Membership

Joining Nalandabodhi means entering into the practice of being in community.

If you’re interested in becoming a member, you’re invited to have a personal conversation with a director of the center or study group of your choice. Find a center to learn more about membership. We look forward to meeting you!

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Viva El Buda Rebelde! Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in Mexico City

This weekend March 28-30 Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will be teaching in Mexico City, hosted by the Nalandabodhi Mexico City sangha. At the opening talk Friday night Rinpoche spoke on his book Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind, which was just released in Spanish as El Buda Rebelde.
You may view Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s teachings this weekend via webcast at www.facebuda.org.

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In Honor of Khenpo Rinpoche’s 80th Birthday

This year we celebrated the birthday of our beloved Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche on March 5 just after Losar, ushering in the Year of the Wood Horse. A number of Nalandbodhi students traveled to Kathmandu with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, to honor Khenpo Rinpoche’s 80th birthday. We’re delighted to share a video slideshow of these events with you!

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The Paramita of Prajñā — with Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl

Prajñā does not refer to passive knowledge, such as knowing stuff on Wikipedia or knowing how to get from Vancouver to Halifax. Prajñā is the active inquisitiveness of our mind, its basic curiosity of wanting to find out how things really are. If we look at the Buddha’s own career, this is exactly how he started. He did not start with the answers or by following some religion, tradition, or code of behaviour. He started with questions. As Prince Siddhārtha he lived in his sheltered existence in the palace of his parents, who wished to protect him from the bad world (as most parents do). However, eventually he got out with his charioteer and saw things he had never seen before, such as an old person. He asked his charioteer, “What is that?” “This is an old person.” “Does this happen to everyone?” “Yes, even to you.” The same exchange took place when Siddhārtha saw a dying person and a sick person. When he finally saw a meditator under a tree, the charioteer explained, “This guy tries to overcome all the problems that you saw before.” Every time, Siddhārtha realized, “I do not really know what is going on here,” so he tried to find out, which is now known as the Buddhist path.

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