Upcoming Program & Events

Have you considered formally entering the Buddhist path by making a commitment and receiving Refuge Vows from a qualified Preceptor?
Nalandabodhi Boulder may offer Refuge Vows in March. 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.
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


Looking at “Ego” Through Buddhism, Psychology and Slang

With Deborah Bowman


The Latin term ego was first used by Freud’s original translator to refer to the “I” as a mediator between raw instincts and social norms.  As psychology became popularized “ego” became a slang term to describe attitudes and behaviors considered selfish and inflated.

In the 70’s Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche began utilizing the term ego to describe a neurotic process resulting in a solidified sense of self that is separate, self-referential and the cause of suffering.  Buddhists around the world have embraced this usage of the term ego and use it regularly to describe the illusion of a static, autonomous and self-oriented identity.

In the Friday night presentation, we will tease out the threads of confusion that arise from the different usages of the term ego significant to popular culture, the field of psychology and Buddhist understanding.

On Saturday we will experientially investigate the implications of these multiple understandings of ego – and how we can utilize this knowledge to deconstruct and hold a “lighter” sense of self.

Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, certified Gestalt therapist and has been in private practice for 32 years.  She retired after serving 28 years as a Naropa University professor where she founded Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Wilderness Therapy and the Naropa Community Counseling center.  Deborah is author of several books including The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love. She enjoys hiking, birdwatching and haiku.

Date: Friday, January 31  7-8:30pm & Saturday, February 1  9:30am-12:30pm

Cost:  Friday $10, Weekend Full Program $25

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

To register go to https://boulder.nalandabodhi.org/events/looking-ego-buddhism-psychology-slang/

For Webcast: please register via PayPal at above link.  We will send you information about connecting to the webcast soon.  We will be using the Zoom app.  If you don’t have already have it on your device, download it from https://zoom.us for your computer, or in your app store for your phone.

Please let David Makowski know that you registered by email at djmakowski99@yahoo.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. 4th 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/


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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