The Lotus Sutra - Universal Teachings of the Mahayana
Tuesdays: 6/20, 7/11, 8/8, 8/15, 8/29
7 - 8:30 pm
The Lotus Sutra – Universal Teachings of the Mahayana
The Lotus Sutra is universal mindfulness practice at its best. We will read from Thich Nhat Hanh’s: Opening the Heart of the Cosmos: Insights on the Lotus Sutra. Thich Nhat Hanh shows that this revered sutra can be a profound and practical guide to transforming ourselves and our world. We will learn about its historical and cultural place in East Asian Buddhism and focus on its power to transform our lives.
This class will allow participants to deepen their Buddhist practice by inquiring into Mahayana teachings, asking questions, participating in discussions, and developing a broader appreciation for the richness of the Buddhist tradition. If you plan to attend, please acquire a copy of the book ahead of time.
This class is being taught by two senior practitioners at Nalanda:
Blaine Snow teaches at Saint Martin’s University and has practiced Buddhism since 1982. He studied many years with Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim and Ven. Anam Thubten. He completed the Dharmata Foundation’s teacher training course and was ordained in 2008 to teach Buddhism under the lineage of Anam Thubten.
Bob Harris has studied and practiced Buddhism since 1965. He has studied many years with Geshe Jamyang Tsul-trim, Anam Thubten, and many other important Lamas and masters.
4th Saturday of the Month
1 - 3 pm
Diamond Sutra Monthly Study Group
We will take turns reading the Diamond Sutra as a group in a reading circle with Bob Harris. The reading will be from the book Buddhist Wisdom by Edward Conze, with time for discussion between paragraphs. If you have a copy please bring it along. If you don’t have the book yet please come anyway--this format will make it easy to participate until you can obtain a copy.
There is no set charge, a donation is appropriate.
7 Day Course at Sakya Monastery, Seattle
Loppon Jamyang at Sakya Monastery
Loppon Jamyang is honored to be serving as translator for a 7+ day intensive course on Sakya Pandita's Clarifying the Sage's Intent. Ven. Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche will teach this text from Sat 8/5 through Sat 8/12 as part of Sakya Monastery's year-long training on “The Complete Path: A Systematic Training from Sutra to Tantra.” Sakya Pandita's text is our main study focus at Nalanda this year, so here is your chance to hear another teaching on what we have been studying, or catch up with what you missed. More information is on the
Sakya Monastery website.
Focus of 2017
Thursday Evenings, 7 pm
Year-Long Theme: The Bodhisattva Path
Reading, Discussion and Practice
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.
Although at the start of summer we have concluded the first half year of our discussions of the Sakya Pandita text, Loppon Jamyang asked that we continue some structured review sessions for at least the first part of the summer. His teachings will resume in September as we finish the text. Jan Vleck will facilitate to create a condensed reference to the text we have covered so far, likely starting with an overview and the six Paramitas.
Meditation for Everyone
Mondays, 7 pm - 8:30
Monday Evening Meditation
Nalanda has now started a Monday evening meditation session. It will be similar to our noon meditation: a half hour of meditation in two 15 minute sessions with short opening and closing prayers. There will be an optional discussion period of up to half hour depending on participant interest. This will be mainly Q & A or discussion on topics of interest to those attending. It will be led by senior students at Nalanda. It is particularly good for those new to meditation or Buddhism. The discussions are intended to allow participants to ask questions on how to meditate or on basic Buddhist concepts. No requirements, if interested just come on any Monday evening.
Preparation for Sitting
Sundays, 11 am - 12 pm
Yoga for Meditation
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: email@example.com 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".
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.