" There is no samsaric pleasure that is new, so let go of the clinging that creates samsara. "

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche
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Dec 10-16, 2018
MONDAY, DEC 17

WEDNESDAY, DEC 19

FRIDAY, DEC 21

SATURDAY, DEC 22
  • 6:00-9:00p, Dinners at 6, Begins tonight! Join us every Saturday night at Aladdin's in North Hills for an evening of conversation, fun and food!

SUNDAY, DEC 23
2018 STUPA CIRCUMAMBULATION COUNT: 24,205
Please enter your count at the Stupa
– PUJAS –
Mon , Dec 17, Noon-1:30p
Mon Dec 31
No puja at Center; reminder for those who may wish to perform tsog at home
ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S EVE
Burn negative karma away - start the new year fresh! This is a powerful Mahayana purification practice that offers us the opportunity to begin the new year with a relatively clean slate. Bring the entire family for this fire puja practice.
  • WHEN: 7:00-9:00p, Mon, Dec 31
  • WHERE: Kadampa Center Gompa
– UPCOMING AND ONGOING CLASSES AND TEACHINGS –
Geshe Gelek returns to teaching on the complete Lamrim text by Lama Tsongkhapa.
  • WHEN: 7:00-8:30p, Wednesdays
  • WHERE: Kadampa Center Gompa
In these teachings, Geshe Gelek will use topics from the Kadampa Master Geshe Chekawa's  The Seven Point Mind Training  as a tool for exploring methods of making our lives happier.
  • WHEN: Sundays, 10:30-Noon
  • WHERE: Kadampa Center Gompa
Discovering Buddhism is a two-year course designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the lamrim, the step-by-step path to enlightenment practiced in Tibetan Buddhism. Discovering Buddhism: Mind and Its Potential begins Monday, Jan 7.
REGISTRATION REQUESTED
  • WHEN: 7:00-8:30p, Mondays
  • WHERE: Kadampa Center Gompa
Join us for this introductory course that provides a broad, simple overview of key aspects of Buddhism and our practice. No homework or quizzes. Presented in five sessions with Sandy Carlson.
  • WHEN: 7:00-8:30p, Mondays, (Jan 8-Feb 5)
  • WHERE: Kadampa Center Gompa
WELCOME FAMILIES – JOIN US!
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 .

FAMILY DHARMA CLASSES:

  • No Family Dharma Classes Dec 23 and 30, children are welcome in the gompa with their families.
– UPCOMING FAMILY PROGRAM EVENTS –
by Kadampa Center 5th ‐ 8th grade Sunday School class
The Family Program Sunday School class children have begun a newsletter!
  • Interview: Humility with Vincent Batts
  • Quiz: Which guideline are you?
  • Survey: What does patience mean to you?
  • Crossword: How we think
  • Contentment drawing

THE BOOK OF JOY JOURNAL
~ by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
This beautiful journal from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu gives you all the space you need to notice and record what gives you joy. Arranged as a 365-day companion, it prompts you with inspiring quotes from  The Book of Joy  to help transform their joy practices into an enduring way of life. It is the perfect companion for  The Book of Joy's  many passionate readers as well as the perfect gift for anyone looking to live a more joyful. Share the joy!
HANDMADE BOOTIES

Children's booties, handmade in Nepal. Soft, cute and warm in the image of snow lions. Perfect grandmother gift!
  • Snow lion Booties $15
HANDMADE BOBBLE HATS

Wonderfully fun felted hats handmade in Nepal. Great gift for your friend!
  • Bobble Hat $20
PHOTO/DAN BROOKS
BOOKS MAKE THE BEST GIFTS!
Whatever holidays you celebrate, books are always the right size, color, and never need batteries. Browse our selection of inspiring and thought-provoking books on Buddhism by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, Pema Chodron, and more!
BOOKSTORE HOURS
Office hours and before/after teachings
A VERY SPECIAL CARD FOR US
Our office staff was so surprised last week when we received our first Holiday card from His Holiness the Dalai Lama! Filled with a beautiful embossed message of "With prayers and best wishes for the new year" and the familiar quote from Shantideva,
"For as long as space endures, and for as long as all living beings remain, until then may I too abide to dispel the misery of the world." It's personally signed by His Holiness as well! This lovely card is framed and on display in our lobby.
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, BEGINS DEC 22 (see calendar for weather or conflict cancellations)
  • WHERE: Aladdin's Eatery, 4209 Lassiter Mill Rd., Suite 136, Raleigh (Quail Ridge Bookstore side of North Hills Mall)
PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is responsible for their own meal; click here for menu and pricing
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SUPPORT THE INTERNATIONAL MERIT BOX PROJECT
Cultivate generosity in your daily practice by placing a Merit Box on your altar (or other convenient location), generate your motivation with Bodhichitta, make offerings (bless them with your mind), and dedicate the merits. Help foster an international spirit of harmony and cohesion amongst the FPMT community. Resulting grants benefit FPMT projects around the world!
KADAMPA CAFE: SNACKING STRONGLY ENCOURAGED
Do you have the urge for a cuppa Dunkin' Donuts® coffee (K-cup pod), a delicious bag of Anne's ® Bunny Fruit Snacks, or a Kellogg's ® Rice Krispie Treat? You'll find ALL these, and more, at the Kadampa Cafe!

Kadampa Cafe goods are available on a donation-only basis (simply drop your coins or bills in the nearby donation jar). Thanks to a generous practitioner, 100% of Kadampa Cafe donations benefit our Center.
This Week's Favorite:
Milano ® Cookies
Suggested Donations:
• Hot Beverages = $1.00
• Bottled Water = $1.00
• Snacks = $0.50
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 Help Dharma thrive – with your help we can accomplish anything!

Position needed: Greeter
INTERESTED? Email or call 919.859.3433
– MERIT MAKERS –
Thanks go out this week to Julie Cox for kindly and patiently editing our "This Week" email. Julie makes sure all the links are valid, words are spelled correctly and the dates/times match everywhere. We appreciate your detailed mind and willingness to be patient with our errors! Thanks Julie for making "This Week" spot on.
– SIDE NOTES –
There’s a lesson around every bend, turn, avenue, twisting winding road. This week it is ants. Three huge anthills appeared inside near our bookstore. This required a lot of loving effort to suggest they go back underground and find another site. Location, location, location. Well they picked a new location...
– WORDLY WISE –
"The Great Exposition (Hinayana) School of the four schools of Buddhist philosophy. "
– QUICK CONNECTIONS –
KADAMPA CENTER HOURS
Tue-Fri: 10:00a-5:30p (call ahead to check)
Silent Meditation: During open hours
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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.