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2017 In Review and Fundraising Appeal

As 2017 nears its close, we at Guhyasamaja Center want to reach out to thank all of our kind volunteers and donors. The purpose of the center is to provide a place for spiritual learning and practice in the DC area, specifically giving people the opportunity to learn about the Buddhist path to enlightenment as preserved in the Tibetan tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Our center is part of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition founded by two great Tibetan lamas—Lama Thubten Yeshe and Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. Our center only exists through their and your kindness.


This year, we've been able to offer a wide range of programs. In July, our compassionate, wise teacher, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche came and taught for over a week on the great Indian Buddhist classic, Supplement to the Middle Way by Master Chandrakirti, going into great detail on the practices of the six perfections. Rinpoche agreed to return next year to continue teaching on the section on the perfection of wisdom! Geshe Sherab visited in March and taught on Arya Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend along with the 6th chapter of Master Shantideva's incredible, poetic teaching, Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. Khen Rinpoche Ngawang Jorden (current abbot of Sera Mey Monastic University) visited the center along with other monks to perform The Four Mandala Offerings to Chittamani Tara.


Our Spiritual Program Coordinator, Ven. Losang Dondrub, was as busy as usual being of service to others. He led the long life puja and practice session for Khensur Rinpoche in March and led celebrations of Tibetan Buddhist holy days including Saka Dawa, Chokhor Duchen, and Lhabab Duchen. He led several week-long courses on meditations on loving kindness, a five week Dharma Discussions class on "Freedom Through Understanding" and led Buddhism in a Nutshell and Meditation 101 twice each! He offered one of the temple visit for students classes. Every month throughout the year he's done the drop in meditation classes and led Lama Chopa eight times and the Medicine Buddha Puja six times. He's presently alternating between the Book of Joy Study Circle and the drop in meditation class.


Ven. Losang Tendrol has offered a number of classes and pujas over the course of the year, and she recently became a registered teacher with FPMT. This has allowed her to recently begin teaching FPMT's wonderful two-year long program—Discovering Buddhism—at the center! The plan is for her to offer the full program over the next couple of years! Our center's Assistant Director, Gabe Mata, led a number of weeknight classes on "Mindfulness Practice" in August/September.


Center Director, Lorne Ladner, Ph.D. continued teaching a series of classes as part of FPMT's Basic Program focusing on Lama Tsongkhapa's "Middle Length Lamrim" and led guided mini-retreats on the Lamrim after the completion of teaching each section of the text. Also, in January he led a practice session for initiates in the extensive sadhana of Vajrayogini to celebrate Vajrayogini Day, in April he led a practice session for initiates in the sadhana of Guhyasamaja, in May he led a class on "Key to Emptiness," a philosophical text by H.H. the Dalai Lama, in June he led a preparatory class on Chandrakirti's "Supplement to the Middle Way" prior to Khensur Rinpoche's visit, and in September he presented on the life story of Lama Tsongkhapa for the annual visit of the study circle of the International Buddhist Association of America to the Center (an event at which Ven. Tendrol also presented).


We are pleased to have been able to offer this range of different Dharma events to our community in 2017! We sincerely hope that they have enriched people's lives with more compassion, wisdom, loving-kindness, and peace.


From a financial perspective, after paying all of our expenses including mortgage interest, the center was ahead for the year at the end of the third quarter by $6,300. This is a significant improvement from previous years and seems to be a result of a modest increase in membership at the center, fundraising efforts such as our second annual yard sale, and our trying to offer a greater quantity and variety of programs. Over the past few years, we've not been able to make extra payments to principal on the mortgage or to actively put money aside for the center's long term plans for the center (as approved by the board and outlined on the website). Our hope is that if we can finish the year out strongly with increased membership and/or donations to the mortgage fund, then we would love to use donations towards those meaningful goals. If you are in a position to become a member or to make a year end donation to the center, it will be used to help us to create greater stability and move towards those long-term goals by making an extra principal payment on the mortgage.


We look forward to what we hope will be even more offerings in 2018 and hope that you'll find things to enrich your spiritual life through our center this year and for many more years to come!

The Guhyasamaja Center is registered as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


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Guhyasamaja Center

P.O. Box 1511

Centreville, VA 20122

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