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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.


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


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:

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)


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


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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Mahayana: Compassion Without Limit – 2018/2019

New MahayanaIn the Mahayana teachings, we look at the possibility of limitless compassion and bodhichitta, the boundless intention to help all sentient beings. This motivation and its application are based on the crucial Mahayana notion that all sentient beings possess buddha nature, the potential to become a perfect buddha.

The studies of personal selflessness in the Hinayana are the jumping-off point for widening our vision to embrace the profound Mahayana selflessness of the “great emptiness” of all phenomena as well as the vast training and fruition of the path of a buddha-to-be.

This course is an updated and greatly revised version of the Nalandabodhi Mahayana Series with many new materials based on talks by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, especially in the areas of mind training, Madhyamaka, Mind-Only, Yogachara, Shentong, and Buddha Nature. Thus, all Nalandabodhi students who have already studied the previous Mahayana Series are greatly encouraged to join the new classes of this series.

Mahayana 301 – The Heart of Daring, Sept 17 to Oct 8, 2018
Mahayana 302: Kindling the Spark of Awakening, Oct 15 to Nov 5, 2018
Mahayana 303: Not Even a Middle, Nov 12, 2018 to Jan 28, 2019
Mahayana 304: Yogachara, Mind Only, and Shentong, Feb 4 – March 18, 2019
Mahayana 305 – Discovering Our Buddha Heart, March 28 to April 29, 2019
Mahayana 306 – Paramitas, Paths, and Bhumis, May 6 to June 10, 2019


Pre-requisite: Introduction to Buddhism

The text for the course is available in the Nalanda bookstore.

Fees for each course:

$65 General
$40 for Nalandabodhi members
$20 for students repeating the course

Scholarships available.

Register online or on the first day of class.

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