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2021 Fundraising Appeal

To Friends and Members of Guhyasamaja Center,


Guhyasamaja Center hope that you and your families and friends have been safe. The center has been continuing to offer a range of online classes and meditations, which we hope have contributed to people’s resilience and also supported transforming the good and difficult circumstances that arise into a path of increasing compassion and wisdom, ultimately leading to enlightenment for the welfare of all beings.

Since the beginning of 2021, in January we hosted Geshe Sherab who taught on overcoming obstacles to meditation and led a weekend retreat on Atisha's “Bodhisattva's Garland of Jewels.”  Starting from April, Ven. George Churinoff has been doing "Meditations to Train the Mind in the Mahayana Path”—a program that we’re currently about halfway through at the time of this writing.


Ven. Lobsang Dondrub taught numerous series of classes on 'The Buddhist Toolkit for the 21st Century,' 'Approaching the Buddhist Path' based on a book by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and 'Meditation 101.'  He has also continued teaching modules of Discovering Buddhism including those on Karma, Refuge, and Establishing a Daily Practice.  He’s currently teaching the module on Samsara and Nirvana, and the one on How to Develop Bodhichitta begins next month.  On Wednesday evenings he leads analytical meditations two to three times per month. He’s also just begin teaching a new series on 'Freedom Through Understanding" by Lama Zopa and Lama Yeshe.  He’s also planning to teach Buddhism in a Nutshell this summer.  He’s also been leading Green Tara practice Mondays and Fridays as well as Medicine Buddha Pujas. 


Lorne Ladner began teaching a series of classes on Buddhist Tenets which is part of FPMT’s Basic Program, which is ongoing. He’s also currently working with fellow board member Ven. Lobsang Tendrol on organizing an online event to discuss facing anti-Asian racism in the US from a Buddhist perspective which will include a number of speakers from around the country.

We never charge for Dharma teachings. All of our events are by donation. Over the course of the pandemic, the center’s finances have been stable due to your generosity.

This is our annual Saka Dawa fundraising letter. We are aware that at this time, some people are undergoing great financial hardships while others are not. If this is a time when you’ve unexpectedly been faced with unemployment or other financial hardships, then we ask that you enjoy our offerings and not worry about donating. On the other hand, if you are in a fortunate position and are able to help during this time, then your doing so will play an important role in helping the center to continue to survive into the future. Although we aren’t meeting in person, the center continues to have costs related to our mortgage, real estate taxes, electric bill, website fees, costs for visiting teachers, and the like. Your donations will help us to meet those costs so that we will be a in a good position to again meet in person when doing so is safe.  

So, if you are in a position to do so comfortably then we ask that you go to the center’s website and make a donation via Paypal or send a check to the center’s PO Box.


We make this annual appeal during Saka Dawa—the month of the Buddha’s birth and attainment of enlightenment—because the merit of offering is said to be greater during this time. Lama Zopa Rinpoche cites a Vinaya scripture which states that the power of karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million times if you make an offering on the day of the anniversary of Buddha’s enlightenment, which falls on May 26 this year. So, even if you can only make a small donation on that day, we suggest that you generate a big heart of love and compassion and then do so with a sense of joy in creating a vast positive karma!

With love and prayers for everyone’s remaining safe and healthy during this time and for everyone’s using this time to progress on the inner path of love and wisdom, progressing towards enlightenment for the welfare of all beings.


Lorne Ladner, PhD

Director, Guhyasamaja Center



For a copy of this letter click here Fundraising_Letter_2021.pdf



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