News & Updates


A 5 week class with Blaine Snow

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art of teaching

The Art of Teaching by Mimi Williams

Buddhism 101
Basic Buddhist Teachings and Practices

September 9th is the first of 5 weekly classes on Buddhist philosophy and practice.  This class is intended to provide Nalanda members with an overview of basic Buddhist concepts, philosophy, history, and practices.  This class is designed for those new to Buddhism who want to understand more about the beliefs and core teachings – although more advanced students may also benefit from the concise overview.

Blaine Snow has practiced meditation and Buddhism since 1982.  He completed the Dharmata Foundation's teacher training course and a three-year Buddhist study program in 2008 under Anam Thubten.  There's no fee, we will ask students for “dana” donations to reflect the benefit they receive, appreciation for the teacher, and center expenses.

For more info email Blaine Snow: snow-inolympia@gmail.com .

Children's Program at Nalanda

Last Friday of the Month
7 pm to 8:30 pm
Child Meditating

Kids Meditation Group

Introduce your child to the ideas of meditation, mindfulness and kindness at Nalanda's kids program.  The program is geared towards children ages 4-10 and their parents, and will include hands on activities, stories, songs, and meditation exercises.  While Buddhist materials will be used, the focus will be on mindfulness and kindness, so it is suitable for all families interested in fostering these qualities.  It is being developed and led by parents, and is expected to continue once a month, most likely on the last Friday of the month.

If you plan to attend please email Quita Terrell: quita_suydam@hotmail.com

There is no cost.

For Thursday Evening Practice & Discussion

July & August 2014
stolen moments

Stolen Moments by Mimi Williams

Schedule for Reading and Discussion

You may recall that Geshe Jamyang assigned this book: To Dispel the Miseries of the World by Ga Rabjampa Kunga Yeshe, foreword by Khenpo Appe (Geshe Jamyang's main teacher), Wisdom Publications, Rigpa Translations.

We have been discussing it during the Thursday night discussion periods.  Geshe wants us to finish the book over July and August.  The reading assignments for each summer week are listed below.

  • - To end of Chapter 6: The Trials of Samsara
  • - Chapter 7: through The Practice of Taking (p99 to bottom p119)
  • - Chapter 7: through The Practice of Giving (p119 to middle p137)
  • - (see below - Guest Teacher)
  • - (see below - Guest Teacher)
  • - Chapter 8: through Shamatha (p139 to middle, p145)
  • - Chapter 8: Vipassana (p 145 to end of chapter, p152)
  • - Chapter 9: Subsequent Points (p153 to end, p174)
  • - Chapter 10: Conclusion and Appendix (p175 to p185)

Jamyang’s intention for using this book is to “move beyond mindfulness” to a deeper reflection about the reality of life and its meaning.  This is achieved by engaging with the practices in this book, not just reading it.  Doing practice is what facilitates the observation of our own lives, which in turn is what generates wisdom.

The discussions may be primarily among ourselves, Geshe often takes a break during July and August.

The Nalanda Study Group

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The Noble Eight Fold Path

In Septemer We are beginning a new topic for reading and discussion:The Noble Eightfold Path.  See New Topic.

Tulku Yeshi and Geshe Jamyang

Teachings from Nalanda's 2013 Retreat
and First Thursday Talks

Some of Geshe Jamyang's teachings on the first Thursday of each month as well as teachings from Nalanda's Retreat in June, 2013 are now available on-line at Talks.