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Guhyasamaja Center 2018 Year End Letter

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As 2018 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 September, our extremely wise, kind teacher, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche, came and taught for five days on the great Indian Buddhist classic, Supplement to the Middle Way by Master Chandrakirti, focusing on chapter six which goes into great detail on the perfection of wisdom, specifically the wisdom realizing emptiness. Rinpoche agreed to return next year to continue teaching on this deeply profound topic! Geshe Sherab returned to the center this year and taught on Arya Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend and on Lama Tsongkhapa’s brief Lamrim text, “Lines of Experience.” Ven. Tenzin Legtsok visited in July to teach for a day and half on the 12 links of dependent origination. And, visiting teacher Paula Chichester also came to the center in November to teach on “The Power of Retreat” and on “Cultivating Inner Harmony.”

 

Our Spiritual Program Coordinator, Ven. Losang Dondrub, was as busy as usual being of service to others. In addition to overseeing the center’s spiritual program in general, he led Buddhism in a Nutshell and Meditation 101 three times each! He did drop in meditation classes throughout each month and led a series of meditations on loving-kindness and another on overcoming anger. He led monthly Medicine Buddha Pujas as well as discussion groups on “The Peaceful Stillness of the Silent Mind” and on “The Four Noble Truths: A Guide to Every Day Life.” He’s scheduled to lead a Vajrasattva purification class on December 30 as well.

Ven. Losang Tendrol taught a good deal of FPMT’s Discovering Buddhism program including the modules on: How to Meditate, Presenting the Path, The Spiritual Teacher, Death and Rebirth, and Introduction to Tantra. She also led a day long retreat on The Four Close Placements of Mindfulness in March.

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. These classes recently covered the sections on the renunciation of samsara, generating bodhichitta, the six perfections, calm abiding and began the section of special insight which will continue through much of next year. Prior to Khensur Rinpoche’s visit, Lorne led a review class on Chandrakirti’s Supplement to the Middle Way. He also helped to organize and spoke at an event, Meditations for Compassion, Wisdom and Ethics in the US on the Ellipse beside the White House in DC which included other Buddhist groups from the DC area.

 

In September as part of the annual visit to the center by the study circle of the International Buddhist Association of America both Lorne and Ven. Tendrol gave talks as did leaders from other local Buddhist groups. In November and December, Lorne led the first two of 8 Days of Retreat, Recitation and Prayer for the Well-Being of the World; these events are scheduled to occur once a month for eight months and include the taking the 8 Mahayana Precepts and the recitation of various sutras to benefit the nation, the natural environment and the world. Lorne is scheduled to lead an extensive Vajrayogini Puja for those with that initiation on the early afternoon of December 31st to celebrate Vajrayogini Day.

We are pleased to have been able to offer this range of different Dharma events to our community in 2018! We sincerely hope that they have enriched people’s lives with more compassion, wisdom, loving-kindness, and peace.

 

As the year nears its end, we hope you’ll consider making a final donation for this year to help support the center. It’s only through your generosity that we are able to remain in existence and to continue offering a range of programs. Please do consider reaching out to become a member or to make a final (tax deductible) donation for 2018; you can do so via paypal, by mailing a check to the center’s PO Box or by bringing a donation to one of our upcoming classes or events. The link to the center website with information about how to donate is: http://guhyasamaja.org/index.php/practicing-generosity/donations.html

We look forward to what we hope will be even richer and more varied set of offerings of classes, meditations, pujas and other events in 2019 and hope that you’ll find things to enrich your spiritual life through our center this year and for many more years to come!

 

Sincerely,

 

Guhyasamaja Center

 

 

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