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Tea With Tara


Saturday December 7 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM

The practice of Green Tara can help overcome fear and anxiety,  enabling one to open up to one’s own heart of compassion. The practice consists of visualizations, songs, and prayers, composed by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

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, we will celebrate with tea and goodies.
Everyone Welcome.



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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From an article by the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

We live in a multicultural society, with all different kinds of people. People are starting to recognize multiple gender identities, not just male and female, but non-binary, gender-queer and so on. People don’t necessarily belong to just one racial or cultural group either, they may belong to different backgrounds.

Interdependence is our reality, you know. You don’t have to look too deeply into things before it becomes very clear that we cannot survive without each other. We’re truly dependent on each other.

Sometimes people ask me how we can see these differences as strengths rather than be afraid of others’ perceived differences. They ask me what the Buddha’s teachings say about equal space for women and men in society, or about gender bias.

What Buddha taught was very much ahead of his time. You could definitely say he was a thought leader. Many of the ideas he had were too radical for the predominant culture worldview of the time. Can you imagine 2,600 years ago, someone talking about equality of gender, talking about equality in relation to caste systems? It’s amazing. Buddha was really ahead of his time.

If you look at the Buddha’s teaching, it’s very inclusive. It gives us valuable guidance about how we can live in this world together and about recognizing how we are dependent on each other. The dharma teachings help us recognize how we can actually support each other’s goodness and wellbeing, instead of only seeing the ways we obstruct and bring harm to each other.

More article

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Losar Feb. 5, Year of the Earth Pig New Time! 7:00pm

Pig2019Celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year, Year of the Earth Pig


The year of the Earth Pig brings with it a sense of joy and relaxation.  Good will and good motivation can be strengthened.  Being the 12th element of the zodiac, the pig is also a great year for reflection and generosity.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7:00 pm: Chants, songs and celebration

All are welcome as we kick off the year with an evening gathering.  Please join us in rousing energy at the beginning of the new year, and in celebrating our wonderful teachers and good fortune!  We will end the evening with sharing some good food and cheer. Details here.

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Tara: Liberation from the Eight Fears: A practice intensive weekend


Saturday Oct. 20 and Sunday Oct. 21

Tara practice is said to help overcome fear and anxiety, enabling us to open our heart of compassion. The practice consists of visualizations, songs and prayers, composed by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

Schedule each day:

  • Tara Practice 10:00 – 11:45
  • Lunch 11:45 – 1:00
  • DVD teaching of Ponlop Rinpoche, followed by tea and discussion  1:00 -4:00
  •  The DVD teachings by Ponlop Rinpoche are from Tara: Liberation from the Eight Fears recorded in Mexico City in 2014.

This program is offered for free.  Donations are gratefully accepted.

RSVP at halifax@nalandabodhi.ca

Ponlop Rinpoche has said…”the main reason that we supplicate Arya Tara to dispel all fears is because dispelling fears was one of her main commitments, or pledges, or vows. So the supplication to become free of these fears, or the supplication for Arya Tara to free us from these fears, relates to all forms of outer and inner fear, outer and inner harm, and outer and inner adverse conditions. And so therefore Tara is a bodhisattva, as an enlightened being. Tara is not just our imagination. She was also a person. You can see the history there. So her enlightened power is to spark that energy or power within us, which is already there. It’s kind of like invoking your own enlightened quality, or the quality of your intelligence, the power of your compassion.”

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