Membership in Nalandabodhi Akasha

Once you have participated in some online programs and meditation practices or explored our classes, you may wish to make a stronger connection to Nalandabodhi. In doing so, you will have support from the Akasha community as you continue your journey along the path, and you will support Nalandabodhi’s international activities.  Nalandabodhi Akasha is the online community for Nalandabodhi members and friends who do not live near a land-based center. You can find a complete list of Nalandabodhi centers on our international website.

The Akasha center offers live online meditation practice and study classes on the web-based Zoom platform throughout the year. We also broadcast teachings from Nalanda West in Seattle and from other Nalandabodhi centers via Zoom. Whether you join Nalandabodhi or not, you can receive email announcements of all Nalandabodhi programs, both online and at physical centers. You can subscribe to our mailing list here.

Formal Membership

Once you become a member, you can be assigned a Practice Instructor (PI) who can help guide you through the Path of Meditation. Many of our PIs work with Akasha members via Skype or Zoom.

The benefits of membership include discounts on classes and programs as well as a discount on many items in our bookstore. Also, Nalandabodhi members who are in good standing and who are formal students of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche are invited to attend our annual sangha retreat.

Our suggested membership contribution is $40/month, or $32 for seniors; there is no charge for full-time students. No one is ever turned away for a lack of funds. Please contact Akasha’s Member Care Coordinator for more information or to set up monthly offerings of any amount.

Open Participation

Formal membership is not required to participate in our community activities. If you are interested in developing a meditation practice or attending an occasional weekend program, we welcome your participation. Please visit our Donation page to find other ways to contribute financially.

Path of Meditation

We encourage members to engage in a regular meditation practice with guidance from a Practice Instructor, who is an experienced practitioner and personal mentor who can suggest classes and readings to strengthen your Buddhist practice. Opportunities for online group practice are available weekly, and large practices (like the annual Tara Drupchen) are often webcast.

Path of Study

A unique and priceless opportunity exists in the online courses we offer. The Nalandabodhi Study Path was developed by our teacher, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and is available in an online, self-paced, modular program presenting a comprehensive series of courses in Buddhist studies. This curriculum adapts for the understanding of Western audiences the traditional teachings offered in Tibetan Buddhist educational academies. There are also opportunities to engage with others participating in the online study curriculum.  Click here for more information,  or you can contact the online study team.

Path of Mindful Activity

The third of the Nalandabodhi paths reminds us to bring into our daily lives the Buddhist principles we study and the meditation we practice. Our experiences change as we carry out mundane activities with mindfulness and awareness, and we are more beneficial to the world and all sentient beings. The Akasha Center offers online Zoom classes using the Path of Mindful Activity study manual, and we encourage our members and other participants to commit to some activity that will help further the goals of the Nalandabodhi global sangha and our teacher.

Since the Akasha community is spread around the world, most of our mindful activity takes place online. We have ongoing opportunities for people knowledgeable about or willing to be trained in how to use our social media (Zoom, Mailchimp, Facebook, WordPress, etc.) and/or how to lead online meditation practices. Your mindful activities contribute to the flourishing of your personal practice and the wider Nalandabodhi sangha, including Akasha. Please contact our POMA coordinator for more information.