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Can Fear and Confusion Become Our Friends? Join Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche for a discussion of Buddhist approaches to the emotions we usually want to run from — May 18, 2018

Friday, May 18th, 7:00–9:00 pm
Nalanda West

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a widely celebrated Buddhist teacher and the author of Emotional RescueRebel Buddha, and other books. A lover of music, art and urban culture, Rinpoche is a poet, photographer, accomplished calligrapher and visual artist, as well as a prolific author. Rinpoche is founder and president of Nalandabodhi, an international network of Buddhist centers, based in Seattle.

Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is known for his sharp intellect, humor, and easygoing teaching style.

Registration & Pricing

Please register for this program on the Nalanda West website.

$30  General
$25  Seniors, Nalandabodhi Members
$10  Students

You can donate to the scholarship fund for this program in $10 increments.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information, go to Rinpoche’s website: http://www.dpr.info/.

Presented by Nalandabodhi Seattle

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Sangha Audience with Ponlop Rinpoche — May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11 2018
Nalanda West

Preregistration is required to attend. Thank you for understanding.

DPR at Nitartha

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Sing-a-Long and Social — May 21, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018
Nalanda West Dining Room

Join us in the dining room for a sing-a-long and social. After socializing and talking about which songs we’d like to learn, Chris Stagg will lead us in song and we’ll sing, sing, sing (and socialize some more)!

Nalandabodhi Seattle will offer light food and drink. Donations are welcome for food and for the event.

This event is open to the public.

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Compassion in Action: Lunch for Homeless Community — March 28, 2018


When everything is good, we can sit on our cushions. When there are things to take care of, we should get up and do it. Even Buddha said it is hard for a person to make progress when he is hungry.
— Venerable Pannavati (Real Change, 2012)


Compassion in Action

Lunch for Homeless Community with Venerable Pannavati

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 9:30am–1:00pm

We invite you to join Venerable Pannavati and other volunteers on Wednesday, March 28, to prepare a meal for the residents of Licton Springs Tiny House Village. A lunch of sandwiches, salad, fruit and beverages will be prepared in the Nalanda West kitchen and delivered to the community at noon. Ideally, we would like eight to ten volunteers to help with food preparation and two to three people to deliver lunch to the community. As Venerable has pointed out in her many teachings, “You come to realize that when you’re serving others, you are in fact serving yourself.”


9:30–10:00 Meditation
10:00–12:00 Preparing sandwiches and salads
12:00 Delivering lunch to Licton Springs Village

Information about Licton Springs Tiny House Village

This unique, groundbreaking, low-barrier Village at 8620 N Aurora is a mix of tiny houses and dormitory tents designed to be a safe community for people coming from crisis outdoor living situations. SHARE/WHEEL is operating the camp in partnership with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), with funds from the City of Seattle.


If you are unable to join us for the event, a donation for the purchase of food would be greatly appreciated.

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The Fruits of Meditation Practice with Venerable Pannavati — March 27, 2018


We don’t really make a shift from me to other; the shift is made for us in the cultivation of practice. It’s like being on the shore and entering the ocean. As you wade into the water, the action of the waves begins to take over, and soon your feet aren’t even touching the bottom as the current begins to lift you.
— Venerable Pannavati (Lion’s Roar, 2017)

The Fruits of Meditation Practice

Tuesday evening with Venerable Pannavati

Tuesday, March 27,2018, 6:30–8:00 pm

Please join our weekly meditation class on March 28 as our guest teacher, Venerable Pannavati, shares her insights on the fruits of a meditation practice.

  • Why is calm abiding meditation so important on the path? 
  • How can we take what is discovered on the cushion into our daily lives? 
  • What qualities arise from our time on the cushion?

As a female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Chan traditions, Venerable’s teachings emphasize the benefit of our practice – both on and off the cushion. Her Buddhist name, Pannavati, roughly translates as “wise woman”. In this teaching, this wise woman will be sharing her vast experience and insights with her lucky students!

About Venerable Pannavati

A former Christian pastor, Venerable Pannavati, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage and Co-Director of Heartwood Refuge, a new intentional community, and residential retreat and conference center in Hendersonville, NC. She is president of the Treasure Human Life Foundation. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Chan traditions, she remains a disciple of Great Master Kuang Seng, continues Vajrayana empowerments and teachings with beloved Rinpoche Zhaxi Zhouma and received transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemaker. Pannavati is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. She conducts retreats nationally at over 50 centers and churches each year sharing living truths that are deep, yet apprehendable. She advises the cultivation of both wisdom and compassionate action. She believes is it fine to sit in temples and meditate and pray when things are good; when they are not, we are compelled to get off our pillows and do something.

Let our actions line up with our intentions.

Teacher’s Gift

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