October at the Center

"Unlike an external enemy, the inner enemy cannot regroup and launch a comeback once it has been destroyed from within."

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama
PUJAS Everyone Welcome!
Sun, Oct 9, Noon-1:30p
Sponsor the puja here
Sun, Oct 13, 1:00-2:00p
Sponsor the puja here
Sat, Oct 19, 10:30a-4:15p
Sponsor the retreat here
Don't miss the opportunity to hear teachings with Venerable George, who brings a sharp and incisive intelligence to his presentation of the Dharma.
In this two-week visit, he will offer teachings in a wide variety of topics. A graduate in physics from MIT, Venerable George applies the same intellectual acuity to the Dharma as he did to physics.

In these sessions, Geshe Sangpo leads us in creating merit -- an essential part of Buddhist practice. When we increase our stores of merit, it removes obstacles in our spiritual lives. Making merit is also great purification!
When: Oct 3, 17 and 31st.

This is the fifth module in a two-year series. In this module, learn the essential facts about the law of cause and effect. Explore ways to deal with life most effectively and take control of your future. The class is led by Don Brown .
Registration requested
WHEN: Sep 9 - Oct 14, Childcare provided

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

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

FIRST SATURDAY MEDITATION 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: First Saturday of the month

Our precious spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, advised us to recite 100,000 Praises to the 21 Taras to create the causes for the next Light of the Path Retreat.
Our next group practice is Sept. 28. Enter your personal count here. Our progress as of today: 29,669
A few weeks ago, I tracked down a remote place that is precious to my family – the cottage where my mother lived as a child with her grandparents, almost 100 years ago. Finding it in disrepair, I found myself fantasizing about ... READ MORE
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 .
FALL SESSION Sept 8 - Nov 24
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!
To participate, all volunteers must register. Watch for more information on registration, coming soon!
Do you enjoy doing something for the environment? Lake Johnson accumulates trash along the shore lines and wildlife become entangled, or ingest trash that is toxic to them. The Family Program and Outreach have teamed up to offer this opportunity to do service work and protect the local wildlife at Lake Johnson. All ages are welcome to participate in the Adopt-A-Stream biannual cleaning.
Refining Gold: Stages in Buddhist Contemplative Practice by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama discusses a short but powerful text by his predecessor, the Third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso, who penned a famous commentary on the Lam Rim (or Stages of the Path) entitled Essence of Refined Gold . The Dalai Lama speaks directly to the reader—offering spiritual guidance, personal reflections, and scriptural commentary.This book was previously published as The Path to Enlightenment .
Handmade in Neapl by craftsman. High quality, spins smoothly and will make a lovely addition to your home allowing the whole family to send prayers out every day!
Cost: $140
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.
Through the generosity of several of their students around the world, including a few local members, our Geshes were able to purchase a beautiful new home. We rejoice in the amazing merit created by these private donors and we are filled with gratitude for the knowledge that our Geshes have an even more secure future here in North Carolina.
We look forward to the teachings of Venerable George Churnoff Nov 1-17. Planning for the next Light of the Path is well underway and a preliminary draft of our 2020 Budget is already under review.
Looking to the Future,
Your Kadampa Center Board of Directors
While participants were exhausted,
they were also asked to be dramatic:-)
Thank you to the 'clean up warriors' who muscled through the heat on Sept 8th, after the teachings, to remove organic debris, old materials from our grounds as well as clean off the roof and gutters. We are so appreciative of: Michael Flaherty, Paul Krebbs, Patrick McGinity, Chtristine Weicek, Joey Gooch, Alex/Sandra Hess, Jason Jenkins, Tim Mulhern, Erin Sloan and Jill Marie. 5 or more truck loads were hauled away! Thanks for taking time out of your Sunday to make our Center more beautiful!

Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
(please call ahead to ensure staff is available to unlock building)
Wed-Fri: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm: Silent meditation - all welcome (call ahead)
Classes and events take place throughout the week. Check the calendar for full listing. Doors open 30 minutes prior to start times.
Questions on giving?
Email centermanager@kadampa-center.org or call 919.859.3433
You can sponsor a visiting teacher to Open a World of Possibilities? Sponsorships allow the Center to continue offering teachings at no charge and giving the Dharma is the greatest generosity of all! Your sponsorship makes teachings available to others both now and in the future. Go to our website to sponsor!

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.")
Click below to learn more and register.
Join us Saturday nights, for an evening of fun, food and conversation as we create the cause and conditions for a strong dharma community.
  • WHAT: Dinners at 6
  • WHEN: 6:00p, Saturdays, (see calendar for weather or conflict cancellations)
  • WHERE: Aladdin's Eatery, 4209 Lassiter Mill Rd., Suite 136, Raleigh (Quail Ridge Bookstore side, North Hills Mall)
Brought to you by the Hospitality Team!
PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is responsible for their own meal; click here for menu and pricing
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