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Rebel Buddha Book Club – starts Sept. 16

Rebel_BuddhaWe’re delighted to start a new book club based on Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s Rebel Buddha. Sessions will begin with a short guided meditation, followed by informal discussion of key concepts through focus questions, chapter by chapter.

Where: 4610 Earles Street, near 29th Ave SkyTrain Station)
When: Every second Monday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, starting Sept. 16th

About Rebel Buddha

There’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. It’s your rebel buddha — the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It’s the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.

In this book, Dzogchen Ponlop guides you through the inner revolution that comes from unleashing your rebel buddha. He explains how, by training your mind and understanding your true nature, you can free yourself from needless suffering. He presents a thorough introduction to the essence of the Buddha’s teachings and argues that, if we are to bring these teachings fully into our personal experience, we must go beyond the cultural trappings of traditional Asian Buddhism. “We all want to find some meaningful truth about who we are,” he says, “but we can only find it guided by our own wisdom — by our own rebel buddha within.”

Copies of Rebel Buddha will be available at the first session on Sept. 16th. No reading preparation is needed for that first session.

Coffee, tea & refreshments.

Admission is by donation. Drop-ins welcome!

For more information or questions please contact: study@nalandabodhi.ca

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Celebrate Chökhor Düchen – Saturday, July 6, 10-12

On Saturday, July 6, we’ll celebrate Chökhor Düchen, a significant Buddhist holiday and one of the four Düchens or “major anniversaries.” Lama Rabten will teach on the Four Noble Truths from 10 to 11am, followed by prayers in Tibetan (11-12).

The Düchens present a wonderful opportunity to come together to practice as a community. On this particular holiday, we celebrate the Buddha’s First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma (his first teaching after attaining enlightenment). 

According to tradition, for the first seven weeks after his enlightenment, Buddha did not teach. Then, encouraged by Indra and Brahma, he gave his first teaching on the Four Noble Truths at the Deer Park in Sarnath. Buddha taught the truth of suffering, the truth of the origin of suffering, the truth of the cessation of suffering, and the truth of the path of liberation.

Come join us for a celebration of these First Turning Teachings, which laid the ground for the entire Buddhist teachings and path. 

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Garden of Loving Kindness.

Lama Rabten

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Something is different, eh?

Welcome to the new Vancouver Nalandabodhi website. This change has taken place (rather unexpectedly) due to issues with the original hosting plan used previously for the static website. Impermanence!

We ask you for patience as we work diligently to bring this site up to date with current Vancouver activities.

For the time being please consult our Google Calendar for current events

Please also note that all nalandabodhi.ca emails are affected. If you send it now, we won’t get it!

 

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Teachings with Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl Feb 1-3

TilopaNalandabodhi Vancouver presents

Songs of Boundless Freedom:
The Doha Tradition of Indian Mahāsiddhas

Teachings by Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl
Friday, Feb. 1 to Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019

Many people have heard of the great Tibetan yogi, Milarepa, and his remarkable songs of realization. Yet the dohas (songs of awakening) of the 84 Indian mahāsiddhas are less well known, despite their profundity and beauty.

Many such dohas were uttered spontaneously, with unconventional even outrageous lyrics, more like modern poetry than traditional Buddhist texts.

Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl will guide us through the lives and songs of mahāsiddhas Saraha, Śavaripa, Tilopa, and Maitrīpa. And we will sing some of their joyful, powerful songs. (Note: Singing optional!)

Fri., Feb. 1: 7 pm to 9 pm
Sat., Feb. 2: 10 am to 12 noon; 2 pm to 4 pm
Sun., Feb. 3: 10 am to 12 noon

$85 for weekend; $25 per session (cash/cheque)
No one turned away for lack of funds. All welcome!

Nalandabodhi Vancouver, 4610 Earles St., Vancouver BC (nr 29th Ave SkyTrain)

Karl_Mitra_PicAbout the teacher

Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl studied dharma and the Tibetan language at Marpa Institute in Kathmandu, under the direction of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyatso Rinpoche. He is a senior translator and teacher at Nalandabodhi and Nitartha Institute, and author of numerous books, including The Heart Attack Sutra.

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“Go Kind” Clothing Drive a Success!

Our “Go Kind” project for October was Clothing Drive for At-Risk Youth!

And in a spirit of generosity and loving-kindness, Nalandabodhi Vancouver has once again given in a BIG WAY to help support Aunt Leahs in Vancouver with donations of used winter clothing and accessories. Thank you, everyone!

Aunt Leahs is a community organization that works with foster kids and teen moms. Among many activities, they operate Aunt Leahs Urban Thrift (117 East Broadway Ave., Vancouver BC).

Profits from the store go towards helping foster kids avoid homelessness and young mothers avoid losing custody of their kids. It’s run by volunteers, and Urban Thrift depends on quality donations from supporters.

Thank you everyone for your GO KIND generosity!

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