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Merit Makers

As our beloved teacher Geshe Gelek often reminds us, this center belongs to each of us. It can be easy to overlook that our precious center periodically requires its windows cleaned , its floors swept and its toilets scoured, but a kind team chose to spend their Saturday morning scrubbing our cherished center clean with Jill Marie leading the way.

What does Dharma have to do with dinner? Quite a bit, as it turns out! Every first Friday, and the occasional Saturday, a group of folks meets in our lobby to explore mindfulness in relation to food, and how to make this mundane daily activity an opportunity for mindfulness and practice.
   Many thanks to Denise Flora for having the inspiration and generosity to create and offer Food for Thought.

   The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour touched so many of us so deeply. Thanks very much to Ven. Norbu and Amanda Karg for bringing the Relics here and to Sarah Brooks and Ven. Choekyi for organizing and staying on top of things.

Thanks to all who attended the Gratitude Party and rejoiced in the selfless service offered by many to our wonderful community. A big thanks to Jill Marie and Denise Flora for providing the lovely music. We also are very grateful for Sandy, Dan and Hannah DeMaio Newton, Miranda Benson, and Kunsang Choephel for coming in early to do setup.

Potluck lunches provide a great way for us to get together casually and get acquainted. Thanks so much to Tim Powell, our Potluck
Coordinator,  and Sandi Mitchell, our sponsor, for making our latest potluck a great success. Thanks also to Clarissa, Kim, Joey, Becca, and everyone who brought food, jumped in to help, and shared in the day’s festivities.

                                                   Merit Makers
A team of folks helped make the lovely new prayer books in the gompa a  reality - Dan Brooks for selling earlier editions in the bookstore to raise initial funds; Jim and Jackie Scott for putting stickers of Kadampa Center prayers inside; Royden Saah for writing a Merit Box grant that helped buy more    copies; and Tim Powell for

Our Kadampa Bookstore serves the community in so many ways! Not only does it provide valuable resources for study and practice, it also provides financial support to our Center. The store now has a new management team that combines expertise in books and retail items with business and administrative experience. Look for great things from our bookstore team,
                      Jim and Cherie

     We are blessed with three dedicated nuns who serve our community in so many ways, so quietly. Among them, Ven. Lhamo, Ven. Khando and Ven. Choekyi support Geshe-la during teachings, lead prayers and pujas, organize volunteers, keep our prayer list, lead classes, serve on various committees, and benefit us in innumerable ways.
                               Thank you, Lhamo-la, Khando-la and

The Robert Thurman event proved to be a hugely successful and entertaining evening  thanks in no small part to all the fantastic volunteers who helped out in so many ways, including  selling tickets, greeting a multitude of guests, setting up, cleaning up, selling books, planning and filling in all the gaps in between to create a seamlessly produced presentation.

       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.

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!