Courses & Events at Ganden and Beyond

Events at Ganden Center in Columbia, SC

Je Tsongkhapa Empowerment (Aug 23 - 24)

Je Tsongkhapa Empowerment

August 23 – 24 at Ganden Center

Je Tsongkhapa empowerment

“Open your eyes of wisdom and compassion.  Discover the power of imagination to transform your life.”

Being a modern-day Kadampa means that we are relying upon the blessings and inspiration of Je Tsongkhapa, an enlightened being who is the synthesis of all Buddha’s wisdom, compassion, and spiritual power.  By holding Je Tsongkhapa at our heart all day and every day, we receive the guidance we need to make our whole life meaningful.

The Outer, Inner, and Secret Aspects of a Modern Kadampa Life

When Je Tsongkhapa appears in the aspect of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka, he is reminding us to always embody the outer, inner, and secret aspects of a Kadampa practitioner:  “Guru” means teacher, and refers to our own Spiritual Guide; “Sumati” is Je Tsongkhapa’s Sanskrit name, and reminds us to outwardly practice the pure moral discipline taught by Je Tsongkhapa; “Buddha” refers to Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, and reminds us to inwardly practice the Bodhisattva’s way of life; and “Heruka” refers to Buddha Heruka, and encourages us to secretly practice the two stages of Highest Yoga Tantra, which can help us realize our Buddha nature in one short life.

What is an Empowerment?

A blessing empowerment is a special ceremony that enables us to connect with a particular Buddha — in this case, Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka.  The empowerment ceremony consists of teachings and guided meditations.  After the empowerment itself, there is a second teaching called a “commentary,” in which the empowering teacher gives further explanation about how to meditate on the practice of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka.  Empowerments are very rare, precious special events; this event is especially precious because our General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, has given Gen Nyema special permission to give commentary to a unique practice called The Yoga of Buddha Heruka.

Everyone is welcome to attend this special event.

Schedule:

Saturday, August 23:

10am – 12pm:  The Blessing Empowerment of Je Tsongkhapa (Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka)

12pm – 1:30pm:  Lunch break

1:30pm – 3pm:  Commentary to The Yoga of Buddha Heruka

Sunday, August 24:

10am – 11:30am:  Commentary to The Yoga of Buddha Heruka

11:30am – 1pm:  Lunch break

1pm – 2:30pm:  Commentary and practice, The Yoga of Buddha Heruka

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Center Cherishing (Aug 30)

More information coming soon!

"Making Bad Good" w/ Special Guest Teacher (Oct. 4)

Saturday, October 4, 2014;  10am – 4pm
at Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center
with Gen Kelsang Mondrub (Resident Teacher of KMC GA)
$35 or $25 students/seniors  (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Making Bad Good:  How to Transform Life’s Challenges Into the Spiritual Path

Sooner or later, we all face circumstances that challenge us to our very core.  It could be a diagnosis of a serious illness, the loss of a cherished loved one, the end of a long-term relationship, or a similar event.  Without methods for transforming these challenges, we have little choice but to experience unpleasant feelings and difficulties.  However, when we have a clear understanding of how to transform our challenges into something meaningful and even liberating, the “bad” can actually become “good.”  Although the circumstances may still be trying, we can learn to value the challenge as a unique opportunity for developing our good qualities and human nature.

Teacher

During this day course, special guest teacher Gen Kelsang Mondrub will offer advice on “making bad good” from his own experience.  Gen Mondrub taught at Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia (KMC GA) for over ten years before stepping down in 2012.  Since that time, he has completed a two-year silent meditation retreat after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and resumed the role of KMC GA’s Resident Teacher in April 2014.  Gen Mondrub was one of the first Kadampa teachers to come to Columbia, SC, also the original teacher of KMC South Carolina’s own Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Nyema.  Gen Nyema will be leading the meditations during the day course.

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.

Day Course Schedule

10am – 11:30am — First Teaching with Gen Mondrub

11:30am – 11:45am — Break

11:45am – 12:15pm — First Meditation with Gen Nyema

12:15pm – 1:30pm — Lunch Break

1:30pm – 2:30pm — Second Teaching with Gen Mondrub

2:30pm – 2:45pm — Break

2:45pm – 3:15pm — Second Meditation with Gen Nyema

3:15pm – 4:00pm — Five minute break followed by Q&A with Gen Mondrub

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Peace and Pancakes (Dec. 7)

Peace & Pancakes

Pancakes

Sunday, December 7
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, December 7 after Sunday Services.

Bring your friends!

Retreats in 2014

Tranquil Abiding Retreat (Aug. 14 - 17)

Tranquil Abiding Retreat

Thursday, August 14 – Sunday, August 17Tranquil abiding 2014 web
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 (Part 1) and the home training (Part 2) will be eligible to participate in a silent meditation retreat August 14 – 17 at Givhans Ferry State Park (Ridgeville, SC).

This is a great opportunity to deepen your concentration in a retreat environment.

The cost of this retreat is TBA, as it is based on the number of people attending.  Participants will be sharing two-bedroom cabins.

Post-Empowerment Retreat (Aug 25 - 29)

Post-Empowerment Retreat: The Yoga of Buddha Heruka

August 25 – 29
at Ganden CenterThe Yoga of Buddha Heruka - Booklet

Anyone who attends the August 23 and 24 empowerment weekend or who has received Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment is welcome to attend this special retreat on The Yoga of Buddha Heruka.

Most sessions will be self-guided.  On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, Gen Nyema will be giving additional instructions on how to use The Yoga of Buddha Heruka in meditation practice.

Monday, August 25
Sessions at 7am, 10:30am, 5pm
Offering to the Spiritual Guide (prayers) at 6:30pm

Tuesday, August 26
Sessions at 7am, 10:30am, 5:45pm
Teaching at 7pm: Getting to Know Heruka’s World

Wednesday, August 27
Sessions at 7am, 10:30am, 5:45pm
Teaching at 7pm: The Heruka Body Mandala Practice

Thursday, August 28
Sessions at 7am, 10:30am, 5:45pm
Teaching at 7pm: Meditating on Channels and Drops

Friday, August 29
Sessions at 7am, 10:30am, 5pm
Melodious Drum (prayers) at 6:30pm

Vajrasattva Retreat (Nov. 17 - 21)

Pure Mind, Pure World Annual Retreat

November 17 – 21 at Ganden CenterVajrasattva 2 - A6, A5, A4

Buddha Vajrasattva is the Buddha who “specializes” in helping us to purify our negative karma.  During this traditional annual self-guided retreat, we will make prayers to Vajrasattva and meditate on his mantra as a special purification practice.

Retreat Schedule

Each retreat session will last 1 to 1.5 hours and is free and open for everyone to attend.  Because each retreat session is self-contained, there is no need to attend every session; please feel welcome to drop in and out as your schedule allows.

Clear Sky Mind Retreat (Dec. 12 - 14)

Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14
at Santee State Park (251 State Park Road, Santee, SC)
with Gen Kelsang Nyema

More information coming soon!

Events at Other Locations

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

NKT-IKBU International Summer Festival 2014

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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.

Enjoy a summer holiday with a difference. Spend some inspiring time in the English Lake District with people from all over the world developing inner peace through the practices of modern Buddhism.

Come away refreshed, invigorated and inspired – equipped with the essential tools to transform your everyday life into a meaningful spiritual path that brings immense benefit to both yourself and those with whom you live and work.

You can attend either week of the Festival or both together – or come for just a few days.

Both weeks are open to everyone and suitable for all levels.

If you have not been to a Summer Festival before, Week 1 might be a good place to start.

BOOKING NOW OPEN!

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Charleston: Overcoming Loneliness (Sept. 13)

Saturday, September 13
10am – 1pm with Gen Nyema
at Sterett Hall – Old Navy Base (1530 7th Street, N. Charleston)
$20 or $15 students/seniors (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Overcoming the Illusion of Loneliness:  
Abandoning Loneliness Through Meditating on Love and Wisdom

At certain points in our life, the weight of loneliness can feel immense, even when it seems on the surface as though we “shouldn’t” be lonely.  The truth is that everyone experiences loneliness from time to time, whether or not we are enjoying good relationships with others.  According to Buddha’s teachings, we can heal our feelings of loneliness by gaining a deeper experience of love and wisdom.

During this half-day course, learn how to overcome the illusion of loneliness through meditating on love and wisdom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Savannah: Overcoming Loneliness (Sept. 13)

Saturday, September 13
10am – 1pm with Gen Nyema
at Savannah Yoga (1319 Bull Street)
$20 or $15 students/seniors (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Overcoming the Illusion of Loneliness:  
Abandoning Loneliness Through Meditating on Love and Wisdom

At certain points in our life, the weight of loneliness can feel immense, even when it seems on the surface as though we “shouldn’t” be lonely.  The truth is that everyone experiences loneliness from time to time, whether or not we are enjoying good relationships with others.  According to Buddha’s teachings, we can heal our feelings of loneliness by gaining a deeper experience of love and wisdom.

During this half-day course, learn how to overcome the illusion of loneliness through meditating on love and wisdom. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Greenville: Overcoming Loneliness (Sept. 20)

Saturday, September 20
1pm – 4pm with Gen Nyema
at Greenville Yoga (2021 Augusta Road)
$20 or $15 students/seniors (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Overcoming the Illusion of Loneliness:  
Abandoning Loneliness Through Meditating on Love and Wisdom

At certain points in our life, the weight of loneliness can feel immense, even when it seems on the surface as though we “shouldn’t” be lonely.  The truth is that everyone experiences loneliness from time to time, whether or not we are enjoying good relationships with others.  According to Buddha’s teachings, we can heal our feelings of loneliness by gaining a deeper experience of love and wisdom.

During this half-day course, learn how to overcome the illusion of loneliness through meditating on love and wisdom.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Walk for World Peace (Sept. 27 & Oct. 11)

The Walk for World Peace is about community coming together with friends and family to take steps to support peace — your inner peace and the happiness of others.peace

Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing more inner peace to the people in the Carolinas through meditation and modern Buddhism.

Join us to support Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center. By participating and choosing to raise funds, you’re helping us grow and bring Buddha’s wisdom to even more people.

Proceeds from this year’s events will be allocated towards our car fundraiser so that we can replace the Center’s 20 year old vehicle. Our Resident Teacher drives to locations in SC, NC, GA and TN on a weekly and monthly basis to offer meditation classes and practical teachings.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

We will be holding three separate events in three locations: Columbia, SC; Asheville, NC, Charleston, SC.

Please see below for information about each event.

COLUMBIA, SC

Saturday, September 27

@ Congaree National Park
100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC 29061

10am – 1pm
2.7 mile loop on the low boardwalk and Sims Trail (leashed dogs are welcome!)

Join us for a picnic after the walk in the Pavilion picnic area!

Registration Fee:  $25.00


ASHEVILLE, NC

Saturday, September 27

@ Lake Tomahawk Park
401 Laurel Circle Drive
Black Mountain, NC 28711

10am – 1pm
0.55 mile loop on flat ground. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Walk as many laps as you wish!  (Get friends and family to sponsor you for a set number of laps!)

Join us for a potluck after the walk!

Registration Fee:  $25.00


CHARLESTON, SC

Saturday, October 11

@ Hampton Park
30 Mary Murray Dr, Charleston, SC 29403

8am – 9am

Participants will be provided with snacks and water.

Registration Fee:  $25.00

Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Aiken: Overcoming Loneliness (Oct. 11)

Saturday, October 11
1pm – 4pm with Gen Nyema
at Aiken Yoga (116-B Pendleton Street SW)
$20 or $15 students/seniors (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Overcoming the Illusion of Loneliness:  

Abandoning Loneliness Through Meditating on Love and Wisdom

At certain points in our life, the weight of loneliness can feel immense, even when it seems on the surface as though we “shouldn’t” be lonely.  The truth is that everyone experiences loneliness from time to time, whether or not we are enjoying good relationships with others.  According to Buddha’s teachings, we can heal our feelings of loneliness by gaining a deeper experience of love and wisdom.

During this half-day course, learn how to overcome the illusion of loneliness through meditating on love and wisdom.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Asheville: Overcoming Loneliness (Oct. 11)

Saturday, October 11
10am - 1pm with Kelsang Tabkay
at AB Technical College
340 Victoria Road (Rhododendron – Room 351)
$20 or $15 students/seniors (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Overcoming the Illusion of Loneliness:  

Abandoning Loneliness Through Meditating on Love and Wisdom

At certain points in our life, the weight of loneliness can feel immense, even when it seems on the surface as though we “shouldn’t” be lonely.  The truth is that everyone experiences loneliness from time to time, whether or not we are enjoying good relationships with others.  According to Buddha’s teachings, we can heal our feelings of loneliness by gaining a deeper experience of love and wisdom.

During this half-day course, learn how to overcome the illusion of loneliness through meditating on love and wisdom.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

International Fall Festival at KMC NY (Oct. 17-23)

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Buddha Manjushri Empowerment and Teachings

with Gen-la kelsang Khyenrab

at Kadampa Meditation Center New York, USA

THE WISDOM TO UNDERSTAND THE MIND

Gen-la Kelsang KhyenrabAT KADAMPA MEDITATION CENTER NEW YORK, USA

Understanding and transforming our mind requires deep inner wisdom, and for this we need the special blessings and inspiration of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri. Gen-la Khyenrab will begin the festival by granting the blessing empowerment of Buddha Manjushri.

Gen-la Khyenrab will then teach from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s completely revised book, How to Understand the Mind. He will then show how by applying the instructions in this remarkable book we can gain deep understanding of our mind and learn to transform it through meditation. As Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says, by transforming our mind we can transform our world!

Booking opens July 16.

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Charleston: Anger Solves Nothing (Nov. 8)

Saturday, November 8
10am – 1pm with Gen Nyema
at Sterett Hall – Old Navy Base (1530 7th Street, N. Charleston)
$20 or $15 students/seniors (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Anger Solves Nothing:  

Identifying and Overcoming Our Most Destructive Negative Mind

Anger solves nothing.  These three simple words tell us almost everything we need to know about the negative state of mind of anger.  What we also need to understand, however, is how to identify subtle layers of anger within our own mind and overcome every last trace of anger in our minds.

During this course, learn practical methods for identifying and overcoming your own anger.  Everyone is welcome.

Greenville: Anger Solves Nothing (Nov. 15)

Saturday, November 15
1pm – 4pm with Gen Nyema
at Greenville Yoga (2021 Augusta Road)
$20 or $15 students/seniors (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Anger Solves Nothing:  

Identifying and Overcoming Our Most Destructive Negative Mind

Anger solves nothing.  These three simple words tell us almost everything we need to know about the negative state of mind of anger.  What we also need to understand, however, is how to identify subtle layers of anger within our own mind and overcome every last trace of anger in our minds.

During this course, learn practical methods for identifying and overcoming your own anger.  Everyone is welcome.

Murrells Inlet: Anger Solves Nothing (Nov. 22)

Saturday, November 22
1pm – 4pm with Gen Nyema
at Inlet Yoga (637 Bellamy Avenue)
$20 or $15 students/seniors (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Anger Solves Nothing:  

Identifying and Overcoming Our Most Destructive Negative Mind

Anger solves nothing.  These three simple words tell us almost everything we need to know about the negative state of mind of anger.  What we also need to understand, however, is how to identify subtle layers of anger within our own mind and overcome every last trace of anger in our minds.

During this course, learn practical methods for identifying and overcoming your own anger.  Everyone is welcome.

Aiken: Anger Solves Nothing (Dec. 6)

Saturday, December 6
1pm – 4pm with Kelsang Tabkay
at Aiken Yoga (116-B Pendleton Street SW)
$20 or $15 students/seniors (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Anger Solves Nothing:  

Identifying and Overcoming Our Most Destructive Negative Mind

Anger solves nothing.  These three simple words tell us almost everything we need to know about the negative state of mind of anger.  What we also need to understand, however, is how to identify subtle layers of anger within our own mind and overcome every last trace of anger in our minds.

During this course, learn practical methods for identifying and overcoming your own anger.  Everyone is welcome.

Asheville: Anger Solves Nothing (Dec. 6)

Saturday, December 6
10am – 1pm with Gen Nyema
at AB Technical College
340 Victoria Road (Rhododendron – Room 351)
$20 or $15 students/seniors (Discounts for Monthly Members)

Anger Solves Nothing:  

Identifying and Overcoming Our Most Destructive Negative Mind

Anger solves nothing.  These three simple words tell us almost everything we need to know about the negative state of mind of anger.  What we also need to understand, however, is how to identify subtle layers of anger within our own mind and overcome every last trace of anger in our minds.

During this course, learn practical methods for identifying and overcoming your own anger.  Everyone is welcome.

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