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2019 Year End Appeal


Dear Members, Participants and Friends of Guhyasamaja Center,


As 2019 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 have a special opportunity for generosity. A kind, anonymous donor has offered to match up to $1,500 given as part of our year-end fundraising campaign. So, please give what you can now, knowing that your donation will be doubled! You can mail a check to our PO Box, bring one along to class, or give on-line via Paypal (the link to that is on our website). Our overall income as a center over the first three quarters of this year is down 22% as compared to the same period in 2018, so your generosity in relation to this year end appeal will help insure that the center begins the coming year in a strong position!


In 2019, we've again been able to offer a wide range of spiritual programs. Geshe Sherab visited and taught on the 7 Point Mind Training and on Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend. Ven. Robina Courtin visited and taught on How Attachment Pervades our Lives. Ven. George Churinoff taught on the Heart Sutra, the Jataka Tales, and on sutra Mahamudra.

Ven. Dondrub, our Spiritual Program Coordinator, led study groups on Lama Yeshe's Freedom Through Understanding, on His Holiness the Dalai Lama's How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life as well as on His Holiness' books Approaching the Buddhist Path and Perfecting Patience. Ven. Dondrub also is leading a new study group on Bodhichitta: The Practice for a Meaningful Life by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. This year, he has also led Buddhism in a Nutshell three times and Meditation 101 twice. He led two drop in meditation classes throughout the year, and a Medicine Buddha Puja every month except October. Ven. Dondrub has also been available for Skype meetings on Mondays, has offered visiting hours on Wednesdays, and just began offering monthly community development teleconference calls as well!


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 have been focusing for some time on the extensive section of the text related to special insight—to meditation on emptiness. In September as part of the annual visit to the center by the study circle of the International Buddhist Association of America, Lorne gave a talk on Parting from the Four Attachments. Over the course of the year, Lorne led 6 of the 8 (the first two were done in late 2018) Days of Retreat, Recitation and Prayer for the Well-Being of the World, events that include taking the 8 Mahayana Precepts and the recitation of various sutras to benefit the nation, the natural environment and theworld. Lorne is scheduled to lead a Yamantaka sadhana practice together with a "64 Part Offering" practice in late November as well for the benefit of the planet and the nation.

We also have some exciting events coming up! In early December, Ven. Tendar from Nalanda Monastery will visit and give a talk on Making the Most of Our Life, and later in December Lorne will lead a celebration of the 600th anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa Day. In March, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa will return to the center to teach on Lama Tsongkhapa's The Fulfillment of All Hopes, a commentary to the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion and also to teach on the perfection of Wisdom based on Chandrakirti's Madhayamakavatara. We're also working on inviting a wide range of other teachers for the coming year!


We are very pleased to have been able to offer this range of different Dharma events to our community in 2019! We sincerely hope that they have enriched people's lives with more compassion, wisdom, loving-kindness, and peace.

Before the year's 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 2019; 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:


Donations Page


And, remember that donations made prior to December 22, will ensure bank deposit by December 31st (for purpose of tax deduction in 2019) and count towards our total for the generous matching donation!




Lorne Ladner, Ph.D.
Center Director, Guhyasamaja Center



You can donate by mailing a check to:


Guhyasamaja Center

P.O. Box 1511

Centreville, VA 20122


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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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