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Quarterly Practice Day — Friday, April 19, 2019

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Please join fellow sangha brothers and sisters for our quarterly day of practice — there will be opportunity for most Nalandabodhi practices including any silent practice as well as: Sitātāra (6:00 am), Ngondro, VS and Sadhana of Mahamudra (if qualified). Lunch will be available. We will conclude with a Guru Rinpoche Feast open to all Nalandabodhi members at 7:00 pm.

For the day of practice:  We need volunteers and kitchen help. Contact Don Ross: dross11@earthlink.net.

When you register for the Guru Rinpoche feast: Please fill in the Comment area what you would like to volunteer for.  Or contact Karen Wallace: wallace.karen.l@att.net.

As a courtesy to the organizers, please register for the Guru Rinpoche feast by noon Thursday, April 18th.  You can donate online or give by cash or check in donation basket at the feast. Check emails from Nalandabodhi Seattle for the registration password.

Suggested donation is $10 with a minimum donation of $5. We also welcome all levels of sponsorship.

Schedule

6:00 a.m. Sitātāra practice (for qualified sangha members)
8:00-10:00 a.m. Opening Chants/Shamatha
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Breakout for various practice groups: Silent meditation, Ngondro, Vajrasattva
12:30 Lunch served to retreatants
2:00-4:00 p.m. Relative/Ultimate Bodhicitta Practice and breakout for: Ngondro, Vajrasattva 1-hr, Sadana of Mahamudra 1-hr
4:00 p.m. Tsok making workshop in the kitchen
5:00-6:45 p.m. Feast setup/Dinner break
7:00 p.m. Guru Rinpoche Feast Offering
~9:00 p.m. Retreat close and cleanup
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Analytical Meditation — Wednesday evenings in April

Analytical Meditation

This four session course will cover the basics of analytical meditation, provide guided meditation sessions, and answer questions.

Prerequisite: at least six months of daily shamatha practice

The two main types of Buddhist meditation are resting meditation and analytical meditation. Through resting meditation, our minds can settle and become more workable in various situations. Through analytical meditation, we gain certainty and confidence in the true nature of ourselves and our world and, in this way, plant seeds to truly reverse our most confused habitual patterns.

“Clear insight” or vipashyana meditation involves the practice of analytical meditation: relying on the foundation of a calm and settled mind, you begin to investigate or analyze the true nature of your mind and how it creates its world.

By practicing analytical meditation, you harness and further develop the more active, inquisitive, and penetrating qualities of the mind. This allows you to identify and gradually transform mistaken beliefs about the nature of experience by alternating calm abiding with clear insight, you gain a new certainty and confidence in emptiness (Sanskrit: shunyata), the spacious and open, ultimate nature of reality. You also gain certainty and confidence in “dependent arising,” or the direct connection between the actions we perform and the quality of life we experience. Through this certainty, you gain the ability to lead a life that is of genuine and increasing benefit to yourself and others.

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Buddhist Conversations for Today’s World

Acharya Tashi

Acharya Tashi Wangchuk will teach on Sundays (except Sangha Days) through mid-June 2019. He will lead discussions on a wide range of topics relevant to Buddhism and modern life in today’s world. If you have a suggested topic, please contact seattle@nalandabodhi.org.


Born and raised in eastern Bhutan, Acharya Tashi moved to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India at the age of 15. While there, he studied for ten years and graduated from Karma Shri Nalanda Institute, the principal Karma Kagyu lineage monastic college. After his graduation, Acharya Tashi assumed teaching responsibilities for the Karma Kagyu lineage in Hong Kong before returning to Rumtek Monastery to teach at the college from which he graduated. Following this, Acharya Tashi did editorial work for Nitartha Insitute in Nepal, an eduacation organization founded by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche to preserve and digitize endangered Tibetan texts. Acharya Tashi is one of the principal editors working to publish the renowned Eight Great Treatises of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Acharya Tashi Wangchuk is the resident teacher at Nalanda West.

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Chotrul Düchen — Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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Liturgies and chants in the Mahabodhi shrine room, followed by celebration in the community room.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

6:00–7:00pm Liturgies and Chants

All are welcome!

On Tuesday, February 19th Nalandabodhi engages in joyful celebration of Chotrul Düchen, the second Buddhist holiday that occurs in what is known as the “month of miracles”. Chotrul Düchen celebrates the Buddha Shakyamuni’s display of 15 days of miracles. It is said that the Buddha displayed a different miracle each day to spur devotion and to increase the merit of his current and future disciples.

As students of Buddhism in the 21st century, Chotrul Düchen gives us a joyful opportunity to appreciate Buddha Shakyamuni, whose wisdom lives on in the minds and hearts of our kind teachers, and in all practitioners wishing to discover their genuine heart of compassion. It is a celebration of wisdom and kindness beyond measure.

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Losar 2019 — Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Losar 2019

Losar is the Tibetan New Year.  “Lo” means “year” or “age” and “sar” means  “fresh” or “new.” Losar is a time to start with a new outlook   as we set the tone for the coming year. It is a time to come together as a sangha, share our heartfelt aspirations, mark transitions in leadership roles, and honor our teachers.

It is the custom at Nalandabodhi to host three evenings of protector chants during the three nights that precede the day before Losar,  the lunar new year. The purpose of these gatherings is to purify any remaining negativity from the past year and clear away obstacles for the coming year.

If you would like to help support the Losar celebrations, please contact Darcey or Eric.


Schedule

7:00 am - Morning Liturgy
8:30 am – Lite breakfast

6:00  pm - Evening Liturgy
7:30 pm - Social event

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