Current Study Courses

Nalandabodhi Study Path

Nalandabodhi, under the guidance of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, has introduced a comprehensive, three-year course of study, that presents the complete journey of the three-yana path. The curriculum is based on a series of sourcebooks complied from the teachings of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Khenchen (Khenpo) Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Each course is comprised of readings derived from their teachings on selected topics. These readings have been chosen according to the structure developed by the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. It is based on the traditional structure of Buddhist educational topics in the curriculum of the shedra, the Tibetan monastic college.

The Nalandabodhi Study Curriculum has been designed by Ponlop Rinpoche in order to:

1. meet the needs of a variety of students who seek comprehensiveness and clarity in their studies, and

2. assist in the accurate and genuine transplantation of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineage traditions to the West.

Study Class at Maitrivana
Photo by Jan Marie Martell

The goal of the curriculum is not only to learn a subject. It is also to develop skills in analytic reasoning, a component of analytic meditation. As Rinpoche has stressed on many occasions, analytic meditation is part of our practice and is an integral part of all Buddhist meditation. The curriculum is designed to introduce students to the reasoning component of analytic meditation.

If you are interested in beginning the Nalandabodhi study program, or for more information on the study curriculum, please contact us at:



The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is the founder and president of Nalandabodhi, a non-profit, religious organization dedicated to bringing the genuine Buddhist teachings to the Western world. Rinpoche is a prominent lineage holder of both the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered to be one of the foremost scholars of his generation of Tibetan teachers, Ponlop Rinpoche combines scholarly acumen with a deep mastery of the Buddhist meditative practices. Ponlop Rinpoche is known for his engaging teaching style and his mastery of the English language.

Rinpoche is also a prolific author. His teachings have been widely published in Bodhi Magazine and other venues. Rinpoche's newest book, Rebel Buddha: on the road to freedom (Snow Lion Publications), was released Fall 2010. Other books include: Mind Beyond Death (Snow Lion Publications, 2007), Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra (Snow Lion Publications, 2006) and Wild Awakening (Shambhala Publications, 2003). Rinpoche has dedicated himself to the preservation of traditional Buddhist traditions in the East, and to supporting a genuine transmission of Buddhism to the West.

Introduction to Buddhism

Our Introduction to Buddhism course continues in 2019, and we're still accepting new students!

This foundational curriculum, combining meditation and Buddhist study classes, was designed by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (Rebel Buddha, Emotional Rescue).

Feeling overwhelmed by stress? Confused about the direction of your life? Distracted by addictive social media? Seeking a balanced path? Community?

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche writes: "Meditation is simply getting to know your mind. In each meditation session, we gather knowledge about the mind through observation, questioning, and testing. We do this over and over, until we gradually develop a meaningful understanding of our own mind."

These classes give students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of meditation practice while also exploring basic Buddhist principles, including the Four Noble Truths, taming the "monkey mind," working with emotional triggers, and understanding karma and selflessness.

Research has proven meditation works - providing extensive health benefits, including reduced stress levels, better emotional health, and enhanced self-awareness. Mindfulness training helps us in both our workplace and personal lives - interacting with family, friends, colleagues and, well, everyone!


WHEN: Saturday mornings, 11:00 - 12:30
Here's our 2019 schedule:

  • Sat. January 5 Meditation
  • Sat. January 12 Study
  • Sat. January 26 Study
  • Sat. February 9 Study
  • Sat. February 16 Meditation
  • Sat. February 23 Study
  • Sat. March 9 Study
  • Sat. March 16 Meditation
  • Sat. March 23 Study
  • Sat. April 6 Study
  • Sat. April 13 Meditation
  • Sat. April 20 Study
  • Sat. May 4 Study
  • Sat. May 11 Meditation
  • Sat. May 18 Study
  • Sat. June 1 Study
  • Sat. June 8 Meditation

Cost for this term is $80, which includes two booklets.
Questions? Please email our Study Co-ordinator:

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Mahayana Study Group

@ Maitrivana, the Garden of Loving Kindness

"MAHA 304: Yogachara, Mind Only, and Shentong" is an updated and greatly revised version of the Nalandabodhi Mahayana Series with many new materials based on talks by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. It especially addresses mind training (Tib. lojong), Madhyamaka, Mind-Only, Yogachara, Shentong, and buddha nature. All Nalandabodhi students who have already studied the previous Mahayana Series are greatly encouraged to join this new class.


DATES: Every second Saturday morning, beginning June 9 (confirm dates on calendar)
TIME: 9 am to 10:30 pm note earlier time
PREREQUISITES: NB Introduction to Buddhism; Hinayana; MAH 301 courses.
TUITION: $50 (waived for students repeating a course, no one turned away for lack of funds, please ask)
TEXT: $20 (to cover printing costs)
REGISTRATION: In first class (see note about prerequistes)
INFORMATION: For more information, please email:


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