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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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Introduction to Buddhism: September–December 2018

Wednesday Evenings, September 5, 2018–December 19, 2018
7:00 pm–8:30 pm at Nalanda West

Introduction to Buddhism

Introduction to Buddhism is a 16-week cycle of teachings on introductory and foundational Buddhist topics. In this course we explore the basic principles of Buddhism and lay the foundation for deeper studies, including the introduction of the views of different Buddhist schools.

All are welcome! The courses are free; donations are accepted. Students may also attend these classes on a drop in basis.

“We’re cultivating our intelligence as opposed to expanding or upgrading its contents. It’s like brightening a room by putting a higher-watt lightbulb in a lamp. Suddenly we can see everything in the room much more clearly.”
— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

The series is the pre-requisite for the Hinayana and Mahayana curricula.

Meditation instruction begins at 7 PM before each teaching.


Buddhism 100 – The Life of the Buddha and the Spiritual Journey

September 5: “The Buddha was not a Buddhist”
September 12: “Poverty Mentality and True Freedom”
September 19: “The World of Suffering and the Human Condition”
September 26: “Taming the Monkey Mind”

Buddhism 102 – Traveling from Confusion to Original Sanity

October 3: “The Path is the Goal”
October 10: “The Play of Confusion and Sanity” (aka “The Four Truths”)
October 17: “Trips of Confusion: Working with Emotions I”
October 24: “Trips of Confusion: Working with Emotions II”

Buddhism 103 – Karma, Rebirth, and Selflessness

October 31: “The Four Seals of the Buddha’s Teaching I” –Impermanence, Suffering
November 7: “The Four Seals of the Buddha’s Teaching II” – No self, Freedom
November 14: “The Four Reminders”
November 21: “The Spiritual Friend: Connecting with Buddha’s Heart”

Buddhism 104 – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

November 28: “The Practice of Fourfold Mindfulness and the Mindfulness of Body”
December 5: “The Mindfulness of Feelings”
December 12: “The Mindfulness of Mind”
December 19: “The Mindfulness of Phenomena”


The accompanying sourcebooks by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche are available for purchase at the Nalanda Store.  It is recommended that the class readings be done prior to each class. The bookstore is generally open Wednesdays 6:15—7:00 PM, Sundays 12:00—1:00 PM, and some weekday evenings. Please check the online calendar.

Contact: Nadine Selden nadine.seldenNB@gmail.com

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Songs of Realization: Sing-A-Long and Social — August 22, 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
7:00–8:30pm
Nalanda West Dining Room

The buddhas surely do sing and dance.
To sing and dance is surely profound practice.
By practicing profound song and dance,
We reach enlightenment — how amazing!

— Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

Buddhist teachings and spiritual experiences are often communicated through experiential songs. Inspired by Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, who teaches from the songs of Milarepa, Götsangpa, and other lineage masters, Christopher Stagg will lead us in song and connection.

Chris is a Tibetan translator and interpreter for Nalandabodhi and the Nitartha Institute, who has studied at Vajra Vidya Institute in Varanasi, India, and at Namo Buddha in Nepal. He recently translated The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (Shambhala, 2018) under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. He has degrees in voice performance and music education.

All are welcome! Donations accepted for pizza and refreshments.

 

Presented by Nalandabodhi Seattle. This event is open to the public.

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Songs of Realization: Sing-A-Long and Social — July 2, 2018

Monday, July 2, 2018
7:00–8:30pm
Nalanda West Dining Room

The buddhas surely do sing and dance.
To sing and dance is surely profound practice.
By practicing profound song and dance,
We reach enlightenment — how amazing!

— Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

Buddhist teachings and spiritual experiences are often communicated through experiential songs. Inspired by Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, who teaches from the songs of Milarepa, Götsangpa, and other lineage masters, Christopher Stagg will lead us in song and connection.

Chris is a Tibetan translator and interpreter for Nalandabodhi and the Nitartha Institute, who has studied at Vajra Vidya Institute in Varanasi, India, and at Namo Buddha in Nepal. He recently translated The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (Shambhala, 2018) under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. He has degrees in voice performance and music education.

All are welcome! Donations accepted for snacks and refreshments.

 

Presented by Nalandabodhi Seattle. This event is open to the public.

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Celebrate His Holiness Karmapa’s Birthday!

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Join us in celebrating His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s birthday on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Nalanda West. Liturgy starts at 7p followed by light refreshments. Please RSVP.



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