Like the historic Nalanda University of India, Nalanda West event center brings you a curated selection of teachings and presenters from diverse wisdom traditions. All our programs speak to our shared need for global awakening and the wish to live a meaningful life. Founded by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2004, Nalanda West offers programs and events inspired by the Five Fields of Knowledge originally taught at Nalanda University. The best way to learn about the center – join us for a program in Seattle, or when offered, via live webcast. See you soon!

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  • Engaging the Creative Moment

    Creative expression can bring us into a profoundly illuminating dialogue with hidden aspects of ourselves and our relationships. By engaging in the visual and performing arts, writing, calligraphy and music, as well as the art of raising and influencing children, we learn to enjoy the fullness of of each moment.
  • Healing for Harmony and Balance

    Whether breathing deeply in a yoga pose, choosing healthful foods, or connecting with nature, our aim is to understand the interdependence of mind and body. As we take a contemplative approach to health and well-being, we learn what is needed to establish harmony in our lives and in our world.
  • Expression through Language, Poetry and Performance

    We live in a hyperconnected, often hyperactive, world. Every day we send, receive, and share so many messages. But is all of this communication resulting in greater understanding? By exploring sound, language, poetry and performance in a contemplative context, we can experience clearer connection with others and with ourselves.
  • Clarifying Our Understanding

    In the 21st century it is more important than ever to develop a strong, clear mind. On a daily basis, we are asked to process unprecedented amounts of information. How can we make sense of it all? How can we know what to focus on and what to ignore? By training the mind, we enhance our capacity to learn, to make informed decisions, and to create a meaningful life.
  • Awakening the Heart and Mind

    What does it mean to open the heart and mind, to experience awakening? It's a process that takes the shape of our everyday life, as we explore different forms of mind training, meditation, contemplation and other practices that evoke direct insight. As we make progress in insight, we become kinder and more compassionate, as well as more relaxed and at ease with ourselves.