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Merit Makers

Thanks go out to Joey Gooch and Peter Murphy for their joyful effort in procuring and delivering our new chairs for the gompa! Their hard work and dedication in traveling to pick up the chairs and deliver them back to the center will be enjoyed by the many sentient beings that benefit from our teachings in the gompa. Thank you both!

Our popular introductory classes, Buddhism in a Nutshell and Meditation 101, couldn't happen without the vital support of our program assistants, who open the building and prepare the gompa for class, provide whatever assistance the teacher needs, and secure the Center after class. Big thanks to Jeff Suss and Christopher Currie for helping with this fall's classes!
The crew dug up and replanted perennials, planted bulbs, mums and pansies for winter and spring blooms, and placed bricks in front of the prayer wheels to prevent mud on rainy days.

Big thanks to our wonderful members who support retreats from behind the scenes. Suzanne Weigand is the master of logistics, keeping tabs on all that needs doing, while Sandy Carlson and Lisa James keep Geshe Gelek's rooms clean and prepare meals for him. Thanks also to Noland Thuss for offering his beautiful farm, so conducive to contemplation! Thanks to all!

Big heartfelt thanks to Joey Gooch and Patrick McGinity for their work on our new pergola! 

The Sunday morning teen class can now enjoy the fresh air with a roof over their head. The first phase is complete and the second phase, over the Buddha, is to begin mid October. Thanks for the hard labor guys!

From Your Saturday Cleaning Leader:

We had an amazing cleaning crew of 5 today. They worked so hard that I thought they were double the number of people. 

Ashlee Williams came after her night shift at the hospital and started at the top and went to the bottom. She worked on the bookstore, front desk, library and shoe area dusting near the ceiling and washing walls.

An enormous debt of gratitude goes out to Jackie Scott for her untiring effort at investigating, researching, creating and managing Salesforce for us for the last 1 1/2 years. Her efforts were matched by her determination to help our Center become more organized and efficient. We have just begun to tap into its vast capabilities and look forward to all it has to offer in the future.

Over the summer, Kadampa Center chose its first ever Center Manager, Jill Marie. Since early July, Jill has invested tirelessly in getting to know how things were working and how they could be fine tuned. She has met with many among the Kadampa Community and given them a chance to share their thoughts and feelings on how the Center could best operate for the highest benefit for all.

Thanks so much to our kind and generous community for supporting the Center’s August drive to collect eyeglasses.

Over the past two years, center members Susan and Richard Potter have  been ambassadors of generosity and hospitality, hosting and caring for our Stupa artist Jampel, as well as providing him with space to paint and helping him get visas for his family, among countless other things.                                                                                                    

Thanks to Susan

Most Sunday mornings at our Center, a thoughtful individual or two comes in a bit early to prepare to greet the crowd that arrives to hear the teachings. Lately, that team has consisted of Steve and Marian Hale, and very recently they have been joined by Miranda Benson.
Thanks so much to these kind folks for sharing their smiles andhelping both the regulars and the new arrivals to feel more

Special thanks to Barb Baranski, Herb Cunningham, Amanda Henry, Amanda El Jaohouri, Andre Smith, Ashlee Williams, David DeSouza, David Machles, Karen Mastroianni, Kurt Latimer, Steve Magers and Steven Killion for sharing your experiences working with the Kadampa Center Prison Project in the presentation on Sunday.

Our Vajrasattva purification retreat was a wonderful experience away from the bustle of daily life., clearing up negative karma.

So many people made it possible, beginning with Geshe Gelek, who planted the seed with monthly Saturday teachings on Vajrasattva purification practice as well as an emphasis on purification in his other teachings this year, and who originally intended to lead the

A big thanks this week to John Castelloe for donating and delivering our new Center mail boxes, and to Joey Gooch for adding the finishing touches.

Another great example of how together, we make a pretty good team!

When a visiting teacher comes to Kadampa Center, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make sure everything goes smoothly.

The volunteers supporting Venerable Amy’s recent visit did an amazing job: cleaning the center before her arrival, opening the center and preparing the gompa for each teaching session, greeting visitors, providing food, transportation and housing for Venerable Amy,

Summer at our center has brought a pause in our typically full class schedule so that all of our wonderful volunteer class leaders and
facilitators can get enjoy some well-deserved rest and rejuvenation.

We are so grateful to have such generous members to help make the teachings available to all.

Feeling a little hot lately? Our lovely flowers have also been trying to survive these sweaty days and are hanging in there due to the efforts of Joey Gooch, Michael Flaherty, and Donna Seese,  who have been watering and trying to come up with and implement new strategies to help keep our center blooming.
   Thanks so much!

   Earlier this spring, Scott Miller put a call out for some folks to be part of a team to keep our lawns looking lush and beautiful and well groomed for the coming months. 
   Meg Brown, Peter Murphy, Kevin Murphy, Paul Krebs, Bryce Arghiere, Monica Schario, Scott Dickerson, Glen Hunt, and Stephanie Smith responded and have been taking turns keeping our grounds looking sharp.
   Thanks so much

    Our Spiritual Director Lama Zopa Rinpoche has advised all FPMT centers to do Sur Offering Practice daily in order to be successful. This practice
involves the mixing of ingredients and the burning of a food offering to create an aroma offering. It is possible for a student to do the practice on
behalf of an entire center and that is exactly what some dedicated volunteers have been engaged in

A big thanks to all those who contributed in making our most recent retreat so beneficial. Our gratitude goes out to Geshe Gelek for teaching,
Suzanne for coordinating, Kim for feeding the gathering, Sandy, Patti and Lisa for taking care of the Sangha,  Noland for freely offering the farm as the setting, and everyone who attended, pitching in and helping as needed.