January at the Center
Happy New Year!

"When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions done in one’s past, we strengthen ourselves and can solve the problems of the present constructively."

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama
PUJAS Everyone Welcome!
Kadampa Center happily welcomes Venerable Amy Miller for a weekend course to give us tools to create more happiness in our daily lives.
The Path to Joy offers participants a practical roadmap of how to cultivate happiness and overcome suffering in the midst of life’s challenges.
WHEN: Jan 31 - Feb 2

In this course we explore 13 essential topics in Buddhism, from Meditation to Karma to Death and Rebirth, with much, much more! This is an excellent course of study for those who have the very basics and wish to start going a little deeper into Buddhist philosophy.
The class is led by Hemant Pandya.
Registration requested
WHEN: Jan 6 - Feb 10, Childcare provided

CURRENT TOPIC: Death dissolution meditation
Join Geshe Gelek as he guides us to selected points in the road to enlightenment.
Lama Tsongkhapa (the founder of our Gelugpa lineage) wrote a detailed explanation of Lama Atisha's text to help students understand and practice the instructions, called  The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chenmo) . This lamrim foundation is the basis of all practice in our lineage, including tantra.
WHEN: Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm

We will do this one-day retreat in the traditional style, beginning before sunup and ending after sundown. This will show us how to do retreat on our own if we wish. Everyone is welcome!
Tara is a female Buddha whose qualities include enlightened action and swiftly removing obstacles.
WHEN: Saturday, Jan.18

Our Sunday morning teachings are a vibrant, interactive experience. With the guidance of one of our resident teachers, we discuss the complications that make us unhappy, and how the tools of Buddhism sheds new light on our thoughts and emotions.
WHEN: Every Sunday

The purpose of the meditation circle is to channel our energy in positive, healing ways to benefit the group and all other living beings. The practice is followed by tea-time for meditators to share experiences, discuss topics, and to get to know one another.
WHEN: Every Sunday

Meditation is a foundational tool of the Buddhist practitioner. We use different types of meditation in our practice to clear and calm the mind, review and deepen our understanding of teachings, develop concentration, and so on. Led by senior students.
WHEN:  Saturday, Jan 4

We spend a lot of time each day on the simple logistics of life – going up and down stairs, walking from room to room, taking a shower – neutral activities that are just part of the mechanics of operating in the physical world. We do them without thinking, with our minds rabbiting on about something else. But these mindless actions hold great potential!

Lama Zopa Rinpoche devoted much of the first few Light of the Path Retreats to teaching on how to make those automatic activities into spiritual practice, by...

from Donna Seese, Spiritual Program Coordinator
Sunday morning classes begin at 10:30
Our Sunday Program is a vibrant mix of drop-off and family programming. Much of our curriculum content is based on the 16 Guidelines .
January 5 All groups together - Kids Dorje Khadro and Gaga Ball Tournament!
Winter classes resume January 12 - "How We Find Meaning"
Sundays, 10:30 - Noon
The Family Program will host 3 Children's classes from the ages of 5 to 17.
See the  Family Program page  for more information about the Elementary, Middle and Teen class offerings.
We have a Refuge Room for those with children under age 5 - Learn more
Each month we explore one of the 16 Guidelines, celebrate Buddhist holy days (such as Saka Dawa and Lama Tsongkhapa Day), introduce Buddhist practices (including prostrations and reciting mantras), and participate in Center-wide celebrations (like Losar and Compassion Day). Learn more
Parents, are you interested in attending Discovering Buddhism sessions
on Monday evenings? Childcare is now provided!
Dalai Lama's Cat and the Four Paws of Spiritual Success by David Michie 
When the Dalai Lama's inner circle is set the task of providing His Holiness with a book he can give his visitors, an unexpected volunteer stretches out her paws. The book is to summarize the four key elements of Tibetan Buddhism-and, to communicate the reassuring presence of His Holiness. Who better to do this than his much-loved feline?

Beautifully hand crafted purses to suit all ages. Soft, durable and sure to colorfully accessorize any outfit!
Cost range from: $12 - $25
Office hours and before/after teachings
Interested in becoming a KCPP pen pal? Email Amanda Henry , Pen Pal Coordinator, or call 919.859.3433
We have a waiting list – can you help? Kadampa Center Prison Project (KCPP) volunteers offer prisoner-support workshops using meditation to more skillfully navigate life, in prison and out. Many class participants have questions about meditation and Buddhism that cannot be addressed during our limited workshop time. Still others who are interested are located where our workshops are not available. It doesn't take a Buddhist scholar to write to an inmate. Just someone with a warm heart, a compassionate ear, and the willingness to keep a conversation going.
Questions on giving?
Email centermanager@kadampa-center.org or call 919.859.3433
You can still be part of the Procrastinator Pledge before t he 2020 Annual Appeal is over Jan 5! There are many ways you can 'Look to the Future" in support of the Center you love. It takes all of us together to help our Center thrive!

Kadampa Center's annual New Year's Eve Dorje Khadro Fire Puja was attended by many! The gompa was filled to the brim and the fire pits were surrounded by those wishing to start off the New Year with a clean slate.
Over the course of the year, it's easy to make lots of mistakes with our body, speech and mind. We create harmful karmic seeds from unskillful actions that will eventually ripen as suffering. Kadampa Center's annual New Year's Eve Dorje Khadro Fire Puja, a powerful Mahayana purification practice, offered an opportunity to go into this new year with a relatively clean slate.
Everyone burned black sesame seeds symbolizing past negative karmic actions. 


Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
(please call ahead to ensure staff is available to unlock building)
Classes and events take place throughout the week.
Check the calendar for full listing.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to start times.
Brought to you by the
Hospitality Team!
We've expanded our social activities to include small groups with common hobbies or interests. Groups will meet informally and as often as they like.
  • Fitness/Health (Ex. walk/run/bike)
  • Movies/Game Night (Ex. movies/museum/board games)
  • Outdoor Activities (Ex. gardening/hiking/nature walks)
  • Spur-of-the-Moment (Ex. Meet me at the _______ in an hour.")
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The Hospitality Team offers the opportunity to meet after the teachings on the last Sunday of each month to snack, chat, and hang out together. Food and drink will be provided.
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