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Knowing Oneself Meditation Class

Wednesdays, August 2 – September 6, 2017
7:00 to 8:30 PM



The heart of every experience is fresh when we can embrace the present moment as it is. Meditation enables the thoughts that separate us from this reality to fall away.

In this class we will explore using visual objects as the basis for meditation and familiarize with bringing meditative awareness to more and more complex experiences, and how to begin to apply the insights of meditation to everyday life. Each class will include guided meditation, discussion, and a talk on the topic of the evening. Suitable for beginners and beyond.

Each class will include guided meditation, discussion, and a talk on the topic of the evening.

Suitable for beginners and beyond.

The suggested donation for each class is $15 — no one turned away for lack of funds.

Instructors are senior Nalandabodhi students: Donna Allen and Sarah Manchester


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Join Us for Quarterly Practice Day!

Sunday, 23 April 2017
Nalanda West

Nalandabodhi Seattle is hosting its Quarterly Practice Day on Sunday, 23 April 2017. As it falls on a Sunday this quarter, the morning silent meditation and lunch are also open to the public (6:00am–2:00pm). All other practices are for sangha members only.

What a precious opportunity we have to come together as a sangha and practice together!

For more information on schedule, please see below.

To help in dining room or shrine room, please contact Karen Wallace (programcoordinator@nalandawest.org).



6:00–7:00 Opening Chants and Shamatha
7:00–7:30 Breakfast
7:30–7:45 Clean up, tea setup
7:45–9:45 Silent Meditation (various practices)
9:45–10:00 Tea break
10:00–12:00 Shamatha Instruction & Silent Meditation (various practices)
12:00–12:15 Lunch setup
12:15–2:00 Lunch & Sangha Day meeting
2:00–2:15 Clean up, tea setup
2:15–4:15 Chenrezig/Perfect Purities (various practices)
4:15–4:30 Tea break, clean up
4:30–5:30 Nalandabodhi Tara Sadhana
5:30–5:45 Clean up

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Introduction: Meditation without pressure

5 Wednesdays
March 29–April 26, 2017

Have a Date with Your Mind—Beginning Meditation

The five-session Beginning Meditation class introduces those new to the practice of meditation to basic techniques for developing a calm body and a steady mind.

We can make friends with our minds and become present to our lives through working with our breath. In meditation we discover how our conditioned minds work, and thus begin to free ourselves from painful habits of struggle and confusion. This process enables us to find the fundamental openness, ease, and compassion of our minds, as well as the ability to embrace all aspects of experience in daily life.

This class is designed to help beginners establish an ongoing meditation practice, and will include meditation instruction, guided meditations, brief talks on the philosophy of practice, and question & answer.

Topics will include:

  • Getting to know our minds
  • Meditation and Embodiment
  • Gentleness, Precision and Humor in practice
  • Working with thoughts and emotions

Course instructors: Donna Allen (dreamphysh@gmail.com), Damayonti Sengupta (damayonti@nalandabodhi.org)

Course fees

General: $65
Nalandabodhi members, seniors, students: $40

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


Beginning Meditation Course
First & Last Name, Email

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Hinayana: The Path of The Noble Ones

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, May 10—August 23, 2017
7:00-8:30 PM

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.


HIN201: May 10, 2017 to June 28, 2017
No class on June 14, June 28

HIN202: This course will resume in the fall of 2017. Please contact Karen Wallace at programcoordinator@nalandawest.org for more information.

7:00-8:30 PM

These 14 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 Carmen Rumbaut crumbaut@hotmail.com or 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.

Hinayana course 2017
First & Last Name, Email

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Introduction to the Path of Mindful Activity

Six Thursday evenings at Nalanda West
March 9 through April 13, 2017


This series is designed to help you integrate the fruits of study and practice into your daily life, and to explore the ways in which our activities can help us better understand the relevance of what we are learning in our studies and on the cushion.

This class is for everyone, from beginning to advanced meditators.  Regardless of where you are on the path, and whether or not you have taken this before, you will learn something new.

Midori Nakamura will be leading the class with assistance from other Path of Mindful Activity staff.


Advanced registration is requested, even if payment is made in person before the program. Please register by clicking on one of the PayPal buttons below. Use “PoMA 2017 Course Fees” dropdown to select an amount ($40, $60, $20 or $0) or use the “Donate” button to choose your own contribution amount.

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

Fees for class, including materials other than sourcebook
$40 for Nalandabodhi members
$60 for non-members
$20 for Nalandabodhi members repeating the class

PoMA 2017 Course Fees


The sourcebook for this class is available for sale in the bookstore.

Additional Info

As a reminder to all students of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Rinpoche has asked that each of us take this course at least once.

Please contact Midori at green.nakamura@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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