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    The center offers a variety of classes and other opportunities to suit all levels of interest and experience!

     

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    All classes are taught by qualified instructors with diverse backgrounds and years of experience.

     

  • Special Guests

    Guest Teacher Geshe Kelsang Wangmo — the first ever female Geshe — on topics such as karma, bodhichitta, and emptiness.

     

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    The center also hosts a variety of prayers and practices, retreats, and sometimes events such as a Dharma book club, movie nights, and more throughout the year. (PHOTO: Animal Blessing & Liberation event)

     

  • Meditation For Kids

    Taught by Venerable Losang Tendrol, this class especially for children teaches universal guidelines for happiness and introduces children to meditation in a playful, creative manner.

     

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    Click below to learn how you can support the center by offering a helping hand, becoming a member, making donations, and more. (PHOTO: Volunteers moving the center to its new location in Fairfax, VA, 2013)

     

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The Guhyasamaja Center News, Upcoming Classes & Events

Welcome to The Guhyasamaja Center! You'll find all center announcements, upcoming classes, and events listed below; please also visit our Calendar. Opportunities include classes on how to meditate, introductory classes on Buddhism, intermediate and advanced Dharma classes and retreats, and more in the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area. The Guhyasamaja Center's classes are led by qualified instructors and use curriculum from The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), led by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

 

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  • October 7th and 21st, 2018 • No experience or Buddhist affiliation is necessary; students can join at any time. Each class will include meditations on developing mindfulness of the breath and body as well as simple analytical meditations that will help us better understand our minds and bring our actions andRead More
    • Introductory
  • October 9th, 16th, 23rd; November 6th, 13th • Buddhism in a Nutshell presents basic Buddhist philosophy and principles, as well as simple meditation instruction. In this series, we will look at the history of Buddhism and the life of Shakyamuni Buddha, including his observation of the human condition known as theRead More
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  • October 14th, and 28th, 2018 • In this ongoing discussion group facilitated by Ven. Dondrub we will carefully explore together the profound teachings of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche as contained in his new book "The Four Noble Truths: A Guide to Everyday Life." In this book Lama Zopa illuminates the teachingsRead More
    • Introductory
  • October 17th, 24TH; Nov 7TH, 14th, 21st, 28th, 2018. Open to all — no prior knowledge or experience required; no registration required 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. This weekly sitting group is a communal space for the practice of meditation. We will draw on a variety of techniques in each classRead More
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  • November 2nd, 3rd, 4th 2018 • No experience or Buddhist affiliation is necessary. Friday November 2nd7:00 – 9:00 PMFrom 7 to 8 PM, Paula will share some reflections and experiences regarding what it’s like (and what the benefits and challenges are) doing long meditation retreats. Paula has spent many years doing retreatsRead More
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  • Nov 17th, Dec 8th, 2018 6:45 AM - 4:30 PM • Each day of retreat will begin just before dawn with everyone taking the 8 Mahayana Precepts. The retreat day will then include group recitations of The Sutra of Golden Light; The Sanghatta Sutra; and other practices, mantras and prayers! We willRead More
    • Introductory
  • December 31st, 2018 12:30 PM • Each year we offer an opportunity for those who've received the Vajrayogini Initiation to gather together at the center to celebrate the enlightened feminine and to practice and make offerings to the female Buddha, Vajrayogini. This year, Vajrayogini Day happens to fall on New Year'sRead More
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  • ONGOING • TOPIC ON "THE 6 PERFECTIONS" • During this series of classes on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, we'll study, contemplate, and meditate together on many different meditation techniques which are taught in a gradual sequence to help us progress from where we currently are forward along the spiritualRead More
    • Intermediate
  • The center maintains a year-round non-perishable food and school supplies donation basket for the benefit of those less fortunate in our community. Please feel to free to bring non-perishable food and back-to-school supplies to any upcoming class or event. And don't forget to rejoice in your good deeds and dedicateRead More
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  • Overall Goal: Have a center that can offer Dharma in the US Capital area for many years to come, offering a wide range of programs to meet the needs of new students and of serious Dharma students. Eventually have more members, a larger volunteer base, a resident lama as wellRead More
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  • ONGOING • No experience or Buddhist affiliation is necessary; students can join at any time. Each class will include single pointed concentration meditations on the breath, bodily sensations or visualized images of the Buddha, as well as simple analytical meditations that will help us better understand our minds and bring ourRead More
    • Introductory
  • ONGOING • No experience or Buddhist affiliation is necessary; students can join at any time. Each class will include single pointed concentration meditations on the breath, bodily sensations or visualized images of the Buddha, as well as simple analytical meditations that will help us better understand our minds and bring ourRead More
    • Introductory
  • ONGOING • No experience or Buddhist affiliation is necessary; students can join at any time. Each class will include single pointed concentration meditations on the breath, bodily sensations or visualized images of the Buddha, as well as simple analytical meditations that will help us better understand our minds and bring ourRead More
    • Introductory
  • ONGOING • This session will help newcomers, high school or college students, learn about Buddhism by immersing them in the atmosphere of a temple. Ven. Dondrub will explain the essential points of the Dharma using the symbolism of the temple's art work as well as the meaning behind the ritual ofRead More
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  • BY APPOINTMENT ONLY • You are welcome to come and meditate or just visit. A Buddhist monk will be present to answer questions about Buddhism. Appointments must be scheduled no later than 11 am on Sunday by calling or texting Ven. Dondrub at (703) 651-2570 or E-mailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..Read More
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  • ONGOING • The Lama Chopa or "Guru Puja" is a chanted group prayer practice that incorporates all of the most essential teachings of the Buddha — everything required to achieve Enlightenment. Open to anyone with a commitment to engage in lama chopa or anyone who wants to create a closer relationship withRead More
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The Guhyasamaja Center is affiliated with The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition; Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director

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We follow the Gelug tradition, the same lineage as His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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The Guhyasamaja Center
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The Guhyasamaja Center is open for classes and events and sometimes silent meditation

 

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We are registered as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization: Tax ID# 550881124

 

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