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Geshe Sherab Returns!

April 7- 13th 2017

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We are extraordinarily fortunate to have our invitation to Geshe-la accepted for the spring of 2017!

His amazing, warm hearted, generous, accessible, and articulate teachings are NOT to be missed. For a recent write-up on on Geshe Sherab from our sister centre in Toronto, click: Buddha Weekly

Geshe Sherab was born in Nepal of Tibetan parents, and received his education at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, the spiritual centre of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). He completed his studies at Sera Je Monastic University and at Gyume Tantric College in India. He has lived in the USA working at the FPMT Central office and several nearby Dharma Centres in Taos, New Mexico.

Details of Geshe Sherab’s Visit to Gendun Drubpa

    • April 7th – 11:15am – all are welcome
      • Geshe Sherab arrives at Williams Lake airport. Join us to welcome him with a khata!
    • April 7th – 11:30am – all are welcome
      • Welcome Tea at Gendun Drubpa Centre. Say hello to Geshe-la over tea and sandwiches.
    • April 7th – 7:00pm – all are welcome, by donation
      • Public Talk at New World Café – “Keeping Hope Alive in these Difficult Times”.
    • Sun/ April 8 th& 9th – 9:30am to 4:00pm all are welcome, register below
      • Weekend Seminar – “How to Be Happy, Personal Advice from the Buddha”
    • Apr. 11th – 6:00pm – members, by donation
      • Gendun Drubpa Member’s Dinner
    • Apr. 12th – 7:00pm – senior students
      • Intermediate Class Teaching
    • Apr. 13th -11:40am – all are welcome
      • Airport • Geshe Sherab departs


Tools for a Compassionate Life    

June 19- August 7th

No Session July 31st. 

10 am – 12 noon

Led by Gendun Drubpa Facilitating Team. 

This drop-in program will run Sundays for  7 sessions

Learn about  valuable tools for compassion and how to use them in your life.

Based on the book –

The Compassionate Life

Compassionate Life

By His Holiness, The Dalai Lama

Giving and receiving affection is the key to happiness, and compassion is the key that opens our hearts to affection.

Touching and transformative, The Compassionate Life is a personal invitation from one of the world’s most gifted teachers to live a life of happiness, joy, and true prosperity.

The purpose of life is to be happy, His Holiness reminds us. To be happy, we should devote ourselves to developing our own peace of mind; the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own peace of mind. Therefore, we must develop compassion for others in order to be truly happy.



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Sutra of Golden Light 

2016 World-Wide Saga Dawa Recitation at Gendun Drubpa Centre

Monday, May 16th 7 pm 

Please join us as we gather to recite this powerful sutra.

“Anybody who wants peace in the world should read The Golden Light Sutra. This is a very important practice to stop violence and wars in the world. The Golden Light Sutra is one of the most beneficial ways to bring peace. This is something that everyone can do, no matter how busy you are even if you can read one page a day, or a few lines and in this way continually read The Golden Light Sutra.”     Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Saga Dawa Duchen is celebrated in the 4th month of the Tibetan calendar. This year, the fifteen days of Saga Dawa begin on 7 May and conclude on 21 May, Saga Dawa Duchen. This important time marks the birth, enlightenment, and passing / mahaparinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni. Saga Dawa is one of the four great “multiplier” opportunities; this means that effects of one’s actions are multiplied “millions” of times. From among the various meritorious activities recommended for Buddhist practitioners, recitation of the sublime Golden Light Sutra is praised as a particularly beneficial one for oneself and others, because this Sutra “frees every being from countless oceans of suffering… removes the fear of the terrified and poor, and causes supreme virtue.”  (LZR)

This year’s continuous recitation of the Sutra of Golden Light begins on 7 May and continues through 21 May. We engage in the recitation of the sublime GLS to end suffering and the causes of suffering for all beings, to create conditions for compassion and loving-kindness to arise in one’s heart, and to remove obstacles to the long, stable lives of our teachers.

Please join this recitation from wherever you are, in whatever way you can. Organize a recitation. You need no special permissions. Simply give voice to the exalted Golden Light.

Visualize you are leading a great gathering reciting the Golden Light Sutra. Set your motivation. As Lama Zopa Rinpoche notes, “Karma is more powerful when gathered by many …The more people there are supporting, the more powerful it becomes. When karma is more powerful the result comes more quickly, whether it is a project or realization.” We recite in order to lead all beings to complete enlightenment, to fulfill their needs, to establish peace, and to fulfill our teachers’ inconceivably compassionate wishes. Think, I myself, can do this.

“The holy Golden Light Sutra is … extremely powerful and fulfills all one’s wishes … bringing peace and happiness for all sentient beings up to enlightenment. It is also extremely powerful for world peace, for your own protection … for the protection of the country and the world…It has great healing power. Anyone can read this text, Buddhists and non-Buddhists who desire world peace.” (LZR)

Before you begin, bathe your hands, face and feet. Take refuge and generate a good motivation. To multiply merits, say this mantra seven times: Om Dhare Dhare Bendhare Svaha.

Recite a little bit, or all, one time, or many. When you finish, make heartfelt dedication.

Then report your recitation to me here /fpmt.org/education/teachings/sutras/golden-light-sutra/email-reporting/ Include your location, dedications, and any experiences or questions you have. The Sutra is available for download in several languages.

May there be no war, disease, fighting, quarreling, or unhappy minds. May all beings find peace. Ven. Lobsang Tendron / beth simon



Gendun Drubpa Buddhist Centre’s

Second Annual Fundraising Dinner

with special musical guests

Marin Patenaude and Angie Holdal.

Check out Marin’s New CD here!

Marin Patenaude and the Follow Through

Larger venue!  Cash Bar!  GREAT silent and live auction!

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