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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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Milarepa, His Disciples, and the Yogic Tradition — April 13–15, 2018


There is no figure more revered by Tibetans than Milarepa, the great eleventh-century poet and saint. An ordinary man who, through sheer force of effort, faith, and perseverance, overcame nearly insurmountable obstacles on the spiritual path to achieve enlightenment in a single lifetime, he stands as an exemplar of what it is to lead a spiritual life.

Milarepa, a cotton-clad yogi, wandered and taught the dharma, most famously through spontaneously composed songs, a colorful and down-to-earth way to convey the immediacy and depth of the Buddhist teachings.

Although he lived over 1,000 years ago, his life example and the methods he employed on his path to awakening are still relevant to us today. In this weekend program, Christopher Stagg will discuss the relevance of Milarepa’s life through his narrative and songs. In particular, Chris will explore Milarepa’s encounters with male and female disciples as presented in The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa.


Christopher Stagg 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 sings the songs of Milarepa and has degrees in voice performance and music education.

There will be a book signing after the Friday night talk, so please bring your copy of The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa if you have one, or you can purchase in the Nalanda Store.

And we will definitely sing Milarepa songs, so Nalandabodhi members don’t forget to bring your song books.


Friday, April 13, 2018
program 7:00–8:30 pm, book signing 8:30+ pm

Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Sunday, April 15, 2018
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Cost & Registration

Full weekend:
$108 for Nalandabodhi members, seniors and students
$125 for non-members.

Friday evening only, program and book signing:

Please click here to register for this program on the Nalanda West website.

Taking the ocean as an example,
Meditate completely free of change.
To be an appropriate vessel for the instructions,
Make faith stable within the all-base.
Looking inwardly at your own mind,
Meditate without any labels or terms.
To make appearances dawn as your texts,
Make your very own mind what you study.
Procure the provisions of inexhaustible generosity.
Beautify yourself with the ornament of discipline.
Shake off and wear the animal hide of patience.
Ride the magical horse of diligence.
Seek out the noble city of meditation.
Become wealthy with the riches of prajna.
Not forgetting the kindness of the guru.

— from The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (pages 439, 440)

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Hinayana: The Path of The Noble Ones — starting March 28, 2018

Buddhism is a journey into the depths of one’s heart and mind, the inner reality of one’s essence, an exploration of who we are and what we are. This spiritual journey is nothing more and nothing less than discovering this inner reality.
— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche 

Wednesdays, March 28—July 18, 2018
7:00-8:30 PM

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Buddhism is not a religion in the usual sense of the word. It is a method of investigation that allows you to work skillfully with the positive potentials and negative energies of your own mind. The teachings of the Hinayana represent the most fundamental instructions of the Buddha, which are central to everything that follows. Hinayana studies, therefore, are basic to any training in Buddhism.

In the Nalandabodhi Path of Study, Hinayana studies introduce you to Buddhism as a science of mind, or method of investigation. Your study of the Hinayana continues for one year, divided into two courses: The first course covers the ground or view of Hinayana, and the second covers the Hinayana path and its results.

The Hinayana View (HIN 201)

This course introduces you to the Hinayana as the indispensable foundation of the three-yana system of Buddhist study (Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana). Then you will learn the main elements of the Hinayana view, through a detailed examination of the building blocks of the Buddhist science of mind.

The Hinayana Path and Fruition (HIN 202)

The second course, Hinayana Path and Fruition, shows you how the view is applied through the practices of the Hinayana path, where you will explore techniques of mindfulness, concentration, and insight.


HIN 201: March 28, 2018 – May 9, 2018
The Hinayana View (HIN 201)
March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9

March 28: Class 1 — Freedom, Renunciation, and the Three Trainings,
April 4: Class 2 — History, Schools, and Main Elements of the Hinayana View (Part 1): The Sixteen Aspects of the Four Noble Truths and the Five Skandhas
April 11: Class 3 — The Main Elements of the Hinayana View (Part 2): Skandhas, Ayatanas, and Dhatus
April 18: Class 4 — Dependent Origination (The Nidanas)
April 25: Class 5 — Practicum – Analytical Meditation on the Sixteen Aspects of the Four Noble Truths
May 2: Class 6 — The Views of the Vaibhashika and Sautrantika Schools
May 9: Class 7 — Exam

HIN 202: May 16, 2018 – July 18, 2018
The Hinayana Path and its Fruition (HIN 202)
May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 27, July 11, 18

May 16, 23: Classes 1a & 1b — Setting Out on the Path and the Practice of Nonviolence
May 30: Class 2 — Types and Techniques of Buddhist Meditation
June 6: Class 3 — Practicum – Analytical Meditation on the Four Reminders
June 13: Class 4 — The Foundations, Types, and Obstacles of Shamatha and Vipashyana
No class on June 20
June 27: Class 5 — Practicum – Analytical Meditation on the Five Skandhas Not Being a Personal Self
July 4: Class 6 — The Paths of Shravakas and Pratyekabuddhas (Part 1)
July 11: Class 7 — The Paths of Shravakas and Pratyekabuddhas (Part 2)
July 18: Class 8 — Exam

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00–8:30 PM

These 16 weeks include 2 exam days, one at the end of each course.


The text for the course is available in the Nalanda bookstore. Please check the online calendar for hours.

More details


Questions? Please contact Stuart Horn stuarthor@gmail.com.


$65 General
$40 Nalandabodhi members
$20 Repeat enrollment

Fees do not include the cost of course materials.

Please register in advance. Payment can be made on the first day of class.

In the Buddhist tradition of dana, any donation is welcome.

Please click here to register for this class on the Nalanda West website.

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