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
- Lama Rabten's Teaches The Way of the Bodhisattva. May 1, 8 & 22 (May 15th class is cancelled) (9:30 am to 12 noon)
- BC Buddhist Festival at Queen Elizabeth Park (Sun., May 29 - 9:30 am to 6 pm)
- Nitartha Institute in Vancouver this summer (July 15 through August 13)
- Study groups continues on Saturday, May 14 & 28
- Tuesday Night DVD Dharma and meditation (6:30 pm - 9 pm)
- Chenrezig Practice Thursday nights (7:30 pm to 9 pm)
- This month's Community Practice will be at the BC Buddhist Festival.
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. 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.
Sunday, May 1, 8, & 22 (May 15th class is cancelled)
9:30 am to 12 noon
@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver
Lama Rabten Tshering, our spiritual advisor, discusses the profound Mahayana text, "The Way of the Bodhisattva." This brilliant text by Indian master, Shantideva, explores the Mahayana path of cultivating bodhicitta (the awakened heart).
Open to all. Drop-ins welcome, even if you have missed previous sessions!
9:30 am - 10:15 am: Meditation
10:30 am - 12 noon: Lama's teaching
By donation ($5 suggested, but no one turned away).
July 15 through August 13
Registration is OPEN until Sunday, May 29
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Nitartha Institute is happy to announce a very robust course offering for the 2016 Summer Institute! This year's complete summer program will run for four weeks from Friday, July 15th through Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The Institute is open to all who are interested in deepening their study and practice of Buddhism. Students who attend Nitartha range from those relatively new to the Buddhist path but who are eager to get a thorough foundation in the teachings, to senior practitioners of many years who feel that renewed in-depth study will strengthen their practice and deepen their insight. One of the Institute's great attractions to both Buddhist and non-Buddhists is the in-depth study of how mistaken concepts can cause or perpetuate confusion, and how conceptual mind can be skillfully used to examine, understand, and undo this process.
Nitartha Institute will be offering courses from three of their academic departments:
- Department of Buddhist Studies (BUD)
- Department of Languages (LAN)
- Department of Healing (HEA)
In addition, Nitartha will again offer a Mahamudra Practice Intensive (Gomdra) program for qualified students, similar to what we have offered at the past two Summer Institutes in 2014 and 2015.
"Seven Points of Mind Training" by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje."
Teaching by Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche.
@ Maitrivana, 4610 Earles Street, Vancouver
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE TO TUESDAY NIGHTS FOR MAY.
Please join us for Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche's "Seven Points of Mind Training" by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje. Rinpoche delivered these talks at the 2015 Canada Open Retreat in Barrie, Ontario.
"Sending and taking" is the main mind training practice, designed to reduce self-cherishing and increase cherishing of others. In these warm and engaging sessions, Rinpoche offers practical training in Bodhicitta (absolute and relative), as well as on the preliminary practices of Guru Yoga and the Four Reminders. He also leads practice sessions and answers questions.
Feel free to drop by, even if you have missed earlier sessions.
Tuesday Night SCHEDULE (begining May 3)
DOORS OPEN: 6:15 pm
MEDITATION: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
DVD SCREENING: 7:15 pm to approx. 9
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!
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Sun., May 29 - 9:30 am to 6 pm
Queen Elizabeth Park
Participate in a full day of exciting free events at the 2016 BC Buddhist festival, including the Buddha bathing ceremony, meditation workshops, dharma conference, monastic expo, art exhibit, kids zone, food, marketplace, and live performances - all in the beautiful natural setting of Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, BC.
A Message from The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Dear Sangha Friends,
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.
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.
Lhabab Duchen 2007: First group photo taken in Maitrivana's new and completed shrineroom.
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.
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.