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
During 2012, Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim will personally lead guided meditations every Thursday night 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). These are the two essential skills for transforming your mind to uncover your own true and essential nature of infinite wisdom and infinite compassion. Progress in these meditation skills will greatly enhance your own satisfaction, contentment and joy in life and consequently greatly benefit your friends, family and associates.
Geshe has transformed Thursday night meditations into a yearlong teaching on the three fundamental stages of meditation:
- Jan, Feb, Mar: Self-awareness and Self-compassion
- Apr, May, Jun: Altruistic Thought and Action
- Sep, Oct, Nov: Calming and Transforming the Mind
Geshe Jamyang leads a busy life and has not always been this available, to teach weekly -- thus the "exceptional opportunity". He is a former Tibetan Buddhist monk, a highly trained and accomplished meditation instructor, a master of classical Buddhist philosophy, and, more recently, a practicing mental health counselor and part time professor at Evergreen State College. He's fluent in English, an engaging and accessible speaker, and an accomplished teacher.
If you've always wanted to have more instruction and understanding of meditation, this is the time. It's a great opportunity for in-depth instruction and experience.
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