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
The Complete Path -- Fall Update
"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!).
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.]
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'!)
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.
Bob Harris & Blaine Snow
Tuesdays, - 7 - 8:30 pm
Exploring Emptiness in the Heart Sutra
It is not easy for most of us to begin to understand the concept of emptiness in Buddhism. The Heart Sutra is a pithy explanation, but perhaps so pithy it is not intuitively accessible to the beginner. Next month, Blaine S and Bob H are offering a deep look at the Heart Sutra, using Thich Nhat Hanh's new book The Other Shore and Anam Thubten's commentary on the Heart Sutra entitled The Fragrance of Emptiness. Plan ahead to purchase your texts in time for the first class.
Opportunity in Friday Harbor
Ven. Khenpo Pema Public Talk and Retreat in Friday Harbor
In the week before Khenpo Pema arrives in Olympia, he will be teaching at Sakya Kachod Choling, a beautiful Sakya center on San Juan Island about 9 miles from Friday Harbor. The schedule:
Fri, Nov 9, 7 PM: "Generosity: A Giving Attitude That Touches All Aspects of Our Lives". A public talk at Mullis Community Senior Center, 589 Nash Street, Friday Harbor.
Sat, Nov 10, 10 AM - noon: "Tonglen Meditation Instruction & Practice" at Sakya Kachod Choling, $20 suggested donation. Lunch follows.
Sat, Nov 10, 2 PM - Fri, Nov 16, noon: Mind Training (Lojong) Retreat. Daily sessions from 7 AM - 6:15 PM; breakfast and lunch are served; housing options are available. $200 full time; I don't think this includes lodging but not sure.
See the SKC website for more details and registration information. This is a great opportunity for a retreat in an idyllic setting with a beloved teacher.
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
The tentative agenda for the extended weekend:
Saturday evening 11/17 [time TBD]: public talk at the Olympia Center.
Sunday 11/18, 9 am-noon: Basics of Buddhist Thought and Practice
Sunday 11/18,1-5 pm: 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).
Monday evening [time TBD]: Introduction to Vajrayana Buddhism.
Nalanda Retreat will be Fri June 7 - Sunday June 9
Yes, it's not too early to mark your calendar, and arrange for that Friday to be a vacation from work! 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.
Fridays, 6:15pm - 7:45 pm or At Your Convenience
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.