On December 1st the directorship of Milarepa will be turned over from Merry to Dawn Holtz. Sad to go, but so happy that the well-qualified Dawn has returned to take the helm. The center is in great hands. Thank you Dawn!
What a blast and what an action packed weekend we had. 33 people thoroughly enjoyed the activities hosted by Milarepa center and facilitated by Kasia and Chessy. We did water bowl offerings, painted Buddha images, a dorje Khadro fire puja, liberated worms with circumambulation and mantra, zen archery, yoga, food offering and enjoying, and a great conclusion with the Milarepa Family Camp song. OM MANI PADME HUM!! Thank you all.
Milarepa hosted 75 teachers from around the country on three consecutive Wednesdays in July. A continuing education program hosted by St Johnsbury Academy offers a variety of local activities for participants and a visit to Milarepa Center is one of the most popular! Participants attended a talk followed by refreshments and conversation.
On June 29th Milarepa Center hosted its second benefit dinner at the Peacham Cafe. The event was so successful and we were so slammed there was no time to even take a picture! After serving more than 55 people we ran out of food entirely and had to turn people away. Keep an eye on our Calendar page for our next benefit, tentatively scheduled for Sept 28th
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!