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Buddhism 101

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The Art of Teaching by Mimi Williams

Life of the Buddha

with slides of major pilgrimage sites in India

The life story of the Buddha is a major window into the themes and principles of his teachings.  While this talk will be an overview, the slides from Bob Saunder’s 1998 pilgrimage to India will provide some useful context.  A good book on the Buddha’s life is: The Awakened One, by Sherab Chodzin Kohn, Shambala Publishing.

Bob Saunders has been a Buddhist for 30+ years, has studied with major Tibetan teachers in the U.S. and abroad, and is currently president of Nalanda Institute.


Understanding Mantras

Mantras are an important form of meditation.  Understanding their form and use definitely broadens one’s array of practices that can be used in various situations.

Bob Harris will teach this class.  He’s been a practicing Buddhist for over 30 years and has studied with many, many important Lamas and Teachers.

New Opportunity for Meditation

First Sunday of every month
9 am to 10:50 am

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 first 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, Bonnie, is a very experienced meditator.  Since 2004, she has done 15 retreats of 3 to 10 days in length in the Shambhala and Vipassana traditions.  In 2006 she accomplished a month long retreat at Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia. She has completed five levels of Shambhala training and was staff at Shambhala Mountain Center, CO.

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 Bonnie at:

Children's Program at Nalanda

Last Friday of the Month
7 pm to 8:30 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.

A new activity at Nalanda: 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
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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.