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Dear Friends & Members of Nalandabodhi,

We have three upcoming events at our centre, listed below. Please note the links that bring you to further program and registration information for each event.

Kind regards,
NBT


1) Art and Symbolism of the Awakened Heart
with Stephanie Johnston, senior teacher,Nalandabodhi International
Friday evening, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

*Public Welcome

Join Stephanie Johnston in these two insightful workshops to discover the role of art and symbolism as pointers to the ultimate experience of awakening, and to decode their enlightening messages.
Click here for further program and registration information.

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2)  Introduction to Buddhism
Alternate Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm, 16 session course
Beginning on October 30, 2019

*Public Welcome

Curious about Buddhism or a path of Mindfulness?  Whether you are new to Buddhism or have experience in the Dharma, this course offers a wonderful opportunity to study fundamental tenets of the Buddha’s teaching in a dynamic peer-group setting.
This 16-session course is free. Donations welcome. Course material is based on the teachings of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and is provided at cost (estimated $60).
Please note: While the date for registering has passed, newcomers are still welcome!
Click here for further program and registration information.

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3) A Unique Opportunity for Members of Nalandabodhi,
with Stephanie Johnston, senior teacher, Nalandabodhi International
Sunday, November 3rd, 2019, 10am-4pm

*Members Only

“How do we join our life with the path?”  An exploration of the body as a support for our practice and how the postures of body, speech and mind impact each practice.
Please contact us at toronto@nalandabodhi.ca for registration.

Fee:  By donation.

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Save the Date! Workshop November 1-2, 2019

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Art and Symbolism of the Awakened Heart
Nov 1-2, 2019 

with Stephanie Johnston, senior teacher
Nalandabodhi International

Have you ever wondered how to share an experience that blows your mind?  Or explain something too mysterious to explain?  Usually we end up saying, “You’ve just got to try it!” Shakyamuni Buddha tried to express and share what is essentially inexpressible: the experience of awakening. Join Stephanie Johnston in these two insightful workshops to discover the role of art and symbolism as pointers to that ultimate experience, and to decode their enlightening messages.

Friday evening, November 1, 2019, 7-9pm
Part 1: Identifying Authentic Buddha Imagery

After Prince Gautama woke up to complete clear understanding of reality, he was called Shakyamuni Buddha, the Awakened One of the Shakya Clan. He was never a “Buddhist”, he was just someone having this great experience and wanted to share it. The difficulty was that people wanted images of him to stand for that experience, an idea he didn’t think was helpful. Would people take the image as something to be revered in itself, rather than discovering the direct experience that it symbolizes?

This illustrated workshop follows the trail of the Buddha, the Awakened One, to the iconographical form that is standard today. Join us to discover the symbols and their meaning that identify a Buddha.

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 10am-4pm
Part 2: Exploring the Many Faces of Compassion

The Buddha described the experience of clear reality as free by nature and unceasingly compassionate in expression. All activity of awakening is guided by one indestructible core value: to remove confusion and suffering without judgement or preferential treatment. Opportunities to be kind like this are available every moment of every living being’s life!

This illustrated and interactive workshop explores the unique expressions of compassion as portrayed in the visual arts since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. Each era and culture has its own way of symbolizing Bodhisattvas, awakening embodied. Join us to discover the symbolism and meanings of enlightening compassion.

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REGISTRATION DETAILS

There are 3 options for registering:

Friday evening and Saturday: Non-members $130; Members $110
Friday evening only: Non-members $35; Members $30

Saturday only: Non-members $95; Members $80

Please register before Tuesday October 29, 2019 by email: toronto@nalandabodhi.ca

If experiencing financial constraints, please contact us.
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stephanie-johnstonWorkshops are led by Stephanie Johnston, a long time art enthusiast, lover of mystery, and Tibetan Buddhist. An alumni of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design 1986, with post graduate studies in Digital Design and Communication and Museum Studies, she has spent the last 20 years as creative director for a Buddhist non-profit and teacher for Nitartha Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies. At Nitartha she designed a Buddhist Visual Literacy curriculum for the science of creative arts, one of the five main sciences of Tibetan Buddhism. In addition, she trains and supports meditation instructors.

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Introduction to Buddhism – Fall Session 2019

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Introduction to Buddhism

Begins October 30, 2019

Continues on alternate Wednesday evenings, 7- 9pm


 

Curious about Buddhism or a path of Mindfulness?


Whether you are new to Buddhism or have experience in the Dharma, this course offers a wonderful opportunity to study fundamental tenets of the Buddha’s teaching in a dynamic peer-group setting. Explore with us:

The Life of the Buddha and the Spiritual Journey

Travelling from Confusion to Original Sanity

Karma, Rebirth, and Selflessness

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness


This 16-session course is free. Donations welcome. Course material is based on the teachings of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and is provided at cost (estimated $60).

Please register before October 16 by email: toronto@nalandabodhi.ca

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Chenrezig Retreat with Lama Rabten Tshering

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Chenrezig Retreat with Lama Rabten Tshering
At the Mahasiddha Retreat Centre in the Canadian Rockies
August 17- 19, 2019

Chenrezig, also known as Avalokitesvara, is the revered Bodhisattva embodying the compassion of all Buddhas. The retreat includes teachings on Chenrezig practice, discussions, meditation, and mindful activities. The three paths of study, meditation and mindful activity are complete in the retreat. Each day will include four sessions as well as meals and breaks. Beginners as well as experienced Dharma students are welcome.

Retreat Format
A total of 2 full days of practice and teachings with Lama Rabten Tshering, and a total of 3 nights spent in beautiful Columbia River Valley. The retreat is Study, Meditation and Mindful Activities focussed. Four sessions are scheduled per day.
Arrival day is Friday August 16 and departure day is Monday August 19. Students are welcome to arrive before August 16 or to stay beyond August 19 for visits to Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Columbia Wetlands, and Radium Hot Springs etc.
Retreatants interested in a longer stay/retreat at Mahasiddha Retreat Centre is welcome to leave later on an individual basis. Please contact the centre to make arrangements for your extended stay at manager.mahasiddha@nalandhabodhi.org

Price
$324 CAD ($246 USD) for the entire retreat. (Cost includes 3 nights double occupancy accommodation, and 3 meals and snacks per day.) Teaching offering is not included in the price.

To Register
Please contact Connie McGregor at nbfinance@shaw.ca or call 1 778 998-4956 Nalandabodhi Members, please inform Connie McGregor of the Nalandabodhi centre you belong to.

For more detailed information, follow these links
English: http://bit.ly/31qdIjZ
Chinese: http://bit.ly/2Ku5SPf

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Happy Birthday Rinpoche~

Oh happy day!  Nalandabodhi Toronto celebrates the June birthday of our teacher, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, with joyful songs and a delicious cake.
The beaming faces here are Danute, Patricia, Chantal, and Fred.

Happy Birthday dear Rinpoche!

May you live long and may your dharma activities continue always.

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