Be Wise, Go Kind, Live Fully.

Nalandabodhi is a global community offering the timeless wisdom and boundless compassion of the Buddha to inspire individuals and create kind communities in today’s world, founded by the Buddhist master Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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Art and Awe: From Astrophysics to Quantum Mechanics

“Beauty is an emergence marked by the experience of being unable to fully capture it with the aperture or finite attention of the human gaze. This experience … is greater than what we are able to comprehend in any one moment. It therefore always exceeds us in either time, space, or both.” — Seffa Klein

Next in our interconnected series Be Wise Go Kind 2023: Awaken Awe, Mitra Mark Power will talk with Seffa Klein, about the relationship between art and awe and how looking at the vast planetary models of astrophysics and microscopic dimensions of quantum mechanics can contribute to humanity’s uplifted future.

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Be Wise Go Kind 2023: Awaken Awe

How does the experience of awe, and inquiry into its nature, help us feel fully alive and able to cultivate kind connections in our global society?

Please join us for this year’s Be Wise Go Kind: Awaken Awe – an opportunity to deeply inquire into the nature of awe, going beyond hope and fear, and an invitation to make it a lifelong path.

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4th Annual MRC Open Retreat – Cultivating the Heart of Loving-Kindness with Lama Rabten Tshering

How to let go of our self-centeredness and clinging and develop genuine loving kindness and compassion towards others, without discrimination and without expecting anything in return?

During this year’s MRC Open Retreat, Nalandabodhi Canada’s resident teacher, Lama Rabten Tshering, will lead us in an exploration of the great Buddhist master Atisha’s “Seven Points of Mind Training” and guide us in practice cultivating the heart of loving-kindness.

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The Fundamental Discoveries of the Buddha – Introduction to Buddhism Course – Oct-Dec 2023

What is mind? How do we understand reality? How can we reduce the suffering of ourselves and other beings?

Our local sangha, Nalandabodhi Seattle, will offer our Introduction to Buddhism Course, taking us into a cycle of teachings based on the fundamental discoveries of the Buddha. Please join us in exploring the practice of mindfulness and the meaning of the spiritual journey from a Buddhist perspective.

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Emotional Rescue Method with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

How can we relate to our emotions skillfully so that we can benefit from their richness and glean wisdom, rather than letting them control us?

As the keynote speaker at the Contemplation by Design 2023 conference organized by Stanford University, Rinpoche will lead us through the three steps of his Emotional Rescue Method.

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Not Even a Middle – Path of Study Course Online (Mahayana 303) – NB Akasha – Starting Oct. 2023

At first, turn away from non-virtue,
In the middle, dispel misconceptions of self,
Finally, go beyond all philosophical views—
One who understands this is wise indeed.
(Āryadeva, Four Hundred Verses, 8.15)

Madhyamaka is the supreme view that goes beyond all views. Nalandabodhi Akasha offers a Path of Study Online Course to bring us closer to conceptual certainty and non-conceptual glimpses of understanding.

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Milking the Sky: Songs of Realization – Series of talks with Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl

The life stories of female mahāsiddhas and yoginīs are little known. In a series of five talks hosted by NB Germany, we will explore a number of them (such as Niguma, Sukhasiddhi, the crazy princess Lakṣmī, and Ḍombiyoginī), and sing a selection of their songs.

Their songs offer a scent of boundless freedom, openness, and bliss, paired with a deep caring for suffering beings, as expressions of supreme awakening.

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Death, Dying and Living: Tools for the Path – Starting October 29, 2023

“When we truly know that with every ending, there is also renewal, we begin to relax. Our minds become open to the process of change. We feel we can actually touch reality and are no longer afraid of death. We can learn to live well and fully now, with the understanding that death is not something apart from life.”

Nalandabodhi New York offers an online series of highly interactive conversations about incorporating Buddhist teachings into living a more joyful life and experiencing a better death, drawing instructions from a variety of teachers, including Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s book Mind Beyond Death.

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freshmind Guided Meditation: Posture & Breathing

How to establish a correct posture as our foundation and stability, and use the breath as a gentle focal point?

In this guided meditation offered by freshmind, Mark Power kindly helps us to refresh our connection to the body posture and breath, allowing calmness, clarity and mental flexibility to be revealed.

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Be part of our prison dharma program Mind Without Borders

“Prisoners should have the same opportunity as any one of us” – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

Mind Without Borders is Nalandabodhi’s prison dharma program, providing Buddhist study through correspondence courses, dharma pen pals and practice instructors. It is a way to directly benefit others and let harmony and happiness flourish in our deeply interconnected worlds.

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Curious how to integrate study & meditation in today's world?

Read our articles written by members of our community
contemplating their own life and offering practices to apply directly.

In the idealized sangha, everyone joyfully comes together and shares study and practice space. It is beautiful. However, what of the pain of community and the challenges we face together?” Stephanie Mikolaj asks. “Can there be a place for pain and conflict in this precious jewel, and can it in fact strengthen our bonds to one another?

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When we practice listening to what others have to say,” Christian Scott writes, “when we truly hear them, there are fewer rambling thoughts coming from our own mind. When we hear what someone is saying before we put our own thoughts on it, our mind settles down into a receptive and peaceful space.

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When we let go of our self-centered attitude and enable a softer, kinder, gentler engagement with the world and each other, Christian Scott points out. What if we look at the world “from a wider perspective than just our own little bubble”?

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How can we let peace prevail?

In response to the war in Ukraine we share here contemplations and
resources for practice by our Karunikas. Let's co-create a loving world.

When faced with the stark reality of the sufferings of violence and war, such as we see in Ukraine and elsewhere in the world, our hearts cannot help but to tremble and break. We may feel great sadness and also great compassion. Many people are asking, “What can I do? How can I help peace prevail in this world?”

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What to do when our lives are disrupted, be it on a small or big scale?

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We can see that there is nothing that happens without the involvement of mind. What does that mean for cultivating peace?

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What happens with suffering when we open our hearts? Read instructions and find here a guided audio for Tonglen practice.

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When we engage in conversation with a loved one, or anyone really, who conveys beliefs – contrary to our own – what do we do?

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Please dispel all fears, without exception, of myself and all sentient beings. Watch a short video with a prayer for there to be peace on our earth.

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Want to break free of fear and search for timeless wisdom and meaning?

Nalandabodhi offers a genuine path to cultivate an awakened heart and peaceful
mind in order to be wise, go kind, and live fully.

Path of Study

Study helps you understand your life and the choices you make with greater precision and awareness.

Path of Meditation

Meditation opens your mind so you can get to know and accept yourself, and then experience the world with greater kindness and compassion.

Path of Mindful Activity

Mindful activity makes every moment meaningful, allowing you to find joy in every aspect of your life and interactions with others.

FInd here the Curriculum-courses offered by our local sanghas.

What makes for a meaningful life?

Listen to our podcast Taking a Leap on SoundCloud or read the conversations here about going on a spiritual journey and walking a Buddhist path to find freedom and genuine happiness.

Wish to explore teachings & practices from different wisdom traditions?

Connect with our contemplative center in Seattle
which offers programs that speak to our shared need for awakening.

The Story of Nalanda West

Selected and inaugurated by Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and founded by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2004, Nalanda West became our contemplative center in Seattle offering programs from diverse wisdom traditions.

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Three Paths Residential Program

The path of awakening consists of Three Wheels: Study, meditation and mindful activity. Nalanda West offers an opportunity to train in these on campus. Interested in joining our Three Paths Residential Program?

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Time to contemplate deeply and go into retreat?

Visit MRC, Nalandabodhi's retreat center,
to relax, let go and explore your mind & heart.

The story of MRC

Located in a peaceful environment surrounded beauty, our Mahasiddha Retreat Centre (MRC) was established to offer a quiet, supportive space for contemplation and retreat. Go solo, with family & friends, or participate in a group program and return home refreshed and rejuvenated.

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Wonderful place to contemplate

Nestled in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, MRC is in the Columbia River Valley surrounded by the Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. It is a wonderful spot for going out and exploring nature as well as turning inward exploring your mind.

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Slowing down

“The whole purpose of mindfulness is to bring us back to this tiny spot of the present nature of ordinary mind.” (Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche). MRC offers many opportunities to take a break from the busyness of daily life, experience the present moment more vividly and practice mindfulness of body, speech & mind.

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