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Sat, Jun 03


Kadampa Meditation Center North Carolina

Offering Our Faith: Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s Birthday Celebration

A special day of retreat in the temple at KMC North Carolina with Buddhist teachers Kadam Sharon Lovich and Ethan Lechner

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Offering Our Faith: Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s Birthday Celebration
Offering Our Faith: Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s Birthday Celebration

Time & Location

Jun 03, 2023, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT

Kadampa Meditation Center North Carolina, 528 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA

About the event

10-11:15am Intro & Session 1

11:45am-1pm Session 2

2:45-4:30pm Offering to the Spiritual Guide w/ tsog

Every day we remember the extraordinary kindness of Venerable Geshe-la, our Root Guru and Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. But on the auspicious day June 3, for Venerable Geshe-la’s birthday, at Kadampa centers around the world, with minds of rejoicing and gratitude, we offer him our faith through using the special prayer Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso from his Faithful Disciples and collecting our Guru’s name mantra in a one-day retreat. Everyone is welcome to take part.

At KMC North Carolina, Kadam Sharon Lovich will give a brief introduction in the first session, and there will be two sessions of retreat using the sadhana The Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land According to Highest Yoga Tantra and the special request prayer. In the afternoon, the retreat will conclude with Offering to the Spiritual Guide for long life.

Kadam Sharon Lovich has been practicing meditation and Kadampa Buddhism since 2003 and is the Resident teacher of the Je Tsongkhapa Kadampa Buddhist Center in Asheville. Before Sharon moved to Asheville in 2011, she volunteered as the Education Program Coordinator for several years at the internationally renowned world peace temple for meditation and modern Buddhism, Kadampa Meditation Center New York. There she received teachings and guidance directly from our General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, guided retreats, and taught classes. She has engaged in numerous focused meditation retreats and is known for teaching others how to develop a peaceful mind with great skill, lightness, and humor.

Ethan Lechner is the Resident Teacher of Kosala Kadampa Buddhist Center in Carrboro, NC. A practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism since 2008, he has traveled extensively throughout the world for teachings and retreats with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and the tradition’s most senior teachers.  Ethan is a native of Alabama and originally came to this area to get his PhD in ethnomusicology. These days he works part time as a therapist and enjoys playing piano. Ethan is appreciated for his warm, humorous, and relatable style of teaching Dharma.

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