Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hold up; dukkha=sukkha!

News Flash!

All dependently-arisen mere-appearances are of the nature of equality!

Thus have I heard, from Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

Less Dukkha; More Sukkha.

So sayeth @BuddhistHulk.

(compassionately)SMASH(negative habitual tendencies)!


Friday, May 7, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010

April dharma showers bring May enlightenment flowers!

We have the honor to be hosting several amazing teachers at Nalanda West in the months of April and May.
We will be offering a special package-deal rate that will make these programs very accessible!
More details to come. Save the dates!!!
Pre-register now to save your seat:

Gelek Rimpoche, April 2-3.
Fearless Compassion
Kindness and Compassion:
Principles for a Happy Life.

Challenging times demand clarity grounded in genuine compassion. Tibetan Buddhist master Gelek Rimpoche will address how to develop genuine and fearless compassion in order to engage our lives more fully and responsibly.

Developing kindness and compassion is the first step towards living fearlessly and harmoniously. Learn the essential principles necessary to create a happy life for ourselves and others.

Lama Palden Drolma, April 16-18
Extraordinary Shamatha, Vipassana and Mahamudra of the Shangpa Kagyu.

From the stream of teachings of the wisdom dakinis Sukhasiddhi and Niguma come profound practices for simultaneously transforming the elements, aggregates and conflicting emotions of our body-mind system while traversing the stages of concentration, insight, and realization of our true nature.

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, April 30 - May 2
Dudjom Rinpoche's Calling the Lama from Afar.

Calling the Lama from Afar is the most profound of Great Perfection teachings. It explains the innermost secret lama related with the view free from any elaboration, like the sky; meditation, unmovable and stable, like a mountain; and action, profound and vast, like the ocean. It is related with the practice of Guru Yoga and guides us to integrate the outer, inner, secret, and innermost secret practices of the lama. Through directly recognizing our own original, undefiled nature free from delusion, the innermost secret lama is revealed.

John Tarrant Roshi, May 14-15

Contemporary Zen
Engage your innate creativity and wakefulness!

Dharma Poetry and Haiku Workshop

March 26-27

with Gary Gach

Explore the art, meditation, and creative expression of dharma poetry and haiku with renowned poet Gary Gach. Fri. night talk on the ancient tradition of dharma poetry from diverse lineages, Sat. workshop on the profound art of haiku.

Click here for more information (.pdf):

Please pre-register. Limited space!

Gary Gach is author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism (third edition), editor of What Book!? ~ Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop (American Book Award), and translator from Korean of three books by Ko Un.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tara Dance at Nalanda West

February 26-28

Fri. night 7 – 9 pm ($15) Open to everyone Sat. 9.30 am – 6 pm and Sun. 10 am – 12.30 pm ($108 – 150, includes Fri. evening) Sun. at 4 pm : Dance Performance– Open to everyone ($15)

The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara is a unique devotional movement meditation dance offered worldwide as a prayer of peace, protection, wisdom and capability. The words of the dance are based on a traditional Vajrayana text said to have been received from Tara Herself.

Created by Prema Dasara, the dance has been turning since 1985 and it has been taught to thousands of women and men throughout the world, including several groups of Tibetan nuns and laywomen.

Pre-registration required. Limited space! or (206)529-8258

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Family Dharma Conference - Jan. 22-23 at Nalanda West

Family Dharma Conference

The Family Dharma Conference, co-sponsored by Northwest Dharma Association and Nalanda West, will take place Friday evening and all day Saturday, January 22 and 23, 2010, at Nalanda West, Seattle. The address is 3902 Woodland Park Ave. North in Seattle. For directions, click HERE.

Friday, January 22

Jan Chozen Bays Roshi, founder and co-abbot of Great Vow Monastery in Clatskanie, OR, will present the Friday evening keynote address. A student of Maezumi Roshi and Shodo Harada Roshi, Dr. Bays is not only a beloved teacher of Dharma but also a well-known pediatrician specializing in issues of child welfare. She is the author of several books, including Jizo Bodhisattva: Guardian of Children, Women, and other Voyagers (Shambhala, 2003).

Meditation, 6:30 p.m. Program, 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $5, plus dana for the teachings.

Saturday, January 23

Morning and afternoon panel presentations followed by audience discussion and Q & A. Children will participate in the conclusion of both sessions.


Meditation (upstairs), 9:30 a.m. Program, 10:00-12:30.

Family Friendly Sanghas: Incorporating children and parents in sangha activities, including Dharma school classes and curriculum, retreats, summer camps, and regular practice.


Program, 1:30-3:30. Closing, 3:30-4:00.

Dharma at Home: Establishing home practices and rituals, mindful parenting and self-care, growing up Buddhist, and other personal and individual aspects of combining family and Dharma.

Cost: NWDA members: $20/family, $15/individual. Non-members: $25/family, $20/individual. (No one turned away for lack of funds.)

Daycare in the form of Dharma activities for children will be available by registration for the Saturday portion of the conference.

Check in times for children (downstairs) are 9:30-10:00 a.m. and 1:00-1:30 p.m.

A prepared LUNCH is NOT INCLUDED in the program. Sandwiches, soup and pastries can be purchased nearby and conference participants are welcome to use the Nalanda dining room for seating and socializing during the lunch break.

Click HERE to register for the conference and/or to register a child for Dharma activities.

If you are interested in volunteering for Dharma activities with children, please contact