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Introducing a New “Off the Cushion” Discussion Series

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Nalandabodhi Connecticut is excited to announce that we will be hosting a series of guided discussions in the coming months on several topics that deal with how to bring the dharma into our daily lives.

Topics to be covered tentatively include:

  • Spiritual Bypassing
  • Buddhist Approaches to Dealing with Pain
  • Buddhism & Race
  • Bearing Witness To Death and Dying
  • Near Enemies of the Four Immeasurables

Those interested in participating in a discussion on a given topic will be asked to contact the facilitator and informally register prior to the scheduled meeting date. Participants will then receive a link to readings (typically one or two articles) and a list of Reflection and Discussion Questions. Discussion group meetings will last approximately 90 minutes, with a suggested donation of five dollars to Nalandabodhi Connecticut.

The topic of Spiritual Bypassing will be discussed on Sunday, April 29th at 10:30 a.m. According to John Welwood, Ph.D., spiritual bypassing is a tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks. (Another discussion on this topic may be scheduled on a weeknight in early May, if there is interest among those who are unable to make it to the Sunday morning discussion.)

Please contact Richard Zipoli if you would like to attend the discussion on Spiritual Bypassing. We hope to see you there!

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What’s the real purpose of meditation?

What is the real purpose of meditation?

Senior Nalandabodhi teacher Tyler Dewar comments that we can use meditation either to make us cozy or to challenge us toward a deeper search, getting to know ourselves, and reducing our confusion.

Watch his comments here [2:39]:

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How to talk politics


Happy New Year! The world of politics remains as wild as ever! At home or at work, try these tips from Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche about how to keep our compassion flowing when the conversation turns to politics.

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Please join us for the 2017 Winter Retreat!


Stages of Meditation

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

You can watch or listen to our review sessions of teachings from the 2015 retreat (audio, video) and the 2016 retreat (audio, video).

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.

Registration is now closed. We look forward to welcoming participants on Fri., 12/29

Jump to the retreat details here


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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.


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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