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Events

 

CHECK OUT OUR UPCOMING EVENTS BELOW

 

We offer many special events throughout the year. Check back often to see what's coming up!

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Intro to Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka Counting Retreat
with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Saturday, August 13

In-person only
Time: 12 noon  – 3 pm

This event and retreat is open to everyone who has received their Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment, or Je Tsongkhapa empowerment (with mantra transmission of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka)​

$20

Free for Tier 3 & 4 members

50% discount for Tier 1 & 2 members

Special Counting Retreat

 

Based on the latest teachings from Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong during the 2022 Spring Festival (part of the new NKT Temple opening), we have the opportunity to engage in a special counting retreat and receive the powerful blessings of all the Buddhas through our Guru so that we will "easily develop and maintain profound knowledge and spiritual realizations.” Venerable Geshe-la calls this retreat "a wishfulfilling jewel."

 

On Saturday, August 13, Gen Chogyop will give an introduction and teach how to do this counting retreat with the mantra, Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka. We will also engage in a retreat session together, using 'The Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land' sadhana in conjunction with this mantra.

 

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival.

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Receiving Inspiration

Setting up a Meditation Shrine
with guest teacher Eve Miller

from KMC Philadelphia

Saturday, August 20

In-person only
Time: 10  – 11 am

followed by light refreshments*

Everyone welcome.

$15

Free for Tier 3 & 4 members

50% discount for Tier 1 & 2 members

Buddha taught many different methods to support and inspire our practice of meditation. This class is an opportunity to understand the beauty and power of setting up a personal shrine to serve as a focus for our faith and practice of meditation.

 

Learn how to create a tranquil place of refuge in your own home for your daily meditation practice. We will also explore the meaning behind the symbols and sacred objects, as well as the practice of water offerings.

Within modern busy life, it helps to have a quiet place for contemplation and relaxation. This class is an opportunity to understand the inspiring effects of setting up a shrine in your home that will help you to focus your energy for spiritual practice. 

*Hang around after the class to enjoy tea, coffee, scones, pastries & fresh fruit salad. Everyone welcome.

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival.

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The 'Liberating Path' Prayer

How Prayer Reveals the Path
with Diane Cadman

Saturday, August 27

In-person only
Time: 10  – 11:30 am

Everyone welcome.

$15

Free for Tier 3 & 4 members

50% discount for Tier 1 & 2 members

The 'Liberating Prayer' is a special prayer composed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for generating and increasing our faith and respect in Buddha Shakyamuni.

In the Tibetan language, the word prayer means ‘wish path.’ Prayer is an expression of wishes, but very special wishes. Most people pray for improving their worldly conditions. Authentic prayer concerns wishing for and striving to attain improved conditions not just in this life, but also in our future lives. For example, permanent liberation from all suffering. 

This course will explore the power of prayer and specifically will examine the ‘Liberating Prayer,’ which begins each General Program class at Menlha Center.

 

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival.

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Solving Our Human Problems
with Rob Kelly

Saturday, September 10

In-person only
Time: 10  – 11 am

Everyone welcome.

$12

Free for Tier 3 & 4 members

50% discount for Tier 1 & 2 members

Join us for a class that explores solutions to our daily problems and difficulties, using Buddha's teachings to change our world by changing our mind.

This class will be based on the book How to Solve Our Human Problems by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, which is available in our bookstore, or here in e-book, paperback, and audiobook formats.

 

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival.

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Overcoming Discouragement
with Eastern US National Spiritual Director

Kadam Morten Clausen

Sunday, September 18

In-person only
Time: 10:30 am – 12 noon

with reception to follow

Everyone welcome.

$20

No discounts for this event.

Discouragement is a common problem these days and often leaves us feeling inadequate and powerless.  When discouragement penetrates our spiritual practice, it can become a debilitating type of laziness. 

 

Join us to learn how Buddha’s teachings can help us gain the ability to uplift our own mind so that we feel confident and spiritually strong.

 

Everyone welcome. This special event is perfect for beginners, as well as more advanced practitioners.

Seating is limited. Please register early.

OVERCOMING DISCOURAGEMENT

Kadam Morten Clausen

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"WHEN THE TURBULENCE OF DISTRACTING THOUGHTS SUBSIDES AND OUR MIND BECOMES STILL, A DEEP HAPPINESS AND CONTENTMENT NATURALLY ARISE
FROM WITHIN."

— Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, from the book The New Meditation Handbook