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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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Emotional Rescue workshop coming again soon!



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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