Nalandabodhi offers a complete course of study and education on Buddhism. The Nalandabodhi Path consists of three sets of courses, which are like three paths converging into one. These are the Path of Meditation, the Path of Study, and the Path of Mindful Activity.
The Three Paths of Nalandabodhi
The Nalandabodhi Path of Study was designed by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche for Western audiences, by adapting the traditional courses taught in Tibetan Buddhist educational academies. Students begin with basic Buddhist introductory topics, progress to the increasingly complex topics of the Hinayana and Mahayana studies, and conclude with the subtleties of the Vajrayana.
The Path of Meditation gives you complete training in Buddhist meditation practice. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has carefully designed a complete Buddhist course of practice that members of Nalandabodhi follow as their main journey of meditation. Under Rinpoche's direction, senior students are trained as Practice Instructors (PIs) who work with newer students, serving as guides and friends, both in local Nalandabodhi centers and with the larger worldwide membership.
The Path of Mindful Activity courses guide you in applying the wisdom uncovered through the Paths of Meditation and Study, to the situations you encounter in daily life. By engaging in the Path of Mindful Activity, students practice what they've learned "on the spot," discovering the practical application of their Buddhist training to family, work, and all other areas of life.
Program Fees and
People frequently inquire about how Nalandabodhi and its centers work with those who are experiencing financial challenges. To clarify, we offer the following statement of aspiration and invitation.
"Nalandabodhi aspires to make the wisdom teachings of our lineage accessible to anyone who sincerely wishes to engage with them. Like other nonprofit organizations, Nalandabodhi requires financial support - such as program registration fees, donations, and membership dues - to sustain the centers and study groups that make these teachings available.
In order to balance our heartfelt commitment to accessibility as well as sustainability, we invite anyone who is experiencing financial challenges to speak with a director of one of the Nalandabodhi centers or study groups to explore pathways for participation, such as work-study positions and scholarships, when such resources are available."