by Nalanda Institute

In January, Nalanda Institute, in collaboration with Wonderstruck, hosted Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi at Tibet House US, who gave a dharma talk and meditation on the foundational Buddhist principle of Śūnyatā, or emptiness. 

According to Roshi, emptiness is one of the hardest concepts in Buddhism to get a real feeling for—because the way many of us perceive this word is conceptually vastly different from the phenomena it’s meant to represent within Buddhism. Roshi’s talk provides a framework and entry point to begin to unpack and explore the depth of the meaning of this Buddhist concept. She not only explains the philosophical meaning of emptiness—which is rooted in developing an awareness of the interconnected experience of our reality—but also discusses the experiential component of emptiness and how senses, awareness, and aliveness of our physical body are the entry points into being able to taste this profound and important teaching. 

The video below is an edited version of the dharma talk Roshi delivered that night. We hope this offering supports your journey of touching into this transformative Buddhist principle of Śūnyatā.

by Geri Loizzo

On the evening of the Solstice, as we approached the closing of 2023, the Nalanda community gathered to support our Year-End Drive and its theme, Awakening Our Shared Humanity. We are profoundly grateful to all of the participants and supporters at every level — the bodhisattvas, yogis, knowledge holders, daikinis, and world protectors! 

Held in the beauty of the Tibet House temple art of Achi, amongst the sweet sounds of Bansuri flute by Sunder Das, and nourishing food and flowers — our panelists shared their rich experiences and vision on How Nalanda Institute Nurtures a More Humane Future. 

Take a look and listen in to the vibrant panel discussion with author, contemplative healer, and yoga therapist Dr. James Bae, Nalanda Institute’s Director of Equity and Contemplative Psychotherapy Program Director, Rahshaana Green, and contemplative psychotherapist Dr. Michael Sosa. This insightful and vibrant panel discussion was moderated by Nalanda Institute’s founder and academic director, Dr. Joe Loizzo.

We hope that this offering will support you in making this wood dragon year, 2024, a year of wise compassion and shared humanity. 

by Nalanda Institute 

In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, we offer you this impactful teaching from the late Anishinaabe Elder Dr. Dave Courchene—our guest during our 11th online Offerings for Uncertain Times. Elder Courchene was an esteemed and internationally-known teacher, who shared his vision for the care of Mother Earth and all of her children—a vision resonant with the Tibetan Buddhist Kalachakra prophecy of the earth as a Medicine Planet. He founded the Turtle Lodge Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Education and Wellness in southern Manitoba as a gathering place to exchange intergenerational knowledge, revitalize language, train youth leaders, and find environmental solutions to climate change.

We hope this video provides inspiration and hope to see each other, Mother Earth, our friends and foes alike, as kin—spiritually connected to each other in this great web of life.

We are living in an unprecedented time. As humanity, we continue to struggle in finding our true identity.

After much reflection in witnessing what is happening in our world, it has become quite clear that humanity is suffering from the mindset of domination that originated from the idea that we can control and dominate nature.

The land is the foundation of life and must be treated with absolute respect. To do anything else, we harm not only the earth but ourselves. The role of our dilemma, which has created symptoms, such as climate change, violence, mental illness, and racism, is a severing of our relationship with our source of life, the earth.

When we lose touch with the earth, we lose our connection to our true spiritual identity and a true understanding of our uniqueness, our purpose of humanity, our original instructions in our duties and responsibilities.

When we go to the root, our solutions lie in reestablishing our sacred connection and relationship with the earth.

Our health and well-being as human beings is directly connected to the health and well-being of Mother Earth.

We have made the land sick. How we conduct ourselves in relationship to the land and to other members of creation directly affects the balance of life.

What we do to the land, we do to ourselves; the earth operates on the principle of balance. If we comply with these natural laws, we can restore the balance of our source of life.

— Elder Dr. Dave Courchene, “Envisioning the Medicine Planet”

by Ayesha Basi

Last week, I participated in my first silent retreat led by the wonderful Kate Johnson. Not only was it my first retreat, but it was my first time spending five days in meditation focused solely on metta, the practice of lovingkindness. Metta is a practice of cultivating unconditional love, kindness, and positive energy towards oneself, others, and the world at large.

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by Joe Loizzo

What is Contemplative Psychotherapy?

As you consider whether our program may be right for you, I thought it might help if I share some of the feedback I’ve heard over the years on what makes this program such a transformative journey for people seeking a deeper experience of the confluence of Buddhist contemplative psychology and contemporary life.

We offer a rare integration of rigorous academic learning, deep grounding in contemplative practice, and a learning community of open-hearted sharing led by a world-class faculty of scholar-teachers, scientific researchers, and pioneering clinicians who help make our journey together a truly life-changing experience. (more…)

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