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The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa: A New Translation

Saturday program & book signing
with Chris Stagg

The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa: A New Translation

The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa: A New Translation

Powerful and deeply inspiring, there is no book more beloved by Tibetans than The Hundred Thousand Songs, and no figure more revered than Milarepa, the great eleventh-century poet and saint. An ordinary man who, through sheer force of effort, faith, and perseverance, overcame nearly insurmountable obstacles on the spiritual path to achieve enlightenment in a single lifetime, he stands as an exemplar of what it is to lead a spiritual life.

Milarepa, a cotton-clad yogi, wandered and taught the dharma, most famously through spontaneously composed songs, a colorful and down-to-earth way to convey the immediacy and depth of the Buddhist teachings. In this work, the songs are woven into a narrative that tells the stories of his most famous encounters with his students, including Gampopa and Rechungpa, and recount his victories over supernatural forces in the remote Himalayan mountains and caves where he meditated.

In this authoritative new translation, prepared under the guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Christopher Stagg brilliantly brings to life the teachings of this extraordinary man. This classic of world literature is important for its narrative alone but is also a key contribution for those who seek inspiration for the spiritual path.

Please go to the Nalanda West event page to register and learn more!

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Knowing Oneself Meditation Class

Wednesdays, August 2 – September 6, 2017
7:00 to 8:30 PM

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The heart of every experience is fresh when we can embrace the present moment as it is. Meditation enables the thoughts that separate us from this reality to fall away.

In this class we will explore using visual objects as the basis for meditation and familiarize with bringing meditative awareness to more and more complex experiences, and how to begin to apply the insights of meditation to everyday life. Each class will include guided meditation, discussion, and a talk on the topic of the evening. Suitable for beginners and beyond.

Each class will include guided meditation, discussion, and a talk on the topic of the evening.

Suitable for beginners and beyond.

The suggested donation for each class is $15 — no one turned away for lack of funds.

Instructors are senior Nalandabodhi students: Donna Allen and Sarah Manchester


Registration



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Join Us for Quarterly Practice Day!

Sunday, 23 April 2017
6:00am–6:00pm
Nalanda West


Nalandabodhi Seattle is hosting its Quarterly Practice Day on Sunday, 23 April 2017. As it falls on a Sunday this quarter, the morning silent meditation and lunch are also open to the public (6:00am–2:00pm). All other practices are for sangha members only.

What a precious opportunity we have to come together as a sangha and practice together!

For more information on schedule, please see below.

To help in dining room or shrine room, please contact Karen Wallace (programcoordinator@nalandawest.org).

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Schedule

6:00–7:00 Opening Chants and Shamatha
7:00–7:30 Breakfast
7:30–7:45 Clean up, tea setup
7:45–9:45 Silent Meditation (various practices)
9:45–10:00 Tea break
10:00–12:00 Shamatha Instruction & Silent Meditation (various practices)
12:00–12:15 Lunch setup
12:15–2:00 Lunch & Sangha Day meeting
2:00–2:15 Clean up, tea setup
2:15–4:15 Chenrezig/Perfect Purities (various practices)
4:15–4:30 Tea break, clean up
4:30–5:30 Nalandabodhi Tara Sadhana
5:30–5:45 Clean up

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Introduction: Meditation without pressure

5 Wednesdays
March 29–April 26, 2017
7:00–8:30pm

Have a Date with Your Mind—Beginning Meditation

The five-session Beginning Meditation class introduces those new to the practice of meditation to basic techniques for developing a calm body and a steady mind.

We can make friends with our minds and become present to our lives through working with our breath. In meditation we discover how our conditioned minds work, and thus begin to free ourselves from painful habits of struggle and confusion. This process enables us to find the fundamental openness, ease, and compassion of our minds, as well as the ability to embrace all aspects of experience in daily life.

This class is designed to help beginners establish an ongoing meditation practice, and will include meditation instruction, guided meditations, brief talks on the philosophy of practice, and question & answer.

Topics will include:

  • Getting to know our minds
  • Meditation and Embodiment
  • Gentleness, Precision and Humor in practice
  • Working with thoughts and emotions

Course instructors: Donna Allen (dreamphysh@gmail.com), Damayonti Sengupta (damayonti@nalandabodhi.org)

Course fees

General: $65
Nalandabodhi members, seniors, students: $40

In the Buddhist tradition of dana, any level of donation is welcome.

Registration

Beginning Meditation Course
First & Last Name, Email

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Hinayana: The Path of The Noble Ones

Buddhism is a journey into the depths of one’s heart and mind, the inner reality of one’s essence, an exploration of who we are and what we are. This spiritual journey is nothing more and nothing less than discovering this inner reality.
— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche 


Wednesdays, May 10—August 23, 2017
7:00-8:30 PM

Buddhism is not a religion in the usual sense of the word. It is a method of investigation that allows you to work skillfully with the positive potentials and negative energies of your own mind. The teachings of the Hinayana represent the most fundamental instructions of the Buddha, which are central to everything that follows. Hinayana studies, therefore, are basic to any training in Buddhism.

In the Nalandabodhi Path of Study, Hinayana studies introduce you to Buddhism as a science of mind, or method of investigation. Your study of the Hinayana continues for one year, divided into two courses: The first course covers the ground or view of Hinayana, and the second covers the Hinayana path and its results.

The Hinayana View (HIN 201)

This course introduces you to the Hinayana as the indispensable foundation of the three-yana system of Buddhist study (Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana). Then you will learn the main elements of the Hinayana view, through a detailed examination of the building blocks of the Buddhist science of mind.

The Hinayana Path and Fruition (HIN 202)

The second course, Hinayana Path and Fruition, shows you how the view is applied through the practices of the Hinayana path, where you will explore techniques of mindfulness, concentration, and insight.

Dates

HIN201: May 10, 2017 to June 28, 2017
No class on June 14, June 28

HIN202: This course will resume in the fall of 2017. Please contact Karen Wallace at programcoordinator@nalandawest.org for more information.

7:00-8:30 PM

These 14 weeks include 2 exam days, one at the end of each course.

Text

The text for the course is available in the Nalanda bookstore. Please check the online calendar for hours.

More details

http://nalandabodhi.org/courses/path-of-study/hinayana-courses/hinayana-course-outlines/

Questions? Please contact Carmen Rumbaut crumbaut@hotmail.com or Stuart Horn stuarthor@gmail.com.

Registration

$65 General
$40 Nalandabodhi members
$20 Repeat enrollment

Fees do not include the cost of course materials.

Please register in advance. Payment can be made on the first day of class.

In the Buddhist tradition of dana, any donation is welcome.

Hinayana course 2017
First & Last Name, Email

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