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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!

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!

When Venerable Robina was visiting, she sat in a lovely wing chair.
Denise Flora and Tim Toombs kindly provided the chair, bundling it into their van, driving it here, and then reversing the whole process at the end of Venerable Robina's visit.
Thank you, Denise and Tim!

 Our altar recently got a 'facelift' with new adornments and lighting, making it a shining and inviting sight when we enter the gompa. Big thanks to Mer and Troy Stafford for their beautification of the altar!
Thank you, Mer and Troy!

     During Venerable Robina's visit, volunteers from our own community have stepped up to perform the dozens of little tasks and keep everything running smoothly. Many thanks to the dozens of folks who greeted visitors to the Center, bought groceries, recorded and streamed teachings, cleaned, assisted in the gompa, helped customers in the bookstore, set up and took down water offering bowls, and helped in innumerable other ways. Their work is a service both to our community and to Venerable Robina.

Thank you all!

A beautiful, brightly-lit Christmas tree adorned our lobby during the holidays, and was tucked away quietly when the season ended. Our thanks to Lynne Ingram, Wendy King, Jill Marie and Tim Powell for clearing it away.
       Thank you all!

        The Kadampa Center Bookstore volunteers are so important to introducing new comers to the texts as resources we offer as well as checking out
customers and we would like to send a special thanks to Ali Burke for all of her hard work!

Thank you, Ali!

Throughout the year we celebrate many Buddhist holy days. As holy day coordinator, Patrick McGinity arises early and opens the Center for taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts, arranges for the Center to be open for individual practices, and organizes other events appropriate to the specific holy day.
Thank you, Patrick!

Our library is a wonderful resource for members who want to read and study and deepen their understanding and knowledge. We also have a
specialized library of resources on death and dying.
       Many thanks to our two librarians, Liz Rourke and Sylvia Hill, for maintaining these texts!
Thank you, Liz and Sylvia!

Our fabulous crew of Kadampa Cafe bakers provides delicious treats for sale on Sundays, and also donate refreshments at social events and volunteer workdays. Big thanks to Laura Asselin, Jim Barnes, Christy Batts, Becky Boyd, Tomomi Freitas, Traci Haas-Thompson, Johnny Hall, Marianne Hartman,
Jill Medford, Louise Miller, Katarzyna O'Lone, Heather Reading, Jaya Reddy, Cathy Schaffer, Siddhi Shonibare, Elise Strevel and Robbie Watkins
Thank you all!

We were able to present Geshe Gelek with a beautiful, hand-made birthday card thanks to the artistic work of Jill Marie, who made a fabulous one-of-a-kind card.

Thank you, Jill! 

We rely on our board of directors and financial development committee to provide leadership and judgment in steering our center toward the future. Our thanks to Jim Green, who has served with a joyful spirit on both groups. 
Thank you, Jim!

Thank you, Thank you, to all the volunteers that helped feed our visitors the last several weeks -- Louise Miller, Kolleen Mitchell, Heather Green, Jaya Reddy, Christine Allen, Jackie Scott, Scott Miller, and Chantel Smith. The time, resources, and attention you took to prepare delicious meals for our guests is one of the most valuable gifts you can give to show your appreciation for their visit.

Thank you all!

Our grounds now boast a beautiful three-stage composting system where we can place yard clippings and wilted flower offerings to return to the earth.  Big thanks to Todd Ferrell and Patrick McGinity for designing and building this elegant compost bin!
Thank you, Todd and Patrick!

We will be enjoying blooming pansies throughout the winter and a bright colorful spring, thanks to many who came out on a recent Saturday to spruce up the entry and offer flowers around the stupa.  Many thanks to Kim Goll, Kim Lillig, Jacqui Harris, Eric White, Erin Clancy, and to the Mercer family -- Nicole, Victoria, Nathaniel and Dylan -- for beautifying our Center!
Thanks to all!

We recently spent a weekend filling and blessing many statues for our members. All our sangha and quite a few volunteers were involved in the process. Many thanks to Tim Powell for providing lots of milk tea for the sangha and volunteers for the entire weekend of the statue filling and blessing. The refreshments helped keep everyone refreshed during all that hard work!
Thank you, Tim!

  Our gardens and grounds are looking clean and spruce thanks to Megan Meyers, Kevin Murphy, Jacqui Harris and garden coordinator Kim Goll.  On a recent Saturay morning they raked, weeded, trimmed trees, deadheaded flowers by the stupa and tidied up Emily's garden

Thanks to all!

Big thanks to the volunteers who came out and got their hands dirty cleaning the retreat spaces at Noland's farm. Sandy Carlson, Todd Ferrell, Tim Powell, John and Ed Costelloe, Elise Strevel, Mia and Maude Stafford. The place is now a lovely environment for the Fall retreat, thanks to their hard work!

Thank you all!

Cleaning our shared space at Kadampa Center is a twofer -- purification practice while serving others! Our rockin' crew came to clean every nook and cranny
before Venerable René's visit, singing, smiling and shining every surface.
   BIG thanks to:  Peter Cranford, Michele Matich, Lindsey Street, Lisa Besso, Kim   Lillig, Jen Sanford-Johnson and of course Jill Marie!
Thank you all!