Milarepa’s prayer flags got a makeover on Dec 8th. Both Sig Andersen and Sandy Colony had kindly brought new prayer flags from Nepal so the old tattered ones could be replaced with bright freshly printed new flags. With the motivation to bless all the beings in the air and on the ground and to help balance the internal an external elements we hung Chenrezig, Buddha Shakyamuni, Tara, Wind horse, and various protection flags. The timing was especially great as Milarepa friend Bob Zimmerman had just offered new spotlights to our beautiful stupa. The stupa now shines brightly above US Rte 5 and 91 and together with the prayer flags offers blessings to all who pass by. Thank you Sig, Luke, Dawn, and Harry for making a day of merit making so joy-full!!
Was held October 8-9, 2016
“Serving others from the heart is the best offering”
-Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Over the past two years there have been discussions about the possibility of establishing a Sangha community of FPMT monks and nuns at Milarepa Center. These discussions have concluded that Milarepa Center would be an excellent place for the Sangha, particularly nuns, to settle.
This is a great and unique opportunity for the Sangha, particularly for American nuns, to finally have a home in the USA.
Milarepa Center is a unique and amazing place to live. In Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, it’s located on 276 acres of wooded mountainside and rolling fields. There are two tiny houses and two small retreat cabins on the property. The main building is an old farmhouse with several bedrooms, an offering room, and a dormitory. There is also a large kitchen, separate dining area, a well stocked library and a lovely gompa on the third floor which houses a complete set of the Kangyur. In front of the house is a set of 10 prayer wheels and at the entrance of the property there is a large (15 ft) stupa.
The existing facilities can comfortably accommodate 3 or 4 people each with their own room. Over time when more Sangha join the community the retreat cabins can be upgraded for year round living. The current permit will also allow one more cabin to be built. If there is need for more cabins in the future further permitting will be required.
It is our hope that the Sangha will move in and take responsibility for the property in 2017.
Milarepa Center is a well established Buddhist retreat center that has been in existence for 35 years. It is respected and appreciated by the local community and the Sangha members will equally be welcomed by all.
Work Your Way to Enlightenment
Saturday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Service is a path to enlightenment!
What better way to remove obstacles in your life than working side by side your friends and family at Milarepa Center.
We NEED your help to get the Center ready for the Winter! Join us for a fun weekend of clearing trails and trees, chopping wood, painting and refreshing, closing down the garden, and more. We provide all the meals and refreshments. You can even spend the night.
Sunday, September 27 we will end the Work Your Way to Enlightenment Party with a Tara Puja for clearing obstacles & creating harmony at 3:00 p.m.
Please RSVP today!
Mindful Work Weeks: Wednesday Night Meditation
Every Wednesday Night
Starting Wednesday, September 23
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
We are pleased to announce a new initiative!
Every Wednesday night Milarepa Center will be open for an hour of public meditation on Wednesdays to promote a mindful work week!If you’re new to Milarepa Center, we suggest to arrive between 6:30 – 6:45 p.m. for a tour of the Center and an introduction to meditation.Meditation will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.After the meditation session, you’re invited to join us for tea, sweet treats, and conversation from 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
How much is it? These open meditation sessions are by donation. Donations are very important to keep Milarepa Center operating. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. No RSVP required.
What to wear? We suggest to wear lose comfortable non revealing clothing. You might want to bring a shall or a jacket. We suggest bringing socks or slippers to wear in the main house, as we ask everyone to take their shoes off before entering.
Everyone Loves a Parade!
Saturday, September 19
This Saturday, Milarepa Center is participating in St. Johnsbury’s Colors of the Kingdom Festival and Parade!We would LOVE for you to participate with us. We will be driving in our Big Red Truck, handing out fliers, waving to folks, and playing Nawang Kechog’s beautiful music.
Please email or call us (802-633-4136) by Friday at 5 p.m. and we will give you all the details about where to meet us and what to wear!
The parade starts at 10am. We will be congregating before then in St. Johnsbury.