Membership

Membership in Nalandabodhi Seattle

Once you have visited Nalanda West, explored our classes and developed a meditation practice, you may wish to make a stronger connection to Nalandabodhi. In doing so, you can support Nalandabodhi as well as continue your own journey along the path. In becoming a member, we ask you to consider your commitment to the three paths that we offer.

Practice

We encourage members to engage in a daily meditation practice with guidance from a Practice Instructor, an experienced practitioner and personal mentor who can suggest classes and readings to strengthen your meditation practice. Opportunities for group practice and instruction are also available weekly. 

Study

Our study path provides a comprehensive introduction to Buddhism to deepen your understanding of the teachings. Members are encouraged to engage in the curriculum developed and taught by our teacher, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

Activity

The classes and events of Nalandabodhi are run by volunteers. Classes are taught by our senior students, and celebrations are planned by community members. There are many opportunities for members to make a meaningful commitment to the community as well as to their personal practice.

Formal Membership

If you wish to support Nalandabodhi Seattle and participate as a full member, the dues are $40 per month. Your dues support our study curriculum, Rinpoche’s teaching and our center’s activities. However, if this amount creates a hardship, it is possible to contribute an income-appropriate amount.

Sangha membership benefits include discounts on all classes and programs as well as a percentage discount on all items in our bookstore. Also, Nalandabodhi members who in good standing with their local sanghas and who are also formal students of Rinpoche are invited to attend our annual sangha retreat.

Open Participation

Formal membership is not required to participate in our community activities. If you are interested in developing a meditation practice or attending an occasional weekend program, we welcome your participation. Please visit our Donation page to find other ways to contribute financially.