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How to Forgive

DPR_HOW-TO-Forgive_imageEveryone deserves to be forgiven, to some degree. And at the same time, the quality and extent of forgiveness really depends on the person who is doing the forgiving. In this article, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche shares compassionate advice on how we can approach forgiveness in a way that is beneficial for both ourselves and others.

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Looking for Some Mindfulness?

Come and Sit With Us!

medium_429702209Sunday Mornings 10:00

6218 Quinpool Rd.  Sometimes known as “bare attention” or “peaceful abiding” Shamatha meditation practice begins with chants and then alternates sitting and walking meditation. The practice of meditation is basically a process of getting to know yourself by becoming familiar with your mind. The Buddhist view of the mind is that it’s always awake. Its nature is awareness and compassion.

Special Event: Unity Vashaika Day Sat. May 26 4pm-6pm

Saint Mary’s University: Loyola Building Room #170

A celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. This “Unity Vaishaka / Wesak / Vesak Day” is organized jointly by the Atlantic Theravada Buddhist Society, GEBIS Halifax, Karma Changchub Ling, Shambhala, Siddhartha’s Intent, and Zen Nova Scotia.

Tuesday 29 May: Shakyamuni Day  10:00am

Shakyamuni Day (or Bodhi Day) is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha (Siddharta Gautama) experienced enlightenment. Join Mike Munro (TAYS yoga) for a brief talk on the historical Buddha and the meaning of the Buddha today. Join us at Nalandabodhi Halifax 6128 Quinpool Rd. Meditation instruction available. Tea and cookies to follow.

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Milarepa and the Yogic Tradition

Nalandabodhi Welcomes Christoper Stagg

Friday March 30 thru Sunday April 1

chris staggMilarepa is the most well known practitioner of the yogic tradition in Tibet’s history, attaining the greatest potential of a human in a single lifetime. Though he lived over 1,000 years ago, his life example and the methods he employed on his path to awakening are still relevant to us today. In this weekend program, Christopher Stagg will discuss the relevance of Milarepa’s life through his narrative and songs. Chris will explore Milarepa’s encounters with male and female disciples as presented in his new translation of The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa.

There will be a book signing after the Friday night talk, so please bring your copy of The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa if you have one. If not, a small number of books will be available for purchase.​

Christopher Stagg is a Tibetan translator and interpreter for Nalandabodhi and the Nitartha Institute who has studied at Vajra Vidya Institute in Varanasi, India, and at Namo Buddha in Nepal. He recently translated The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (Shambhala, 2018) under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. He sings the songs of Milarepa and has degrees in voice performance and music education.

“Milarepa and his songs have been perhaps the greatest source of spiritual inspiration for all Tibetan Buddhists. For a long time, there has been a need for a new and accessible translation of these extraordinary songs. Christopher Stagg has worked with contemporary masters of the lineage and his translation is accurate, lucid, and inspiring.” —Ringu Tulku

Click here to register and for the schedule and more information about this program.

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Losar: The Year of the Earth Dog

earthdogSunday 18 February from 10 am to 1 pm!

Here is our schedule for Sunday morning…please come for all or any part of the celebration.

10:00 am Sitting Meditation, Losar Liturgy, Video Greeting from Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
11:30 am Bagels and lox, mimosas and coffee/tea provided by Nalandabodhi Halifax
12:00 Toasts, Announcements, and Aspirations

Losar Practice

The Losar Liturgy helps us to purify any remaining negativity and clear away any obstacles for the coming year.

Year of the Earth Dog

Earth Dogs are loyal, honest and kind.  This year will bring a new focus on those matters that benefit all of us; social justice, well being of others, attention to inequality and fairness.  Planning and proceeding calmly and steadily are emphasized

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The Four Immeasurables

Equanimity     Loving Kindness     Compassion     Sympathetic Joy


A Two-Day Practice Workshop

Sunday Jan. 21 and Jan 28, 9:30-4:00

The Four Immeasurables  is an important practice of the Mahayana path. Its objective is to train our minds in the four qualities of loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity in order to extend them to all beings.

Over the course of two Sundays, we will engage in practices that evoke the qualities of the Four Immeasurables and explore how we relate to these in our own experience. We will also identify obstacles encountered in developing these qualities, and spend time practicing specific antidotes.

This workshop will be facilitated by Catherine Slone, a longtime practitioner within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Catherine is a Nalandabodhi practice instructor and a facilitator of the weekly mindfulness group, Meeting of Minds.

Preregistration is encouraged. Please contact us at halifax@nalandabodhi.ca

Find more information here.

Meeting of Minds: A weekly mindfulness mediation group

Unplug and relax – mindfulness mediation and conversation.  No experience needed.  Just drop in.

Wednesday evenings 7-8pm

Nalandabodhi Halifax, 6218 Quinpool Rd.


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