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Merit Makers

Every week, there are seen and unseen heroes that help keep Kadampa Center running.
Here are just a few!

       Keeping up with weeds in our gardens is a great purification practice -- and just as when we purify spiritually, the result is quite beautiful!  Big thanks to Kim Goll and Megan Myers for sprucing up the flower bed by the classroom building. 
Thank you, Kim and Megan!

       On our Fabric and Foam Fun day last spring, a small group cut foam and fabric and stitched up a bunch of new zabutons (floor cushions) for the Light of the Path retreat.
      Big thanks to Ven. Khando, Barb Morwessel, Jill Marie, Joanna Smith and Suzy Boehm for their service!

When a new family walks in the door, our Children's Program General Assistants are warm and welcoming, and when classes begin, they move right into supporting the program in whatever aspect is necessary, solving a new challenge each week. Thank you to Jessica Kasinoff, Heather Green, Dorothy Robson, and Linda Saah.

Thank you all!

Thank you to our 5th-8th grade teachers Chantel Smith and Nicole Mercer for their creativity and insight. These two work hard keeping class content fresh and interesting as these young minds develop in leaps and bounds.
Thank you, Chantel and Nicole!

Thank you to volunteers for the 2nd-4th grade class.
Collaboration and communication among Kara Weilding,
Melanie Statnick, Keith Ferreira, Christy Batts, and Aimee
Pattison has kept our largest class running with engaging
and creative content.  
Thank you, all!

       Thank you to all the preschool volunteers who not only care for our littlest ones, but who also clean up the room when they leave. It's rare that our curious toddlers do not dump out every container and play with every toy. These parents have preschoolers themselves and are often the last to leave, managing their "helpers" and keeping the room together. Big thanks to Jim Green, Ian and Ann Worthington, Vivian Margarino-Gomez,Jennifer Sanford-Johnson, Vincent Batts, Shannon Blackwood, Carrie LeChevallier and Dorothy Robson.
Thank you!

Good graphic design catches the eye and expresses the spirit of a project or organization. Guillermo Haas-Thompson skillfully applies his designer's eye to our website and some of our projects, such as Inside Happiness. Thank you, Gi!
We knit ourselves together into a community by caring for each other, and one way we do that is through our prayer list. These names are read at the Center when we do our dedications, and many people also receive the list by email to include in their home prayers. Many thanks to Venerable Lhamo for maintaining the list. Thank you, Lhamo-la!
There's so much to learn when we first come to Kadampa Center, from where to find the bathrooms to understanding all the items on the altar. Royden Saah helps newcomers get acquainted with this and more every month at our Newcomer Orientation sessions. Thank you, Royden!
Between the Sunday teachings our sangha take a break in the bookstore area. Tim Powell takes care of their needs, with fresh hot tea, cool water and nibbles. Thank you, Tim!

Thank you so much to all of the
Kadampa Center members who so generously offered many hours to help make Light of the Path retreat a complete success! In a discussion with Rinpoche at the conclusion of the retreat, Rinpoche was very, very pleased with how smoothly it went. Rinpoche commented on what amazing benefit to so many sentient beings, wow wow wow!

       Many students and teachers of comparative religion, from the dozens of colleges and high schools in our area, contact us for help in completing research assignments, inviting speakers to their classrooms, or bringing a group of students to the center. Elise Strevel handles these requests, helping our broader community learn more about Buddhism and the Dharma.              
  Thank you, Elise! 

       Transformation of the gravel yard continued on a recent spring day, when our crew went to work digging, shoveling and tilling in good soil, digging up and replanting trees and perennials, weeding, and moving and repairing the platform.


       Many thanks to Ven. Khando, Carol Vogel, Jacqui Harris, David Strevel, Eric Mullen, Chris Baranski, Mike Flaherty, Lisa Flaherty, Donyelle Foster, Bruce Campbell, Joey Gooch, Scott Miller, Patrick McGinity, Judy Dozier and Kurt Latimer. 


       Many of the same folks returned the following Saturday to help plant flowers, spread mulch or clean our building's interior. Everything now looks shiny and beautiful, with big thanks also to Ven. Lhamo, Jill Marie, Brian Dyer, Jackie and Jim Scott, Christine Wiecek, Lynne Ingram, Wendy King, Louise Miller, Elise Strevel, Glenn Hunt, Kim Goll, Julie Quetel, Joanna Smith, Eric White, Paulette Veloon, Sherry Harmon, Robert First, Elizabeth Roman, Traci Haas-Thompson, and Laura Carballo . It was a Merit Mashup day, thanks to everyone's amazing work!  

                                     Thank you, all! 

As we gear up for the LOP retreat, we have many tasks small and large in preparation. Many thanks to Barb and Jim Morwessel, Jill Marie and Miranda for their help in removing foam from storage to prepare it for the retreat.                 

Thank you, all! 

We have a wonderful new tool for helping our members dive in and get involved -- our Volunteer Spot online signup. Jackie Scott did the research to find this tool and helped those who coordinate volunteer activities learn how to post them on the site, opening the door for many people to get involved.

Thank you, Jackie!

Our gompa has a different setup for pujas than for teachings, and it takes a few people to move things around. When we have a puja on a Tuesday, Suzy Boehm organizes doing the setup after the Monday Discovering Buddhism class -- a great service to those who attend pujas!

Thank you, Suzy!


Our Inside Happiness events introduce the wider community to Dharma concepts that are universal. Many folks with varied talents helped with
publicity, ticket sales, displays, bookkeeping, goodies to eat and introducing the speaker. Many thanks to Barb Baranski, Sandy Carlson, Kim Lillig, Heather Sanders, Elise Strevel, Jackie Scott, Gui Haas-Thompson, Elizabeth Roman, Christy Batts, Steep Smith, Christine Allen, Chantel Smith and
Karen Mastroianni.
   Thank you, all!

When our members are unable to attend a teaching or class, they can still hear it by tuning in to online streaming, or downloading the audio from our lobby computer. Chris Baranski and Brian Dyer -- as well as several volunteers who switch on the online streaming -- are the kind folks who make these available to us.
Thank you, Chris, Brian and all!

Our formerly cluttered storage for Spiritual Programs (aka "Behind the Curtain") has undergone a transformative change, thanks to the decluttering and re-organizing genius of Carol Laing, ably assisted by Susan Daniel.
Bins are clearly labeled and stuff is up off the floor, making it much easier to find and replace altar items.

Thank you, Carol and Susan!

A couple of our members support  our community and our center by offering their professional services to members and sharing the proceeds with Kadampa Center. Our thanks to Patrick McGuire, hairstylist, and Jill Marie, yoga instructor, for their kindness!  

Thank you, Patrick and Jill!