Sunday Open Meditation + Exploring the Instructions on Śamatha and Vipaśyanā - Nalandabodhi Seattle

Sunday Open Meditation + Exploring the Instructions on Śamatha and Vipaśyanā

Sun., March 31, 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nalandabodhi Seattle (Nalanda West)
Please register for remaining classes according to date.

Sunday, 21 April 2024

Sunday, 28 April 2024

Sunday, 5 May 2024

Exploring the Instructions on Śamatha and Vipaśyanā

A Series of Talks at Nalanda West, Spring 2024

During this series of Sunday talks at Nalanda West, beginning on March 31, 2024, Mitra Tyler Dewar will share an exploration of some of the practice lineages’ deeper instructions on śamatha (calm abiding) and vipaśyanā (special insight), the two main pathways of the journey of meditation. Based on the presentations of the great nineteenth century master Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye and others, the talks will aim to provide enough philosophical background to help attendees connect with certainty and confidence in their meditation practice, as well as a dash of experiential inspiration in connection with our teachers’ and lineage masters’ encouragement to discover awakening within this very mind of ours right now.

All are welcome!

Onsite and Online

Onsite participation at Nalanda West is heartily encouraged, but a zoom link is available for those who are not able to attend in person. Please register below to receive the online meeting information. Recordings will be available for at least 2 weeks after each class on the Resource Page. Please check your registration confirmation for login Resource Page details.

Please contact Karen de Luna (NB Seattle co-director and event coordinator) if you would like to volunteer to support this event or have any questions.


10:00–11:00a Open Meditation (sitting & walking)
11:00a–12:00p Teaching by Mitra Tyler
12:00–1:00p (optional) Lunch


March 31, 2024
April 7, 2024
(no talk on April 14, 2024)
April 21, 2024
April 28, 2024
May 5,  2024


Mitra Tyler was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has been engaged in the study and practice of Buddhism since 1996, becoming a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche two years later. He began studying the Tibetan language in 1997, and became an oral interpreter and textual translator for Nitartha Institute and Nalandabodhi in 2000.

Tyler joined the faculty of Nitartha Institute in 2003 and was appointed as a senior teacher in Nalandabodhi in 2005. He has served as an oral interpreter for lineage-holding masters of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. Tyler enjoys teaching on such topics as the four immeasurables, and exploring how the great Buddhist forebears inspire and inform life in the 21st century.

A musician and singer, he has participated in the creation of several ‘melodized’ liturgies and ‘dharma songs.’ Tyler is the father of an amazing daughter and lives in Seattle, Washington.

About the “Mitra” title: In 2005, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche empowered a group of his long-time students to be senior teachers of Nalandabodhi. He gave each of them the title Mitra, which is drawn from the Sanskrit term Kalyanamitra, “spiritual friend.” The Mitras guide Nalandabodhi’s three paths of Study, Meditation, and Mindful Activity and teach throughout the world.

Date/Time Date(s) - Sun., March 31, 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location Nalandabodhi Seattle (Nalanda West)

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