So many heartfelt thanks to all those who showed up this past weekend to scrape, paint, refresh, plant and add all kinds of sweet vibes to the center. It was much appreciated!
We had a fantastic retreat day on April 15th with Kendall. The day provided a delicious sampler of daily Mahayana Mindfulness meditations to do when on the cushion or off. Walking meditations done while contemplating taking and giving, mind being the creator of all, and all causative phenomena being like a star, a cloud or a drop of dew were interspersed with wonderfully rich teachings on bodhichitta, the 12 links and emptiness. Hopefully this was only the first of many more retreats with kendall.
Milarepa Center served up a delicious Indian inspired dinner at the Peacham Cafe on March 16th with the dedicated help of Dawn and Jackie from Seyon Lodge in Groton, VT. Not having too many local options for a dinner out the local community was delighted as was the Cafe who sold deserts and coffee. For Milarepa Center, the dinner provided income and a great opportunity to meet our neighbors. It was a very fun evening and we’ve already scheduled another for June!
A fabulous time was had by all with the visit and teaching of Kopan’s Cherok Lama. Cherok Lama is currently studying at Sera Je Monastic University in India and came to Milarepa for his losar holiday. On Feb 19th Milarepa’s gompa was packed for Rinpoche’s talk on Dharma in Daily Life followed by a Q&A. Rinpoche captured the audience with his bright smile and very personal teaching style. After the teaching a very warm atmosphere pervaded the center and many stayed on for hours chatting and relaxing over tea and snacks. It was a true joy and blessing to have Rinpoche with us!
Milarepa Center ushered in the new year with purification and merit making. Three Nyung Na were done Dec 30 – Jan 6th and were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Five people completed all three and another two completed one. We made daily dedications for the all the Friends and Donors of the center and the many others in need of prayers. We also dedicated the merit that all beings, especially all world leaders, develop the compassionate mind that thinks of others more than self and that our most kind teachers always remain to guide us. As a light snow fell during the last session it felt certain that Guru Chenrezig was bestowing blessings.