News & Updates

A New Children's Program at Nalanda

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.

For Thursday Evening Practice & Discussion

winter - spring 2014
stolen moments

Stolen Moments by Mimi Williams

Reading List

Beginning : Reading for regular Thursday night Meditation Sessions

In order to enrich meditation practice and the Thursday discussions, Geshe is asking everyone to please read the following texts:

: Either (or both)

  • The Four Foundations of Mindfulness by Ven U Silananda, Wisdom Publications

    Explains the verse we chant each Thursday, is somewhat complex, but informative and important.

  • Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana, Wisdom Publications

    Has become the classic text on concentration and mindfulness, is in its 20th edition.


To Dispel the Miseries of the World by Ga Rabjampa Kunga Yeshe, foreword by Khenpo Appe (Geshe Jamyang's main teacher), Wisdom Publications, Rigpa Translations

Notes on availability:

There are usually copies of Gunaratana at Orca Books.  Mindfulness in Plain English is also available free at on-line at Urban Dharma and elsewhere.

Silananda should be available at Wisdom, Amazon, etc.

Nalanda will do a mass purchase of the Rabjampa text.

Dharma Movie Night

Cry of the Snow Lion

Impeccably made... A more concise and affecting summation of the Tibetan crisis would be hard to imagine... David Kehr, New York Times.

For more information about this film see Cry of the Snow Lion.

The Nalanda Institute's 2014 Annual Retreat

Recognizing Nature of Mind (Consciousness)

Discovering Transformative Life Now and Post-life

The practice of "recognizing the nature of mind" (or consciousness) encompasses all the essential teachings and methods of Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practices.  These methods allow an individual to actualize a wide range of awakening mind and to transform afflicted mental states.

Participants in this retreat will be introduced to these higher level meditative experiences, including:

  • refining concentration
  • establishing all appearance as an aspect of mind
  • open awareness
  • integration of the "nature of mind" practices into preparation for the end of life and after death experience

The "integration" section will include teachings on the Bardo - the intermediate state between this life and next life; and a very special Tibetan Tantrayana based ceremonial practice.

Retreat will be at Gwinwood Retreat Center on Hicks Lake, Lacey.

  • Fri, Jun 13: 4 PM start
  • Sat, Jun 14: all day
  • Sun, Jun 15: 1:30 PM finish

Tulku Yeshi and Geshe Jamyang

Teachings from Nalanda's 2013 Retreat
and First Thursday Talks

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 on-line at Talks.