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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

The passing of Honorable Karma Dhondup, father of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

Nalandabodhi learned the somber news that Honorable Karma Dhondup, the father of His Holiness 17th Karmapa, passed away on 23 May 2024. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche shared the news that day with the sangha who gathered to observe Saga Dawa Düchen.

Rinpoche expressed sadness regarding Honorable Karma Dhondup’s passing, and also pointed out the sacredness of his having passed on the anniversary of the Buddha’s parinirvana; Rinpoche indicated that this is surely a sign of the high character and merit of His Holiness’s father. In observation of the passing of Honorable Karma Dhondup, Rinpoche and the lamas began offering the Vajrasattva Sadhana Puja and prayers right upon hearing the sad news. The wider Nalandabodhi sangha will gather together for prayers in the coming days.

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Acharya Lama Tenpa Mahamudra Vipashyana Tour – 2024

How do we let go of the intellectual constructs and directly experience mind’s true nature?

Please be part of a Tour of your Mind with Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen giving Mahamudra Vipashyana teachings on direct perception – a precious opportunity to receive instructions from a lineage master and experience the power and blessing of practicing together.

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Online Study Group of Gampopa’s Ornament of Precious Liberation

Gampopa was the foremost student of the great yogi Milarepa and well-known for uniting the Kadam tradition and the Mahāmudrā teachings in the Kagyü lineage. The Ornament of Precious Liberation, is the treasure of the Kagyü lineage, and is highly respected and studied by all Buddhist traditions.

Please join this Online Study Group hosted by NB Netherlands, studying Gampopa’s Ornament of Precious Liberation such that we learn how to put it into practice.

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True Words to Ease the Fears of Strife

“In today’s turbulent world, I find myself at a loss for words witnessing the unimaginable actions humans perpetrate against each other. It’s easy to perceive the world as dominated by negativity and despair. However, it is vital to remember the unparalleled power of the mind.” Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

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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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contemplating their own life and offering practices to apply directly.

“A foundational principle and inherent experience in the practice of tai chi is stillness within motion; the two are inseparable. Although we are often caught up in or distracted by the busyness and confusion of movement, both physical and mental, there is always an element of stillness to connect with.”

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“It may seem impossible to live without being carried away by emotions, but we can respond differently. We can let emotions be part of our life, but not be controlled by them. And we must control our negative actions in response to those emotions. This will benefit ourselves and everyone around us,” writes Brazilian sangha member Sebastião Miranda.

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Engaging with sangha members could be likened to jamming with other singers and musicians. We are all learning together how to read music, play scales, and ultimately improvise as we seek to benefit ourselves and all beings with our body, speech, and mind.

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Nalanda Digital Dharma

Interested in deepening your understanding of the Buddhist path
leading to freedom and genuine happiness?

Nalanda Digital Dharma, a new, online study path developed under the guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is pleased to offer the Introduction to Buddhism course. Learn at your own pace — from anywhere and at any time.

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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?

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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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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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