Welcome to Maitrivana

Maitrivana (Sanskrit: "Garden of Loving Kindness"), home of Nalandabodhi Vancouver, is a meditation and study centre offering an extensive, graduated curriculum of Buddhist theoretical study and meditation practice under the direction of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a leading scholar and meditation master in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche is fully fluent in English and is known for his penetrating intellect, warm humour, and lucid teaching style.

Wheelchair accessableMaitrivana is located at 4610 Earles Street in east Vancouver.

Events, Programs & News

Rebel Buddha

Rebel Buddha Book CoverThere's a rebel within you. It's the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. Dzogchen Ponlop guides you through the inner revolution that comes from unleashing your rebel buddha. For more information on Rebel Buddha, please visit www.rebelbuddha.com.

Rebel Buddha is available for sale at Lotus Books at Maitrivana.

Chötrul Düchen

Fri., March 2

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

The major Buddhist holiday, Chötrul Düchen, is this Fri., March 2. The Buddha's Performance of Miracles Day is an excellent day for group practice. Please join us for evening practice and socializing

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A Special Evening with Mitra Lee Worley!

Tuesday, March 6 (7-9 pm)

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

Mitra Lee Worley's book: Teaching Presence: Field Notes for Players (2018)Come out to Maitrivana for a special evening with Professor Lee Worley, author of Teaching Presence: Field Notes for Players (2018).

Join us Tuesday, March 6 (7-9 pm) for an interactive session where Mitra Lee discusses her new book and offers explorations of mind/body presence. This mindfulness practice can be applied to performance, teaching, and life in general!

Teaching Presence: Field Notes for Players (2018) was just published by Naropa University Press. The book documents Mitra Lee's pioneering work in developing the Contemplative Education program at Naropa University, and features meditative practices for the classroom and everyday life.

About the Author

Since retiring from Naropa University in July 2017, Mitra Lee Worley has been on the road, teaching mindfulness and meditation, space awareness and performance studies nationally and internationally. She is also the author of Coming From Nothing: The Sacred Art of Acting.

Copies of Teaching Presence: Field Notes for Players will be available for purchase.

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Bringing the Slogans Home
Teachings & Practice with Mitra Lee Worley

Friday, March 9 to Sun., March 11

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

Mitra Lee WorleyWe all aspire to become kinder, wiser, more loving to ourselves and others. But what happens when our co-worker is hostile or the compost pail needs cleaning? Likely our first thought is not to contemplate the great kindness of everyone!

This weekend will be a time to visit a few of the Mahayana slogans of Atisha together, discuss how they impact our mindfulness practice, and explore some guided meditations that can bring us closer to an awakened heart. When we cultivate loving kindness and see through our egoistic obsessions, we begin really being of benefit to ourselves and others.

About the Teacher
Mitra Lee Worley is a Nalandabodhi teacher, Nitartha Institute instructor, and a founding faculty member of Naropa University. Professor Worley began her performance career as a founding member, actress and director with the renowned Open Theater in NYC. She was the first Practice Director for Nalandabodhi. In her capacity as Mitra (senior western teacher), she is currently travelling and teaching her experientially oriented blend of body/mind dharma. She has just written a new book: Teaching Presence.

SCHEDULE (4 sessions)
Fri., March 9: 7pm - 9pm
Sat., March 10: 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm
Sun., March 11: 10am - 12pm
Doors open 15 minutes before sessions.
$85 for full program (4 sessions); $25 per session
No one turned away for lack of funds
Registration on site. Cash or cheque only please

Wheelchair accessableOpen to everyone - newcomers are most welcome.

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Sunday Morning Shamatha Practice

Sunday, Mar. 18
10 am to 12 noon

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

Shamatha (sitting and walking) meditation practice. Instruction provided. Everyones welcome, regardless of experience.

By donation ($5 suggested, but no one turned away).

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New Meditation & Book Club
Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

March 3, 17 & 31st
11 am to 12:45

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

We're delighted to begin a new Book Group based on Pema Chödrön's book Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living.

Sessions will start with guided meditation, followed by informal small group discussion of key concepts through focus questions, chapter by chapter. Pema Chödrön says: "These practices show us how to accept ourselves, how to relate directly with suffering, how to stop running away from the painful aspects of our lives." This group is facilitated by senior practitioners.

Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humour, Pema Chödrön presents down-to-earth guidance on how we can "start where we are" - embracing rather than denying the painful aspects of our lives. She frames her teachings on compassion around fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist slogans, such as: "Always apply only a joyful state of mind" and "Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment."

Starts January 20th and meets every second Saturday (see calendar) from 11am to 12:45pm at Maitrivana (4610 Earles Street, near 29th Ave SkyTrain Station). Coffee, tea & refreshments.

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New Monday Night DVD Dharma Series

"Transforming Suffering and Happiness."
Teachings by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.
Every Monday (except March 12 and 26th)

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

All are welcome to this month's screening of "Transforming Suffering and Happiness" by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. (Note: No sessions on March 12 and 26th))

This multi-part series presents a profound, yet accessible approach to transforming suffering and happiness from obstacles to aids on the path to enlightenment. Drawing on a text by Shantideva, Rinpoche provides a method for working with habitual patterns that is applicable to all forms of suffering, from minor annoyances to life-threatening illness and financial disaster. The same liberating method may be applied to happiness! Recorded at the Canadian Retreat, 2012.

Feel free to drop by, even if you have missed earlier sessions.

DOORS OPEN: 6:30 pm
MEDITATION: 6:45 pm to 7:15 pm
DVD SCREENING & DISCUSSION: 7:30 pm to approx. 8:45
Suggested donation: $5 or what you can afford - no one turned away
Open to all - drop-ins and newcomers are welcome, even if you have missed previous sessions!

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Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) & Mahakala Practice

Thursdays, (7:30 pm to 9 pm)

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver
By donation - Newcomers welcome

Nalandabodhi Vancouver invites you to join us in practicing Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) and Mahakala practice every Thursday evening.

These are traditional practices chanted in Tibetan, led by our resident Lama, Lama Rabten Tshering.*

CHENREZIG (Avalokiteshvara) is the Buddha of Compassion. Practicing Chenrezig helps one to develop bodhicitta (loving kindness) towards all sentient beings.

MAHAKALA is a protector deity for the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Practicing Mahakala helps to pacify obstacles for oneself and others.

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Chenrezig
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Mahakala

By donation ($5 suggested donation, or what you can afford; no one turned away for lack of funds). For more information, contact vancouver@nalandabodhi.ca or phone 604 675 9282.

Open to everyone - newcomers are most welcome.

*If Lama Rabten is away, then this practice is led by senior Chenrezig & Mahakala practitioners.

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Community Practice & Potluck Retreat

Sunday, March 25 (9 am - 3 pm)

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

Community Practice & Potluck on the last Sunday. Everyone's welcome to this sangha gathering, especially newcomers. The morning begins with practice instruction (9 am); then a session of shamatha meditation, sitting and walking (10 am to 12 noon; potluck lunch; and a final meditation sesssion (1 pm to 3 pm).

Practice instruction & shamatha meditation: 9 am - 12 noon
Vegetarian potluck lunch: 12 noon - 1 pm
Final meditation session: 1 pm to 3 pm

Everyone welcome. Feel free to pass this message along.

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Rinpoche visits his Guru in Nepal

A Message from The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dear Sangha Friends,

DPR in Nepal

I recently had the great fortune to visit and spend time with my guru Khenpo Rinpoche at Tek Chok Ling in Kathmandu, Nepal. Rinpoche is doing very well and he is cheerful and happy to see students and give teachings. I, along with six other students arrived in Kathmandu on November 16. We had daily audiences with Rinpoche in the morning and received profound instructions in doha form. Students also had the chance to ask questions and Rinpoche answered them perfectly in doha verses, just as before. With his instructions, we also sang and danced as before. Rinpoche gave further instructions on how to dance. Rinpoche is also teaching the nuns occasionally and we were so lucky to have Rinpoche at one of the evening Tara dance practices of the nuns. As requested by the head nuns during my stay at Tek Chok Ling, and with the permission of Rinpoche, I taught the nuns on various topics, including Khenpo Rinpoche's guru yoga that was written by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. Rinpoche spends his time resting in the nature of mind retreat when he isn't seeing students or engaging with his close disciples and personal staff. I also met many of Rinpoche's disciples from the east and the west. They were also enjoying the true presence and instructions of our beloved father guru, who is the Buddha in person for us. As always, Rinpoche continues to manifest as a very spontaneous, unconventional, and uncompromising true vajra guru. His true, attachment-free love and compassion for beings is shining as brightly as ever with the sharp wisdom of his Buddha mind.


I was extremely happy to see the completion of the new nunnery, Tek Chok Ling and the Dhondrup Guesthouse. It was beautifully designed by an American architect named Lama Tenzin. The construction was directed by Chime Dorje, the son of Rinpoche's late general secretary, Karma Dargye. The nunnery is maintained and overseen beautifully by the Ani Lopon, Jampa Chozom. Rinpoche is served and cared for deeply by the nuns and his personal attendant and secretary Tsepak Dorje, another son of Rinpoche's late general secretary. Rinpoche is enjoying his presence there and is in good hands.

I wanted to share this cheerful news with all my dharma brothers and sisters of the lineage. Here are some pictures and A Dreamlike Song of Appearance-Emptiness which I had the fortune to write down. Please enjoy and continue to serve our lineage and our guru, Vajradhara Dechen Rangdrol.

With love,

Download A Dreamlike Song of Appearance-Emptiness (PDF)

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Nalandabodhi Vancouver's Dharma Centre, Maitrivana (Sanskrit: "Garden of Loving Kindness"; pronounced my-tree-vana), is open to the public. All are welcome. Having completed our renovations (started in March 2007) and successfully acquiring a Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Vancouver (November 2007), we are fully permitted and equipped to host public programs.

Please visit our Calendar to see what kind of teaching, meditation, and study programs Nalandabodhi has to offer in the coming months.

Group Photo at Maitrivana
Lhabab Duchen 2007: First group photo taken in Maitrivana's new and completed shrineroom.

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Artwork by His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Drudul Trinley Dorje

Nalandabodhi, as a registered non-profit organization in Canada, provides high calibre Dharma study and practice opportunities to the greater community, at very nominal or no cost. We fundamentally believe that the teachings of the Buddha should be free!

However, being part of the material world, we must also meet our financial obligations, just like any other householder, including the mortgage for our new Dharma centre, Matirivana (The Garden of Loving Kindness).

Help us help others! If you happen to like what we do and what we have to offer the community, we have a very special way of enabling you to support us. To our great fortune, His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa gifted Nalandabodhi with original artwork to aid our financial sustainability projects. We have made the highest quality fine art reproductions of this artwork and we're "selling" these limited edition reproductions to the public as way of generating financial support for our activities.

His Holiness Karmapa's Calligraphy
Note: watermarks do not appear on the originals

In the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, The Karmapa is regarded as a very high spiritual figure, much like His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

One of the best ways you can help Nalandabodhi is to purchase one of these Limited edition reproductions. All the funds generated by these art sales will go towards supporting Nalandabodhi with its Maitrivana project costs (i.e. renovation and ongoing mortgage costs). By purchasing one of His Holiness' artwork reproductions you not only support Nalandbodhi's activities, but you also take home a beautiful piece of spiritual artwork. To view samples and for more details click here.

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