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The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra with Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl


The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra

Weekend teaching with Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl

January 12—14, 2018

Friday, 7:00—8:30 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Sunday, 10:00 am—12:00 noon

The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra, one of the most famous and oft-recited Dzogchen texts, is a uniquely profound prayer because it simultaneously takes place on two distinct levels and also serves as an immediate practice instruction. Conventionally speaking, it appears to be an aspiration prayer by the primordial Buddha Samantabhadra for all sentient beings to recognize the nature of their mind and thus become buddhas. Actually, however, it is an aspiration prayer of this very nature of the mind—the primordial basic awareness (rigpa) that is called “Samantabhadra”—to recognize itself, “its own face,” or its own essence, which is nothing other than beginningless perfect buddhahood. Thus, it is a wake-up call by our own buddha nature to be revealed as it is by way of seeing through its adventitious fleeting obscurations. The prayer not only outlines the profound view of Dzogchen in a nutshell but also provides clear instructions on how to discover the five wisdoms of a buddha in the very midst of our five main mental afflictions.

Mitra Karl BrunnhölzlAbout Mitra Karl

Karl Brunnhölzl was originally trained and worked as a physician in Germany. Starting in 1988, Karl received Buddhist and Tibetan language training mainly at Marpa Institute for Translators in Kathmandu, Nepal, under the direction of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyatso Rinpoche. He also studied Tibetology, Buddhology, and Sanskrit at Hamburg University in Germany. Beginning in 1989, Karl has served as a translator, interpreter, and Buddhist teacher in North America, Asia, and Europe. Since 1999, he has been one of the senior translators and teachers at Nalandabodhi and Nitartha Institute. He is the author of over a dozen books on Buddhism, such as The Center of the Sunlit Sky, Straight from the Heart, When the Clouds Part, and The Heart Attack Sutra.


Cost & Registration

Friday evening: $25

Full weekend:

General: $150;
Seniors, students and Nalandabodhi members: $120

Scholarships available. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Please register for this event on the Nalanda West event page.

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Garden Party at Licton Springs

October 22, 2017
1:00-5:00 PM

Please join your sangha community in helping to bring color and beauty to the homeless village of Licton Springs.


Licton Springs is a low-barrier homeless community with a mixture of tiny houses and dormitory tents designed to be a safe place for people in crisis. SHARE/WHEEL operates the camp in partnership with the Low Income Housing Institute.

We have been invited to work with community members on Sunday, October 22 to plant and locate 6 to 8 large planters in the communal areas of the camp.

Here is how you can help:

  • Volunteer to help transport materials (e.g. pots, soil, plants, etc.) to the camp on October 22.
    Please contact Dianne Eberlein at dleberlein@msn.com if you have a truck or SUV and would like to help.
  • Volunteer to work with Licton Springs community members to plant flowers and shrubs. The work activity is 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday October 22.
    Please contact Dianne Eberlein at dleberlein@msn.com if you are interested in helping.
  • Donate new or gently used 24″ planters. We need a maximum of eight planters and, in order to reduce cost and encourage recycling, would like to use donated pots.
  • Donate money to help purchase potting soil and hardy plants. Alex LaVilla is our consultant on this project to help ensure we select plants that will thrive in the rainy winter months.

We are excited about the opportunity to work with the Licton Springs community and hope you can join us!


Click on the donate button if you can help.

Path of Mindful Activity

As you engage in this PoMA project, watch your mind. How does it change as the project comes to fruition?

One just feels better going from a messy environment to a prettier environment. That is especially true for the folks that live there. Lending a helping hand benefits oneself and others!


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The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa: A New Translation

Saturday evening talk & reception
with Chris Stagg

The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa: A New Translation

The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa: A New Translation

Powerful and deeply inspiring, there is no book more beloved by Tibetans than The Hundred Thousand Songs, and no figure more revered than Milarepa, the great eleventh-century poet and saint. An ordinary man who, through sheer force of effort, faith, and perseverance, overcame nearly insurmountable obstacles on the spiritual path to achieve enlightenment in a single lifetime, he stands as an exemplar of what it is to lead a spiritual life.

Milarepa, a cotton-clad yogi, wandered and taught the dharma, most famously through spontaneously composed songs, a colorful and down-to-earth way to convey the immediacy and depth of the Buddhist teachings. In this work, the songs are woven into a narrative that tells the stories of his most famous encounters with his students, including Gampopa and Rechungpa, and recount his victories over supernatural forces in the remote Himalayan mountains and caves where he meditated.

In this authoritative new translation, prepared under the guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Christopher Stagg brilliantly brings to life the teachings of this extraordinary man. This classic of world literature is important for its narrative alone but is also a key contribution for those who seek inspiration for the spiritual path.

Please go to the Nalanda West event page to register and learn more!

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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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