Practice

Under the guidance of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Nalandabodhi offers a practice curriculum in accordance with the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

These practices are beneficial and contain great blessings – they come from the realization of our lineage teachers. The opportunity to practice Dharma together is truly precious and rare.

We welcome newcomers to join us and offer meditation instruction to new and seasoned meditators alike. Please contact us at practice@nalandabodhi.ca.

 

Supporting Each Other

One of the main purposes of a sangha is to create a container of support for meditation practice. Nalandabodhi Vancouver offers a variety of supports.

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche provides individual and group meditation instruction in many ways: through his public teachings, in interviews with students, at annual retreats, and via his guidance to Nalandabodhi's Practice Instructors.

Lama Rabten Tshering, our resident lama in Vancouver, is a vital resource for practice. Lama is always available for support and guidance on Dharma and practice.

The Practice Coordinator at Nalandabodhi Vancouver helps to organize this key area. Practice Instructors are available to assist both newcomers and experienced meditators. People are encouraged to discuss their particular meditation practice with a Practice Instructor.


Integrating Practice and Study

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche encourages practitioners to balance the disciplines of meditation and study, to nurture our understanding and experience of Dharma. To this end, our practice curriculum is integrated with our study curriculum. Taken together, Nalandabodhi offers a thorough engagement with Buddhism's Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana vehicles.


A Graduated Curriculum

Our graduated practice curriculum is designed to suit the needs of individual practitioners. We begin with the meditation practices of shamatha and vipashyana, which complement the Hinayana study classes. These two foundational practices help to create a firm basis for more advanced techniques. The Mahayana and Vajrayana study classes are complemented by practices such as Lojong, Paramita practice, Ngondro and others.

Below is a list of the regular scheduled practices at Nalandabodhi Vancouver. These practices are open to all.


Practices Open to All

Shamatha Meditation and DVD Dharma Teaching: Monday nights

From 6:45-8:45 pm. We sit for 35 minutes, have a short tea break, then watch a Dharma teaching by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on DVD. Check the events calendar for specifics on DVD teachings. By donation.

Chenrezig and Mahakala Practice: Thursday nights

From 7:30-9:00 pm. Lama Rabten, Nalandabodhi Vancouver's resident lama, leads the Chenrezig and Mahakala practice, chanted in Tibetan. Free (donations welcome).

Sangha Day: Last Sunday of the month

Shamatha from 9:30 am -12 noon. Potluck vegetarian lunch at noon. The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche especially encourages Nalandabodhi members and study group participants to attend all or at least part of Community Practice Day. Check the events calendar for details.

Monthly Paramita Practices: Ongoing

Rinpoche has instructed us to focus each month on one of the Six Paramitas, the transcendental practices of the Bodhisattva path:

January - Generosity
February - Discipline
March - Patience
April - Exertion
May - Meditation
June - Prajna (Wisdom).
July begins the cycle again: Generosity, Discipline, and so on...

To help with this practice, the Nalandabodhi Centre has books and tapes on The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's teachings on the Paramitas and the Bodhisattva path.

Tara Practice

In 2006 Rinpoche introduced a new Tara practice for the Nalandabodhi sangha. He encourages us to do this practice individually and as a group.

Tara practice is especially powerful for removing negativity, overcoming fears, and creating favourable conditions for practice.

Please check the events calendar to confirm practice dates.

Guru Rinpoche Practice

Rinpoche also encourages us to do the Guru Rinpoche practice of Padmasambhava, both individually and in a group. This brief Guru Yoga practice will be held occasionally at the Nalandabodhi Centre.

Prayer 4 Peace

In response to our troubled world, Rinpoche has instructed us to engage in the Prayer 4 Peace, a Vajrasattva practice. For more information, please visit the website: prayer4peace.net.


For Nalandabodhi Members and Study Group Participants

Books and Liturgies

Nalandabodhi members and study group participants may purchase books related to our practice curriculum from the centre's bookstore. We recommend that you begin with "Knowing Oneself," an excellent introduction to the Nalandabodhi path.

Members may obtain a copy of "The Nalandabodhi Chant Book," a binder containing chants and prayers, and "Songs of Realization," our songbook.


Practice Requirements

Nalandabodhi members and study group participants can pick up a copy of the practice curriculum, which outlines the path of practice developed by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche for his students. Please ask a Practice Instructor at the centre or the Practice Director: practice@nalandabodhi.ca. Rinpoche encourages his students to keep a record of their meditation practices as described in the curriculum.


Practice Instruction

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche strongly encourages all members and students to meet periodically with a Practice Instructor to discuss their practice.

If you wish to discuss your practice or have questions about Nalandabodhi's practice path, please contact practice@nalandabodhi.ca.

 

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