Throughout 2017 Thursday evening meditation sessions will feature an integrated study and practice program focused on the Bodhisattva path. This will be led by Loppon Jamyang Tsultrim and senior students of Nalanda.
The main text for 2017 is Sakya Pandita's Clarifying the Sage's Intent. This is a required text for the year, and will be supplemented by reading in Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. The Sakya Pandita text is a new translation in the Library of Tibetan Classics (Wisdom Publications, 2015). Because Nalanda is a sponsor of the Library, we have copies of the book available for half-price ($30). We will provide a calendar of the reading assignments to go with each week's discussion. Participants should obtain their own copy of the Shantideva text, which is widely available. We recommend either the Shambhala or Wisdom editions. Try to read a version published by either the Shambala or Wisdom. The Tibetan Classic, Wisdom, and Shambhala texts have somewhat different translations and that will enrich our discussions through the year.
GO to The READING CALENDAR to see the schedule of readings for the first half of the year.
1 - 2:30 pm
The Prajnaparamita Literature
The Prajnaparamita sutras are an important part of Mahayana Buddhism. This will be a survey of the various sutras of the perfect wisdom.
There is no set charge, a donation is appropriate.
February Yoga CANCELLED
Classes will resume March 5, Sunday, at 11 am
Yoga for Meditation
NOTE: I'm taking a little hiatus from teaching for February at Nalanda
Loosening and relaxing your body prior to meditation is highly beneficial for achieving mental stability. While this class will be generally beneficial like all yoga, it will have a particular focus on preparing for sitting meditation.
Suitable for all levels, $5 donation, no one turned away.
This a one hour class. Please be prompt.
The instructor, Mardi, has taught yoga for 6 years and practiced it for 17. For questions, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 920.639.1685
The Nalanda Study Group
1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month
1 - 3 pm
Don’t believe Everything You Think
The current, long term topic for reading and discussion: Don’t believe Everything You Think by Thubten Chodron . Join us at any time. See
Book Study and Discussion.
For the Young Ones
3rd Sunday of the Month
10 - 11 am
The goal is to promote kindness and awareness and relational skills. Zach plans a mix of stories, activities, and meditation along with snacks. Some games and activities will be related to dealing with anger. As before, at least one parent is expected to remain during the class. The class is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
Zach is a parent, a member of Nalanda for 3 or 4 years, and a teacher of martial arts. He has also practiced Buddhism in the Zen tradition.
2nd Sunday of the Month
Starting in January, the “Long Sitting” program is going back to once a month on the second Sunday. So if you’re wanting to try longer meditation sessions, join our accomplished leaders and other Nalanda folks in the "Long Sitting".
Readings and Discussion with Blaine Snow
7 - 8:30 pm
The Heart Sutra – Essence of Buddhism
This 4 week class is a continuation of Mahayana Buddhist studies. This class in the Heart Sutra continues our study of the central teachings of Buddhism. The class parallels Geshe's Thursday teachings on the bodhisattva path. We will read from Thich Nhat Hanh’s small volume, The Heart of Understanding. In his typical style, Thay leads us gently through the core ideas presented in this most important Buddhist sutra, most explicitly the concept of emptiness and its transformative power for our lives.
As before, the class will be a balance between presentation and discussion. We plan to delve deeply into the text and work on reciting by heart the whole sutra so it can become part of one's daily practice. If you plan to attend, please acquire a copy of the book ahead of time.
The goal of this program is to help participants think about the choices they wish to make for the end of their lives. It provide quality information and answer questions regarding general wills, medical directives, funeral services, and memorials. It will be beneficial to anyone thinking about these choices thought it will emphasize options of particular interest to Buddhists.
The panel includes:
Jan Vleck - physician and Buddhist practitioner
Karen Lehman - Buddhist Chaplain
Lauren Pitman - Estate Planning Attorney
Art Costantino - Buddhist practitioner and organizer of this event
Selected Teachings from Nalanda
Some of Geshe Jamyang's teachings on the first Thursday of each month as well as teachings from Nalanda's Retreats are now available online at Talks.