The Israeli Nalanda Institute operates as part of Dreamers’ Home, and offers a comprehensive and profound study program in Buddhist theory and practice. The Institute was established in 2019 by Dr. Keren Arbel, Dr. Boaz Amichai, and Dr. Asaf Sati El-Bar, who integrate in their daily life theoretical study and research with meticulous practice and extensive familiarity with different Buddhist traditions. The Institute endeavors to harmoniously connect these two study areas, the theoretical and practical, and make them accessible to Israeli practitioners who have chosen to follow the Buddhist path. The founders believe that a broad, well-versed theoretical study deepens one’s practice. Similarly, they believe that it is pointless to only study the theory, if it isn’t accompanied by actual practice and mind-training through meditative reflection. Integrating theory with practice enables information to transform into insight (rather than knowledge), which leads to liberating wisdom. To their understanding, most of the Buddhist texts are actual practice instructions, which is the reason they choose to read and teach them.

As part of the two-year program offered by the Institute, long eight-hour study and practice days are scheduled, encouraging dedication and personal experience with the studied materials. The program includes theoretical study, reading original texts, emphasis on individual practice and personal accompaniment, all within a quality group of senior dedicated practitioners.

Nalanda was the name of one of the largest monastic Buddhist universities in North India. It’s remains are located to this day in proximity to Bodhgaya – the place where the Buddha experienced his awakening. Thousands of monks from the various Buddhist traditions of that era studied in Nalanda. They delved into theoretical knowledge, thoroughly debated the studied subjects, knew all the important texts of the various traditions, and met teachers and practitioners of varied schools. In conjunction, the monks also practiced meditation and actualized the path. The learning methods in Nalanda were integral and included study, deep reflection of the study materials and meditative awareness in relation to the studies. Study and practice were intertwined in a way that deepened understanding and developed liberating wisdom.