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A Lunchtime Practice Opportunity
12:30-1:30 pm

Join us for a real break at lunch!

Nalandabodhi New York is pleased to open our center for an hour of open meditation practice. Come for part of the time, or stay for the whole hour.

All traditions and experience levels are welcome. For those with no experience, guidance will be available.

Suggested donation: $10

If you have any questions, please contact Mitch Owen.

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Settling the Mind

Settling the Mind
Tuesdays, weekly
6:30 -7:30 pm

This weekly session is an hour of guided shamatha (calm abiding) meditation practice for all to enjoy.

Using the techniques presented in the recently completed Fresh Heart: Deepening Meditation course (aka Knowing Oneself), we are  exploring different experiential practices of settling the mind. Each session will have a brief introduction to a technique followed by meditation practice. Previous meditation experience is not required and attendance of the meditation course is not a prerequisite – ALL ARE INVITED!

Whether you’ve never attempted meditation before or you’re a seasoned practitioner, these techniques provide an ever-fresh way of exploring the mind directly.

Suggested donation: $10.00

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Thursday Nights with Acharya Lhakpa


Thursday Nights with Acharya Lhakpa

The Last of the Series of Public Talks with Acharya Lhakpa on Eight Verses of Training the Mind by Geshe Langri Thangpa

Thursdays  May 18th- June 1st,  7:00-9:00 pm

Don’t miss the last of Acharya Lhakpa’s Thursday evening teachings on the Eight Verses of training the Mind by Geshe Langri Thangpa (Langthangpa).

Langthangpa’s Eight Verses provide the essence of the Kadampa teachings on mind training, descending from the Lojong teachings of Atisha. 

We aspire to positive, meaningful, and helpful relationships with our family, colleagues, friends, sangha, and beyond. And yet often our experience of these relationships is characterized by strife and difficulty. This short text provides profound instructions for working with our mind, transforming our interactions with others, and on this basis, progressing on the path to awakening.”

This is the last of the series of evening talks. There is no need to register; drop-ins welcome. There is also no reading requirement.

7:00 – 7:15  Guided meditation.
7:15  – 8:30  Talk and Q&A
8:30 – 9:00   lite refreshments

Acharya Lhakpa is particularly skilled at making the dharma accessible to students of all backgrounds. His gentle erudition and spontaneous humor have made him a much beloved member of the New York Nalandabodhi sangha.

Special accommodations and work study opportunities are available.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  For more information, contact John Gunther (johngunthr@yahoo.com).

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Mind Without Borders


Mind Without Borders is a prison dharma program organized by the New York City Nalandabodhi sangha. We provide Buddhist study through correspondence courses, dharma pen pals and practice instructors. We are able to nurture Buddhist study and meditation groups within some prisons and send DVDs for the inmates to view and discuss together. When possible, we make personal visits to the prisoners with whom we are working.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has told us, in general, that those of us who have been fortunate enough to hear, contemplate and meditate upon the Buddhadharma have a responsibility to share it with others, especially those who are in the greatest need. Specifically, with respect to prisoners and the dharma, he says, “Prisoners should have the same opportunity as any one of us.”

For more information or to send a donation, please contact co-directors Julia Grace, Jonathan Swann or Isabel Kirsch.  Visit the Mind Without Borders Facebook group by clicking here.

Donations can also be made here via Paypal:




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Songs and Stories of Milarepa

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Singing and instruction led by Christopher Stagg

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Session 1 – 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Session 2 – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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 day of singing and instruction on the life and lessons of Milarepa, starting with his life story. 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)

Suggested Donation:
$50 for 2 sessions or
$25 for 1 session

For Information:
Contact Sasha Persits

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