The Mahasiddhi Retreat Center, under the spiritual guidance and direction of the Venerable Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and The Dzogchen Ponlop, Rinpoche, is a project to build a retreat center in the Northwest. The first phase of Nalandabodhi's planning was the establishment Nalanda West, a city center in Seattle, to provide an opportunity for study and practice in an easily accessible, centralized urban location. The second phase is to establish a retreat center in a rural setting to provide an opportunity for more extended practice in a secluded environment. Both centers are being established to fulfill the aspiration of vast compassion for all beings that embodies the very heart of the great vehicles of the Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist traditions. "Nalanda West" refers to the great Buddhist university of the first millenium. "Mahasiddhi" refers to the "supreme accomplishment" of enlightenment that brings this aspiration to fruition.

"When a skillful meditator
meditating in the wilderness
and a skillful benefactor
providing the wherewithal
come together this connection
leads to both gaining buddhahood
but what gives this link its meaning
is to dedicate the merit."

The yogi Milarepa,
A Song of Meaningful Connections

The mission of the retreat center is to preserve and continue the genuine teachings, the living tradition of the buddhadharma, by providing students with progressive, in-depth training in study, reflection and meditation. The comprehensive curriculum of study and practice at the retreat center is in accordance with the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages as established by Padmasambhava and Marpa Lotsawa in the eighth and tenth centuries.

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche has generously assisted the development of the Mahasiddhi Retreat Center with his extraordinary vision and practical advice. The Dzogchen Ponlop, Rinpoche has worked closely with Khenpo Rinpoche to design and implement a complete, graduated curriculum of study and practice capable of suiting the needs and psychological tendencies of individual practitioners.

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