Category Archives: Path of Meditation

Paramita of the Month: Meditation

As we begin the month of May, we arrive at the penultimate of the six paramitas: meditation. Here are some texts to contemplate. The Bodhicharyavatara (excerpt) Shantideva After cultivating diligence, set your mind to concentrate, For those whose minds are slack and wandering Are caught between the fangs of the affliction. Verses on Work and […]

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Tara Practice

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The practice of Green Tara can help overcome fear and anxiety, enabling one to open up to one’s own heart of compassion. The practice consists of visualizations, songs, and prayers, composed by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Nalandabodhi, Center for American Buddhism Seattle holds Tara practice sessions most Thursdays from 7:00 pm […]

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Paramita of the Month: Diligence

Our monthly paramita practice is that of diligence, or, as it is sometimes known, exertion. The teaching below comes from H. H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, as transcribed for us by David McKinney. From “The Heart of Compassion”, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse’s commentary on The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. TRANSCENDENT DILIGENCE 28 Merely for their own sake, […]

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Paramita of the Month: Patience

March is here again and despite the blustery, wet weather we can also know that the spring that will soon arrive brings forth an abundance of the new. Some of these new situations will be joyful, others will test our patience. With that in mind, let’s practice the third of the paramitas, patience, which is […]

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Joins Us for a Zen Koan Retreat with John Tarrant Roshi

We welcome the public to join us for a special short sesshin with John Tarrant Roshi, co-hosted by Nalandabodhi Seattle and Pacific Zen Institute. Meeting the Golden Haired Lion Thursday evening 3/24/2016 — Sunday midday 3/27/2016 The Koan: A student asked Yunmen, “What is the pure and everlasting body of reality?” Yunmen said, “A fence […]

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