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!
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.
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!!