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Umdze Training Workshop — March 17, 2018

Have you always wanted to hold the Umdze seat, but don’t feel you have the training or the confidence to do so? Do you need to review the umdze procedures? Would “umdze practice” sessions with constructive feedback be helpful? Do you just need to spend some time ringing the gong?

If you’ve said “yes” to any of the above questions, the Umdze Training Workshop is for you! The morning session will include general, basic training and after lunch we’ll concentrate on specific umdze roles.

It’s recommended that participants watch training videos before the workshop, so register early by emailing Karen Wallace at wallace.karen.l@att.net.


10:00 am – 12:00 noon
2:00 – 4:00 pm

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Four Foundations of Mindfulness — starting February 28, 2018

Whatever meditation practices we may do, they are all intended to increase our mindfulness and awareness, strengthen our sense of inner peace, and improve our ability to deal with our emotions as well.
— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Meditation Course

4 Wednesdays Evenings
February 28–March 21, 2018
7:00–8:30 PM


A meditation practice class for familiarizing with the variety of experience

What is the practice of mindfulness? Allowing our attention to rest closely with any given aspect of experience puts us in touch with the nature of our body, feelings, mind, and all phenomena. This particular mindfulness practice is simply the wisdom of relating with these four in a direct manner, without any barrier between ourselves as the experiencer and the object experienced. Having developed the ability to be present through shamatha, the practices of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness mark the natural transition from a state of stable resting to actively and directly looking into reality by investigating the variety of our experience.

Course fee

$65 General
$40 Nalandabodhi members

Any donation level is welcome, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Meditation Practice Class

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Losar: Welcoming the Year of the Earth Dog — February 16, 2018

Friday 16 February — LOSAR Celebrations

Canis Major

During Losar, we celebrate the occurences of the previous year (whether we deem them as “good” or “bad” and then we let them go in order to make way for the upcoming year.

We will start the day at 7:00 AM with chanting and a light breakfast together and end the day at 7:00 PM with the evening chants and a social celebration afterward.

Please email us if you would to make an offering of song, dance, poetry or art or if you are interested in helping set up the dining room for the evening festivities.


7:00 AM — Losar morning chants followed by light breakfast

7:00 PM — Losar evening chants followed by social hour and celebration

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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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