Our Community

We can multiply the power of positivity, kindness, and beneficial action in the world when we deepen our relationships with others.

Nalandabodhi’s international community includes people from diverse cultures who share a commitment to kindness and clarity. We’re united and inspired to lead a more meaningful life and bring more joy to the world.

Our community provides space for individual exploration and ensures we aren’t alone on our journey. We work together to bring kindness and compassion into our daily lives and our world. By supporting each other during the difficult times and celebrating the happy ones, our personal transformative process is enhanced by the richness of interconnection.

Join our Facebook page to connect with our vibrant online community.

Open Meditation

Nalandabodhi Akasha hosts an online sitting meditation practice every Sunday at 9am Pacific Time, which is often followed by a lively discussion of a Buddhist topic. (Check your time zone at http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/)

Please join our email list to receive reminders about open meditation and announcements of other events hosted by Nalandabodhi Akasha.

Online Study

If you are new to Buddhism or want to deepen your knowledge, another way to get to know us is through the Nalandabodhi Path of Study, which begins with the four-part Introduction to Buddhism. This self-paced series of online classes explores the basic principles of the Buddha’s teachings, provides practical advice for applying these teachings in our lives, broadens our understanding of the world around us, and lays the groundwork for more advanced courses in our curriculum.

Membership

Many of our Nalandabodhi online offerings (including classes, meditation, and webcasts) are open and available to the general public. We happily accept donations, but all are welcome, regardless of ability to pay. For those interested, membership provides access to a greater range of study and practice opportunities.

Click here for more information about membership.

Want to learn more? Do you have questions? Contact us at akasha@nalandabodhi.org or sign up for our email list here.

Community Leadership

Nalandabodhi’s web-based community uses a council governing structure rather than a single sangha director. In early 2020, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche approved the following people to be on the initial Akasha Council. Because everyone started at the same time, the terms have been staggered so that there will be continuity going forward.

Right now, all council members are in the United States and all are women. We would like to diversify our Akasha leadership, so we encourage non-US residents and people of all genders to express interest in joining the Akasha Council. Our terms begin at Losar each year. Please contact us if you’d like more information about joining the council or if you have suggestions about programming or other ways we can serve the online community.

Barbara Brien (bottom row, right) began practicing with Shambhala in 1999, became an active member of Nalandabodhi Connecticut in 2005, and became a student of DPR in 2006. She began participating in Akasha events in 2018 and also continues her membership in NBCT. (Term expires Losar 2023)

Betsy Dain (top row, right) has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 2007 and feels very fortunate to have become a student of Rinpoche’s in 2014. She’s the Practice Coordinator of our online sangha and loves the Akasha community. (Term expires Losar 2022)

Kathleen Epstein (bottom row, left) has been a practicing Buddhist since 1987. She had the great fortune to be accepted as a formal student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in 2011. She is honored to serve on the inaugural Akasha Council as a representative of the online Path of Study. (Term expires Losar 2021)

blaze mason (top row, left) began her Buddhist studies with Shambhala and took refuge in 2005. In 2007, she became a member of Nalandabodhi and a grateful student of DPR. blaze facilitated a Nalandabodhi Study Group for five years, works with the NB editorial team, and is the coordinator of the Path of Mindful Activity for Akasha. (Term expires Losar 2021)

Beth Patterson (middle row, right) took refuge vows with Ponlop Rinpoche in 1995 and became his formal student in 2003. In her role on the Akasha Council, Beth’s focus is Member Care. She also serves as Nalandabodhi International’s Sangha Care director. Beth previously served on the Karma Sangha board of directors. She is also a Nalandabodhi Practice Instructor. (Term expires Losar 2022)

Brigette Sarabi (middle row, left) is a new member of Nalandabodhi Akasha (since early 2019) and a very grateful student of DPR since December 2019. Prior to finding her spiritual home with Nalandabodhi, she practiced for many years in the Theravada tradition. She thinks that the Nalandabodhi community is a wonderful support and inspiration, and she is happy to contribute in some small way as a member of the Akasha Council. (Term expires Losar 2023)