Welcome. In the 21st century we have an ocean of resources. We’re not lacking information, knowledge, or wisdom. What we need is a mind that is capable of processing it all.

Upcoming Program & Events

Have you considered formally entering the Buddhist path by making a commitment and receiving Refuge Vows from a qualified Preceptor?
Anyone who wishes to take Refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha is welcome. There are no prerequisites except a genuine heart desire to make the commitment to enter the Buddhist path.
Refuge Vows will be bestowed on April 5th at Nalandabodhi Boulder
If you would like to receive Refuge Vows, or would like to know more about it, please contact Meg Miller, Nalandabodhi Boulder Practice Coordinator, meg.miller@icloud.com

Nalandabodhi Study Curriculum:  The Foundational Buddhism Series

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The first series of classes, covers the basic views of the early schools that under pin the whole of the Buddhist Path including Mahayana and Vajrayana. Topics such as the four noble truths, the 3 trainings of discipline, meditation and wisdom and the 12 Nidanas will be covered in depth. Also covered will be the history of the 2 main schools and their views of indirect and direct realism. These understandings give us insight into what the Buddha himself taught and how it is a blueprint for liberation and realization. We will discuss the 5 skandhas and how they effect our conception of the self.
Ponlop Rinpoche has developed this curriculum to give his students the depth of understanding needed to truly practice and manifest Buddhadharma around the world. The intention is that these classes enhance our study, meditation and daily lives in practical and useful ways. We want the rubber to meet the road!
Date:  Tuesday, Feb. 11th 2020 (Class will run 6 to 7 weeks depending how fast we cover the material)
Time:  7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Nalandabodhi Boulder at 100 Arapahoe #6
Cost:  $65 , text is $15
This is a very fun class and we will have time for Q and A and discussion.
If you have questions, please contact Steve Burden at sherablt@gmail.com


Dharma Protectors – An Evening Discussion with Sarah Harding

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In this week before Losar, our Tibetan new year celebration, please join us at Nalandabodhi where Sarah will talk about the history and function of dharma protectors.

Some questions to consider: What is it we are protecting?  How do protector rituals help? How is the relationship with protectors different than other practices?

Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1974 and has been teaching and translating since completing a three-year retreat in 1980 under the guidance of Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche. Her publications include Creation and CompletionThe Life and Revelations of Pema LingpaTreasury of Knowledge: Esoteric Instructions, and Niguma, Lady of Illusion. She is an associate professor at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has been teaching since 1992, and has been a fellow of the Tsadra Foundation since 2000

Date:  Wednesday, February 19  7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location:  100 Arapaho, #6, Boulder

Suggested Donation: $15

To register go to https://boulder.nalandabodhi.org/events/dharma-protectors-evening-discussion-sarah-harding/


LOSAR 2020 Year of the IRON RAT

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Join us at Odantapuri to mark the end of the old year of the Earth Sow and welcome the new year of the Iron Rat!

All events are open to the public—everyone is invited!

Special Event!

Dharma Protectors – an evening discussion with Sarah Harding

Wednesday, 19 February, 7:00 pm

Hear about the history and function of dharma protectors: What is it we are protecting? How do protector rituals help? Donation requested. (Ssee above for more info)

Three Nights of Protector Chants

Thursday, 20 February, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Friday, 21 February, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Saturday, 22 February, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Purify negativity from the past year — clear away obstacles for the coming year. The atmosphere is charged with their fierce compassionate activity! Come to one, two, or all three evenings.

Losar Day Community Celebration

Monday 24 February 8:00am–10:00am

We gather bright and early for the traditional lhasang (smoke offering) and chants of praise, aspiration, and auspiciousness. Enjoy our traditional New Year’s breakfast! Beverages & fruit & bread will be provided courtesy of NB Boulder. Please bring a breakfast-type food offering to share.


Beginning Meditation — A 5-week Introductory Course

Through meditation you come to know and become friends with your mind—
you first learn to tame your mind so that later you can train it.


Discover your basic heart of goodness.

From learning the basics of calm abiding meditation to sustaining a meditation practice at home —the course begins with establishing the postures of body, speech, mind, and progresses through different methods of calm abiding and insight meditation.

Along the way, we cultivate mindfulness, gentleness, and skill in working with our minds and emotions, and we explore how we can bring it into our daily life. Each class will include practical instruction, a period of meditation practice, and discussion in an interactive, respectful environment. Topics related to meditation and the obstacles to meditation will be covered. Discussion will focus on meditation techniques and experience and selected readings from Rebel Buddha.

Date & Time:  Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, March 12 – April 9, 2020

Location:  Nalandabodhi Boulder, 100 Arapahoe Ave #6, Boulder 80302

Recommended BookRebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Facilitators: Kim Haroche and Diane Crawford are senior students of Ponlop Rinpoche with years of meditation practice and study.

Cost: $25; register in the first class or online at the link below

To register:  https://boulder.nalandabodhi.org/events/10362/

For more information, contact Meg Miller meg.miller@icloud.com. Please let Meg know if you register online.


The Many Meanings of Awakened Mind

A talk and discussion by Dr. Dan Hirshberg

Thursday, March 5,  7 to 8:30 pm

Nalandabodhi Boulder, 100 Arapahoe #6

Suggested donation: $15

When the Buddha (“Awakened One”) attained complete liberation from suffering, to what exactly did he awaken? This singular moment, abstract concept, and indescribable experience resides at the very heart of the Buddhist tradition, and yet just as Buddhism evolved and diversified over its long history, so have the definitions of bodhicitta or “awakened mind.” Progressing from Vedic iterations of the terms through the three Buddhist vehicles (yana) to their apex in the Great Perfection, Dan will introduce the historical evolution of this fundamental concept and focus on some of its practical applications as a definitive component of the Buddhist path.

 Dan Hirschberg

Dan Hirshberg, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Mary Washington, where he serves as Director of the Contemplative Studies program and Associate Director of the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies. Intensively studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism for nearly twenty-five years, he has completed numerous meditation retreats, traveled extensively throughout Buddhist Asia, and received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2012. His first book on the life and mythology of Padmasambhava, titled Remembering the Lotus-Born, won Honorable Mention (second place) for the E. Gene Smith Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. He has been a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and an active member of the Nitartha Translation Network since 2004, and is the founding co-director of Nalandabodhi of Northern Virginia (est. 2018).

To Register go to:  https://boulder.nalandabodhi.org/events/10356/

Navigating Turbulent Times:

Introducing Joanna Macy’s teachings of the Work That Reconnects

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This program will introduce the foundational practices of Joanna Macy’s root teaching of the Work That Reconnects, both for our own restoration and to grow our capacity to share these practices with our communities.  The program will be experiential and interactive with times for contemplation and being in nature.

We will explore how we can navigate these turbulent times together, how we can stay awake to what is occurring in our world and be of better service to the Earth and all its inhabitants.  How do we strengthen our inner resources to do the work of justice? How can we cultivate richer webs of social connectivity and rise up with renewed vitality, imagination and joy?

Friday night a context and framing of the Work That Reconnects will be presented.  Saturday, key practices will be introduced and explored with an opportunity to share our experiences.

Sherry Ellms is Associate Professor in the Environmental Studies and Resilient Leadership Programs at Naropa University.  She also teaches in the Ecopsychology department.  She has trained with Joanna Macy and is the Faculty Director of the Joanna Macy Center at Naropa and a certified facilitator in Macy’s root teaching,  the Work That Reconnects. She is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Non-Violent Communication.  She has offered programs and retreats in spiritual and secular settings and to community non-profit organizations.  Trained at the School of Lost Borders, she leads nature-based programs as a methodology for transforming our strong emotions into inspired engagement with our world and revitalize our inherent interconnection to all forms of life. She is committed to applying this work to earth stewardship, personal sustainability, and climate justice.  As a member of Green Faith, (People of diverse religious backgrounds in service of the Earth) she feels spiritually based organizations have much to offer the world at this time in Planet Earth’s evolution.

Date:  March 13, 7:00pm – 8:30pm & March 14, 9:30 – 12:30

Location:  Nalandabodhi Boulder, 100 Arapaho Ave. #6

Suggested Donation:  $15 for Friday, $25 for the entire program (please plan to attend both days or just friday night). No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

To Register go to: https://boulder.nalandabodhi.org/events/navigating-turbulent-times-sherry-elms/


The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma


The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma were taught by the Buddha Shakyamuni. They are reminders of the preciousness of our human birth, death and impermanence, the natural law of cause and effect called Karma, and the shortcomings of samsara.
With a solid understanding and practice of The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma, we are able to develop a stable Dharma practice and understanding of the true nature of phenomena.
These fundamental teachings are beneficial to beginners and seasoned practitioners alike—a great opportunity to meditate and learn with others.
Lama Rabten (2)
Lama Rabten Tshering is the resident teacher and Spiritual Director of Nalandabodhi Canada. Under his father’s guidance, Lama Rabten’s dharma education started at a young age: learning music and memorizing Karma Kagyu tantras. He spent his early years at Rumtek Monastery, the principal seat of Gyalwang Karmapa in Sikkim, India, where he expanded his study and practice in the Tsurphu tradition—training in Vajrayana ritual (i.e. music, torma, memorizing tantras, dance, etc.) In 1992 Lama Rabten was appointed Disciplinary Master of Rumtek Monastery by Tai Situ Rinpoche and Goshir Gyaltsap Rinpoche, and carried out this responsibility for five years.
In 1997, Lama Rabten entered three-year retreat at Pullahari Retreat Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal. There he completed even more extensive training in meditation and tantra under the guidance of Drupon Khenpo Lodro Namgyal, Bokar Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.
To serve the Nalandabodhi community, Lama Rabten came to Canada in 2002 under the invitation of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. He currently teaches regularly at Maitrivana, Nalandabodhi Canada’s headquarters in Vancouver; and travels to Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax to teach and guide students in their meditation practices. He is a first-class calligrapher, offering both Tibetan calligraphy and language instruction. Lama Rabten is fluent in several languages, including Tibetan, Mandarin, and English.
Date:  April 17, 7-8:30 & April 18, 9:30 – 4:00
Location:  Nalandabodhi Boulder, 100 Arapaho Ave #6
Suggested Donation: $20 Friday night, $75 full weekend


Nitartha Institute: Mind & Its World 1


At Nitartha Institute, everyday thought and speech serve as tools for discovering definitive meaning, the unconditioned wisdom and spontaneous compassion of the buddhadharma. Combining an in-depth course of study with training in meditation and analysis, the Institute introduces 21st century students to the complete Tibetan Buddhist science of mind.

Course Description:

This course explores the criteria of a valid cognition and its various classifications, based on the teachings of the Pramana tradition, or Buddhist epistemology and cognitive psychology. We will analyze our consciousness and determine to what degree it is in agreement with its observed object or not; when our mind is direct or not; what the difference is between deceiving and non-deceiving, mistaken and non-mistaken, conceptual and non-conceptual types of awareness. We will also study the objects of perceiving subjects.

Date:  Mondays, January 6th – March 30th

Time:  7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Nalandabodhi Boulder, 100 Arapaho Ave, #6

Cost: $200 (discounts are available if needed at the time you register under the PPFA section)

Registration form: (click here),

For registration questions contact

Francis Sullivan Francis.Sullivan@arraybiopharma.com or

Elena Weiss at eweiss@nitarthainstitute.org

Texts:  To order please contact Karen Wallace at bookstore@nitarthainstitute.org

Mind and its World I Sourcebook    $56.74

Lorik root text  $23.46

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche founded Nitartha Institute in 1996, under the guidance of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. The parent organization is Nitartha International, an educational organization dedicated to the preservation of Tibet’s heritage of religious and philosophical texts. Though the focus of our curriculum is the Kagyü and Nyingma understanding of the Dharma, the Institute upholds the importance of non-sectarianism and appreciation of the many forms of Buddhism. Students of any background are welcome and encouraged to attend—the Institute is open to all who are interested in deepening their study and practice of Buddhism.  https://nitarthainstitute.org/

Sunday Open Meditation

All are welcome!

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The sitting practice of meditation is an invaluable tool!
Come join us any Sunday morning between 9:00 and 11:00 AM.
We offer basic instruction at 9 am and continue with mindful sitting and walking meditation.

Green Tara Practice from 11:00 to 12:30 on the 1st Sunday of the month

On the 4th Sunday of the month, we have Open Heart Circle practice from 11:00 – 11:30 to send prayers to those who are ill or have recently died.  

Nalandabodhi Mission Statement:

 Offering the timeless wisdom and boundless compassion of the Buddha to inspire individuals and create kind communities in today’s world

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