Nalandabodhi Connecticut invites visitors

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche/ContributedBLOOMFIELD – Volunteers have kept Nalandabodhi Connecticut running smoothly for more than a decade.

For years the humble Buddhist community gathered in homes, but about a year ago they moved into a Bloomfield office building on the top floor of 3 Barnard Lane.

Director Susan Busby explained that Nalandabodhi Connecticut operates under the guidance of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, a leading scholar in Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Nalandabodhi is a network of meditation centers, study groups, and individual members who are committed to Tibetan Buddhism.

Members meet weekly to discuss and practice dharma, and Busby said programs are available for those interested in exploring Buddhism as well.

Weekly meditation is held Sundays at 9 a.m., and meditation instruction is provided upon request.

“It’s a calm, peaceful sitting,” Busby explained, noting that Nalandabodhi practices analytical meditation. “It’s all about training the mind that you can have unlimited passion and wisdom.”

This, she said, is often done through visualization exercises, also known as deity practice.

Once a month on Saturdays an all-day practice event is held at the practice center (you can see the schedule here).

Busby said that Nalandabodhi Connecticut also offers various study groups and each Saturday at 4 p.m. they gather to view videos of Dharma teachings by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and other lineage masters. On Sundays members meet at 10:15 a.m. to discuss Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s text Wild Awakening.

Busby described the Connecticut group as “small and cozy.”

Currently the organization has about 22 members, though non-members often regularly attend other programs and classes.

“We’re trying to get the word out that anyone can come,” Busby said. “There are a lot of people out there who want to learn how to calm their minds down.”

On the weekend of Sept. 12 Nalandabodhi Mitra Dean, Dr. Karl Brunnholzl will be teaching at the practice center.

For information call (860) 922-7764 or visit www. http://www.nalandabodhi.org/centers/usa/connecticut.aspx.

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