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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

Introduction to Meditation 5-Week Class

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

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This 5 week class will introduce the basics of beginning a meditation practice at home. The classes will progress from proper body posture, mindfulness techniques, skill development and working with mind, through support in sustaining a practice at home.

Each class will include time for meditation practice, discussion and reflection. Topics related to meditation and obstacles to meditation will be covered. We will also address questions related to suggested readings from Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

We invite you to join us in discovering the timeless and practical wisdom of mindfulness meditation and how you can bring it into your daily life in a gentle and joyful way. The following topics of interest will be explored, plus much more…

  • Body posture
  • Wakefulness
  • Is meditation rebellious?
  • Benefits of mindfulness
  • Finding precision & balance
  • Present moment awareness
  • Thoughts & emotions
  • Letting go of assumptions – what are we really experiencing?
  • Analytical mediation – developing insight
  • Suffering & the self

Date & Time:  Thursdays, Sept. 5 – Oct. 3, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location:  100 Arapaho #6, Boulder

Suggested Price:  $5 per class

Suggested Materials:  Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpohce.

*Handouts can also be provided upon request.

Facilitators:  Rachel Seely (rcseely@gmail.com) and Meg Miller (meg.miller@icloud.com) are senior students of Ponlop Rinpoche and share over 40 years of combined experience with meditation practice and study. Rachel is Co-Director of Nalandabodhi Boulder and Meg is currently the Practice Coordinator. Together they will introduce the essential points of developing or refreshing your meditation practice.

 

Traveling from Confusion to Original Sanity

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This class is about working with emotions in a practical and very doable way. The first class covers what is meant by Original Sanity and how we can tap into this basic ground.  The second class looks at how confusion and conflicting emotions develop and in the last two classes we learn exercises, and how mindfulness helps us to see the true nature of thoughts and emotions and how we can tame them.  This class is based on learning real world practices and solutions for improving and understanding our emotional life.
Date:  4 weeks, Sept. 10 – Oct. 1
Time:  7:00pm – 8:30-m
Cost:  $35, $15 for the text
Location:  Nalandabodhi, 100 Arapahoe #6, Boulder, CO 80302
Facilitators will be Francis Sullivan and Robbie Rettmer. Contact Steve Burden for more info. sherablt@gmail.com

Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen: Bodhicaryavatara

“The Way of the Bodhisattva”

We are pleased to announce the topic of Lama Tenpa’s fall series.  He will teach on Shantideva’s  “Bodhicaryavatara” otherwise known as “the Way of the Bodhisattva”.  This profound and classic text is from 700AD and was written at the famed Buddhist Center Nalanda in India. This text has been an inspiration for students down through the ages.
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Acharya Lama Tenpa is a faculty member at Naropa and a guiding member of the Nitartha Institute faculty.  He is a scholar and translator and is revered around the world for his ability to teach such profound and essential texts in a clear and direct manner.
Contact Steve sherablt@gmail.com  or Rachel rcseely@gmail.com for more info
Date: September 18 – December 4th
            No class November 27th for Thanksgiving Holiday
Time: Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: 100 Arapaho Ave #6, Boulder
Suggested Cost:  $15/class
* Online Zoom registration will be coming soon!

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at Nalandabodhi Boulder

Teaching and Meditation Program!

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Tuesday, 10/8, 7:30pm – 9:00pm & Wednesday, 10/9, 8:30am – 4:30 pm

There will be meditation sessions as well as periods of silent practice throughout the day.

Tuesday, 10/8

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Teaching Session 1, Introduction

Wednesday, 10/9

8:30 – 10:15 am:  Meditation practice & Walking meditation
10:30 to Noon: Teaching Session 2
1:30 – 2:30 pm – Meditation practice
2:45 – 4:30 pm: Teaching Session 3

Location: 100 Arapaho, #6, Boulder

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters such as HH the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche.  He has served as Professor of Tibetology in Sikkim for 17 years. His doctoral thesis was on the Ecumenical Movement in Tibet.

Since 1990 he has been traveling and teaching Buddhism and meditation at more than 50 universities, Institutes and Buddhist Centers in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. He has also participated in various interfaith dialogues.  For a  self-professed ‘lazy lama ‘ he has authored approximately 20 books on Buddhism as well as some children’s books, both in Tibetan and European languages!

He founded Bodhicharya, an international organization that coordinates the worldwide activities to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings, to promote intercultural dialogues and educational and social projects. He also founded Rigul Trust which supports his projects in his birthplace, Rigul, Tibet.

Rinpoche is the Official Representative of his Holiness the 17th Karmapa for Europe and the founder of Karmapa Foundation Europe.

 

Nalandabodhi Tara Drupchen 2019

Tara Drupchen 2019
Put it on your calendars now!
Arya Tara in Boulder!
Friday – Sunday, September 20 – 22
All are welcome!
Schedule of practice sessions and talks TBD.
Practice the full sadhana together with the Tara Drupchen at NalandaWest via Zoom.
To make a sangha-wide prayer request or an offering:

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Naropa University

Sanity within Chaos

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Believe it or not, it is possible to dwell in a state of calmness even within the most intense periods of outer, or even inner, chaos. Fortunately for ourselves, the Buddha emphasized that we do not have to believe this; we can actually experience it for ourselves. According to the Buddhist approach to meditation, the possibility of “achieving” calmness exists because calmness is a quality of our mind’s native or natural state; it doesn’t need to be added. Once we connect with this inherent calmness even a little bit, we can recall it in flashes even in the most blustery of situations. During this program, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will share pith advice and instruction on how to access calmness as if it were in palm of the hand.

Friday night talk – 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Sat. morning sitting meditation – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Sat. morning Rinpoche talk – 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Lunch on your own – 12:00 -1:30 p.m.
Sat. afternoon – Discussion groups 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Sat. afternoon – Rinpoche talk 3:30- 5:00 p.m.
*Duplicate schedule for Sunday

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a widely celebrated Buddhist teacher and the author of Emotional Rescue, Rebel Buddha, and other books. A lover of music, art and urban culture, Rinpoche is a poet, photographer, accomplished calligrapher and visual artist, as well as a prolific author. Rinpoche is the founder, president, and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi, an international community of Buddhist centers.
Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is known for his sharp intellect, humor, and easygoing teaching style, for launching the kindness initiative and for his outreach to communities internationally.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Kristin Anderson-Bohan at 303-546-3593 or kbohan@naropa.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

To purchase tickets go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breeze-of-simplicity-sanity-within-chaos-tickets-67297830623

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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Upcoming Program & Events

Thursday Evening Gatherings
Our salons promise to be very eclectic and interesting, attracting curious intellectuals and artistic souls

Please join us!
Nalandabodhi Boulder – 100 Arapaho, #6
7:00 – 8:30 pm Thursdays
Donation requested

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August 8 – Peter Lynch / Discussions on Indigenous Cultures

Please join in a conversation as we share some grounding principles of the cultures of indigenous peoples of the Plains and Mountain West. The approach will be impressionistic rather than pedagogical as we talk about these marvelous Native Groups.

SAVE THE DATES!

Details coming soon!

Introduction to Meditation

5 week course beginning September 5th

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

October 8th & 9th

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

October 18-20th at Naropa University

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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Green Tara Practice

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.  

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Upcoming Program and Events

Thursday Evening Gatherings
Our salons promise to be very eclectic and interesting, attracting curious intellectuals and artistic souls

Please join us!
Nalandabodhi Boulder – 100 Arapaho, #6
7:00 – 8:30 pm Thursdays
Donation requested

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CANCELLED

July 11 – Jen Taylor / Crafting a Novel, Write What You Know

Called Home, a Novel from the South Dakota Prairie is a work of fiction. Writing this was a journey back to the time period (mid-1970′s) when I left my hometown. It was an opportunity for me to remember the speech, mannerisms, and the narrowness of the community as well as the expansiveness and lonely beauty of the landscape.

July 25 – Johanna Alper / From the Cushion into the Marketplace – the Magical 5 Elements of Compassionate Business Success

For Healers, Therapists, Coaches, and Creatives.

Love what you do, but hate to market? Wanting to attract more clients in a compassionate and non-sales-y way? In this engaging presentation you will learn how Chinese Medicine’s 5 Elements can help you attract and serve more clients and prosper with Right Livelihood.

Johanna Alper has had a successful Classical Acupuncture and teaching business for 38 years. She now coaches, healers and therapists in a proven and successful coaching model based on seeing our businesses as living systems that need all of Nature’s 5 Elements to thrive.

August 8 – Peter Lynch / Discussions on Indigenous Cultures

Please join in a conversation as we share some grounding principles of the cultures of indigenous peoples of the Plains and Mountain West. The approach will be impressionistic rather than pedagogical as we talk about these marvelous Native Groups.

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

2nd Sundays, 11:00

CANCELLED – Eileen will be out of town in May and June

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.

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

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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Upcoming Program & Events

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Abhidharmakosha
with Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi
December 31 – January 12

Join us for Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi’s fourth year of teachings on the Eighth Karmapa’s commentary for Vasubandhu’s Treasury of Higher Knowledge (Abhidharmakośa) in Boulder or online, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 through Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019!

This course is an in-depth study of Abhidharmakośa – the seminal work of Buddhist Abhidharma tradition – based on the commentary by the Eight Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554). Abhidharmakośa consists of eight chapters. The first six chapters, taught in three previous retreats, cover topics of phenomenology (skandhas, āyatanas, dhātus); the truth of suffering; the outer vessel (the world) and its inner contents (sentient beings); and karma, from which the world and its beings arise; mental afflictions, as well as the path of relinquishing afflictions.This time, Acharya Kelzang will be teaching the last two chapters, seven and eight, covering topics of wisdoms gained on the path, and absorptions from which the wisdoms arise.Acharya Kelzang will teach in Tibetan, with oral translation by Jules Levinson. The teachings will be presented in the format of an intensive two-week retreat.
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Context:
These teachings are part of Nitartha Institute’s Advanced Curriculum and Vasubandhu’s text is one of two final texts we need taught to complete the translation of oral teachings into English for all the major texts of the Tibetan monastic college (shedra) curriculum. After 20 years of such teaching and translation effort, we are now just about to finish the first set of teachings on all these major texts, so this is another huge milestone for Nitartha!Acharya Kelzang Wangdi teaches for practitioners, so, while the material can be detailed, he regularly connects the material to practice. However, given the specialized, detailed nature of these materials and the limited time, students who have not completed the Intermediate curriculum are kindly requested to refrain from asking questions.
Who can attend?
This course is offered for residential and online students. Everyone is welcome to attend the live talks for free at the Nalandabodhi center in Boulder, Colorado. It is suggested that students offer a donation for attending talks.This course is also offered online, which makes the course recordings and any handouts available online for both residential and online students for a fee (see below). The lectures will be available in real-time webcast with the option to view or listen to the archived lectures later.Cost & Registration:
Students choosing to access the course online (live or archived):
$100 regular ($50 for Students and Seniors)
In-person only students (without online access): Free
Daily Schedule:
Dec. 31, 2018 – Jan. 12, 2019
No class on Sunday, January 6.Class:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch break:  12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Class:  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
You are warmly invited to attend any session of the course that fits your schedule!
Required text:
Jewels from the Treasury: Vasubandhu’s Verses on the Treasury of Abhidharma and Its Commentary Youthful Play by the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje, translated by David Karma Choephel, 2012, KTD Publications.
You can order this text directly from the KTD Bookstore or on Amazon.
Location:
Odantapuri, Nalandabodhi Boulder, 100 Arapahoe Ave, #6, Boulder CO
Questions? Email us at info@nitarthainstitute.org or call us at 720-310-0422!

To Register …

Winter Kado

The practice of ikebana or the path of flowers is a beautiful practice and contemplative path.

It teaches us that everyone has the instinct and courage for artistic talent.

Skill develops with curiosity, receptivity, guidance from a trained instructor, and practice.

Please join us for the opportunity to learn basic patterns of harmony and mindfulness in working with branches, flowers, water, space, intuition and elegance.

Classes cover the basics of ikebana from how to cut a stem to how to place plant materials in a container.

There will also be readings and exercises on perception and contemplation to allow for reflection and appreciation while new perspectives and creativity flourish.

Class is always open for each student at their own pace, exploring varied materials, themes and the Sogetsu curriculum.

There will be both beginners and more experienced students in the classes.

     Winter Series with Eileen Kay, Sogetsu Somu Certificate Teacher

   Limited to 8 - eileenkay1027@msn.com / 303-449-0192

Winter Session

November 30 / December 14 / January 4, 18 / February 1, 15 

3 – 5 pm   100 Arapaho #6 Boulder

Classes include: flowers and plant materials, use of supplies: clipper, container, etc., demonstration, hands on instruction and critique.

Purchase of a text is recommended ($25), $125 – full 6 class session, $25 drop in

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Yogachara, Mind Only, and Shentong

January. 22 – March 5, 7:00-8:30pm

This class is based on developing an experiential understanding of how mind functions. We will look at the Three Natures or the three levels of operation according to the Yogacharya.  This will involve looking at mind’s endless projections and how they create delusion and suffering.  We will contrast Madhyamaka and Yogacharya and see how Shentong approaches the qualities of Buddha Nature. Two meditation practicums will be included with the themes of “The Four Yogic Practices” and “Resting in Mind’s Natural Luminosity”.  This class looks at how we get caught in our web of confusion and gives us a practical path to overcoming our mistaken views.
When: Jan.22 – March 5,  7 Tuesdays from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.
Cost:  $60 for members and $70 for non members. The text is $15.
Location: 100 Arapahoe Ave., #6, Boulder, CO.
Please come and join us for this very profound class!
If you have any questions or payment issues please contact Steve Burden at sherablt@gmail.com

Awakening of Faith with Venerable Dammadipa

Five practices in the awakening of faith with samatha/vipassana

Friday, January 25th & Saturday, January 26th

Venerable Dammadipa will present teachings on the Mahayana-sharaddhotpada-shastra – Treatise on the Awakening of Faith.  This is a brief but influential exposition of the fundamentals of Mahayana Buddhism from the Sanskrit poet Ashvaghosa.  There are not references, texts or commentaries originating in Sanskrit about this text, but the book contains one of the clearest presentations of the doctrine of the trikaya of the Buddha.  It discusses the transitory physical body (nirmanakaya), the glorious ‘bliss body’ (sambhogakaya), and the celestial body of the Buddha, (dharmakaya).

Friday, January 25th: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Saturday, January 26th:  9:30am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Friday evening $20 or $50 for the full program (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Location: Odantapuri, Nalandabodhi Boulder,  100 Arapahoe, #6

Over the years Venerable has presented dharma teachings and led meditation retreats around the world. Personally, he has a gentle and easy-going manner. He teaches that the knowledge of the Buddhist way should be applied in practice and verified first hand through direct experience. Venerable Dhammadipa is a rare gem in contemporary Buddhism and a foremost Western teacher with many unique insights.

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Biography - Venerable Dhammadipa (lay name Thomas Peter Gutman) was born in Czechoslovakia in 1949. He studied Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Prague Karl University, studied Russian literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in the late seventies began his Buddhist studies in Berlin, where he had immigrated as a refugee after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.  He received a master’s degree in Chinese literature and philosophy at the University of Paris and has taught French and German while enrolled at Nalanda University in India where he also studied Sanskrit and Buddhist Philosophy. After receiving a degree at Nalanda in 1984, he served as the Associate Librarian at Berlin University.  He has also studied in Japan under Zen Master Harada Serrei Roshi.

In 1987 he ordained as a monk in Meetirigala and was given a Dharma name as Dhammadipa (island of Buddhism or Dharma). He received the full Theravada Bhiksu ordination in Sri Lanka. In 1989, he received the Three-Fold ordination as a Mahayana Monk in Hsi Lai Temple, Los Angeles and began Dharma teaching in US, Germany and Taiwan.  In 1996, Venerable went to Myanmar to practice meditation with the contemporary master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw and was recognized as the first of his Western disciples to teach meditation. He has since been teaching Samatha (tranquil mental states) and Vipassana (direct seeing of the Dharma) meditation at monasteries and universities worldwide.

Venerable Dhammadipa speaks Czech, French, German, English, Russian, and fluent Chinese. He reads and translates Buddhist texts from Pali and Sanskrit. His translated various works in French and Czech and his teachings in Taiwan have been compiled and printed in Chinese.

 

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

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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