Dear precious Milarepa family,
Hello! After being at Milarepa Center as the Land and Facilities Manager from 2012 – 2014, it is most wonderful to return. I am most honored to have the great fortune to have been selected by our most precious teacher, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, to lead Milarepa Center into its next phase.
Per Rinpoche’s advice, Milarepa Center will shift gears with a heavier focus on private retreat while continuing to offer small community programs and talks when we are able. The FPMT currently has very few facilities that offer proper conditions for private retreat; the need is great within our organization and there has already been much interest in private retreat here at Milarepa; in fact, we have a top scoring Sera Jey monk coming next month to do 3-month retreat here at Milarepa; what a blessing for our center! My predecessor, Merry Colony, worked very hard during the last few months of her time to begin shifting the focus to private retreat and I very much look forward to continuing this very important work that Rinpoche has advised.
Moving forward, along with the Board of Directors, I will be working hard to keep Milarepa Center operating at a simple and sustainable level. I am truly looking forward to getting to know everyone and seeing some familiar faces once again. Milarepa Center has held a very special place in my heart as I know it has for many of you as well. I look forward to sharing this very special heart connection and place with all of you.
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!
Milarepa was graced with a full house of eager merit makers for our Lhabab Duchen Nyung Na which was followed by a labyrinth workshop led by Susie Leiper. These were the final activities hosted by merry and harry before leaving the center. Thank you all so much for a great four days!!
We just completed a great Nyung Na with twelve people and managed to arrange the gompa in such a way that everyone could prostrate. Amazing! Its such a perfect space for NN that we are having a repeat performance on Nov 10-11!
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 very relaxing day of meditation with Martha Tack on May 13th. Martha led the group in various types of breathing, analytical and visualization meditations followed by some easy stretching. It felt great to disengage, breath and stretch. Thank you Martha!
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.