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Programs and Meditation Cancelled for March

hinayana courseHinayana Path and its Fruition
Cancelled due to Covid 19 Social Distancing
We hope to bring this program to you later!
The Hinayana Path and Fruition course shows how the basic view of Buddhism is applied to life through personal practice and application to everyday life. We will explore the notion of a spiritual path, the potential for self-deception, and the importance of self-discovered insight.  We will apply the types and techniques of meditation through individual practice and contemplative interaction. The fruition of this path is greater insight into how our minds work, kindness to oneself and others, and a personal path to mindfulness in action.
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Losar 2020 Year of the Iron Rat*

metal ratSiddharatha’s Intent Halifax and Nalandabodhi Halifax are delighted to offer a joint Losar celebration on Monday, February 24 from 2:30 to 5:00 pm at Nalandabodhi Halifax, 6218 Quinpool Rd.

Our order of events will be:

• Light of Blessings Supplication to the Eleventh Trungpa Chökyi Gyatso

• Sadhana of Mahamudra, by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

• Longevity Supplication chants to our teachers

• Sharing circle where we’ll offer our aspirations for the Year of the Metal Rat

• Dedication of Merit

• Tea and snacks provided by Nalandabodhi Halifax

We hope you can join us for this festive celebration. If you have them, bring your Sadhana of Mahamudra liturgies and chants.

Please RSVP to halifax@nalandabodhi.ca to ensure we have enough yummy snacks for all.

*The Rat is the first of the animals in 12 symbols of the horoscope and a rat year is always seen as an excellent time for new beginnings and renewals.  For that reason this year is an auspicious chance to rededicate ourselves to goals and aspirations.  The metal aspect lends strength and resolve to the rat’s natural characteristics of inquisitiveness and shrewdness leading to a year of growth.



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Hinayana View Course Starts January 21


6 Tuesday evenings January 21 to February 25 2020
7:00 to 8:30 pm

Scott Wellenbach and Katherine Munro

The Hinayana, also known as the “foundational vehicle,” is the basis of entering the path as taught in the Vajrayana Buddhist traditions. The teachings of the Hinayana represent the most fundamental instructions of the Buddha, which are central to everything that follows. Hinayana studies, therefore, are basic to any training in Buddhism

In this stage of study and contemplation, we take a courageous look at our personal unease and suffering, as well as our comfort and happiness. By working with these experiences, we learn how to step away from confusion and toward truly helping ourselves and others. You will learn the main elements of the Hinayana view, through a detailed examination of the building blocks of the Buddhist science of mind.

Place:         Nalandabodhi Halifax, 6218 Quinpool Rd., Halifax, NS (above Trinity Jewellers)

Dates:            Tuesday January 21 – Tuesday February 25, 2020

Schedule:      7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost:              $40.00 (or what you can afford, no one turned away) + $15 for the text (covers the cost of printing) – total cost: $55.00

Each class will include meditation instruction and meditation. Key concepts will be presented and discussed. Curiosity and questions welcome!


PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE JANUARY 21 AT: halifax@nalandabodhi.ca

Scott Wellenbach
Scott has been a Tibetan Buddhist translator with the Nalanda Translation Committee under the guidance of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche for almost 40 years. He is a faculty member of Nitartha Institute (https://www.nitarthainstitute.org) and part of its leadership since its founding in 1996.

Katherine Munro
Katherine is originally from St. John’s, Nfld and has been a practicing Buddhist since 1993. She is a certified meditation instructor and has a dedicated daily practice. Katherine has been a student of various teachers in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition including Ponlop Rinpoche since 2007.

taraTea With Tara

Tara is a bodhisattva of compassion. Tara accomplishes limitless activities for the benefit of sentient beings, and the practice of Tara helps us pacify fears and other obstacles, including illness, for ourselves and others. Following Tara practice of mantras, meditation and songs, we will celebrate our fellowship with tea and goodies. Practice dates this winter are:
Saturday Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and Mar. 7.  
We meet from 3-5 pm. Everyone Welcome.


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Tea With Tara

rb_big1Meditation Instruction and Practice

Dec 10 at 7pm

Whether this is your first experience of meditation or you want to sharpen your skills, everyone welcome  to instruction, practice and lots of time for question and discussion.  Freely offered.



December 27-31

This five-day retreat is a rare opportunity to practice the profound teachings and pith practice instructions of mahamudra shamatha and vipashyana as they are presented in The Ocean of Definitive Meaning by the Ninth Gyalwang Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje.

We will be guided by Scott Wellenbach, who has studied and practiced mahamudra extensively under the guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

Continuing on from last year’s Holiday Mahamudra Retreat 2018, we will review and practice teachings on mahamudra shamatha during the first few days of the retreat, and then go on to explore the vipashyana investigations.

 Place:         Nalandabodhi Halifax, 6218 Quinpool Rd., Halifax, NS (above Trinity Jewellers) 
Dates:            Friday December 27 through Tuesday December 31
Schedule:      9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. 
Cost:              $175.00 for all five days, or $50.00 per day (Includes Teaching Gift) Generosity policy.

Registration & Payment

  •  Advanced registration is required. Please register and pay before December 15. We need to know how many people are committed.
  • RSVP: ASAP Please email us to let us know you’re planning to come: halifax@nalandabodhi.ca
  •  Credit, cheque or cash only.


  • It’s best if you can commit to the entire retreat; if you cannot, plan to participate fully at the beginning, and for as long as you can.
  • Open to all vajrayana students who have been formally introduced to the practice of mahamudra shamatha and vipashyana by an authorized teacher.
  • RSVP: Please email us to let us know you’re planning to come and any questions:  halifax@nalandabodhi.ca

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Nalandabodhi Halifax 6218 Quinpool Rd.

unnamedMahamudra for Everyone

A weekend program with Andy Karr

Saturday Nov. 30 and Sunday Dec. 1

The practice of Mahamudra is the way to recognize that confusion is wisdom. In mind itself, there is nothing to be taken away, and nothing to be added. But there is something to be realized. Mahamudra is the method for realizing that.

In this weekend program we will study the Mahamudra view, contemplate pith instructions from short texts like Milarepa’s “Song of Mahamudra,” and of course meditate. It should be fun! Open to everyone.

Pre-register at halifax@nalandabodhi.ca  For more information click here

Intro to Buddhism

Introduction to Buddhism

The Journey Doesn’t Start With Answers….. It Starts With Questions.

Tuesdays through November 26 at 7:00pm

  • A series of 10 classes offered by Nalandabodhi introducing pivotal points of Buddhist thought including
  • The Life of Buddha
  • Four Noble Truths
  • Working with Emotions
  • Karma, Interdependence, and Selflessness
  • Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Each class will explore a new topic and leave lots of time for exploration, meditation instruction and discussion. We are aiming for open-ended, lively forums where we can delve into our curiosity and understanding. Everyone welcome! Classes are free.

Pre-register at halifax@nalandabodhi.ca  For more information click here

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