The past year has been a time of great change and accomplishment for The Guhyasamaja Center! With the generous support of donors like you, the center successfully made a new home in Fairfax, VA, with the purchase of our first permanent meditation hall in 2013. Having this dedicated space (along with our dedicated volunteers, students, and members) has helped us to better come together as a community, deepen our learning, and strengthen our practice together.
Also, center students recently completed a two-and-a-half-year exploration of “Discovering Buddhism,” an intermediate-level study program offered by The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). We also trained two new facilitators and are constantly expanding the scope and frequency of our offerings to all levels of spiritual aspirants.
In recent months, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche gave excellent teachings on Kalachakra, Emptiness in the context of “Praise to Dependent Arising,” and Buddha Nature in the context of “Praise of Dharmadhatu.” In 2013, the center also hosted Venerable George Churinoff and Geshe Kelsang Wangmo who gave teachings on Karma, Bodhichitta, Emptiness, and more. And right now, we’re currently in the process of securing our next guest teacher.
SETTING OURSELVES UP FOR SUCCESS
As a result of these changes and in anticipation of many more great things to come, we thought it a good time to improve our website and better help our growing base of students and members find and make use of all The Guhyasamaja Center has to offer. With our new website, launched May 1, 2014, we hope to provide you with improved ways to navigate and participate in our classes, events, and services. A new schema to categorize classes and events is also in place to help you make good choices about the suitability of activities, based on your level of experience an interest. And we’re just getting started — more features and functionality are on the way!
We’ve also taken this opportunity to update the center’s logo to a full color design that integrates the most recent guidance from FPMT’s Spiritual Director, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Note the addition of two large dragons! Lama Zopa Rinpoche said dragons signify strength – to be very strong in one’s heart and mind, strong in Dharma practice, strong in higher training (morality, vows, higher concentration and wisdom), and also to overcome all inner and outer obstacles and delusions.
It’s important to underscore that all of this has been achieved through many prayers and especially the hard work and support of many center volunteers, students, and members. A big thanks to all of you — especially center volunteers who have worked tirelessly to fulfill Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vision for Dharma centers around the world, who bring us thoughtful new classes and events and top-notch teachers, who setup and maintain the center and its day-to-day operations, and who took on the responsibility of redesigning the logo and website by hand themselves.
LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK
We welcome your feedback! Please take a moment to share any positive thoughts about our new website, logo, classes, and more by posting on our Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/GuhyasamajaCenter. If you’ve got suggestions about or are experiencing issues with the new website, please send a note to our webmaster at email@example.com. You can also use the social media icons below to help us share our new site and offerings with others.
And again, thank you for your on-going support. We are looking forward to all the new ways the center can benefit all sentient beings now and far into the future.
Hope to see you soon!
Dr. Lorne Ladner, Ph.D., Director