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Nalanda Annual Meditation Retreat

May 8 - 10
6 pm Friday through Sunday lunch

Daily Life as Dharma Practice

The general theme of this retreat will be how to use the skillful means of the Dharma – meditation, mindfulness, and core principles – in daily life.  The retreat will be roughly evenly divided between meditation sessions (including instructions and Q&A) and teaching sessions where Buddhist principles and views are explored.  The sessions will feature a lot of discussion and interaction with the teacher, so it will be beneficial both for experienced Buddhists and for those just beginning to explore the path.

Ani Tsering Chodron

Our main teacher at this year’s retreat is Ani Tsering Chodron.  She is an ordained nun in Tibetan Buddhism, an American, and a resident of Eugene, Oregon.  Many of us at Nalanda have heard Ani before and we know she brings a keen insight, crystal clear explanations and a deep devotion to Dharma.

Ani has spent 37 years deeply immersed in intensive Dharma practice studying under several great masters.  Her heart teacher is H.E. Ayang Rinpoche who is a great Phowa master (transference of consciousness at the time of death).  Her studies included eight years in India, one year in Bhutan and one year in Nepal.  She has completed the 3 year retreat traditional for serious Tibetan meditators.  In Eugene she managed a group home for disabled adults and worked for a large medical group for the last 10 years.  She has taught extensively in the West and teaches regularly at Bodhi House in Olympia and has a group that meets regularly at her home.

The program formally begins at dinner on Friday, 6 PM, though attendees are welcome any time after 1 PM for decoration or enjoying the Lake and grounds.  It ends at lunch on Sunday.  The retreat is at the Gwinwood Christian Retreat Center on Hicks Lake in Olympia (off Ruddel Road).  The rooms for overnight stay sleep up to four (though often there is only 2 per room) and there are shared bathrooms for men and women.  We set up a nice shrine and meditation room and there is a separate eating room.  It’s on wooded acreage with lakefront.  It’s very pleasant and definitely provides a “retreat” (away from your everyday concerns) atmosphere.

The cost is $150 inclusive of lodging and meals.  Limited assistance with the cost is available, let us know if needed.  It’s customary to make a dana offering to the teacher.  It’s necessary to bring bedding, towels, and personal toiletries.  It’s optional to bring your personal cushion, reading, and dharma items.

To register by email, please email your name, phone, and address to register.  Then give a check to any meditation leader or mail it to us at P.O. Box 11361, Olympia, WA 98508

2 Hour Meditation

Second Sunday of every month
9 am to 10:50 am
Cancelled in May due to Nalanda Retreat May 8-10

photo: Kenro Izu - Tricycle Mag

Long Sitting

Nalanda starts the New Year with a new program – “long sitting”.  As implied, it’s a longer meditation session for those interested in having group support for extended meditation.  It will happen on second Sunday of every month.  There will be 50 minutes of sitting, 10 minutes walking meditation and 50 more minutes sitting.  While it’s designed for experienced meditators, it’s a great opportunity to stretch your wings and try for more altitude if you are feeling that urge.

The leader, Bob Harris, is a very experienced meditator.

If you have questions about doing this practice, don’t worry, just try it.  No, really, if you have questions contact Bob Saunders at 360 402-6815 or contact Bob Harris at:

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, 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:

There is no cost.

Preparation for Sitting

11 am to Noon

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.

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
darhma wheel

The Noble Eightfold Path

The current, long term topic for reading and discussion:
The Noble Eightfold Path.  Join us at any time.  See New Topic.



Selected Teachings from Nalanda

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 online at Talks.