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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

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
Child Meditation

Kids' Meditation

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.

Extended Sitting

2nd Sunday of the Month
9 am

Long Meditation

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".

Buddhist Teachings at the Olympia Senior Center

Wednesdays, through
3:30 - 5:00 pm
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Introduction to Buddhism

Bob Saunders is giving this class at the Olympia Senior Center.  It’s open to the general public.  In this case, fees go to the Senior Center.  We will likely offer a similar class at Nalanda this winter, but if this is good timing for you, call the Senior Center.

This class will introduce participants to the main concepts of Buddhist thought and worldview.  The Dalai Lama has famously said: My true religion is the practice of kindness.  Learn how the major principles and practices of Buddhism greatly deepen the meaning and commitment to this simple core ideal.  The course will also teach basic meditation technique, review modern research on meditation benefits, and discuss Buddhist ideas of death and dying.

Register at

Olympia Senior Center
222 Columbia Street NW
Olympia, Washington 98501

General Public/Members: $58/$52.

Readings and Discussion with Blaine Snow and Bob Harris

Tuesdays, through
7 - 8:30 pm
Note: November 8 - No Class.  Please VOTE!
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The Lotus Sutra – Universal Teachings of the Mahayana

The Lotus is universal mindfulness teaching 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.

The class is a chance for 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.

More info: or

Cost: $5 dana/donations per class attended

Blaine Snow teaches at Saint Martin’s University and has practiced Buddhism since 1982.  He studied many years with Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim and Anam Thubten and has completed the Dharmata Foundation’s teacher training course as well as a three-year Buddhist study program.  He 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 Tsultrim, Anam Thubten, and many others.

Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak

7 - 8:30 pm
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Enthusiasm in Buddhism and in Life

A class by Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak on the chapter on Enthusiasm in the Shantideva Classic: The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.  Shantideva’s text is highly recommended and often quoted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Khenpo Pema writes:

Imagine a power that must be reckoned with and that is the force behind all possibilities, without which the virtues of the world and merits of the individual will simply not flourish.  The Bodhisattva's Way of Life by Shantideva points to just such a power.  Here we are guided on how to go about acquiring this sustained energy, which can both inspire and provoke our inner strength and make use of the potentialities.  Enthusiasm empowers everything, from our confidence in the relative nature of things to compassion, kindness, generosity, discipline, meditation, and even our success in life's daily affairs.

Lama Pema Wangdak is the director of the Palden Sakya Centers and the Vikramasila Foundation.  With an Acharya degree from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Benares, India, Lama Pema Wangdak has been teaching Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan language in the New York City area and beyond for over twenty-five years.  Through his foundation, he has opened schools for Tibetan communities in Nepal and India.  Lama Pema la is also the creator of a system of Tibetan braille.  In 2009 he was the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, awarded to outstanding American citizens.



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.