Photo courtesy of Lawrence Causey
Lunchtime Mindfulness Meditation
Mon-Fri, 12:15 to 12:45 pm
Every weekday at noon we offer a non-sectarian silent meditation. We do two sessions of 15 minutes, allowing enough time for people to come and go within the noon hour. Beginners welcome,donations optional. This meditation is led by Bob Harris.
Contact Bob Harris for more info: 352-2819
First Thursdays 7 - 8:45 PM
Regular Thursday Meditation 7 - 8:30 PM
With the exception of the first Thursday of the month, Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim will personally lead guided meditations Thursday evenings at our 7 PM practice. The guided meditations, and following discussion periods, will instruct practitioners in the fundamental meditation practices of Shamatha (calming the mind, or one-pointed concentration) and Vipassana (insight into nature of reality and consciousness). The Tibetan Buddhist approach to activating our own "Buddha Nature" (our innate capacity for infinite wisdom and compassion) stresses both meditation and study.
This year we are focusing on an integrated approach using the book “A Fearless Heart” by Thubten Jinpa. It provides an intellectual basis for the importance of compassion as well as meditation exercises intended to allow a deeper realization. Over the next 9 months our Thursday meditation practice will be modified to include many of the practices from the book. This whole next year of working with this book under the guidance of Geshe Jamyang will be a foundation year for more advanced practices that Geshe Jamyang will introduce in 2016. If you have an interest in integrated study and practice under the guidance of the most highly trained teacher in Olympia, please start joining us for Thursday night meditation/discussions. See the current chapters assigned for reading.
In addition, Nalanda also has a Saturday afternoon discussion group that will explore this topic. It meets twice a month. See Study Group
All this instruction is essentially free. It will all occur as part of our regular Thursday night practice. We will encourage you to become a member of Nalanda Institute and support our activities with regular pledges or at least a weekly "dana" donation at the meditation hall, but those will be donations, not a formal charge. Location
Every Saturday - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Most Saturdays - Chenrezig Meditation: developing the mind of compassion.
Chenrezi, the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion, is also called Avalokiteshvara and Kuan Yin. Chenrezi responds to the agonies of the world , manifesting 1000 bodies at a time. We practice a four armed form that contains an unusual “Mahamudra” meditation. Through this ritual, we expand our own Compassion minds. Cherezi practice is on Saturdays at 10 am, except on Full Moon Saturdays when we do the Green Tara instead.
Lama Lungrik leads this ceremony, assisted by Larry Causey for the English portion.
Saturday closest to full moon - Green Tara Meditation: compassion in action.
Tara symbolizes the Action of Compassion. She is thought to be especially close to ordinary people, and acts to relieve their suffering.The Green Tara practice is done often, especially at the time of the Full Moon. We chant the complete text of a four mandala offering to Tara. Our Tara practice is on the Saturday nearest the Full Moon, and is open to the public.
Lama Lungrik, our resident monk, leads this ritual, assisted by Bob Harris for the English portion. Location