Upcoming Programs & Events

Songs of Boundless Freedom: The Doha Tradition of the Indian Mahasiddhas

Nov. 30th – Dec. 2nd

 During this weekend, we will explore the life stories of some well-known mahāsiddhas (such as Saraha, Śavaripa, Tilopa, und Maitrīpa) and sing a selection of their songs.


Every Tibetan Buddhist knows the life story and the songs of realization of the great Tibetan yogī Milarepa. The many songs of awakening by his Indian predecessors, most famously the eighty-four mahāsiddhas, are much less known but equally profound, beautiful, and inspiring.

Most of these songs were uttered spontaneously on the spot. And many are quite unconventional and outrageous in thinking and conduct. They often use rich symbolism and profound metaphors. Their style is more like modern poetry or song lyrics than traditional Buddhist texts, creating an evocative rather than systematic atmosphere.

The songs are a rhetoric of paradox, attempting to beat the dualistic mind with its own weapons and directing the mind beyond usual black-and-white thinking. It is a scent of boundless freedom, openness, and bliss, paired with a deep caring for suffering beings, that wafts through these songs as expressions of supreme awakening.

Friday, November 30th:  7:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday, December 1st:  10:00am -12:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Sunday, December 2nd: 11:00am – 12:30pm

$65 for the weekend, $50 webcast(more info to come), $20/talk

We want everyone to experience this special event so please talk to the registrar if payment is a concern.


Karl was originally trained, and worked, as a physician in Germany. Since 1988, he received his Buddhist and Tibetan language training mainly at Marpa Institute For Translators in Kathmandu, Nepal (director: Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche) and also studied Tibetology, Buddhology, and Sanskrit at Hamburg University, Germany. Since 1989, Karl served as a translator, interpreter, and Buddhist teacher mainly in Europe, India, and Nepal. Since 1999, he is one of the senior translators and teachers at Nalandabodhi and Nitartha Institute (director: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche) in North America, Asia, and Europe. In addition, he regularly taught at Gampo Abbey’s Vidyadhara Institute from 2000–2007. He is the author and translator of about twenty books on Buddhism, some translated into several languages, such as The Center of the Sunlit SkyStraight from the HeartWhen the Clouds PartThe Heart Attack Sutra (all Snow Lion Publications), and A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart (Wisdom Publications). Karl lives and teaches in Seattle and currently works on translating the Seventh Karmapa’s collection of Indian Mahāmudrā texts.

Lama Tenpa Wednesday Evening Teachings

37 Practices of the Bodhisattva

September 12 through December 12, 6:30 to 8:30, with meditation from 6:30 to 7:00

Lama Tenpa will teach on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva, profound text by Togmey Zangpo on becoming a bodhisattva .  It’s a short text but timely and beautiful and practical.   The talks are Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30.  Please join us at 6:30 for a 30 minute mediation.   Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen is a professor of Buddhist studies and Tibetan language at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.  His teachings are joyful and insightful.

Audience:    Open to all.

Date and Time: Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30.  Join us at 6:30 for sitting meditation.  Talks will start promptly at 7:0o PM.  Every Wednesday from September 12 – December 12. No class on Oct. 31 or Nov. 21st.

Suggested donation $15 per evening.  Or, $125 for all of the talks.  Or, checks or cash at the door.

Contact:  Eileen Kay at eileenkay1027@msn.com or Steve Burden at sherablt@gmail.com

To register and donate go here … 


Mahayana Study Course

Not Even a Middle

Tuesdays, starting September 11 from 7:00 to 8:30

Path to EnlightenmentAnnouncing the next class in our Mahayana series! It is “Not even a Middle”!  This class covers the Madhyamaka or “Emptiness” teachings.  Ponlop Rinpoche has emphasized the importance of the Madhyamaka view and how it is crucial to truly understanding and practicing Mahamudra, Dzogchen, Yogachara and other aspects of Vajrayana as well as working with emotions and settling your mind.
The class will will cover the Five Great Reasonings, the two major Rangtong Madhyamaka schools, Relative and Absolute Truth and delve into the benefits and results of realizing emptiness.  There will be a meditation practicum and we discuss the compatibility of Madyamaka and Yogachara.  This class has a lot of practical and experiential aspectsand will taught with this in mind.
Date/Time:  Tuesday Sept. 11th through Nov. 13 (10 weeks) from 7:00 to 8:30
Cost:   $65 for members, $75 for  non-members and the text will run $15. If you have taken the class before you may retake it for free. If tuition is a issue please contact Steve.
Contact:  Steve Burden at sherablt@gmail.com
For more information and to register go here ….

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.

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

Lujong Practice from 11:00 to 12:30 on the 2nd 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.  

Wisdom Body Lujong: Tibetan Yoga

11 am to Noon at Nalandabodhi – 100 Arapahoe #6

Those interested in doing lujong, please join us for a monthly practice session on second Sundays of the month following our regular Sunday sitting.

Guided group practice with time for discussion, questions and clarifications.

Hope to see you: Nov. 11 / Dec. 9 / Jan. 13 / Feb. 10…

Please contact Eileen Kay with any questions eileenkay1027@msn.com

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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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