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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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Nalandabodhi Canada Open Retreat 2017



October 6 to 9, 2017
Kempenfelt Conference Centre
Innisfil, Ontario

Teaching topic to be announced

This weekend residential retreat with two leading luminaries of contemporary Buddhism – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche – is open to all. Senior teachers from the Nalandabodhi community will also lead sessions. Don’t miss this extraordinary event!

Register Here!

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Chokhor Duchen

shakyamuni_buddaThursday July 27, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

“Cho” means dharma and “khor” means turning, as in turning the wheel of dharma. This day celebrates the First Turning (first teaching) of the Wheel of Dharma. These teachings on the Four Noble Truths laid the ground for the entire Buddhist teachings and path.

It is said that on this day, the karmic effect of deeds is multiplied many times over! Everyone is invited to practice together from 5:00 to 6:30 pm next Thursday, July 27th, to celebrate this auspicious day.


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