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 Events at Nalandabodhi

Sunday Morning Meditation

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All Are Welcome

Shamatha Meditation every Sunday morning from 9:00 to 11:00

Beginning Meditation Class on the first 3 Sundays of the month from 11:00 to 12:00

Open Heart Practice on the 4th Sunday from 10:30 to 11:00

more information about our meditation practices …

Befriending Small Deaths – Big Deaths

January 29, 7:00 to 9:00

January 30, 10 am – 5:00 pm  and 6:00 – 8:00 pm

January 31, noon to 3:00 pm


BSDBD_background copyApproaching death with curiosity, courage, and spiritual skills allows for fearlessness in facing the unknown.

The small deaths of broken-heartedness, sickness, aging, loss of work and more, offer us practice moments for the big death at the end of life. By relating in a profound way with our small deaths, we build resilience and positive qualities to strengthen our encounter with dying moments as they arise.

We meet in Winter with the promise of Spring for gentle, experiential processes and meditations that draw upon universal principles, as well as Shamanic and Buddhist teachings.

Appropriate for both individuals and those who work in the death & dying field.


Friday, January 29  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 30   10 am – 5:00 pm  and 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, January 31   12 noon – 3:00 pm   Optional mediation: 9:00 am – 12 noon

Cost:  $200 for public, $175 for members

Facilitator and Contact:  Dominie Cappadonna, Ph.D., CT at dominie@truenature.net

  Please register by January 23, very important.  Registration….

Miksang Photography Talk and Book Signing

Effortless-Beauty-COVERNalandabodhi is pleased to host Julie Dubose and Michael Wood for an evening talk on Miksang Photography.  Miksang means “Good Eye” in Tibetan.

Miksang is a form of contemplative photography that asks us to see our world in a new way. In some ways it seems very simple, but it is not always easy.

If we can place our mind’s attention, our awareness, in our sense of sight, we will see vivid, mind stopping perceptions fully and completely, without distraction. And when that happens, we can connect with what we see deeply and intimately.

This requires stillness of mind, patience, and the desire to really see what is there, so that we can understand how to express what we are seeing with our camera simply and precisely.

More at the Miksang web site …

We will have a talk by Julie and Michael and a book signing afterward.  Please join us for a rich and rewarding look at Effortless Beauty through Opening the Good Eye.

Date/Time:  February 5, 7:00 to 9:00

Cost:  Suggested donation of $10

More information …


Intimate relationships can be understood as a concentrated experience of our most basic ways of engaging with life. To escape the inherently disturbing and unsolvable nature of this engagement, most of us rely on familiar formulas which provide some appearance of safety and control but at the cost of genuine presence. Psychotherapy can be very helpful in identifying these formulas, and Buddhist practices can help in dissolving them. Using both, without taking sides, we can approach our intimate relationships as a powerful vehicle for waking up


Bruce Tift, M.A., LMFT, has been in private practice since 1979 and taught at Naropa University for 25 years. A practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism for more than 40 years, he had the good fortune to be a student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and to meet a number of realized teachers.  He is the author of Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation



Date/Time: Saturday February 6
9:30-11:30 Talk and Discussion
11:30-1 Lunch Break
1-3 Talk and Discussion

Cost: $35 Members/ $50 non-Members

More information …

Upcoming Study Programs

“We’re cultivating our intelligence as opposed to expanding or upgrading its contents. It’s like brightening a room by putting a higher-watt lightbulb in a lamp. Suddenly we can see everything in the room much more clearly.”
— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche


Nalandabodhi offers a very comprehensive and accessible study curriculum.  The curriculum is based on talks given by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, a contemporary Tibetan master and lineage holder.  The curriculum covers the foundational teachings and the more advanced teachings of the Mahayana.  The curriculum is designed for those new to Buddhism but can be enjoyed by those with more experience in study and practice.

For more information about the study curriculum …

and/or contact Steve Burden or David Makowski

The Life of the Buddha and the Spiritual Journey  

Note:  this course has been rescheduled — new start date of February 10.

Starting in January, Wednesday Evenings, February 10.  Drop-Ins Are Welcome at Any Class

Buddha Thangka

Curious about Buddhism?  What are the basic teachings in Buddhism?  Is Buddhism a religion?  If not, why?  What is the cause of suffering and discontentment?  What is the path that leads to peace, happiness, and freedom from suffering?

Nalandabodhi is offering a series of talks and courses on foundational Buddhist topics beginning Wednesday, January 20. The introductory courses in the Nalandabodhi Path of Study explore the basic principles of Buddhism.  You will learn about the Four Noble Truths, karma, egolessness, the purpose of mindfulness practices,  and the path that leads to happiness, and freedom from suffering and discontentment.  The courses also lay the foundation for deeper studies, including being introduced to the views of different Buddhist schools.

All are welcome! These classes may be attended as a course or on a drop-in basis.

Discussions are led by senior students.

The courses are $25 and include the sourcebook. This option is for people interested in attending all of the classes.

For drop-in participation, a donation of $5 per evening is requested. You may attend any evening talk or discussion.

A short guided meditation will start each class.

Date/Time: January 20 through February 10, 7:00 to 8:30 PM.  The next course will start shortly after.

Cost: $25 for the 4 classes, including the sourcebook. Othewise, a $5 donation is requested.

Contact:  Steve Burden at sherablt@gmail.com or David Makowski at djmakowski99@yahoo.com

More information and to register … 


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