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Please join us for the 2017 Winter Retreat!

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Stages of Meditation

with Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Acharya Lhakpa Tshering, and Mitra Mark Power

early registration ends Thursday, Nov. 30

Cultivate your path to deeper meditation practice…

Learn and practice calm abiding (shamatha) meditation and the stages of analytical meditation at a 3-, 4-, or 5-day residential meditation retreat at St. Thomas Seminary. Prepare yourself for the New Year with good friends, amazing teachers, and a great community of meditators.

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Registration is now open.  Click to register.

Jump to the retreat details hereShare on Facebook, or download and share our PDF flyer.

     

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Join us for Fall Classes and Activities

As fall gets underway, we warmly invite you to join us for meditation, classes, and other activities.

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On Tuesdays starting Sept. 9

Acharya Lhakpa Tshering - teaching on Patrul Rinpoche’s “Nine Considerations and Criteria for Benefiting Beings”

We are very fortunate that Acharya Lhakpa Tshering, our NB East Coast resident teacher and advisor, will be staying with us for most of September, and will teach on Patrul Rinpoche’s practical and inspiring text, “Nine Considerations and Criteria for Benefiting Beings.” The teaching is suitable for all levels of Buddhist students and practitioners. All are warmly invited and encouraged to attend. Click for details

Saturdays, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18

Shamatha morning meditation; pot luck lunch; sangha meeting

All are welcome to attend any part of our monthly shamatha meditation mornings, which include Tara or Open Heart Circle practice on select days, or come for our pot luck lunch and sangha meeting. See the Event Calendar for details for each date.

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The Altruistic Heart – teaching on the Four Immeasurables by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (video series)

The “four immeasurables” or “four limitless ones”— loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity— form a series of meditative trainings designed to allow our inherent qualities of altruism to be transformed from dormant seeds to a loving presence that can be enjoyed by ourselves and everyone we are connected to.  Rinpoche introduces the view and meditation practices of these four trainings. See event details here.

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Emotional Rescue workshop coming again soon!

 

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Join us for a 5-week workshop based on the book by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche:
Emotional Rescue: How to Work With Your Emotions To Transform Hurt And Confusion Into Energy That Empowers You.

The workshop will run weekly on Wednesdays, from May 3rd to May 31st, from 7:30 pm to 9:00pm at Nalandabodhi CT in Bloomfield.

In this life-changing book, acclaimed Buddhist teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche shows how to free yourself from being a victim of your emotions by gaining the awareness and understanding that will help you harness their power.

Rooted in his experience of the Buddhist path, which teaches that the key to understanding your emotions is to get to know your mind, Dzogchen Ponlop created the 3 Step Emotional Rescue Plan to help familiarize us with the inner workings of our emotions. Using the steps Mindful Gap, Clear Seeing, and Letting Go, we move from being victims to partners to creative collaborators with these profound energies. “When we bring awareness to our emotions, something truly amazing happens,” he writes. “They lose their power to make us miserable.”

Register at: http://ct.nalandabodhi.org/event-details/emotional-rescue-register/

To learn more about the book: https://emotionalrescue.info/

To read an in-depth interview with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on Emotional Rescue: https://emotionalrescue.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Emotional-Rescue-Dzogchen-Ponlop-Interview-QA.pdf

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Songs and Stories Of Milarepa, with Chris Stagg

Friday March 24 6:30-8:30PM & Saturday March 25 9AM-Noon & 2-4:30PM

forthcoming translation by Chris Stagg

forthcoming translation by Chris Stagg

Milarepa (c. 1052-1135 CE) is perhaps Tibet’s most renowned Buddhist yogi and saint, and Milarepa’s songs are filled with expressions of his great realization. They cut right to the heart of the wisdom which leads to liberation.

Chris Stagg will lead us in a weekend of singing and instruction on the life and lessons of Milarepa, starting with his life story on Friday evening. We will both learn about and get a taste of Milarepa’s tradition of singing dohas through Chris’s exposition and our own direct experience of singing.

Chris is an accomplished Tibetan translator and professional musician and music teacher. He is the translator of the forthcoming The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (available on Sept. 5, 2017 from Amazon or Shambhala Publications)

“Milarepa and his songs have been perhaps the greatest source of spiritual inspiration for all Tibetan Buddhists. For a long time, there has been a need for a new and accessible translation of these extraordinary songs. Christopher Stagg has worked with contemporary masters of the lineage and his translation is accurate, lucid, and inspiring.” —Ringu Tulku (from the Shambhala Publications book page

Friday Night Schedule

  • 6:30-7:00 PM:  Registration-Snacks
  • 7:00-8:30 PM:  Singing & instruction

Saturday Schedule

  • 9:00-9:30 AM:  Registration-Snacks
  • 9:30-10:15: AM  Meditation
  • 10:30-Noon:  Singing & instruction
  • Noon-2 PM:  Lunch
  • 2:00-2:45 PM:  Meditation
  • 3:00-4:30 PM:  Singing & instruction/Q&A

Register Now!

Please enjoy this version of Aspiration For The World, by His Holiness The 17 Gwalwang Karmapa,

Music and Arrangement by Tyler Dewar & Chris Stag

https://www.chronicleproject.com/mp3/2009_earth/hhk_aspiration.mp3

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More “Aha!” Moments from the Winter Retreat

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Although it can be challenging to express the impact of receiving teachings directly from masters, we asked those who attended the winter retreat to recall their personal moments of deep insight and inspiration. The remarkable presence and words of Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyalsten, Acharya Lhakpa Tshering, and Mitra Mark Power brought forth many moments of sudden insight during this year’s Winter Retreat. Please enjoy more “aha” moments and photographs from the retreat. (Click the photos for a full size version. Earlier “ahas” and photos are here.)

“Lama Tenpa’s discussion about our terror of being isolated, disconnected, and separate enabled me to consider my loneliness in a new way. It doesn’t scare me. (At this moment, anyway!)”

“Love the term non-dual present moment. A refreshing term for emptiness.”

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“I didn’t realize that I would be spending the weekend with family. I consider Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso to be one of my primary teachers and his presence was palpable.”

“Just relax—relaxation… I know ‘no duh’ but I can take this in more deeply now. “

“I found Acharya Lhakpa’s opening teaching on the ground of the union of the two truths, the path of merit and wisdom, and the fruition of the two kayas to be very powerful— as well as his reminder not to denigrate the ‘relative truth’, because if you do, it’s not a real union.”

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Join us next year for the Nalandabodhi East Coast Winter Retreat, and discover your own “Aha!” moments with our esteemed teachers and friends. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Much gratitude to Karen de Luna for taking and providing these great photographs from the retreat.

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