Courses & Events

Courses & Events at Ganden and Beyond

Events at Ganden Center in Columbia, SC

Learning from Buddha’s Wheel of Life (May 3)

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:

Learning from Buddha’s Wheel of Life

Saturday, May 3, 2014;  10am – 4pmwheel of life 2014
at Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center
with Gen Kelsang Nyema
$35 or $25 students/seniors  (Discounts for Monthly Members)

The Wheel of Life is an ancient, famous piece of Buddhist artwork that shows how we can escape all problems and pains by transforming our minds.  Although the casual observer might see something that belongs in a history museum, a person interested in spiritual or personal growth can gain great wisdom from learning about the Wheel of Life.

During this day course, Gen Nyema will walk participants through the hidden meaning in this profound art.  Everyone welcome.

Childcare

We will be happy to provide childcare services during this event.  Please note that this service is only available upon request.  Please email us to request this service.

Follow-up to the day course:

Join us on Friday, May 9, at 7pm for a special screening of the recording of the Kadampa play, “The Wheel of Life.”

Class Schedule

10am – 11:30am:  Teaching 1

11:30am – 11:45am:  Break

11:45am – 12:15pm:  Meditation

12:15pm – 1:30pm:  Lunch Break

1:30pm – 2:30pm:  Teaching 2

2:30pm – 2:45pm:  Break

2:45pm – 4:00pm:  Final Meditation and Q&A

Online Registration

Class Fee:


Choose appropriate option:



Vegetarian Lunch ($5.00):




Other Registration Options:
  • E-mail us your registration information.
  • Mail us a check made payable to Ganden Buddhist Center (Make sure to let us know how many you are registering for and if you want on-site lunch.)  Mail your check to 2999 Sunset Blvd., Suite 101, W. Columbia, SC 29169.
  • Give us a call at 803-200-2115 and we will add you to the list!

Peace and Pancakes (May 18)

Peace & Pancakes

Pancakes

Sunday, May 18
12pm – 2pm
$10 per person

Join us after Sunday Services for a tasty pancake brunch!

At Ganden Center, all our activities are devoted to helping others find peace from within.  Through this we have a great ability to bring peace to our community and our world, but we need your help!

Help support the vision for inner peace by joining us for a mini-fundraiser pancake brunch on Sunday, February 9.   Bring your friends!

Training in Concentration (Jun. 21)

Training in Concentration (Part 1)Kully-small-knockout

Saturday, June 21, 2014;  10am – 4pm
at Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center
with Gen Kelsang Nyema
$35 or $25 students/seniors  (Discounts for Monthly Members)

We live in a world where distractions are growing increasingly intense.  However, in order to find deep inner peace, we need to find a way to move beyond these distractions and improve our concentration.  Concentration is important in every aspect of our life, from doing our job to driving our car, but it is especially important for getting the most out of meditation practice.

During this day course, learn techniques to increase concentration both in and out of meditation.  Everyone welcome.

Childcare

We will be happy to provide childcare services during this event.  Please note that this service is only available upon request.  Please email us to request this service.

Class Schedule

10am – 11:30am:  Teaching 1

11:30am – 11:45am:  Break

11:45am – 12:15pm:  Meditation

12:15pm – 1:30pm:  Lunch Break

1:30pm – 2:30pm:  Teaching 2

2:30pm – 2:45pm:  Break

2:45pm – 4:00pm:  Final Meditation and Q&A

Training in Concentration, Part 2

Instructions will be given during this day course that enable students to continue their training in meditation at home.  This seven-week training will include a daily meditation practice with simple prayers.

Training in Concentration, Part 3

Those who complete the day course (Part 1) and the home training (Part 2) will be eligible to participate in a silent meditation retreat August 14 – 17 at Givhan’s Ferry State Park (Ridgeville, SC).  The cost of this retreat is TBA.  Participants will be sharing two-bedroom cabins.

Dharma Dinner (May 30)

Dharma Dinner

Friday, May 30dinner
6:30pm – 8:30pm
at Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center

Join us for a delicious vegetarian meal and get to know some of the wonderful community at Ganden Center.

During these events, participants are asked to either bring a vegetarian dish to share or $3 to contribute.

Feel free to bring your kids, friends, and fami

Retreats in 2014

"Love Heals" Retreat (May 23 - 25)

“Love Heals”  Meditation Retreat

at Camp Gravatt (Aiken, SC)
Friday, May 23 – Sunday, May 25
with Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Nyemaretreat

Introduction to the Retreat

Love is the great protector. It protects us from negative states of mind such as anger, selfish intentions, and jealousy. When we turn our mind towards love, we naturally feel happy and fulfilled.

During this weekend meditation retreat in the tranquil environment of Camp Gravatt, learn how traditional meditations on love solve our daily problems and provide great healing for ourselves and others.

Retreat Schedule and Format

Each session will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.  Sessions will include teachings, The Liberating Prayer, and meditations.  As the weekend progresses, the meditations themselves will grow longer.  Overall, the meditation portion of each session will range from 25 to 45 minutes.

Friday, May 23

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Registration and check-in (in the Chapel)

6:00pm – 7:00pm — Dinner; Registration and check-in (in the Dining Hall)

7:30pm — Introduction & Meditation

Saturday, May 24

7:00am — Breakfast

8:30am — Teaching & Meditation 1

11:00am — Teaching & Meditation 2

1:00pm — Lunch

4:30pm — Teaching & Meditation 3

6:30pm — Dinner

8:00pm — Q&A and Meditation

Sunday, May 25

7:00am — Breakfast

8:30am — Teaching & Meditation 4

11:00am — Teaching & Meditation 5

Venue and Accommodations

The retreat will be held at the beautiful Camp Gravatt located off I-20 in Aiken, South Carolina. Situated on a beautiful lake, the surrounding area is perfect for quiet walks and contemplation.

Retreat sessions themselves, as well as meals, will be held in The Chapel.  The Center will be providing comfortable chairs and some meditation cushions.  If you have your own meditation cushion that you wish to bring, please feel free to do so.

Participants will be staying in the lodge rooms and cottage rooms.  Like a standard hotel room, rooms will include fresh linens and towels.  Each lodge room has 2 beds and a private bathroom.  Each cottage has two dorm-style bedrooms and one bathroom which is located in between the two bedrooms. Both private rooms and shared rooms are available, as well as camping and RV (no hook-ups available).  Smoking is prohibited in all rooms.

Please be aware that rooms are limited and available on a first-come, first serve basis.  The rooms are expected to sell out.  Should the rooms sell out, you can still attend the retreat itself but will have to make your own accommodation arrangements.

What to Bring

Snacks:  Camp Gravatt will be providing dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.  They will also provide hot coffee and tea throughout the weekend.  You will not have access to the kitchen, and there are no kitchens in individual rooms.  You may wish to bring some snacks with you for between meals, but please note that you will not be able to store any snacks in the refrigerator in the Dining Hall.

Layers of clothing:  With a large group, it is almost impossible to find a temperature that everyone agrees upon!  We will try to make the meditation room as comfortable as possible, but it’s still a good idea for you to come with layers of clothing so that you can adjust as you need to.  This also holds true for socks as we will not be wearing shoes inside the meditation room.

Comfortable walking clothes:  We encourage you to enjoy some fresh air and the lovely park during your stay.

Dharma books:  You may wish to refer to your favorite Dharma books during the course of the retreat.

Meditation cushion:  If you have your own meditation cushion that you would like to use, we suggest you bring it with you.  We will also be providing chairs and some cushions.  We will not have enough cushions for every participant, however.

What NOT to Bring

Cell Phones:  It’s ok to bring your cell phone and check in with your family from time to time.  However, we advise keeping your cell phone usage to a minimum and we specifically request that you do not bring it to retreat sessions with you.  This will prevent the awkwardness of having your phone go off in the middle of a meditation session.

Music:  During the retreat, it is a good idea to refrain from listening to music.  For the sake of your own concentration and the sake of others’, please do not listen to music, even on headphones, while at the retreat.

Pets:  Sorry, but due to pet allergies, you will need to leave your animals at home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this meditation retreat suitable for beginners?

Yes! Everyone is welcome to attend this retreat, regardless of experience level.

How much meditating will there be in each session?

Sessions last for 1.5 to 2 hours, but some of this time is taken up with teachings and preparatory prayers.  You can expect the meditations themselves to be 25 minutes to 45 minutes.

Should I bring my own meditation cushion?

If you have a meditation cushion that you like to use, you are more than welcome to bring it with you.  We will providing some meditation cushions but we will not have enough for all participants.  We will also have comfortable chairs for everyone.

Is there a dress code?

No.

Do I have to be a Buddhist?

No, everyone is welcome.  However, you will want to know that each session will include some preparatory prayers, which you can choose to participate in or not.

Registration Options

Lodge Rooms:  Rooms in The Lodge are hotel-styled rooms.  Each room has 2 beds and a private bathroom.  All linens are provided.

Cottage Rooms:  Cottage rooms are more rustic and are dorm-styled.  Each room has 2 beds, a sink, and a heater/air conditioner.  Two rooms share a bathroom that connect the two rooms.  All linens are provided.

Pricing:

Single Room – Lodge:  $300.00

Shared Room – Lodge:  $250.00

Single Room – Cottage:  $275.00  (SOLD OUT)

Shared Room – Cottage:  $225.00

No Accommodations – Saturday & Sunday:  $150.00

No Accommodations – Saturday Only:  $110.00

** We must receive your 50% non-refundable deposit in order to secure your reservation.**

Online Registration:

For LODGE rooms, choose from the drop-down menu below:

Prices & Lodging




For COTTAGE rooms, choose from the drop-down menu below.  Single Rooms are now Sold Out.


Prices & Lodging



For NO ACCOMMODATIONS (sessions + meals only), choose from the drop-down menu below.

(Please list in the PayPal notes or in an email to us if you plan to bring an RV — no electrical hook-ups available — or if you plan to camp.)


Pricing



Other Registration Options:

    • E-mail your registration information to us.
  • Mail a check to us made payable to Ganden Buddhist Center (Please make sure to list in the Memo which specific option you are registering for.) Mail your check to 2999 Sunset Blvd., Suite 101, W. Columbia, SC 29169.
  • Give us a call at 803-200-2115 and we will add you to the list!

Guru Yoga-Mandala Retreat (Jun. 2 - 6)

Guru Yoga-Mandala Retreat

Monday, June 2 – Friday, June 6
at Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center

Engaging in the practice of Guru Yoga together with making mandala offerings creates a vast collection of merit through which we can receive the powerful blessings of our Spiritual Guide and fulfill our spiritual wishes.

The word “guru” is Sanskrit for “spiritual guide” or “spiritual teacher.”  These days, it is possible to have a spiritual guide who is male or female, lay or ordained, Eastern or Western.  During this retreat, we will visualize our personal spiritual guide appearing in the aspect of Je Tsongkhapa, an emanation of the wisdom Buddha Manjushri and the 15th century founder of the New Kadampa tradition.

The word “mandala,” in this context, means “universe.”  In a traditional rice mandala offering, we utilize a rice mandala kit to create an offering that represents a completely pure universe, a universe in which all living beings are free from suffering and filled with peace.  When we participate in the Guru Yoga-Mandala retreat, we first use the prayers entitled “Offering to the Spiritual Guide” to imagine our spiritual guide appearing in front of us as Je Tsongkhapa.  We then use the mandala kit to make repeated offerings to him, imagining we are giving countless purified universes, along with the imagined purified objects of our own attachment.

This practice is a very powerful way to create positive karma and purify negative karma.  In this way, we can fulfill our deepest wishes to experience lasting happiness.  Everyone is welcome to attend; no prior experience is required.  With the exception of the introductory talk on Saturday, all sessions are self-guided and free to attend.

Retreat Schedule:

All sessions last between 1 and 1.5 hours and will be held downstairs in the retreat room/teen room.

Monday, June 2

Sessions at 7am, 10:30am, and 5:45pm

7pm – 8:15pm:  Introductory Talk:  What Does it Mean to Rely Upon a Spiritual Guide?  ($10, $5 students/seniors; discounts for Monthly Members)

8:30pm – 9pm:  Demonstration:  How to Make a Mandala Offering

Tuesday, June 3

Sessions at 7am, 10:30am, 5:45pm and 7pm

Wednesday, June 4

Sessions at 7am, 10:30am, 5:45pm, and 7pm

Thursday, June 5

Sessions at 7am, 10:30am, and 5:45pm

Friday, June 6

Sessions at 7am, 10:30am, 5:45pm, and 7pm

Tranquil Abiding Retreat (Aug. 14 - 17)

Tranquil Abiding Retreat

Thursday, August 14 – Sunday, August 17
at Givhans Ferry State Park (Ridgeville, SC)
$50 non-refundable deposit
(Actual cost TBD – based on the number attending the retreat)

Those who complete the day course on June 21 and the 7-week home training will be eligible to participate in this silent meditation retreat.

More information coming soon!
Events at Other Locations

U.S. Spring Festival at KMC NY (Apr. 25 - 30)

U.S. Spring Festival

Join Us April 25-30, 2014

People relaxing at KMC NY

Inspired by the fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism,Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the annual US Festival is an opportunity for people from around the country to gather together to renew our inspiration. Open to everyone, the US Festival is the perfect way to enjoy meaningful relaxation and a spiritual vacation in the peaceful environment of Kadampa Meditation Center New York and the World Peace Temple.

This year, join us as Gen-la Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition, will grant the empowerment of Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa. Gen-la will also give teachings on how to be a Modern Kadampa. By relying on Je Tsongkhapa’s blessings and beautiful example, we can naturally progress on the Kadampa path and become of real benefit to ourself, our families, and ultimately, this modern world.

Please see the website for additional information and registration options:

http://www.kadampafestivalus.org/

Charleston: Mindfulness for Busy People (May 10)

Mindfulness for Busy People:

Finding Peace of Mind in a Stressed-Out World

at Circular Congregational Church (150 Meeting Street)Mindfulness HDC
Saturday, May 10; 10am – 1pm
$20 or $15 students/seniors  (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Living in a busy world does not mean you need to have a busy mind.  By learning simple meditation and mindfulness techniques, you can enjoy mental clarity and inner peace.  Even if your world is busy, you can find quiet within your own mind.

Everyone is welcome to attend this half-day course.

Class Teacher

Kelsang NyemaGen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

Greenville: Mindfulness for Busy People (May 17)

Mindfulness for Busy People:

Finding Peace of Mind in a Stressed-Out World

at Greenville Yoga (2021 Augusta Road)Mindfulness HDC
Saturday, May 17; 1pm – 4pm
$20 or $15 for students/seniors  (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Living in a busy world does not mean you need to have a busy mind.  By learning simple meditation and mindfulness techniques, you can enjoy mental clarity and inner peace.  Even if your world is busy, you can find quiet within your own mind.

Everyone is welcome to attend this half-day course.

Class Teacher

Kelsang NyemaGen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

Asheville: Mindfulness for Busy People (May 31)

Mindfulness for Busy People: Finding Peace of Mind in a Stressed-Out World

at AB Technical College ~ Asheville Campus ~ Rhododendron Room 351Mindfulness HDC
Saturday, May 31; 10am – 1pm
$20 or $15 students/seniors

Living in a busy world does not mean you need to have a busy mind.  By learning simple meditation and mindfulness techniques, you can enjoy mental clarity and inner peace.  Even if your world is busy, you can find quiet within your own mind.

Everyone is welcome to attend this half-day course.

Class Teacher

Kelsang NyemaGen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

Aiken: Mindfulness for Busy People (Jun. 14)

Mindfulness for Busy People:

Finding Peace of Mind in a Stressed-Out World

at Aiken Yoga (116-B Pendleton Street)Mindfulness HDC
Saturday, June 14; 1:30pm – 4:30pm
$20 or $15 students/seniors  (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Living in a busy world does not mean you need to have a busy mind.  By learning simple meditation and mindfulness techniques, you can enjoy mental clarity and inner peace.  Even if your world is busy, you can find quiet within your own mind.

Everyone is welcome to attend this half-day course.

Class Teacher

Kelsang NyemaGen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

Good Karma Bowl-A-Rama (Jun. 22)

More information coming soon!

U.K. International Summer Festival (Jul. 25 - Aug. 9)

NKT-IKBU International Summer Festival 2014

four-armed-avalokiteshvara

Week 1 – July 25 – 31

The Power of Kadam Lamrim
with Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang

Week 2 – August 1 – 9

Buddha Avalokiteshvara Empowerment and Teachings on Powa
with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, Lake District, UK.

More details and booking coming soon.

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International Fall Festival at KMC NY (Oct. 10 - 16)

NKT-IKBU International Fall Festival 2014

The Wisdom to Understand the Mind

Oct 10 – 16

Buddha Manjushri Empowerment and Teachings
with Gen-la kelsang Khyenrab

at Kadampa Meditation Center New York, USA

Information and online booking coming soon.

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