September at the Center
Welcome to our new monthly newsletter!
(A shortened version of This Week will continue to be sent weekly)

"I want to say without hesitation that the purpose of our life is happiness."

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama
PUJAS Everyone Welcome!
Sun, Sep 8, 7:00-8:30p
Sponsor the puja here
Sun, Oct 9, Noon-1:30p
Sponsor the puja here
Let's practice and earn merit together!
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: Sep 5 & 19

Childcare provided
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

Join us for this introductory course that provides a broad, simple overview of key aspects of Buddhism and our practice. Presented in five sessions with Karen Mastroianni .
 Registration requested
WHEN: Sep 3 - Oct 1

Join us for this introductory course that provides a broad, simple overview of key aspects of Buddhism and our practice.  Presented in five sessions with Jim Sutorus.
Registration requested
WHEN: Sep 5 - Oct 3

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

An amazing chance to create merit!
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: 26,175
“Wants to be happy, doesn’t want to suffer.” Those few words in plain language can be so helpful when we’re struggling to feel compassion for another, especially if their actions or language are harsh or hurtful. In place of “What a jerk!” the thought can be... 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 .
NEW FALL SESSION begins 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.
  • WHAT: Adopt-A-Stream Project
  • WHEN: 8:00a-Noon, Sat, Oct 12 (Note date change)
  • WHERE: Johnson Lake Shoreline
Daily dharma teachings on compassion, wisdom, mindfulness, and joy--ideal for creating moments of peace and reflection in our chaotic world. Awaken Every Day offers reflections for each day of the year, helping readers cultivate meaning in our own lives and contribute to the well-being of others.Whether we read straight through or dip in, Awaken Every Day helps us understand our minds, our connections to our communities, and how to become the people we aspire to be.
A great stackable toy for play and education about the structure and shape of a stupa. From Nepal, made of wood and painted in bright colors. Functions as a lovely statue of a stupa when completed to brighten any room!
  • Small: $25
  • Large: $35
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.
Read more about our August Merit Makers!
  • Kathy Kochevar and Karen Beesley - bookstore help
  • Everyone who helped volunteer for Geshe-la's 20th Anniversary party
  • Anonymous family - washing cushions
  • Erin Sloan and Sue Stern - Family Program

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 or call 919.859.3433
You can become a monthly sustainer any time during the year? Creating habits that benefit. We are similar to any church in that we need funds to maintain all our programs, classes, staff and building upkeep. Monthly Sustainers create a stable base that support us financially throughout the year. Go to our website to donate!

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
Lama Chöpa (Tib); bla ma mchod pa (Wyl)

"A special Highest Yoga Tantra guru yoga practice composed by Panchen Losang Chökyi Gyaltsen. "

(Wyl) or Wylie, is a method to transliterate the Tibetan script into Roman script.
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