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Dear Friends,

If you have a Living Social Coupon, it will be honored when presented for all our General Program 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

STEP-BY-STEP TO FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS
with Donna Campanelli

Everyone wants to be happy but so few people actually are. Join us for this course in which we’ll explore a simple but life-changing series of Buddhist meditations called the Lamrim – a special arrangement of meditations on the stages of the path to enlightenment.

These teachings give us a swift and direct method to connect to our potential for inner peace, love and freedom and help us to attain the lasting happiness that we all long for.

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

November 30    Meditation:  Daily Happiness Training
December 7       Living In The Moment
December 14     Impermanence And What Really Matters
December 21     Bringing  “Happy” To Your Holidays | Holiday Tea
December  28    CLOSED

$12/Class    Free for Members

 

HALF-DAY COURSE

SUNDAY,  JANUARY 4th

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

SELF-RESPECT, SELF-ACCEPTANCE & THE KEY TO HAPPINESS
with Donna Campanelli

Many of us suffer from overly critical views of ourselves and we often feel bad or feel we aren’t “good enough”. These feelings of low self-esteem and even self-hatred undermine us, and we get stuck in these painful attitudes. Without self-acceptance and self-respect, there is no basis for a truly happy and beneficial life; but how do we develop these positive views? The practice of meditation helps us to connect with a deeper sense of well being that opens us up to a new way of experiencing ourselves.

In this course, through talks, guided meditations, and discussion, Donna will show us how to cultivate an inner sense of well being through the practice of meditation and to use it to change how we relate to ourselves. Using Buddha’s psychological insights she will help us to see clearly how our judgmental view of ourselves is not reliable and is based on misperceptions of reality. Instead of relating to our faults and limitations and becoming stuck in our bad habits of mind, we can begin to relate to our potential for happiness and growth. Through this, we will discover the real key to happiness, harmony and profound spiritual development.

Everyone is welcome. This course is suitable both for beginners and those more experienced.

$20 / 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   Cultivating a Giving Heart
November 26   NO CLASS – Happy Thanksgiving

$12/Class   Free for Members

 

THE QUIET JOY OF CONCENTRATION
During The Hustle And Bustle Of The Season
with Donna Campanelli

Does the hustle and bustle of the holiday season have you feeling busy and distracted? Quite easily, gently, and gradually, we can develop our ability to concentrate through a simple daily practice. We can replace the tendency to be distracted, and instead develop the habit of staying focused, thus enabling us to extract more richness, depth and meaning from our lives. In each class of this series, we will learn tools to improve our meditation and mindfulness.

Setting aside the time to connect to, and develop, your peaceful heart is the best gift to give yourself and others, both during the holiday season and year round!

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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

Series Dates:  December 3, 10, 17; January 7, 14

$12/Class    Free for Members

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h Chanted Prayers

CHANTED PRAYERSJe Tsongkapa Thangka

OFFERING TO THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE PUJA

Date To Be Announced.

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

THE QUIET JOY OF CONCENTRATION
During The Hustle And Bustle Of The Season
with Donna Campanelli

Does the hustle and bustle of the holiday season have you feeling busy and distracted? Quite easily, gently, and gradually, we can develop our ability to concentrate through a simple daily practice. We can replace the tendency to be distracted, and instead develop the habit of staying focused, thus enabling us to extract more richness, depth and meaning from our lives. In each class of this series, we will learn tools to improve our meditation and mindfulness.

Setting aside the time to connect to, and develop, your peaceful heart is the best gift to give yourself and others, both during the holiday season and year round!

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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

Series Dates:  November 24; December 1, 8, 15; December 22 – CLOSED

$10/Class    Free for Members

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k White Tara Empowerment

SPECIAL EVENTS

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THE BLESSING EMPOWERMENT OF MEDICINE BUDDHA
with Kadam Morten

Saturday and Sunday,  December 6-7

Kadampa Meditation Center NYC
127 W. 24th Street (between 6th and 7th Ave.)
New York, NY

 According to Buddha, all mental and physical disease and suffering are caused by our delusions such as anger.  Normally, these delusions feel deeply ingrained.  But through connecting to Medicine Buddha we can experience the pure nature of our mind and heal ourselves of these inner diseases.

The empowerment is a beautiful guided meditation during which we will receive the blessings of Medicine Buddha, the embodiment of all enlightened healing energy.  During the commentary, Kadam Morten will explain the profound tantric practice known as self-generation, through which we awaken our own potential to become an enlightened healing Buddha.  The empowerment will take place in the morning, followed by commentary in the afternoon.  There will then be two guided Medicine Buddha meditations along with further commentary on Sunday morning.

Saturday, December 6th

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM  Empowerment
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM      Commentary

Sunday, December 7th

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM   Medicine Buddha Guided Practice & Commentary
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM     Medicine Buddha Guided Practice & Commentary

$65 /  $35 For Supporting Members

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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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