After our regular Thursday meditation practice, Loppon Jamyang Tsultrim will explain the intent and purpose of the 2017 study program. In brief, throughout 2017, Thursday evening meditation sessions will feature an integrated study and practice program focused on the Bodhisattva path.
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
Training in Wisdom: The Heart Sutra
Senior practitioner Bob Harris is giving a talk on “The Heart Sutra". This famous, short, and initially confounding sutra expresses the heart of Mahayana Buddhist wisdom. Bob suggests that people buy the book Buddhist Wisdom: The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra by Edward Conze. Bob studied under the author and will be teaching using information from this book.
There is no set charge, a donation is appropriate.
Preparation for Sitting
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.