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Quarterly Practice Day: A Sangha Day of Practice — February 17, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2017
8 AM – 6 PM


Saturday, February 17, 2017
8 AM – 6 PM

Please join fellow sangha brothers and sisters in our quarterly day of practice including Shamatha/Silent Meditation and Cultivation of Relative & Ultimate Bodhicitta.

Ngondro, Vajrasattva, and Sadhana of Mahamudra practitioners will have the opportunity to engage in their specific practices. There will be a one-hour Vajrasattva session for new qualified practitioners.

We encourage you to attend the full retreat.

Lunch provided.

Silence until lunch.

The suggested offering is $25 is for the day.


Volunteers needed!

Coordinator: Don Ross dross11@earthlink.net



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Book Group: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s The Hundred Verses of Advice — starting March 5, 2018

Seeing the world with all the unspoiled simplicity of a young child, you are free from concepts of beauty and ugliness, good and evil, and no longer fall prey to conflicting tendencies driven by desire or repulsion.
― Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,  from The Hundred Verses of Advice

The Hundred Verses

The Hundred Verses of Advice

Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most

Monday Evenings, 7:00–8:30 PM
March 5–April 30, 2018

Join us for an informal weekly book discussion group. Pithy, provocative, and profound teachings, relevant for those newly interested in the dharma and seasoned practitioners alike. All are welcome.

About the authors

Padampa Sangye was an eleventh-century Indian yogi and spiritual master, known for his down-to-earth yet profound teachings. He was the teacher of the renown yogini Machig Labdrön, the founder of chöd.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was one of the most beloved and accomplished masters of the 20th century. Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, he was integral in bringing the buddhadharma to the West.


By donation.

Suggestion donations for all classes:
General: $50
Seniors, students, Nalandabodhi members: $30

Drop-in: $10 per class

No one turned away for lack of funds.

100 Verses Book Group

The book discussion group will be facilitated by Nick Vail, a long-time student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

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Support Warm Feet — February 24, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us in distributing socks to the homeless.

Warm Feet

We will have a sheet of recommended places to distribute with addresses, but if you have a place in mind, feel free to go there. We’re also recommending that people team up for the distribution.


10 AM Talk and meditation on Generosity and the Three Spheres
11 AM Distribute socks to homeless
3 PM Return to Nalanda West for debriefing, warm beverages, snacks and meditation

How you can contribute:
  • If you have socks to drop off before Feb 24, there is a box at Nalanda West.
  • If you purchase your own please buy Men’s Large or X-Large socks. Wool socks preferred.
  • The socks we are purchasing are about $4/pair.

If you’d like to contribute money for us to purchase socks by check, please send it to our address below with “For: warm socks”.

Nalandabodhi Seattle
3902 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle WA 98103

If you would like to donate online by credit card, please use the PayPal button below. Write “warm socks” after “Add special instructions to seller”.

For more information, contact Jay Sacks sacksjg@comcast.net (253) 228-7249.

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Taking Every Day Life as the Path: Tools for Awaking — January 20, 2018


Taking Every Day Life as the Path: Tools for Awaking

Self-Evaluation as a Cornerstone

The Path of Mindful Activity (PoMA) presents a pre-Losar workshop of teachings, reflections guided meditations and experiential exercises for practitioners of all levels based on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of DPR’s Six Cornerstones of Our Practices on the Path of Awakening.

Acharya Tashi Wangchuk will teach and guide us.

For Nalandabodhi practitioners of all levels.

The question is where we are on the path as an individual… This comes from our own evaluation where we are. Therefore, we must question genuinely ourselves, looking at our mind to see where we actually are on the path, what we actually see in front of us, what we actually experience in our mind stream… Your pen may be on the blue chart (one of our NB practice charts), but when you do the actual evaluation, your pen may move to yellow, or white, or no colors… If you match the right dharma with your state of mind and the level of progress where the mind is at that moment, then whatever ever kleshas and fixations arise in your mind, then that will be get cut through by the arrow of the dharma… We need to practice a dharma that directly addresses the state of mind that we are in now.

Therefore, we have to see if all our dharmas, studies, practices—we must see how much of them are in action, right?

—DPR’s Six Cornerstones (Sangha Retreat 2014)

Date & Times

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:30 am–12:30 pm
Break for lunch
2:00–5:00 pm

Cost & Registration

Please make a donation and register online via Google Forms.

Donate online via PayPal or send a check to Nalandabodhi Seattle at the address below.

Suggested donation for attending in person: $50
Suggested donation for attending by web-cast: $25

Register online here.


Streaming online via Zoom Video Conferencing and in person at

Nalanda West
3902 Woodland Park Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103


Acharya Tashi Wangchuck

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The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra with Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl — January 12-14, 2018


The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra

Weekend teaching with Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl

January 12—14, 2018

Friday, 7:00—8:30 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Sunday, 10:00 am—12:00 noon

The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra, one of the most famous and oft-recited Dzogchen texts, is a uniquely profound prayer because it simultaneously takes place on two distinct levels and also serves as an immediate practice instruction. Conventionally speaking, it appears to be an aspiration prayer by the primordial Buddha Samantabhadra for all sentient beings to recognize the nature of their mind and thus become buddhas. Actually, however, it is an aspiration prayer of this very nature of the mind—the primordial basic awareness (rigpa) that is called “Samantabhadra”—to recognize itself, “its own face,” or its own essence, which is nothing other than beginningless perfect buddhahood. Thus, it is a wake-up call by our own buddha nature to be revealed as it is by way of seeing through its adventitious fleeting obscurations. The prayer not only outlines the profound view of Dzogchen in a nutshell but also provides clear instructions on how to discover the five wisdoms of a buddha in the very midst of our five main mental afflictions.

Mitra Karl BrunnhölzlAbout Mitra Karl

Karl Brunnhölzl was originally trained and worked as a physician in Germany. Starting in 1988, Karl received Buddhist and Tibetan language training mainly at Marpa Institute for Translators in Kathmandu, Nepal, under the direction of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyatso Rinpoche. He also studied Tibetology, Buddhology, and Sanskrit at Hamburg University in Germany. Beginning in 1989, Karl has served as a translator, interpreter, and Buddhist teacher in North America, Asia, and Europe. Since 1999, he has been one of the senior translators and teachers at Nalandabodhi and Nitartha Institute. He is the author of over a dozen books on Buddhism, such as The Center of the Sunlit Sky, Straight from the Heart, When the Clouds Part, and The Heart Attack Sutra.


Cost & Registration

Friday evening: $25

Full weekend:

General: $150;
Seniors, students and Nalandabodhi members: $120

Scholarships available. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Please register for this event on the Nalanda West event page.

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