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Merit Makers

Every week, there are seen and unseen heroes that help keep Kadampa Center running.
Here are just a few!

Thanks go out to our Serenity Gardeners this week. Joey Gooch led Julie Lewis, Patrick McGinity and Tim Mulhern in projects to help and beautify our grounds. They planted new shade plants around the stupa, upgraded our watering system and also began cleaning out the shed. If you would like to become a Serenity Gardener, and help out at your own convenience, email here.
Thanks guys for making our grounds so welcoming and lovely!

Wow! An amazing group of shining bodhisattvas combined their efforts Thursday to give blood from their own bodies for the benefit of others. Nearly 50 people from our community, plus the nurses and organizers from the Red Cross gave their skills, their blood and/or their time to make it happen. Special thanks to Joan Lacey for coordinating it all. For this incredible gift of compassion, offered in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday, we rejoice whole-heartedly and dedicate to His long, happy healthy life!

Thanks go out this week to Heather Sanderson for volunteering her amazing talents as co-coordinator for the 25th Anniversary Gala. Navigating the landscape of planning, communicating and managing volunteers, she helped produce an elegant, lovely event for all of us to enjoy. Heather's keen management and sweet disposition made work on the gala seem like a breeze. Thank you Heather!

The 25th Anniversary is over and it was a huge success because of the hours of devotion of many dedicated volunteers. In the fear of missing one name among the multitude, we thank you all in unison from the bottom of our hearts for your generous, joyful effort! You made a wonderful impression on our guests, new comers and devoted members. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Cleaning day had sparse attendance yet 3 dynamos showed up to spend their Saturday morning making your Center clean and shiny. Thanks go out to Trish Coffey for leading and cleaning with Elise Strevel our amazing window washer and Sherri Harmon whose joyful effort is example to us all. We appreciate you Trish, Elise and Sherri for loving our Center and hope you enjoyed the pizza!

Thanks go out this week to David Strevel for his joyful effort in helping retrieve our exciting new merchandise from Kopan Monastery for our bookstore. While navigating obstacles via the shipping company and customs office, David was happy to do all that it took to acquire the goods. Thanks for applying one of the six perfections so everyone will have happy shopping David!

Kadampa Center has hosted many wonderful events - teachings, initiations, creating the stupa, welcoming and blessing statues. In the flurry of doing all this, we haven't always kept a record of where we've been and what we've done. Several volunteers have been digging in our various archives -- old emails, newsletters and calendars -- to recover essential events and create a cohesive timeline. The work is ongoing, and we give our thanks now to Ven. Choekyi, Denise Flora, Catherine Deverter, Ashlee Williams and Arlene van Ryckeghem for all their hard work!

Our spring retreat at Noland’s farm was delightful! Many thanks to the volunteers who helped make it a success: Sandy Carlson and Patti Pandya, who offered sangha care, Suzanne Weigand, who offered logistical support, Noland and his husband Min, who offered their farm and provided meals, and of course all who attended — in interdependence, there is no retreat without retreat participants!

Thanks go out this week to Colin Keenan and his buddy Will who helped in moving items from our storage unit to a different unit. We appreciate you coming out in the evening and assisting with joyful effort to help when needed. Colin is part of the Handy Helper Team and responded within minutes to an "ask for help." If you would like to be on the Team and offer aide with projects from small to large, email Jill at Thanks again Colin and Will!

Thanks go out this week to Bill Judge, long time member and documentary filmmaker, for giving us copies of "Path to Geshe." Bill traveled to Sera Jey Monastery in 1993 and opened the door to life in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. "A moment's silence, followed by the sound of feet padding through the narrow streets, the rustling of robes...then slowly, in unison, the voices of 2500 monks in prayer rises through the stillness."
Thank you Bill for your gift of filmmaking and for your generous donation available to all in our lobby!

Thanks go out this week to the gardeners extraordinaire: CJ Wilkerson, Sebastian Hanson, Olivia Craig, Tim Mulhern and Jessica Pulliam. Thanks also to Donna Seese for purchase of plants, Carol Vogel for making our entry look alive, and Tim Mulhern for donating mulch. Our grounds look so lovely!! The butterflies, bees and all of us appreciate all of you!

Thanks go out this week to all those who stop by during the week to meditate. Not only are you making your mind more peaceful, you are benefiting our center with positive energy which ripples out to benefit all beings. Drop by drop a vessel fills. Thank you for working on your mind and we're happy we can be open for you!

Many thanks go out to Venerable Lhamo who leads us in prayer on Sundays, and who leads our pujas. With her clear voice and kindness, she keeps us in tune.
Thank you, Lhamo-la!

Thanks go out this week to our guest speaker Mr. Penpa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas. We heard relevant information about the affairs of Tibet last Sunday. There are many things we can do to support the causes of Tibet that are so dear to our hearts. You may go to here to read more and find helpful links to support. Thank you Mr. Tsering for all the work you do on a daily basis to support His Holiness the Dalai Lama and thank you for coming to our Center to wake up our hearts to this cause.

Thanks to Brenda D. Lemus for working on our massive Dharma sort pile. We separate holy words from holy images so everything is treated with respect. Soon we will be ready to do another Dharma burn and if this sounds interesting to you then give us a call, we need a new Dharma burn volunteer! Thank you Brenda for all your work.

Thanks go out to Steve Hale this week. We could thank Steve for sweeping our entry off most Sunday mornings before he's a greeter with his wife Marian or for filling in as Program Assistant from time to time, yet this thank you is to welcome Steve to the Board of Directors! As a new member of the Board, Steve is learning the ropes and offering his service by attending bi-monthly meetings. Whether he is sweeping or casting a vote he does his tasks at the Center with a happy smile and warm heart. Thank you Steve for all you do for us!

Thanks go out this week to Craig Cornish who has the new position of preparing the Center for Sunday morning. Craig comes in on the weekend to: Tidy up, organize the cafe, refresh paper products in restrooms, straighten chairs/cushions/mats and in general makes our Center ready for our Teacher and all the KC family. Thank you Craig for making our world a little more put together every week!

Thanks go out this week to our Grounds Day volunteers Joey Gooch, Eren Karvvas, Tim Mulhern, Donna Seese and Monica and Greg Schario. Saturday the team pruned trees, weeded, trimmed, removed old plants, picked up limbs and watered our containers. We totally appreciate your effort and making things pretty for our big Losar celebration. Thanks guys!

We'd like to thank the members of the Tibetan community for making our Losar celebration beautiful and special. We heard traditional songs, stories and the rich history of the Tibetan New Year. Each year they make our holiday more lovely. Thank you also to our own KC dancers for the traditional Tibetan dance and to our secret dancers bringing our favorite snow lion to life! Happy Losar to all!

Venerable Amy’s visit was such a delight! And made even better by the help from so many folks who volunteered to greet and do water bowl offerings, drive and host her. Thanks to Ven. Khando, Karen Mastroianni and David Machles, Elise and David Strevel, Steve and Marian Hall, Susan Daniel, Fani Ttofali, Mike Flaherty, Suzy Boehm and Jill Marie. Working interdependently, we made it happen!
Thank you all!