News & Updates

Preparation for Sitting

Sundays, 11 am - 12 pm
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Yoga for Meditation

Mardi's Yoga for Meditation class resumes Sun 2/4

Loosening and relaxing your body prior to meditation is highly beneficial for achieving mental stability.  While this class will be generally beneficial like all yoga, it will have a particular focus on preparing for sitting meditation.

contact: mardihalvorsen@gmail.com or 920.639.1685

Meditation for Everyone

Mondays, 7 pm - 8:30
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Monday Evening Meditation

The regular Monday sessions feature recitation, chanting, and meditation, followed by discussion.  These sessions -- designed to be particularly accessible to beginning meditators -- are led by senior Nalanda students.  No requirements, just show up.

The Complete Path

Thursday Evenings, 7 pm
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Reading, Discussion and Practice

Loppon Jamyang begins a new teaching program in April, called "The Complete Path".  Most of us have read haphazardly from various Eastern and Western Buddhist sources over the years, so this is a wonderful opportunity to fill in any gaps in our knowledge and organize our understanding.  The texts for April through December are: Three Visions by Ngorchen Konchog Lhundrub, and Three Levels of Spiritual Perception by Deshung Rinpoche.  You can read one, the other, or both.  The first is very succinct and classical (dates from 1500s).  Deshung Rinpoche's contemporary commentary is longer, and gives more stories, context, examples, and wonderful asides from this cherished master.  Nalanda has copies available on Thursdays for $18 each, or both for $35.
See The Schedule of Teaching Topics
Also, See Reading Schedule for April & May

Learn more about the Complete Path

As a reminder, you are encouraged to sign in on the attendance sheet each week you attend if you might be interested in receiving a certificate at the end of the program, from the International Buddhist Academy (IBA) in Kathmandu.  Our sequence of teachings is aligned with "The Complete Path: A Systematic Training from Sutra to Tantra", a program designed by H.H. the Sakya Trizin. Nalanda has applied for recognition as a formal partner center for The Complete Path.

Also, keep in mind that formal refuge will be offered at a ceremony on Tuesday evening, 5/29 as part of our Saga Dawa (Enlightenment Day) Celebration --see Saga Dawa.  Please let us know in advance if you are interested in taking formal refuge at that time.

Books Available for 2018

Nalanda received bulk purchase discounts when we purchased multiple copies of this year's texts, to support their low-cost and convenient availability.  [One delivery truck to one location, instead of many trucks to many locations = benefit to all beings on the planet.  Bulk purchases = benefit to local bookstore (Thanks, Browsers!) and publishers of Buddhist texts (Thanks, Wisdom and Shambhala!)]  All are available through Nalanda on Thursday evenings, at roughly our costs: $18 each, or both for $35.

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

1st Sunday of each month
12:15 - 1:45 pm
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Meditation, Music, Mantras, and Movement

Kim's Green Tara group, Meditation, Music, Mantras, and Movement, is set for the first Sunday each month.

Saturday Book Group

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

For the Young Ones

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Child Meditation

Kids' Meditation

Contact Zach at 360-999-1974 if you want to talk about re-activating the Children's Dharma group.

Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

At Your Convenience
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A Personal Retreat?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a 3-day teaching on Kamalashila's Middling [Middle] Stages of Meditation and the Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas.  See the Videos.  Perhaps you could take a personal retreat day and listen to the teaching, even if you weren't in India at the time!

Lynwood Retrreat Center

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Kalachakra Empowerment

by His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin

This is an uncommon opportunity! Consider registering to attend this two-day empowerment to be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center.  For more details, see Kalachakra Empowerment.  Our Nalanda retreat follows later that same week, so this could be a complete Dharma week for you!

Time to Sign Up

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Nalanda's Annual Retreat

Mark your calendar to hold the weekend of May 4-6 for the 2018 Nalanda retreat at Gwinwood Retreat Center in Lacey.

Nalanda is hosting a residential retreat beginning on the afternoon of Friday May 4, continuing through noon on Sunday May 6.  Loppon Jamyang will be the lead teacher, assisted by Lama Lungrik and our hidden yogi, Sonam Dorje.  On Friday and Saturday there will be opportunities for individual consultations with Loppon Jamyang about your spiritual practice (applying Dharma to 'real' life).

The retreat will be at Gwinwood Retreat Center in Lacey.  The retreat is all-inclusive, with precious teachings, time for practice, overnight accommodations, delicious vegetarian meals, and a few engaging social activities for the evenings (like a mala-making workshop!).

We are still confirming the budget, but expect the cost will be the same as last year: $160 -- what a value for 5 meals, 2 nights, and 48 hours of Dharma teaching and companionship!  [Limited scholarship assistance is available.]  Links to Registration Forms and specific information are immediately below, and probably there will be a special email about the retreat.

Retreat Registration and Information

Buddha's Birthday


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Celebration of Saga Dawa

Loppon Jamyang will take a day off work to lead an all-day series of activities for this important holiday marking the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of the historical Buddha.  With this much advance notice, perhaps others can also take a personal holiday to join in!  There will probably be activities at the Center from 9AM - 4PM, followed by evening activities 7 - 9PM for those unable to attend during the day.  During the day we may make ceremonial tsa tsas, holding the ashes of beloved beings such as family members, pets, etc.

Recordings

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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.