Courses & Events at KMC SC and Beyond

Events at KMC SC in W. Columbia, SC

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

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

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

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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.

Gen MondrubSpecial Guest 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

Online Registration

 

Choose appropriate option:



Vegetarian Lunch ($5.00):




Learn to Meditate in Half a Day (Oct. 11)

Saturday, October 11, 2014;  10am – 1pm
at Kadampa Meditation Center SC
with Mark Gould
$20 or $15 students/seniors  (Discounts for Monthly Members)Learn to Meditate FRONT PAGE

Once every other month we hold this introductory course designed especially for beginners. Meditation is an effective tool to combat stress, depression, anxiety and other negative states of mind. Through meditating we can develop a habit of thinking positively, which leads to the experience of a more relaxed mind.

In this half-day course the basics of meditation are clearly explained, including how to establish and maintain a practice. Discover simple, practical instructions on how to improve your inner peace.

 

Bingo & Brunch (Nov. 2)

Bingo & Brunch

Saturday, November 2
12pm – 2pm
@ KMC South Carolina (2999 Sunset Blvd.)

Brunch:  $10/personbingo
Bingo:  $1/game sheet

Join us after Prayers for World Peace for a tasty vegetarian brunch and a few games of bingo!

All proceeds from this event will go towards KMC SC’s car fundraiser.

Help us reach our fundraising goal of $200 for this event.

Bring your kids, friends, and family!

Auction of Promises (Nov. 23)

More information coming soon

Learn to Meditate in Half a Day (Dec. 6)

Saturday, December 6, 2014;  10am – 1pm
at Kadampa Meditation Center SC
with Mark Gould
$20 or $15 students/seniors  (Discounts for Monthly Members)Learn to Meditate FRONT PAGE

Once every other month we hold this introductory course designed especially for beginners. Meditation is an effective tool to combat stress, depression, anxiety and other negative states of mind. Through meditating we can develop a habit of thinking positively, which leads to the experience of a more relaxed mind.

In this half-day course the basics of meditation are clearly explained, including how to establish and maintain a practice. Discover simple, practical instructions on how to improve your inner peace.

 

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 KMC SC, 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 Prayers for World Peace.  All proceeds go towards our car fundraiser.

Bring your friends!

Gifts for KMC SC (Dec. 2014)

More information coming soon

Dorje Shugden Empowerment (Jan. 10 - 11)

More information coming soon

Retreats in 2014

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.

Living Lightly Retreat (Dec. 12 - 14)

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

Living Lightly:  Opening the Door to Liberating WisdomLiving Lightly Retreat FRONT PAGE

What if you knew that even your most stubborn challenges could disappear forever once you understood their true nature?  According to the time-tested teachings of Buddha, this idea isn’t merely wishful thinking:  It’s what we can each experience once we gain the wisdom realizing selflessness, also known as the wisdom realizing emptiness.  The more of this profound wisdom we develop, the more we can “live lightly” — enjoying our life without the heavy, grasping states of mind that create so many problems and pains for ourselves and others.

During this weekend meditation retreat at Santee State Park, learn how to live lightly by opening the door to the liberating wisdom of emptiness.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Retreat Schedule:

Friday, December 12

6pm – 7:15pm:  Check-in and registration (in the Village Round)
7:30pm: Introduction — What is Emptiness?

Saturday, December 13
8am: Our illusion-like body
11am: Our illusion-like self, part 1
4:30pm: Our illusion-like self, part 2
7:30pm: Q&A Session

Sunday, December 14
8am: Our illusion-like mind
10:30am: Realizing the emptiness of all phenomena

General Information:

Meals:santee - land cabin

All pricing includes lunch and dinner on Saturday.

Participants are asked to bring their own meal for Friday-night, as well as their own breakfast items.  Each cabin has a full kitchen.

All meals will be vegetarian and we will offer gluten-free options.  Please let us know if you have any other dietary restrictions.

Accommodations:

You can choose to stay in a  2-bedroom pier cabin, a 2-bedroom land cabin, camp in a tent, or bring your RV (up to 40′).  All areas are within walking distance of the Village Round where we will hold all of our sessions and meals.santee - pier cabin

Single Rooms:  You will have your own room with either a double or queen bed.  You will share a bathroom with other cabin mates.

Shared Rooms: You will share a double or queen bed with another person.  You will share a bathroom with other cabin mates.

Futon:  You will sleep on a futon couch in the living room that folds out into a bed.  You will essentially be staying in the “living area” of the cabin and will not have your own room.  You will share a bathroom with other cabin mates.

Registration:

*PLEASE NOTE* that your deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE due to the high operating costs of this event.

Please choose your preferred registration option from the drop-down menus below:

PIER cabin – Single Room – $275.00santee - cabin interior

PIER cabin – Shared Room – $225.00 (per person)

PIER cabin – Futon – $175.00


 

Pier Cabin Accommodations



LAND cabin – Single Room – $250.00

LAND cabin – Shared Room – $200.00 (per person)

LAND cabin – Futon – $150.00


 

Land Cabin Accommodations



Camping: $130.00

RV (up to 40′):  $150.00


 

Teachings + Meals Only



Saturday-only (no accommodations): $90.00

Sunday-only (no accommodations):  $45.00

Full weekend (no accommodations): $120.00


 

Teachings + Meals Only



Post-Empowerment Retreat (Jan. 12 - 16)

More information coming soon

Events at Other Locations

Greenville: Overcoming Loneliness (Sept. 20)

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

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

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.walk

By participating and choosing to raise funds, you’re helping us grow and bring Buddha’s wisdom to even more people.

CAR FUNDRAISER

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

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

Click on the link below to sponsor a walker, sign up as a walker, or to make a general donation for this event.

http://kmcscwalk.myevent.com/

EVENT INFORMATION

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

Kadampa Meditation Center South Carolina 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 Wisdomovercoming loneliness

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 Wisdomovercoming loneliness

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 MindAnger Solves Nothing FRONT PAGE

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.

Evening of Benefit & Bliss (Nov. 9)

More information coming soon

Greenville: Anger Solves Nothing (Nov. 15)

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

Anger Solves Nothing:  Anger Solves Nothing FRONT PAGE

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:  Anger Solves Nothing FRONT PAGE

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:  Anger Solves Nothing FRONT PAGE

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:  Anger Solves Nothing FRONT PAGE

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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