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PoMA: Meal for Tent City #5

Our Nalandabodhi sangha has been given an opportunity to prepare and serve an evening meal to the residents of Tent City #5 (Interbay) on Sunday, February 12. We are pleased to present this opportunity for sangha members to extend their practice “off the cushion” and have arranged a couple different ways for you to contribute.

Seattle Tent City #5 Interbay

Preparing and Serving the Meal for Tent City #5

We are looking for volunteers to help in four different activities. If you are interested and available, please sign-up for a shift on the sign-up sheet at Nalanda West or online.

  • Shopping: We need 2 volunteers with cars to go to CostCo with Dianne Eberlein on February 10 to pick-up the food and deliver it to Nalanda West. Dianne will have completed the menu plan and have a shopping list ready. Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Food Prep #1: We need 6-8 people to prepare and wrap sandwiches (with sliced meat) on February 12. Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Food Prep #2: We need 6-8 people to chop and steam vegetables for a salad and prepare a hot pasta casserole (both vegetarian). Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Delivery & Serving: We need 3 people with cars to deliver the meal to the camp and help set-up and 3 people to serve the meal and clean-up. Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Click here to go to the online volunteer sign up form.


We estimate the cost for the February 12th meal will be $10 per person. Please consider donating money to cover the cost of one or more meals for the residents of the encampment. You can donate with cash or a check in the donation box at Nalanda West or online using the link below. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank you!


Please contact Dianne Eberlein (organizer dleberlein@msn.com) or Jay Sacks (Path of Mindful Activity coordinator sacksjg@comcast.net) if you have questions about this event.

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Emotional Rescue Book Group

Five Wednesdays
January 18 through February 15, 2017
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

“When we bring awareness to our emotions, something truly amazing happens. They lose their power to make us miserable.”

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Emotional Rescue Book Group

In difficult times, we need tools for dealing with anger, fear, anxiety and sadness.

Learn to work with a 3-step emotional rescue plan to look at the raw power of emotions. See how emotions can give you a deeper message than just pain and discomfort.

Increase your ability to tolerate intense emotional situations while maintaining mindfulness and a sense of empathy.

We will discuss readings from the Emotional Rescue book, and engage in powerful and transformative experiential exercises individually and in groups.

The Emotional Rescue Book Group will be facilitated by two long-time students of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

Howard AposhyanHoward M. Aposhyan, PhD is a licensed psychologist with Western Washington Medical Group’s Department of Psychology in Everett, Washington. A meditation practitioner for 25 years, he is a senior student of the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and a practice instructor in the Nalandabodhi Sangha. He has taught psychology and meditation at University of Colorado, University of Oregon, and Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Sandra RoscoeSandra Roscoe, PhD has been a long time practitioner of Buddhism and a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1996. She holds a PhD in psychology with a focus on family systems, and was a graduate and undergraduate professor at NSU. Sandra was director of Nitartha Institute for 3-1/2 years. She has been teaching at Nitartha Institute since 2013, and in 2016 was made a fully authorized faculty member.

More information: seattle@nalandabodhi.org


Emotional Rescue: How to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy That Empowers You by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Emotional RescueIn this life-changing book, acclaimed Buddhist teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche shows how to free yourself from being a victim of your emotions by gaining the awareness and understanding that will help you harness their power.

Emotions bring color and meaning to our lives, but they can also put us on an exhausting roller-coaster ride that takes us to blissful peak states, the depths of delusion and despair, and everything in between. When we bring awareness to our experience of emotions, something truly amazing happens—they lose their power to make us miserable.

The purpose of this book is to introduce certain methods for working with disturbing emotions so that gradually, step by step, we can move from being victims to partners to creative collaborators with these profound energies.



General: $65
Nalandabodhi members: $40
For those with financial hardship: $10


Emotional Rescue Book Group

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Support Warm Feet

warm feet

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Join us in a PoMA Activity event distributing socks to the homeless:
10 AM — Talk and meditation on“Generosity and the Three Spheres” by Carmen Rumbaut
11 AM — Distribute socks to homeless
2 PM — Return to Nalanda West for debriefing, warm drinks, snacks and meditation

Ways to participate:

  • Contribute warm socks—Bring warm socks (size large or extra large preferred) before 10 AM, Saturday, December 10th, and place in designated box in the dining room at Nalanda West.
  • Sponsor the purchase of warm socks by giving cash, or credit card contributions at: http://seattle.nalandabodhi.org/donate/
    Please write “warm socks” in the area of + Add special instructions to seller
  • Distribute the socks to the homeless— The sock distribution will be made to homeless on the streets or at an encampments on Saturday, December 10th. 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. If you have specific locations of places or encampment that you prefer, please let Jay Sacks know.

For more information, please contact:
Jay Sacks sacksjg@comcast.net (253) 228-7249
Karen Wallace wallace.karen.l@att.net (206) 422-9456

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Mahayana: Compassion Without Limit

New Mahayana

In the Mahayana teachings, we look at the possibility of limitless compassion and bodhichitta, the boundless intention to help all sentient beings. This motivation and its application are based on the crucial Mahayana notion that all sentient beings possess buddha nature, the potential to become a perfect buddha.

The studies of personal selflessness in the Hinayana are the jumping-off point for widening our vision to embrace the profound Mahayana selflessness of the “great emptiness” of all phenomena as well as the vast training and fruition of the path of a buddha-to-be.

This course is an updated and greatly revised version of the Nalandabodhi Mahayana Series with many new materials based on talks by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, especially in the areas of mind training (Tib. lojong), Madhyamaka, Mind-Only, Yogachara, Shentong, and buddha nature. Thus, all Nalandabodhi students who have already studied the previous Mahayana Series are greatly encouraged to join the new classes of this series.

Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl will be teaching most of the classes, including MAH 303, 304, 305, and 306.


Monday evenings
November 14, 2016 to October 30, 2017
7:00 PM—8:30 PM


Course will start with MAH 303 and 304, then MAH 301 and 302, followed by MAH 305 and 306.

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Buddhism 

Nov 14, 2016 – Jan 16, 2017
MAH 303: Not Even a Middle

Jan 23 – March 6, 2017
(Class #6: Wednesday, March 1)
MAH 304: Yogachara, Mind Only, and Shentong

March 13 – April 3, 2017
MAH 301: The Heart of Daring

March 29, 2017 & April 17 – June 5, 2017
MAH 302: Kindling the Spark of Awakening

August 7 – Sept 11, 2017
MAH 305: Discovering Our Buddha Heart

September 18 – October 2, 2017
MAH 306: Paramitas, Paths, and Bhumis


The text for the course is available in the Nalanda bookstore.


For each course, the follow fee scale applies.

General: $65
Nalandabodhi members: $40
Course Repeat/Review: $20


Please register online or at first day of class.

New Mahayana MAH 304

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Quarterly Practice Day

Nalanda West
Saturday, 26 November 2016
6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Mitra Karl Teaching at 1:45 PM

Please join fellow sangha brothers and sisters in our quarterly day of practice — a whole day where we meditate together, eat together, rest together, study together, meditate again, and dedicate the merit together.  Shamatha, Mahamudra, Ngondro and Vajrasattva practitioners will have the opportunity to engage in their specific practices. 


Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl will teach about The Essential Points of Recognizing our Mind. The talk will address questions such as

“What is the most important thing in meditation?”
“What is the role of visualization?”
“Why do we dedicate?”

He will also comment on the crucial points of the different practices of the Nalandabodhi Practice Paths and be available for Q&A after the talk.

We encourage you to attend the full retreat. The suggested offering for the meals and teaching is $25 is for the day.

Volunteer opportunities: We are looking for umdzes, facilitators for Ngondro and  Vajrasattva, kitchen, and clean-up help.
Contact:  Don Ross  dross11@earthlink.net

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