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Spiritual Program Notes

Posted June 21, 2018

Summer heat wave getting you down?  Step into the cool breeze of spiritual practice!

Kadampa Center is hosting some wonderful opportunities for practice in the coming weeks. There’s something for everyone - whether you are looking for a party honoring His Holiness, a one-time compassionate action, a weekend of teachings or a weekend of intensive purification practice!

Here’s what is coming up:

The party

 On Sunday, July 1, we will celebrate His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama’s birthday in the gompa form 10:30 am to noon. We will begin with prayers for his long life, then a movie about His Holiness’ life, and – whoa, no birthday party is complete without cake! Children from our Family Program will offer the projects they’ve been preparing for his birthday.  Everyone will have an opportunity to offer a kata as well!

   

 

The one-time compassionate action

    

His Holiness has often said that the best gift anyone can give him is to act with compassion. With that in mind, Kadampa Center is hosting our second annual Blood Drive in honor of His Holiness’ birthday. We will set up our gompa for the drive, so that donors can be surrounded by buddhas and bodhisattvas and meditate on compassion and loving-kindness while offering our very bodies to benefit others.

Last year we exceeded expectations with a total donation of 39 pints.  Everyone who participates – donors and support volunteers – will be invited to sign our special birthday card, that we will send to His Holiness so that he will know about our actions honoring him.

It all happens from 10 am to 2:30 pm on Friday, July 6. Come be part of this loving act of generosity.

This drive is our participation in Compassion Day, started by the North American Region of our mother organization, FPMT.

 

The weekend teachings

Every Sunday morning we begin our time together with the Four Immeasurables, a simple but very profound prayer that offers love, compassion, joy and equanimity to all sentient beings.

In this weekend workshop with visiting teacher Don Handrick, we will explore the meaning of this prayer in depth.  Don will also teach the first session of Discovering Buddhism: Transforming Problems, on Monday. As always with visiting teachers, everyone is invited to participate as a volunteer and/or sponsor, and get a little deeper into the action.

Details:  Friday, July 6, 7-9 pm, Saturday & Sunday, July 7&8, 10am-4pm, Monday, July 9, 7-8:30pmDon't miss it!

 

 

 

The intensive purification retreat

 

Kadampa Center is very happy to be hosting a wonderful and rare opportunity for doing the Nyung Nä retreat. In my 18+ years at KC, this is only the third time we have been able to offer this practice.  Over the course of two days and a morning, participants will meditate on bodhicitta, recite prayers and mantras, and perform many prostrations – and in the process, will purify eons of negative karma. How amazing and wonderful! 

And here’s the exciting thing about this practice:  you don’t have to participate directly to gain merit from the retreat happening at Kadampa Center. Nyung Nä is a very powerful practice, so the merit earned in connection to the practice is also super-juiced.  Any support offered to the retreat, whether volunteering (we need a cook!) or helping to defray the cost by sponsoring the retreat, is an opportunity to share in the merit of those who are doing the practice.  How cool is that?

The Nyung Nä will take place Thursday, July 19 through Sunday morning, July 22.

If you’re interested in preparing meals for the retreat, let me know and we’ll talk about what’s needed.

 

So get ready to face the summer heat!  Slather on our special brand of sunscreen –  SPF (Spiritual Practice Factor) 108 – and dive into a refreshing pool of learning, practice, action and celebration!