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Dear Friends,

If you have a Living Social Coupon, it will be honored when presented for all classes at Vajra Light Center in Hartsdale, and at our Stamford, CT, branch.

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e Sunday Class

SUNDAYS  2:30 – 4:00


DISCOVERING THE MIND’S POTENTIAL
with Donna Campanelli

For meditation to be deeply effective, we need to understand our mind’s extraordinary potential. We normally regard the mind as something fixed and feel stuck in our tendencies, such as depression or anger. However, our mind can change. Through exploring the nature of the mind, we will discover through our own experience that, in fact, it has limitless potential and we can all become the joyful, loving, beneficial person we long to be.

In this series, Donna will explain and guide the profound meditation on the nature of the mind, and show how to apply it to our lives. Both wonderfully relaxing and illuminating, this meditation will help us see how to bring about the change we wish for – it will revolutionize our sense of our self, our world and our possibilities.

Pre-registration is not necessary.  Everyone is welcome!
Come to one, or come to all!

September 28   The Mind’s Potential
October 5          Inner Light: Meditating on the Mind
October 12        The Art of Letting Go
October 19        NO CLASS – INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
October 26        A Lasting Change in our Hearts

$12/Class           Free for members

 

HALF-DAY RETREAT

NOVEMBER 2nd

CLARITY OF MIND
with Kathy Kimpel

Join us for two meditation sessions in this simple yet profound meditation on the nature of the mind. This meditation has so many benefits! It’s one of the best ways to develop concentration, and gives us the opportunity to experience our potential for peace and freedom. Everyone is welcome. No previous meditation experience is required.

Pre-registration is not necessary.  Everyone is welcome!

1:00 – 2:00    2:30 – 3:30

$12   Free for Members

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f Wednesday Class

WEDNESDAYS   7:30 – 9:00 PM

FREEDOM FROM PAINFUL EMOTIONS
with Donna Campanelli

According to Buddha our suffering comes about due to the uncontrolled and painful states of mind know as the delusions. During this series, we will focus on Buddha’s illuminating teachings on these painful minds.  We will learn how to recognize them and learn practical methods to reduce the power of these delusions which will allow us to experience a deep and satisfying emotional freedom, and give us the skill and confidence to change and become the person we wish to be – positive, joyful, confident and loving.

Pre-registration is not necessary.  Everyone is welcome!
Come to one, or come to all!

October 29       Transforming Conflict And Problems With a Calm Mind
November 5     Overcoming Depression And Low Self-Esteem
November 12   Connecting to Others Through Reducing Jealousy and Envy
November 19   Letting Go of Limited Self
November 26   NO CLASS – Thanksgiving

$12/Class   Free for Members

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g Awakening the Heart

SATURDAYS – ONCE A MONTH 

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

AWAKENING THE HEART
An Introductory Class to Buddhist Meditation

November 8th

Once a month, we hold this introductory class designed especially for those new to our Center.  In this class, you will be introduced to meditation and the Buddhist approach to training the mind.  Applying these methods in your everyday life will lead to happiness, a sense of purpose, and harmony in your relationships.  Tea and cake will be served after class.  Dress comfortably.

Pre-registration is not necessary.  Everyone is welcome!

$12/class   Free for members

SATURDAY    NOVEMBER 15th

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

MEDITATION 101 WORKSHOP
with Donna Campanelli

Buddhist meditation has been used for centuries to help people bring balance, peace and clarity into their lives; experience freedom from stress; and gain the ability to cope with daily challenges by developing peaceful, and positive states of mind. In this class, we will learn the basics from why we would want to meditate, to how to do it!  Frequently asked questions will be addressed like: “How do we set up our meditation space?  How long do we meditate?  What do we focus on? What are some techniques to help us overcome distractions?

So, come and learn how to get started, and how to set up a personal meditation practice that really supports you! This class is designed for those new to meditation and will provide plenty of time for questions.

Pre-registration is not necessary.  Everyone is welcome!

$12/Class   Free for Members

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h Chanted Prayers

CHANTED PRAYERSJe Tsongkapa Thangka

OFFERING TO THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE PUJA

October 23rd   7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

If you enjoy meditating with others, chanted meditations are a great opportunity to engage in group meditation.  These chanted meditations are also known in Sanskrit as pujas, meaning “offerings”, or as sadhanas, which means “method for receiving attainments”.

Using ancient prayers translated into English, we receive the blessings, protection and guidance of the holy beings.  We can make requests for ourselves, or for others who need help or protection.  These spiritual practices create a strong connection with the Buddhas, and help us purify our negativity and fill our mind with positive, healing energy.

By relying upon these practices, we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings.  In this way, we will naturally accomplish all the realizations of the stages of the path to Enlightenment and attain a very special Dharma wisdom.

Everyone is welcome!  All pujas are free of charge.  For more information about pujas please click here.

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i Stamford Branch

STAMFORD BRANCH

Fish Church “Lounge”
(First Presbyterian Church)
1101 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT

MONDAYS   7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

FREEDOM FROM PAINFUL EMOTIONS
with Donna Campanelli

According to Buddha our suffering comes about due to the uncontrolled and painful states of mind known as the delusions. During this series, we will focus on Buddha’s illuminating teachings on these painful minds.  We will learn how to recognize them and learn practical methods to reduce the power of these delusions which will allow us to experience a deep and satisfying emotional freedom, and give us the skill and confidence to change and become the person we wish to be – positive, joyful, confident and loving.

Pre-registration is not necessary.  Everyone is welcome! 

Come to one, or come to all!

September 15   How Attachment Sets Us Up For Suffering
September 22   Increasing Love And Enjoyment Through Reducing Attachment
September 29   Letting Go Of Anger
October 6         Transforming Conflict And Problems With a Calm Mind
October 13       NO CLASS
October 20       NO CLASS – International Festival
October 27       Overcoming Depression And Low Self-Esteem

$10/Class   Free for Members 

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k White Tara Empowerment

Buddha WhiteTara 270x300 Weekend Courses

A MEANINGFUL LIFE
White Tara Empowerment and Commentary

with Gen Samten Kelsang                                                  

November 22nd and 23rd

Kadampa Meditation Center
Glen Spey, New York

Spend the weekend making a special connection with White Tara, a female Buddha who increases the lifespan, wisdom, and good fortune of living beings, and who has special abilities to protect us from sickness and danger.  We receive White Tara’s immensely powerful blessings as swiftly as the wind moves.

Gen Samten Kelsang will be granting the empowerment and giving teachings on the practice of White Tara.  He has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over thirty years and is one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s most senior students.  He is well known for his inspiring, clear and practical way of presenting Buddha’s teachings and meditation.

$90    (accommodations extra)

For more information and to register click here

 

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HEALING OURSELVES AND OUR WORLD
A Special Weekend with Gen Jampa

December 12 – 14

Kadampa Meditation Center, Glen Spey, New York

Gen Kelsang Jampa is the Eastern US National Spiritual Director for the New Kadampa Tradition and the Resident Teacher of KMC Texas. Gen Jampa is well-loved for his warmth and kindness and is known for inspiring and clear teachings.

How can I become a force of healing energy and peace in this world?

Three special events:

CREATING PEACE BENEFIT DINNER – $45
December 12th – 6:30 PM

Join us for a delicious vegetarian feast in the World Peace Temple to benefit the International Temples Project – creating places of peace like KMC New York throughout the world.

A DAY OF HEALING  - $40
December 13th – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tap into a radiant source of healing through meditation and teachings on Medicine Buddha practice, using enlightened energy to heal ourself and others.

PRAYERS FOR WORLD PEACE – by donation
December 14th – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Gen Jampa will give us practical methods, derived from Buddha’s ancient wisdom, to create the peace that this troubled world desperately needs.

For more information and to register click here

“Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own mind … Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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y Why Meditation

Why Meditation?

We all wish to be happy and avoid problems, yet with the pace and stresses of our daily lives, it can be difficult to maintain a peaceful state of mind for any sustained period of time.  Through the simple practice of meditation we all have the potential to achieve lasting inner peace and eliminate the stressful states of mind that we currently encounter.

Meditation can help you to:

  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Reduce frustration and anger
  • Increase happiness and inner peace
  • Develop a calm and peaceful mind
  • Overcome minds of anxiety and depression
  • Improve relationships with others
  • Increase inner wisdom
  • Improve quality of life
  • Let go of the causes of pain and dissatisfaction
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