The Lotus Sutra - Universal Teachings of the Mahayana
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.
Buddha's Enlightenment Day
The Nalanda Institute will host and celebrate the enlightenment day of Buddha. The Buddha’s enlightenment day is celebrated on the full moon day of the 4th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar (June 9th this year). This holiest day of the Buddhist calendar will be observed through engaging with the comprehensive Bodhisattva practice program.
In particular the mini retreat will feature instruction and practice on:
The foundation practice of compassion and loving kindness
The actual practice of Bodhicitta (equalizing self and others and switching self and others)
Integrating the above with the wisdom of selflessness/emptiness, and
Bodhisattva dedication practice.
All participants are encouraged to bring your textbook Sages Intent by Sakya Pandita.
This program will be integrated with the regular noon meditation from 12:15 to 12:45, and lunch will be served right after that. Loppon Jamyang Tsultrim and his family are providing a vegetarian lunch and tea for all participants. Please let us know if you plan to attend on that Friday.
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.
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: 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".
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.