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Welcome to Nalandabodhi Seattle

A space for meditation. A center for study. A community that supports your desire to live more fully. Nalandabodhi Seattle is all these things.

Nalandabodhi Seattle is home to a community of people who embrace the ancient yet timeless wisdom of the Buddha. Guided by our founder, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, we offer classes in meditation and Buddhist philosophy. The benefits of these practices and studies are relevant and applicable to our everyday lives.

Through Nalanda West we offer weekend programs, residential practice retreats and artist residencies. In conjunction with Nitartha Institute, we offer advanced classes in traditional Buddhist philosophy.

Whether you are interested in starting a meditation practice or have been a student of Buddhism for decades, we invite you to join us.

Mahayana 302 – Kindling the Spark of Awakening

This class, which begins Feb. 25, is the second in a six-course series devoted to the Mahayana path. These teachings expand our desire for happiness to include the happiness of others. They introduce us to the possibility of transforming even our most negative emotions into positive states of mind. By working with emotions and exploring the illusory nature of all phenomena, we are able to develop a heart of genuine compassion.

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Introducing Vajrayana: Supreme Meditative Technologies

This three-part series, live-streamed in February from Boulder, introduces the history and diversity of Vajrayana technologies in India and Tibet, defining what ritual is, exploring what ritual does, why it is practiced, and how it accomplishes its objectives –– even today.

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Becoming Familiar with Your Mind: Calm Abiding Meditation

A Saturday series of meditation courses at Nalanda West (and on Zoom) begins in January. Meditation offers an opportunity to examine how our mind works, to free us from painful habits that lead to struggle and confusion. We can discover the fundamental openness and ease of our mind, to bring kindness and compassion into our daily lives. The first four-week session, on shamatha (calm abiding), will help beginners establish a meditation practice.

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Mahayana 301 – The Heart of Daring 2023

Sat., February 11, 2023 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am –

This online course builds on the foundation of Hinayana philosophy, expanding our concern for our own happiness to include that of others. By working with emotions and exploring the illusory nature of all phenomena, we can develop a heart of genuine compassion.

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Sunday Open Meditation

Sun., February 19, 2023 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm –

The practice of meditation is basically a process of getting to know yourself. Normally the mind is a whirlwind of thought. Meditation is a practice that calms this whirlwind and helps us develop a peaceful state of mind. When we meditate we get better at catching our thoughts – and releasing them. Gradually our mind begins to settle naturally.

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Mahayana 302 – Kindling the Spark of Awakening 2023

Sat., February 25, 2023 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am –

This class is the second in a six course series devoted to the Mahayana path. These teachings expand our desire for happiness to include the happiness of others. They introduce us to the possibility of transforming even our most negative emotions into positive states of mind. By working with emotions and exploring the illusory nature of all phenomena, we are able to develop a heart of genuine compassion.

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Becoming Familiar with Your Mind: Analytical Meditation

Sat., March 4, 2023 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm –

The second four week session, Analytic Meditation, often called “clear insight” or vipashyana, this practice builds on the foundation of shamatha and teaches how to investigate or analyze the true nature of mind – how your mind creates the world you experience. Through practicing analytic mediation, you learn to harness the active, inquisitive qualities of your mind which allows you to identify and gradually transform mistaken beliefs about the nature of experience.

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