News & Updates

Buddhism 101

7 - 8:30pm

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Fundamentals of Buddhism (six weeks)

This is a series of 6 classes which will be held every Tuesday from Nov 3 to Dec 15.  The class is taught by Blaine Snow, an authorized Dharma teacher and a professor at St Martin’s College.  This series focuses on the core teachings in the Hinayana Tradition.  In 2016, Blaine will teach a similar course on Mahayana principles.  See flyer for more info.

Children's Program at Nalanda

Last Sunday of the Month
4 pm to 5 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.

If you plan to attend please email Quita Terrell:

There is no cost.

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: or 920.639.1685

The Nalanda Study Group

1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month
1 - 3 pm

The Fearless Heart

The current, long term topic for reading and discussion:
A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives.  Join us at any time.  See New Topic.

Year-long Reading & Discussion

November 20 - December 10, 2015 Reading Suggestion

Courtesy of Mimi Williams

A Fearless Heart

How the Courage to Be Compassionate
Can Transform Our Lives

Starting Oct 8, Geshe Jamyang will begin the discussion of the Thubten Jinpa book A Fearless Heart.  Over the next 9 months, the discussion after regular Thursday meditation will be based on this reading and he will incorporate practices from the book into our meditation.  Note: More books may be available at the TESC bookstore.

Please read and reflect on these chapters for Thursday evenings: Chapters 7 & 8 to be discussed on .  There will be no Thursday evening meditation on , Thanksgiving Day.  Also, Dec 3 is First Thursday and Geshe will give his monthly teaching.  Geshe Jamyang has asked us to keep journals of our meditation practice and reflections on the book as we go through the autumn.

Geshe considers the study and practice of this book and its exercises as a foundational practice (a preliminary practice or Ngondro in traditional Tibetan parlance).  That’s why it forms the basis for more advanced study and practice in 2016.  If you want to seriously deepen your practice and understanding of Buddhism, join us for the next two years.

Extending Sitting

2nd & 4th Sunday of the Month
9 am

Long Meditation

Starting in October, Nalanda is expanding our previously once a month hour and 50 minute sit to twice a month. Our main leader for this practice, Bonnie Kim, is on a 6 week retreat. For the next six weeks, it will be led by Nora Preim. She is new to Nalanda but has lived in Taiwan for over 20 years and developed a very deep Buddhist practice in the Theravada tradition. She has done years of retreats and extensive practice including living and practicing in monasteries for long periods. When Bonnie returns, lead for this practice will alternate between Bonnie and Nora

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.

Travel to Mundgod, India

December 2015

Geshe Jamyang to Visit His Mother
and Home Monestary

The primary reason is to visit his 87 year-old mother who is quite ill.  Once in India, Geshe will need to pay respects to the monastery where he was ordained and initially trained.

Geshe will visit the Tibetan settlement of Mundgod in Southern India (Karnataka) where he was raised and his mother still resides.  This is one of the largest settlements for Tibetan exiles in India.  Geshe Jamyang and Lama Lungrik were ordained and served at Sakya Monastery in Mundgod.

As a former monk and now a successful teacher and professional in America, it is customary that Geshe make a gift, an offering, to the Monastery.  The offering is that Geshe will sponsor a daylong program of ceremonies, chanting, and prayers for the benefit all beings as well as for Geshe-la and his beneficial activities (like Nalanda) and his family.  This will take place on January 1, 2016.  The offering includes providing breakfast, lunch, dinner and a small monetary gift for the 180 monks and contributing to a health care fund for senior monks.

All of us at Nalanda benefit from Geshe's training as a monk and his dedication to teaching the Dharma.  Nalanda would not exist without Geshe's dedication and perseverance.  Nalanda therefore has a direct connection to the teaching lineage of Mundgod Sakya Monastery.  Consequently, we share and support Geshe-la in his relationship with the Monastery.

While Geshe is paying for his own travel and personal expenses, dana (donations) received at Nalanda from now until January 1, 2016 will be given to support Geshe's offering to Sakya Monastery.  Please consider making a special offering.

To contribute you can:

  • Put your donation in the Dana Box at Nalanda
  • Mail a check to Nalanda, PO BOX 11361, OLYMPIA WA 98508
  • Make payment on line to Nalanda through