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.


Maitrivana 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.



Losar: Tibetan New Year

Mon., Feb. 27, Morning practice (10 am),
Evening gathering (7 pm)

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

Happy Tibetan New Year of the Fire Rooster! LOSAR is a day to clear away mental and emotional obstacles, to clean our homes and practice environments, and to revitalize our dharma practice.

Gift-giving is customary at Losar. We invite you to bring offerings for the shrine (fruit, sweets, flowers) and offerings of cash for the lineage, however small.

MORNING PRACTICE: 10 am - 12 noon. Includes khata offering, tea-and-rice offering, supplications, aspirational prayers and longevity prayers for teachers.
EVENING: 7 to 8:30 pm. Join us in a dessert potluck, socializing and candle offering.

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Pre-Losar Mahakala Practice over 3 days

Thur., Feb. 23 to Sat., Feb. 25
2:30 - 6:00 pm

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

Prior to Losar, it's customary to prepare for the new year with a Mahakala Puja (practice). MAHAKALA is a protector deity for the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Chanting Mahakala helps to pacify obstacles, clear away old energy, and create good and auspicious beginnings.

Please join Lama Rabten and friends for our annual Mahakala chants.

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TARA PRACTICE

Sunday, Feb. 22
10 am to 12 noon

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

About Tara Practice:
"If you are a person who has entered and is practicing the path, then supplicating Tara helps dispel all obstacles that get in the way of making your practice fruitional. Tara also clears away obstacles of all those with whom we have connections: our friends, our relatives, our partners and so on, anyone for whom we wish that they be free of illness, negative spirits, and other obstacles. When you supplicate Tara you will receive her blessing."
- Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Sunday SCHEDULE
10 am - 10:25 am: Brief explanation of Tara Practice
10:30 am - 12 noon: Tara Practice (in English)

Newcomers are very welcome. By donation.

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Sunday Morning Shamatha Practice

Sunday, Feb. 5 and 12
10 am to 12 noon

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

Shamatha (resting) meditation practice. Instruction provided. Everyones welcome, regardless of experience.

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

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Beginning Meditation Course

Starting Wed., Feb. 8 on alternate Wednesday evenings,
til March 22,
7 pm to 8:30 pm

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

All are welcome to the Beginning Meditation course on calm-abiding meditation (shamatha). This 4-session introductory course is an excellent opportunity for people new to meditation and for those who've spent some time on the cushion.

Instruction is based on techniques and texts from Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. As Rinpoche says, "Resting the mind in freshness without distraction means that we rest in a state of awareness of the present moment."

The course will help you to understand and apply the key elements of maintaining a daily meditation practice. Classes include group discussion.

Dates: Starting Wed., Feb. 8, every second Wednesday
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Instructors: Practice Instructors and students of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Registration: In first class (please come a little early).
Fee: $40 (or what you can offer; no one turned away for lack of funds)
Repeat attendees are free of charge.
Please come. Any questions? Please email: practice_van@nalandabodhi.ca

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MONDAY NIGHT DVD DHARMA

"Emotional Rescue."
Teaching by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver

Please join us for Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's "Emotional Rescue" recorded in fall 2016. This teaching is based on Rinpoche's book, Emotional Rescue: How to Work with Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion into Energy That Empowers You. This book can be purchased at most bookstores and online book outlets.

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

MONDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE
DOORS OPEN: 6:30 pm
MEDITATION: 6:45 pm to 7:20 pm
DVD SCREENING: 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

Thursday evenings (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.


SCHEDULE
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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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.

DPRNepal

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,
dpr

Download A Dreamlike Song of Appearance-Emptiness (PDF)


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MAITRIVANA IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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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HELP NALANDABODHI HELP THE COMMUNITY

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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