Aspiring Kindly at Nalandabodhi Fourth Annual Winter Meditation Retreat

Thanks to all who worked to make it such a wonderful experience!


Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen offered incisive and heartfelt teaching on Eight Verses for Training the Mind by Geshe Langri Thangpa. Acharya Lhakpa Tshering offered practical guidance on approaching meditation practice skillfully and with an attitude of compassion. Both teachers engaged us with their warm and funny teaching style, and many participants commented on how profound and accessible they found these talks. In addition, Damayonti Sengupta, who leads Nalandabodhi International under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and Ellen Balzé, who coordinates aspects of Nalandabodhi’s Path of Mindful Activity, facilitated workshops on bringing aspirations for greater kindness to life in 2019. Workshop participants engaged in a variety of creative activities designed to inspire and clarify heartfelt aspirations, and also worked with practical methods to help bring those aspirations to fulfillment in 2019. For the first time, we also engaged in an evening of dharma songs and stories, with our teachers providing invaluable insight as they joined with us in welcoming 2019 with the songs of Milarepa and of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.

East Coast Winter Retreat, which is open to all, has become for many participants an important support for making the transition to a new year with mindfulness, joy, and connection to a kind community. Consider including it in your plans for welcoming 2020–we’d love to share the experience with you!

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