"Beautiful flowers and regal garlands,
Sweet music, scented oils, and parasols,
Sparkling lights and sublime incense,
I offer to you victorious ones. "

The Extraordinary Aspirations of
the Practice of Samantabhadra
MANTRA PLEDGES: Rejoice! We've recited  1,053,465 Mani mantras so far ! This mantra is beneficial for our minds, our Center, and for all beings. Add yours to our count today!
 May 22-28, 2017

- 7:00-8:30p, Meditation 101 introductory course led by Scott Miller

7:00-8:30p, Songs of Spiritual Experience with Geshe Gelek

- Noon-1:00p,  Lunch Bunch

- 9:00-Noon, Grounds and Cleaning Day

- 9:00-10:00a, Sunday Morning Meditation
- 10:30-Noon, Dharma for a Happy Life with Geshe Gelek or Geshe Sangpo
- Noon-1:00p, Sunday Tea Time
Sun, Jun 4, 5:00-6:30p
Fri, Jun 9, 5:15-7:00a
Fri, Jun 9, Noon-1:00p
Fri, Jun 9, 7:00-9:00p
SAKA DAWA, Fri, Jun 9  (All day)
Commemorates Shakyamuni Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (passing from this life). Eight Mahayana Precepts, Refuge, Lay Vows and Bodhisattva Vows will be offered by Geshe Gelek. For timings, see above.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is coming to Raleigh!

A letter from our Director, Robbie Watkins

"Dear Kadampa Center Friends,

You've probably heard the late-breaking news - His Holiness the Dalai Lama will (barring any last minute changes in his schedule) be coming to Raleigh in October of this year. The exact dates, itinerary, and venues are still in the process of being finalized..."

News links from our media visits Sunday, 
May 21: WRAL, ABC, Spectrum

Bookstore Corner
~ By Tamara Levitt

Leela loves to do yoga. She could do all sorts of poses, but there was one pose she couldn’t do. Every time Leela tried to do a headstand...KERPLUNK! Just because we may experience a failure does not mean that we are a failure.
Small Flags.....$6
Large Flags...$12
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Office hours and  before/after teachings
Family Program
WELCOME FAMILIES! Our unique program offers weekly classes for children of all ages. Each month we explore one or more of the 16 Guidelines

To commemorate Mother's Day, held Sunday, May 14, the children handed out Mother's Day gifts – a baggie filled with yummy chocolates – to those attending the teachings. The baggie also contained the following quote from His Holiness the Dalai Lama:

"Since the cycle of existence has no beginning, there is no sentient being
we can point to and say, 'That person has not been my mother in the past.' 
Not only have they been our mothers in the past,
but they will also be our mothers in the future ...
The mother is the first real teacher of compassion.
In creating a compassionate society, the mother is crucial.
You are sharing the wisdom of that experience."

~ By His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Family Program Coordinator Christy Batts also read a moving litany by Christian female author and blogger Amy Young titled, "The Wide Spectrum of Mothering." For more information, visit http://messymiddle.com.
Labor Day Weekend • Sep 1-4
Registration opening soon!
Visiting teacher, Don Handrick coming June 2!
You won't want to miss a minute with our next visiting teacher. Check out the schedule for all the dates and times. We have many exciting merit making opportunities to help out. Email here to find out more.
Many expenses are  occurred to bring a teachers to town, please consider becoming a sponsor as a way to support the teachings and YOUR center!
Socialize with Dharma Friends
  • WED: 5:30p, Al Baraka, 3815 Hillsborough St.
  • FRI: Noon, Lunch Bunch at the Center (BYOL) 
  • SUN: (last one/month)
    Noon-1:00p, Sunday Tea Time
  Merit Makers

Kadampa Center has hosted many wonderful events - teachings, initiations, creating the stupa, welcoming and blessing statues. In the flurry of doing all this, we haven't always kept a record of where we've been and what we've done. Several volunteers have been digging in our various archives -- old emails, newsletters and calendars -- to recover essential events and create a cohesive timeline. The work is ongoing, and we give our thanks now to Ven. Choekyi, Denise Flora, Catherine Deverter, Ashlee Williams and Arlene VanRyckeghem for all their hard work!

Side Note
Did you know Pandora radio now could tell you how many hours you’ve listened to a specific channel? When I think of all the effort we went to ‘back in the day’ to have portable music...
Family Dharma Camp 2017 Now Open!!
Cleaning and Grounds Day
May 27, 9:00-Noon
It's time to get our place spruced up inside and out this Saturday! You choose and we'll find a place for you sweeping or digging. Afterwards lunch is on us!
The more the merrier and as always, families welcome. 
Sunday Tea Time
Time to reconnect and socialize with one another during our Sunday Tea Time! Snack, mingle and enjoy being with Dharma friends!
  • WHAT: Sunday Tea Time
  • WHEN: Sun, May 28 after the teachings
  • WHERE: Center Lobby
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Kadampa Center is an affiliate of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) in the lineage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.