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Welcome to Kadampa Center!

Whether you are someone just starting out on your spiritual journey or a seasoned Buddhist practitioner, Kadampa Center offers a program for you:
  • Explore the options under Spiritual Program.

  • If you are brand new to Buddhism and the Center, start by visiting us on a Sunday morning or participate in one of our introductory programs: Buddhism in a Nutshell or Meditation 101. These five-week courses meet on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. See our calendar for scheduled classes.

  • Another good option for those just getting started is Discovering Buddhisma two-year series of classes that cover 13 essential topics in Buddhism, including karma, meditation, death and rebirth, and emptiness. Each subject course runs from five to seven sessions in length and meets on Mondays at 7 p.m. See our calendar for scheduled classes.

  • Drop in to meditate, and to check out our library and bookstore/giftshop. Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00-5:30 p.m. Call ahead to check. The bookstore/giftshop is also open evenings from 6:30-8:45 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays before and after classes. See our calendar for scheduled classes. We will be closed during the day from March 13-22.

Please join us if you can! If you have questions, you may reach us:

  • By email here
  • By phone at 919-859-3433


Special Tara Practices

At Kadampa Center, we have a special connection to Tara. We trace our lineage to Lama Atisha, whose practice included saying thousands of Praises to the 21 Taras daily. Lama Atisha and the 21 Taras reside together on our altar.

In addition, our teachers have advised us to do two specific Tara practices:

  Praises to the 21 Taras to create the causes for the next Light of the Path retreat.

  -  Tara mantras for the long lives of our resident Geshes

Praises to the 21 Taras to create the causes for the next Light of the Path Retreat

Our precious spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, advised us to recite 100,000 Praises to the 21 Taras to create the causes and remove obstacles for the next Light of the Path Retreat.

This is an amazing chance to create merit!  Geshe Gelek often talks about the merit of doing Tara practice, and how Lama Atisha made this his main practice. Then add to that, we are following the advice of an amazing and powerful teacher, Wow Wow Wow!  On top of that, we are creating the causes for the next Light of the Path retreat, which benefits so many beings.  It's a triple deluxe bonus of merit!

We will do some group recitations, and please remember to keep a count of your personal recitations and enter them below

Enter Tara Praises Here

Tara mantras for our Geshes' long lives

We honor our teachers and deepen our connection to them by praying for their long lives.  At Kadampa Center's request, our Geshes' teacher, Khensur Rinpoche, recommended we say 200,000 Green Tara mantras each year for our teachers' long lives. We recite the mantra regularly at the Center, and invite those who feel a close connection to Geshe Gelek and Geshe Sangpo to join in!

Enter Tara Mantras Here