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 in the fall, winter, and spring*. 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.
See 2017 Year-Long Theme: The Bodhisattva Path for a brief description of this year's emphasis for study & practice on Thursday evenings.
Instruction is 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
*Per our usual custom, in July and August, Geshe will not lead the practice, senior practitioners will lead it during this time. The meditation practice will be primarily silent and discussion period will end by 8:30 PM. The reason for this is that Geshe Jamyang has chosen to support himself by working rather than relying on financial support from the members of Nalanda. Geshe works at The Evergreen State College as a mental health counselor and also teaches at least one course each quarter and at the first summer session. Adding in his work at Nalanda and one could say that Geshe has three jobs most of the year. So in July and August, Geshe takes a break to recharge and refresh. He will resume leading Thursday meditation sessions in September.
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.
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