned one way of how to transform, and that is attention." The exact format is still up for discussion, so if you have preferences about what draws you to attend Thursday evenings, let us know and we'll try to figure out something that best supports those who attend.
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. 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 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.
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.