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Dear Friends,

Vajra Light Center will be closed October 17th – 23rd for the International Fall Festival.  Classes will resume on Sunday, October 26th.  See details below.

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 1      How Attachment Sets Us Up For Suffering
October 8      Increasing Love And Enjoyment Through Reducing Attachment
October 15    Letting Go Of Anger
October 22    NO CLASS – INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
October 29    Transforming Conflict And Problems With a Calm Mind
November 5  Overcoming Depression And Low Self-Esteem

$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

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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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j Fall Festival

NKT-IKBU INTERNATIONAL FALL FESTIVAL 2014

Kadampa Meditation Center, Glen Spey, New York, USA

October 17 – 23

THE WISDOM TO UNDERSTAND THE MIND

Empowerment of Buddha Manjushri and teachings based on
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s remarkable new book How to Understand the Mind.

with NKT-IKBU General Spiritual Director, Buddhist Nun and International Meditation Teacher, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Part I –  October 17 – 21   Meditation, teachings and empowerment 

Part II – October 22 – 23   Meditation retreat

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience modern Buddhism in action at an international level and enjoy an inspiring and meaningful spiritual holiday in a very special place. You will also meet and make some very special friends! If you have not been to an NKT-IKBU International Festival before, the Fall Festival is an ideal place to start. Click here for more information about what to expect at a festival.

Buddhism For The Modern World

For centuries, people have found in Kadampa Buddhism simple methods to solve their daily problems, experience a deep and lasting happiness and help others to do the same. These powerful methods are available to us today in the form of modern Kadampa Buddhism, which is a special presentation designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Through these practices we can discover a deep inner peace, overcome problems and difficulties with a happy mind and realize the full potential of our human life. At this spiritual festival, you will receive teachings and empowerment from Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong and enjoy daily meditation with people from all over the world who share a common wish to improve their human nature and qualities through developing the capacity of their mind.

REGISTER NOW 

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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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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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