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2021 Fundraising Appeal

To Friends and Members of Guhyasamaja Center,


As we near the end of 2021, Guhyasamaja Center remains committed to offering Buddhist teachings, meditations, community events and practice opportunities for our community. Our aspiration is that these offerings contribute to your spiritual practice; to the flourishing of the Dharma in the world; and to nurturing individuals’ and our community’s capacities for compassion, resilience, wisdom and engaged kindness in the world. Through 2021, the center’s offerings have continued to be exclusively on-line due to the pandemic. One of our sincere hopes is to be able to return to offering in-person programs as well in 2022.


Since my last update in May, Ven. Dondrub has offered FPMT’s Buddhism in a Nutshell, a study group of Freedom Through Understanding, and another study group on Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Six Perfections.  He also continued offering FPMT’s Discovering Buddhist program, covering the modules on Samsara and Nirvana, How to Develop Bodhicitta, and (currently) The Wisdom of Emptiness. He has also been offering twice weekly Green Tara practice and two Medicine Buddha Pujas. He will continue offering programs online for the center despite having moved out of the area, and for that we are very grateful!


The center has also been offering a new program entitled “Exploring Buddhism” which FPMT has been developing and is currently being taught by a number of visiting teachers.


Our center director, Lorne Ladner, PhD, completed a series of teachings from FPMT’s Basic Program on Lama Tsongkhapa’s Middle Length Lamrim in the Spring and then began teaching on Buddhist Tenets which focuses on the philosophical views of various Buddhist schools which originated in India. That series of classes will be completed in December, and in January he will then begin teaching the module on Mind and Cognition, which explores Buddhist epistemology (how we know what we know and explore when our own cognitions are distorted) and also looks into the teachings on mind and mental factors (which provide essential tools for honest introspection. He also worked with Ven. Losang Tendrol (who serves on our center’s board) to organize a special event in August which was co-hosted by a number of other centers on “Asian Americans Under Attack: How would the Buddha Respond?” in which four speakers of Asian descent explored this question. He also helped to organize another event in early November at which he and three other Buddhist therapists spoke about “Compassion’s Compass: A Discussion about Finding Our Way as Individuals & as a Society Through Altruism” inspired by the release of the new book, Compassion’s Compass by Wilson Hurley, LCSW who was one of the panelists.


We look forward to offering additional and varied classes in 2022 to support our community’s spiritual practices! Despite the financial hardships that the pandemic has caused for people, the center’s financial situation has remained stable this year due to your ongoing support and generosity. If you are going through financial hardships yourself, then we ask that you rely on our classes and offerings without feeling that you need to contribute financially. And, if you financial situation is stable and allows you to practice generosity, then we ask that you continue to think of the center and contribute financially. Your support allows us to continue paying our expenses on the center itself, to cover our other regular expenses, and to make offerings to visiting teachers so that we can continue hosting classes taught by them.


With prayers for your well being and gratitude for you kindness!

Guhyasamaja Center


For a copy of this letter click here Final_Fundraising_Letter_2021.pdf



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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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