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.

The Complete Path

Thursday Evenings, 7 pm
Courtesy of Mimi Williams

Reading, Discussion and Practice

Thursday evenings in 2018 are devoted to an organized presentation of the central ideas of Tibetan Buddhism.  It is rare in our contemporary Western society where we have the opportunity to learn about this "complete path" -- most of the time we just encounter little scattered bits of the Dharma, and never really consider how they fit together as sequential building blocks of a comprehensive understanding and practice.

Loppon Jamyang considers this year's study program his best opportunity in 30 years to present a full picture of the Buddhadharma, so that we may obtain the larger benefit.  He recently said, "I feel some urgency in my own life...," [as should we all!], and described The Complete Path program as "a completely nutritious Dharma plate, and all you have to do is consume it in the right dose at the right time."  This is the time!

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.  This training is administered by the International Buddhist Academy (IBA) in Kathmandu, which has recognized Nalanda as one of only ten formal partner centers worldwide!  Remember to sign in on the attendance sheet each week you attend if you might be interested in receiving an IBA certificate at the end of the program.

For the remainder of the year, we will discuss two texts: the classic Three Visions and Deshung Rinpoche's contemporary commentary The Three Levels of Spiritual Perception.  At the Dharma Center, Nalanda provides low-cost availability of the study texts.

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.

Books Available for 2018

Loppon Jamyang's teachings for April through December 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

1st 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 set for the first 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.

Celebration at the Olympia Community Center

Dalai Lama 200

Dalai Lama's Birthday Celebration

Again this year, Nalanda Institute is hosting a celebration of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama on his birthday, Jul 6.  We have a large room at the Olympia Community Center.  The program will feature a short talk by Loppon Jamyang Tsultrim, chanting by Loppon Tsultrim and Lama Lungrik, a 50 mln video of His Holiness.  No charge, light refreshments are provided.  Please come to help us honor and celebrate the life and work of this extraordinary individual - solely dedicated to the welfare of all beings and universally recognized as a source of inspiration and delight.

Portland, OR

Sakya Trizin - Jamyang

His Holines Sakya Trichen

The NW Tibetan Cultural Association will host His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche (the 41st Sakya Trizin) for a full-day teaching at Bodkhang on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.  This is an uncommon local opportunity to hear teaching from an important figure from the older generation of Tibetan masters (b. 1945).  As the 41st Sakya Trizin (throneholder) until 2017, His Holiness led the Sakya Order for over 50 years.

Loppon Jamyang plans to attend and we may be able to organize carpools.  A Vajrakilaya Empowerment will begin at 9:30 AM, and a Transference of Consciousness (Phowa) teaching at 2 PM.  Details to follow, but mark your calendar if you would like to attend.  Suggested Donation: $25 for ages 19 and over.

Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

At Your Convenience
Dalai Lama 200

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!



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.