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Nitartha Summer Institute 2018

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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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