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Happy Lunar New Year

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche sends his wishes for a Happy Lunar New Year.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche sends his greetings to friends and sangha members worldwide, with wishes for a  Happy Lunar New Year of the Fire Rooster Happy Lunar New Year! Nalandabodhi centers around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year, otherwise known as Losar in Tibetan. Every year in the Tibetan calendar is associated with an […]

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Are we in touch with our rebel spirit?

Are we in touch with our rebel spirit, always questioning and testing? Can we take our “no fear” approach too far? Or by rigidly holding to the “right” rules and rituals, are we actually losing spiritual ground and just shoring up the ego? Is it possible to cut ourselves off from our own clarity and wisdom, all the while thinking we’re playing it safe? Are we in touch with our rebel spirit, always questioning and testing? Can we take our “no fear” approach too far? Or by rigidly holding to the “right” rules and rituals, are we actually losing spiritual ground and just shoring up the ego? Is it possible to cut ourselves off from our own clarity and wisdom, all the while thinking we’re playing it safe?
The nonconformist, revolutionary spirit is found in many great historical teachers in all the Buddhist traditions.

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Meditation practice free of cultural baggage

Meditation free of cultural baggage

The following post, “Backpacking East to West” by Mitra Karl Brunnholzl, is part of a series by Nalandabodhi Mitras on American Buddhism. How important is it to get free of the Asian baggage we may have picked up along with our meditation practice? How can we tell if we’re clinging to the familiar for its own […]

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How to practice meditation in your busy life: View the world as your cave

Meditation Practice: View the world as your cave

The following post, “Staying in My Cave” by Mitra Lee Worley, is part of a series by Nalandabodhi Mitras on American Buddhism. What does it mean to practice the discipline of meditation, when your kids or your co-workers are driving you nuts? When you keep making mistakes? If you can’t get away to a cave, how […]

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2016 Tara Drupchen at Nalanda West

We’d like to invite you to a profound ceremony we are about to hold for the first time ever, called a Tara Drupchen. The Drupchen is an ancient Buddhist practice, and yet so relevant for us right now, when every day’s news brings us new reasons to feel deep concern about our future in this […]

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Choosing a spiritual practice: How do we know what works?

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The following post, “How Do We Know What Works?” by Mitra Karl Brunnholzl, is part of a series by Nalandabodhi Mitras on American Buddhism. When we’re choosing a spiritual practice, a path or even a meditation teacher, what guidance can we rely on — how do we know what works? Even though a friend may be […]

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Seattle hosts Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl teaching on The Heart Attack Sutra

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This coming weekend January 22-24, Nalandabodhi Seattle will host Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl, who will be teaching at Nalanda West event center on the Heart Sutra, often cited as the most famous and popular of the Mahayana Buddhist teachings.

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His Holiness Karmapa in Seattle: A Call to Compassionate Action

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Youth leaders from organizations dedicated to social justice and compassionate action joined His Holiness on stage at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall. On the unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon of May 9, over 1600 people stood in line at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall in anticipation of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s final public teaching on […]

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Youth leaders in dialogue with HH Karmapa at Seattle Center, May 9

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Youth leaders to engage in dialogue with HH Karmapa at Seattle Center, May 9th. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, May 9, 2-4pm: This afternoon session will feature a talk by His Holiness Karmapa: “A Call to Compassionate Action,” and a panel discussion with the Karmapa and Seattle area youth leaders working for social justice. Diane Gregorio, […]

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At his North American seat, HH Karmapa confers blessings and teachings

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His Holiness Karmapa recently gave a series of teachings to the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra community in Woodstock, New York. On April 17th, HH Karmapa arrived at KTD Monastery, his North American seat established by the 16th Karmapa over 30 years ago. Upon his arrival HH Karmapa made prayers and gave blessings to the attendees. The […]

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