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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
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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
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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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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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