Special Events

2014 Vajrasattva Retreat smallVajrasattva Retreat

Sunday Dec 19 – Monday Dec 22

Mahakankala Buddhist Center
508 Brinkerhoff Ave.

Friday: 7:00-8:30pm Introductory Talk
Saturday: 7:45-9:00am, 10:00-11:15am, 4:00-5:15pm, 7:00-8:30pm
Sunday: 4:00-5:15pm, 7:00-8:30pm
Monday: 7:45-9:00am, 10:00-11:15am, 4:00-5:15pm, 7:00-8:30pm (self-guided)

Please join us for our 3-day Vajrasattva purification retreat. Because of its popularity, we have received many requests for special teachings on the practices of purification, which we perform according to the sadhana (prayers) “Meditation and Recitation of Solitary Vajrasattva”.

Please plan to attend the Introductory Talk on Friday if you are new to this practice. This retreat is suitable for everyone–no experience is needed. You do not need to attend every session. Of course, we can have deeper meditation experiences by engaging in more of the meditation sessions.

Saturday and Sunday sessions will be guided by our Resident Teacher, Keli Vaughan. Monday’s sessions will be self-guided.

Cost is $5/session or $40 for the whole retreat.

teachingsOnDeathBannerBuddhist Teachings on Death on the 2nd Monday of each month 

7:30 – 9:00pm
Oct 13 • Nov 10

7:00 – 8:00pm
Dec 8

There is nothing more precious than our human life. Having been born as a human being we have immense freedom to accomplish almost anything we want. But what will make us truly happy? What will benefit others most? And when this life is over, what will help us then?

All of us realize that our death is inevitable, but generally it seems a long way off. We think there will be lots of time in the future to really work on finding our own inner peace and for now we put most of our time and energy into seeking external comfort and peace. The shocking reality is that death can strike at any moment. Death does not always wait until we are old and terminally ill. At the time of our death, only our own inner peace will be of any help when we face death and the uncertainty of our next life.

In this lecture we will explore Buddha’s teachings on death and impermanence as a practical method to bring meaning to our life. Kelsang Wangpo will show why it is beneficial to contemplate our death now so that we are able to put energy into creating our own inner peace now and face death with a calm peaceful mind, and thereby secure happiness and good fortune in all our coming lives. By doing this we can refresh our focus and learn to make daily activities part of our spiritual practice.

This class is part of our Death and Dying series which includes the following titles:

Sept 8: What is Death
Oct 13: What is a Meaningful Life
Nov 10: How to Care for the Dying
Dec 8: Prayers to Relieve our Grief

Suggested donation $10 per class, Dec class free

2014 5-31 LOM forgiveness smallLompoc 1/2-Day Workshop: Forgiveness, Letting Go, Moving On

Saturday Nov 15 
10am – 1pm

Lompoc Library, Grossman Gallery
501 E North Avenue

Holding onto grudges is painful. Our inability to let go of past insults and other emotional wounds drains our energy, tightens our minds, and prevents us from experiencing inner peace and happiness.

Most of us know this. So why do we carry our grudges with us as if they were among our most precious possessions?

During this course you’ll not only learn why it’s so important to forgive, but also special techniques that will help you do just that. You’ll emerge feeling a great sense of peace at your heart and better able to heal your troubled relationships.