Fresh Minds: Rebel Buddha Book Group

Thu., February 6, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“There’s something of a rebellious streak in all of us. Usually it’s dormant, but sometimes it’s provoked into expression. If nurtured and guided with wisdom and compassion, it can be a positive force that frees us from fear and ignorance.”

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Rebel Buddha


Thursdays  Feb. 6 through  March 26 (no class Feb.  20)


We are launching a new Fresh Minds group, to discuss topics related to Buddhism including how to relate its practical tools to our everyday lives. This group is intended for  individuals new to Buddhism who are looking to deepen their practical understanding of the teachings.

As an introduction we offer this  series of Thursday classes focusing on the book Rebel Buddha, by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, which explores our culture, our struggles, and how Buddhist tools might support our everyday sanity.

In Rebel Buddha, Rinpoche guides us through the inner revolution that comes from unleashing your rebel buddha. He explains how, by training your mind and understanding your true nature, you can free yourself from needless suffering. He presents a thorough introduction to the essence of the Buddha’s teachings and argues that if we are to bring these teachings fully into our personal experience, we must go beyond the cultural trappings of traditional Asian Buddhism.

“We all want to find some meaningful truth about who we are,” he says, “but we can only find it guided by our own wisdom—by our own rebel buddha within.”


Stephanie Basford

Stephanie Basford grew up in northern Illinois, in a small town with a small family. She attended Carthage College beginning in 2008 and received her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies in 2012. Stephanie then graduated from Naropa University in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Indo-Tibetan Religious Studies. She has served as coordinator for the Nitartha Summer Institute and is currently general manager of Nalanda West.

Ben Mikolaj

Ben Mikolaj is a Registered Nurse, Iraq War veteran, and lover of dogs. He has been a student of Ponlop Rinpoche since 2009, attended Rinpoche for 4 years as his secretary and personal assistant, and currently serves as Deputy COO for Nalandabodhi International. Ben is a lifelong student and is especially interested in how individuals and communities can embody wisdom and love. He is a Nalandabodhi Practice Instructor, Nitartha Teacher-In-Training, and dog dad to a Boston-mix named Kraken.

Date/Time Date(s) - Thu., February 6, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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