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Winter Retreat 2018 for Seattle Nalandabodhi Sangha

December 21–26, 2018

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Sangha members are invited to join us for the annual Nalandabodhi Seattle Winter Retreat. This retreat is an opportunity to deepen your practice and accumulate merit during the darkest days of the year. Except for chanting and individual practices, the morning sessions will be in silence.

Sangha members are invited to join us for a Guru Rinpoche feast on Saturday, 22 December 2018 at 6:45 PM. If you would like to umdze or help with the Guru Rinpoche Feast preparations, please contact Karen Wallace wallace.karen.l@att.net.

We will be be watching Ponlop Rinpoche’s teachings Mind Beyond Death during our DVD viewing session at 2pm on Sunday, 23–26 December 2018.

Schedule

F, 12/21

7:00–8:30pm

Aspiration of Samatabhadra (and other chants)

Sa, 12/22

6:00–8:00am

Sitatārā Practice [restricted]

8:00–8:30am

Tea Break/Breakfast

8:30–9:30am

Opening Chants & Shamatha (or other silent meditation)

9:30–10:00am

Tea Break

10:00am–12:00noon

Breakout Practice Session (Shamatha/silent meditation, Ngöndro [restricted], Vajrasattva [restricted])

12:00–2:00pm

Lunch Break

2:00–4:00pm

Chenrezig and Perfect Purity Practice

4:00–6:45pm

GR Feast Prep: Tsok/Torma making, Shrine set up, Dinner Break

6:45–10:00pm

Guru Rinpoche Feast (open to all NB members)
Please register here [check your email for the password].

Su, 12/23

6:00–8:00am

Sitatārā Practice [restricted]

8:00–8:30am

Tea Break/Breakfast

8:30–9:30am

Opening Chants & Shamatha (or other silent meditation)

9:30–10:00am

Tea Break

10:00am–12:00noon

Breakout Practice Session (Shamatha/silent meditation, Ngöndro [restricted], Vajrasattva [restricted])

12:00–2:00pm

Lunch Break

2:00–3:30pm

DPR DVD (TBD)

3:30–4:00pm

Tea Break

4:00–5:30pm

Training the Mind: Relative & Ultimate Bodhicitta (Guided 4 Immeasurables practice and KTGR’s Perfect Purities)

5:30–7:00pm

Dinner Break

7:00–8:30pm

Nalandabodhi Tara Practice (open to all NB members)

M, 12/24

6:00–8:00am

Sitatārā Practice [restricted]

8:00–8:30am

Tea Break/Breakfast

8:30–9:30am

Opening Chants & Shamatha (or other silent meditation)

9:30–10:00am

Tea Break

10:00am–12:00noon

Breakout Practice Session (Shamatha/silent meditation, Ngöndro [restricted], Vajrasattva [restricted])

12:00–2:00pm

Lunch Break

2:00–3:30pm

DPR DVD (TBD)

Tu, 12/25

6:00–8:00am

Sitatārā Practice [restricted]

8:00–8:30am

Tea Break/Breakfast

8:30–9:30am

Opening Chants & Shamatha (or other silent meditation)

9:30–10:00am

Tea Break

10:00am–12:00noon

Breakout Practice Session (Shamatha/silent meditation, Ngöndro [restricted], Vajrasattva [restricted])

12:00–2:00pm

Lunch Break

2:00–3:30pm

DPR DVD (TBD)

3:30–4:00pm

Tea Break

4:00–5:30pm

Training the Mind: Relative & Ultimate Bodhicitta (Guided 4 Immeasurables practice and KTGR’s Perfect Purities)

W, 12/26

6:00–8:00am

Sitatārā Practice [restricted]

8:00–8:30am

Tea Break/Breakfast

8:30–9:30am

Opening Chants & Shamatha (or other silent meditation)

9:30–10:00am

Tea Break

10:00am–12:00noon

Breakout Practice Session (Shamatha/silent meditation, Ngöndro [restricted], Vajrasattva [restricted])

12:00–2:00pm

Lunch Break

2:00–3:30pm

DPR DVD (TBD)

3:30–4:00pm

Tea Break

4:00–6:00pm

Breakout Practice Session (Shamatha/silent meditation, Ngöndro [restricted], Vajrasattva [restricted])

6:00–7:00pm

Dinner Break

7:00–8:30pm

Nalandabodhi Tara Practice (open to all NB members)

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Thanksgiving Celebration and Nalandabodhi Tara Sadhana

Join fellow sangha family (and bring your non-sangha family!) for a little bit or for the entire afternoon/evening for Tara Practice and a Thanksgiving dinner.
Turkey will be provided – please bring a dish and beverage to share.

Thanksgiving

For more information, please contact Ben at ben@dproffice.com.

Schedule

2:00–3:15 PM Tara Practice in Mahabodhi Shrine Room
An excellent opportunity to connect with gratitude and generosity an d the heart of bodhicitta!

3:15–4:00 PM Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner (Potluck Style)
4:00–6:00 PM Dinner, Singing of Vajra Songs, Dancing of Varja Dances
Please bring your songbook, favorite song suggestions and your favorite instrument!

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Guru Rinpoche Feast: Chris Stagg’s 49th day – November 17, 2018

RF1_9488Nalandabodhi Seattle Sangha members will be offering a ganachakra practice for the 49th day for our Sangha brother Chris Stagg.

We will be doing an open practice of Guru Yoga with Feast Offering and Fulfillment Prayers. Although this feast has no practice restrictions, it is limited to Nalandabodhi members and special guests.

Setup in the shrine room begins at 5:30 pm and plating starts at 6:00 pm. Practice will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Please be in the shrine room and seated by 6:45 pm.

RSVP by Wednesday, November 14th below. A minimum $5 donation is requested will be used to purchase feast offerings. Sponsorship is also greatly appreciated!

Look for email from Nalandabodhi Seattle for password to the registration page:
https://www.nalandawest.org/events/guru-rinpoche-feast-chris-staggs-49th-day/

If you would like to help with set up and/or tsok/torma making, email Karen Wallace at wallace.karen.l@att.net and plan on coming in early that evening.

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Building Tiny Homes for the Homeless (POSTPONED)

(This PoMA activity has been postponed due to inclimate conditions. – 2018.10.29)

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In this city-sanctioned homeless encampment, join in a hands-on building of a tiny house so one homeless person can make a transition from a tent to a more livable and secure abode. No tools or special skills needed. Come for all or any part of the day. Come to actually work or just for support. You can just drop in and say hello. Bring your family and friends and children (adult and teenage only).

Also needed are 4 folks to make sandwiches at Nalanda West for those who are building the tiny houses and deliver them to the camp. Let’s make extra and share with the 2nd Chance community.

Please sign up to volunteer here: https://goo.gl/forms/0gnZDc1C5cMl0mJr1

Schedule:

8:30 to 9:00 AM

Meet at Nalanda West for introduction to working at the encampment and short talk about homelessness, generosity, compassion, and equality

9:00 to 9:30 AM

Carpool to 2nd Chance Homeless Encampment

9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Begin construction and work on the tiny homes.
Make sandwiches and bring to 2nd Chance.

Debriefing about the days events, personal experiences, and ideas for future events will follow at a later date.


Donations accepted for the lunch and tiny home: http://seattle.nalandabodhi.org/donate/. Please write “Tiny Houses” in the area of  ‘add special instructions to seller’.

For more information contact or if you are interested in being on an impromptu list in case the event is spontaneously rescheduled, please contact Jay Sacks sacksjg@comcast.net // 253.228.7249

For more information about 2nd Chance Homeless Encampment:                         https://campsecondchance.rumblecrash.com

Trickle Down Town, a documentary on tiny houses and the homeless crisis  by the 2nd Chance tiny house project manager, Tomasz Biernacki

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Memorial & Celebration of Life for Christopher Stagg

Chris Stagg

Nalandabodhi sangha members and friends and family of Chris Stagg are invited to join us on Saturday, 06 October 2018 for a Memorial and Celebration of Life. This Celebration will take place in the Mahabodhi Shrine Room at 3:00 PM.

In accordance with the wishes of Chris and his family, we will be practicing and praying together. Both the family of Chris and Rinpoche will be present on Saturday.

After the Celebration, we will gather in the Dining Room at 5:00 PM. If you would like to bring an offering of food (and especially any favorites of Chris!) they will be welcomed.

Many of you have asked how you can help. Your generosity is very much appreciated and a genuine reflection of Chris.


If you are interested in helping on Saturday, please contact Ben Mikolaj ben@dproffice.com.

If you have digital photos that you would like to share, please send them to Rysiek Frackiewicz rysiek@dproffice.com.

Rysiek is creating a slideshow to be shown in the Dining Room. Be sure to put “Photo of Christopher Stagg” in the subject line and please send only your favorite photos of him – it’s better to have a few great shots rather than a number of mediocre photos.

If you would like to make a written tribute to Chris or donate money to help offset costs for his family, an email from Nalandabodhi International will be coming soon with information on how to do both.

If you have questions regarding the events on Saturday, please contact Darcey darceyq@yahoo.com.

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