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Kadampa Center Outreach:

Seeks to provide opportunities to practice Compassion in Action through various activities that benefit sentient beings. Through our affiliation with Triangle Interfaith Alliance, we provide opportunities to get to know people of all faiths, and join together in activities of goodwill and compassion for others.

Elise Strevel and Chris Baranski serve on the board of directors for Triangle Interfaith Alliance.


Adopt-A-Stream Clean Up at Lake Johnson

[posted 7.3.19]

Do you enjoy doing something for the environment? Lake Johnson accumulates trash along the short lines and wildlife become entangled, or ingest trash that is toxic to them. The Family Program and Outreach have teamed up to offer this opportunity to do service work and protect the local wildlife at Lake Johnson. All ages are welcome to participate in the Adopt-A-Stream biannual cleaning.

  • WHAT: Adopt-A-Stream Clean Up at Lake Johnson
  • WHERE: Lake Johnson Shoreline
  • WHEN: Sat, Oct 12 from 8:00a-Noon (note new date)
  • REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Opens soon! Watch for further details.

To participate, all volunteers must register. Watch for more information on registration to be available soon.


Interfaith Alliance Afternoon of Devotional Prayer - Inspiration & Courage

[posted 7.3.19]

The Triangle Interfaith Alliance will hold an afternoon of devotional prayer and throughts regarding "Inspiration & Courage: Stories from our Lives or Fath Traditions.

  • WHAT: Inspiration & Courage: Stories from our Lives or Faith Traditions
  • WHERE: Islamic Association of Raleigh, 808 Atwater St., Raleigh NC
  • WHEN: Sun, Aug 4 at 3 pm

To be on the program, contact Nancy Hendershot at on or before July 26.


'Composting - Making It Fun' Workshop

[posted 7.3.19]

The Interfaith Care of Creation Network will present "Composting - Making It Fun," a composting workshop on Tuesday, July 9 from 7:00-9:00 in Finlator Hall, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. Please enter from the small parking lot at the back of the church.

  • WHAT: Composting - Making It Fun, a composting workshopWHEN: Tue, Jul 9 from 7-9 pm
  • WHERE: Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Finlator Hall, located at 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
  • WHEN: Tue, Jul 9 from 7-9 pm

Composting - Making It Fun will be presented by Linda Courne and Karin Miles from Binkley Baptist Church, 2019 national winner, Interfaith Power & Light Cool Congregation Award.


Triangle Interfaith Eyeglass Collection

[posted 6.4.19]

Now through end of August 15, 2019

Prescription eyeglasses and reading glasses will be used to fit patients during a Free Healthcare Day to be held Sept. 15 at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. The event is sponsored by the Raleigh Sai Center.

Drop yours off by August 15 in the Kadampa Center lobby.

Thank you!

Food Drive

[posted on April 24, 2019]

The Food Bank of central and eastern North Carolina serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through distribution centers in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington.

Sadly, food insecurity remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 600,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.

The needs increase during the summer months when children are home from school and do not receive the school free breakfasts and lunches.

  • WHEN: May - June
  • WHERE: Kadampa Center lobby
  • WHAT: Non-perishable food items (NO GLASS jars please)

[posted July 5, 2019]

The final delivery of  donations for the  Food Bank of NC on July 1. 

Your generosity resulted in a total of  504 pounds of food, which provides  420 meals for people in need!  Food shortages are especially critical for families in the summer when children are not getting meals at school. Your kindness is most appreciated. 
Thank you so very, very much!

Habitat for Humanity

[posted on April 24, 2019]

Join a special team and do good, feel good. All that is required are a willing heart and hands.

  • WHEN: Sat, June 15
  • WHAT: Habitat Interfaith Build Day
  • WHO: No experience needed!!

For more info or to sign up, contact Elise Strevel

A Way of Life: Love all, Serve all

[posted 4/03/2019]

  • WHEN: Sunday, April 7, 3:30-6:00pm
  • WHERE: HSNC - Cultural Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC
  • WHO: Everyone is welcome!
  • Program: An introduction to Sathya Sai's teachings

This is a free event. Info

Habitat for Humanity Baffle Project for Kids

[posted 4/03/2019]

  • WHEN: Sunday, April 7, 3:00-6:00pm
  • WHERE: Unity of the Triangle Church, 5570 Munford Road, Raleigh
  • WHO: Age under 16

Registration Required contact Christy Batts

An afternoon devotional of prayer and thoughts regarding

[posted 4/03/2019]

Unity in Diversity

  • WHEN: Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.       
  • WHERE: Institute of Islamic & Turkish Studies,1391 SE Maynard Rd, Cary, NC 27606       
  • FORMAT: Presenters will share a brief prayer or thought from their faith tradition.

Rise Against Hunger Food Packing Event

[posted 3/01/2019]

Kadampa Center will partner with the Triangle Interfaith Alliance and Rise Against Hunger to package meals for the world. Rise Against Hunger meals are distributed through global partners that administer school feeding programs, orphanages, health clinics, vocational training, and respond to crisis. This is a family friendly activity. Space is limited, so register soon! To participate, send your registration request to:

  • WHEN:   9:00 am  – Noon, Sat, March 30 
  • WHERE:  Fairmont United Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave, Raleigh
  • REGISTER:  To participate, send your registration request to: (Rise Against Hunger in the subject line, please)

Kadampa Center's Adopt-a-Stream at Lake Johnson

[posted 3/01/2019]

The Family Program and Outreach have teamed up to offer a new service project! All ages are welcome to participate in the Adopt-a-Stream's biannual cleanup of Lake Johnson shoreline. To participate, program volunteers MUST sign up in advance. 

  • WHEN:   8:00 am  – Noon, Sat, March 23 
  • WHERE:  Volunteers will park and check-in at Williams Stadium Parking Lot, closest to the trail head.  5611 Jaguar Park Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • WHO:  All ages!
  • QUESTIONS OR TO REGISTER: Contact Dorothy Robson or email Outreach (Adopt-A-Stream in subject line, please)

Triangle Interfaith Alliance's: Islamic Association of Raleigh Open House

[posted 3/01/2019]

Come meet your Muslim neighbors. Hear the Call to Prayer. Get your questions answered by experts. Enjoy Culinary treats from around the world!

  • WHAT: Islamic Association of Raleigh Open House
  • WHEN:   11:00 am - 3:00pm, Sat, March 9 
  • WHERE:  Islamic Association of Raleigh, 808 Atwater St., Raleigh, NC


2019 Interfaith Annual Dinner theme is "Making a Difference."

[posted 1/28/2019]

  • WHAT: 2019 Annual Dinner: "Making a Difference"
  • WHEN:Thurs, Feb 21, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
  • WHERE: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5060 Six Forks Road, Raleigh
  • FORMAT: Hear inspiring stories from people involved in local non-profit organizations. Learn how you can connect with others and be part of a positive change!

Featuring leaders and volunteers from:

  • US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
  • Helping Hand Mission
  • Habitat for Humanity

Dinner by Tandoor Indian Restaurant: 

Adults $15; Students $10 (no charge for children under 6)

Payment may be made by cash or check at the door. Thank you!

To RSVP and make dinner reservations please email Lana Dial by February 15, 2018 at

Triangle Interfaith Alliance website:

Triangle Interfaith Alliance afternoon of Devotional Prayer

[posted 12/18/2018]

  • WHAT: Interfaith Prayer Gathering – HOPE: Pass It On
  • WHEN: Sun Jan 6, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • WHERE: Kadampa Center
  • FORMAT: Presenters will share a brief prayer or thought from their fatih tradition. If you or someone you recommend would like to be on the program, please contact Nancy Hendershot on or before Dec 21.

Food: Social time and light refreshements will follow the service.
Here is an audio recording of the event.

[posted 10/10/2018]

Sand Mandala at Elon University

Watch as Geshe Palden Sangpo constructs a new sand mandala for peace and healing at Elon University's Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life, located in the Numen Lumen Pavilion. Opening Ceremony at 10:00a Wednesday amd Closing Cermony at 3:00p Friday. 

Come by to watch the Mandala take shape, and to purchase items from Nepal, India, and other countries to benefit Geshe Sangpo's students in India.

  • What:  Sand Mandala Construction  
  • When:  Wed, Oct 24 - Fri, Oct 26
  • Were:  Elon University's Truitt Center, 100 Campus Drive, Elon, NC 27244

[posted 10/4/2018]

Kadampa Center's Adopt-a-Stream at Lake Johnson/Walnut Creek Trail

The Family Program and Outreach have teamed up to offer a new service project! All ages are welcome to participate in the Adopt-a-Stream biannual cleaning of the shoreline of Lake Johnson. In order to participate in the program volunteers MUST sign up in advance. 

In order to participate all volunteers have to register HERE!

To keep a count of who is coming, please email Elise Strevel after your register.

  • When:   Sat, Oct 6, 9:00 am  – 12:00 pm 
  • Where:  Volunteers will park and check-in between 8:45 am-9:15 am at Williams Stadium Parking Lot closest to the trail head.
                5611 Jaguar Park Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Who:  All ages!
Questions? Contact Dorothy Robson

[posted 9/19/2018]

Food Drive for Hurricane Florence for People and Pets

It’s hard to stand by while others are suffering. One important thing we can all do is to nourish those who are going through difficult times. We will be collecting non-perishable food for people and pet victims of Hurricane Florence (no glass containers, please) at Kadampa Center through Sunday, October 14. 

Your contributions will feed their bodies, and your compassion and generosity will feed their spirits. Your contributions of people and pet food will be distributed through the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, and the ASPCA Pet Pantry.


Haiti School Supply Collection

[posted 8/27/2018]

We have another excellent opportunity to practice compassion in action, for some very needy children in Haiti. They are in desperate need of school supplies.
A non-profit delegation will be traveling there and able to personally deliver collected supplies - but we don’t have much time! Items must be collected by Wednesday, September 19. A collection barrel will be in the Kadampa Center lobby.

This is a rare opportunity to invest in an International cause.

The list of items needed:

Narrow lined composition books
Narrow lined three hole notebook paper
Pencils #2 wood
Blue ink pens
Red ink pens
Crayons (Crayola brand stands up to the heat better than other brands)
Colored pencils
Hand pencil sharpeners with a holder for the shavings
Scissors for teachers and students
Paint brushes
Watercolors (Crayola and Prang have the truest colors)
Construction paper
Dry erase markers
Liquid Elmer's type glue
Glue sticks
Plastic 12” rulers with metric on one edge
Paper clips
Paper clamps
Glitter in various colors
Stickers for rewards
Thank you for your offering of kindness to those in need!

Triangle Interfaith afternoon of Devotional Prayer

[posted 8/13/2018]

  • WHAT: Interfaith Prayer Gathering – Blessings of the Earth
  • WHEN: Sun Oct 7, 3:00p
  • WHERE: Unity of the Triangle
    5570 Munford Rd, Raleigh NC 27612

Format: Presenters will share a brief prayer or thought from their fatih tradition. If you or someone you recommend would like to be on the program, please contact Nancy Hendershot on or before Sept 15.

Food: Social time and light refreshements will follow the service.

Triangle Interfaith Eyeglass Collection

[posted 6/22/18]

Now through August 15, 2018

Prescription eyeglasses and reading glasses will be used to fit patients during a Free Healthcare Day to be held Sept. 15 at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. The event is sponsored by the Raleigh Sai Center.

Drop yours off by the end of July in the Kadampa Center lobby.

Thank you!

[Update 8.27.2018] 

THANK YOU for donating over 35 pairs of eyeglasses which will be used to give the gift of vision to many needy people. Rejoice in your merit! Thank you so much!

Love Note Project Update! July 27, 2018

The last delivery of Love Notes was taken to Meals On Wheels this week for a grand total of 1,990 Love Notes delivered over the past year!
Rejoice in the merit of almost 2,000 hearts that have been nourished by Love, while their bodies were nourished by a delivered meal.

Sharon Lawson, the Program Director of Meals on Wheels in Wake County, said the Love Notes were so appreciated and brought much joy.
Thank you to all who have participated in this worthwhile project.

If you have a few notes at home you haven’t gotten around to bringing to the Kadampa Center for delivery, there will be a final sweep collection made ending on August 15, the same day on which the Eyeglass Collection for the Free Healthcare Day ends.

Interfaith afternoon of devotional prayer and thoughts regarding "Welcoming a Stranger"

[posted 7/7/2018]

  • When: Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm
  • Where: Fairmont United Methodist Churcha, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh, NC
  • Format: Presenters will share a brief prayer or thought from their faith tradition. If you or someone you recommend would like to be on the program, please contact Nancy Hendershot here on or before May 25, 2018.
  • Food: Social time and light refreshments will follow the service

Brought to you by Triangle Interfaith Alliance

Triangle Interfaith Alliance 2018 Annual Dinner

[posted 1/8/2018]

Please join us for the Triangle Interfaith Alliance Annual Dinner featuring WRAL Anchor and Reporter David Crabtree. Ordained a permanent deacon in 2004, Crabtree will offer a presentation titled, "We Are One."

  • What: Triangle Interfaith Alliance 2018 Annual Dinner
  • When: Thu, Feb 1, 6 - 9 pm
  • Where: Islamic Association of Raleigh, 808 Atwater St., Raleigh NC 27607
  • Cost: Adults = $15; Students and youth = $10; Children under 5 = Free
To RSVP and make dinner reservations email Judye Jacbos by Jan 25 here.
Questions, contact Zubaida Khan here.
Since 1994, Crabtree’s award-winning legacy at WRAL-TV includes interviews with presidents and papal visits, political conventions, dozens of hurricanes, a Final Four and John Glenn’s return to space. He travelled across the world to cover the funerals for Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II and Nelson Mandela. This February, he will report from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
He was ordained a permanent deacon in 2004 and is on track to earn his master’s degree in Theological Studies from Duke University Divinity School in the spring of 2018. As a deacon, Crabtree has worked on issues surrounding death row and hospice care. This is the work he will focus on post-WRAL after retirement in late 2018.

Interfaith afternoon of devotional prayer and thoughts regarding "Renewing Our Hope for Peace"

[posted 12/7/2017]

When: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Where: Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Chapel (behind main Church)
1801 Hillsborough St
Format: Presenters will share a brief prayer or though from their faith tradition. If you or someone you recommend would like to be on the program, please contact Nancy Hendershot here on or before Dec 21, 2017.
Food: Social time and light refreshments will follow the service

Brought to you by Triangle Interfaith Alliance

Compassion Cultivation Training

[posted 11/20/2017]

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The program was developed at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical
psychologists, and researchers.

At Unity of the Triangle Church, 5570 Munford Road, Raleigh NC
  • Sundays, Starting December 3, 10, 17 & 31 and January 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Food and Fellowship: 1:00 – 1:30 pm
  • Class: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Fellowship Hall
  • Led by Robin Hart, Certified CCT Instructor 
  • $100 Love Offering for Series (Due on or before December 3)

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service & Food Drive

[posted 11/6/2017]

Please join Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Benson UMC, St. Giles Presbyterian Church, the Catholic community of St. Francis and Temple Beth Or for a Thanksgiving Service and Food Drive.

WHAT: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service and Food Drive

WHEN: Thursday, Nov 16 at 7:00 pm

WHERE: Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC 27612

Join us as we stand together as one community of support and compassion.

FOOD COLLECTION: If you cannot attend but would like to donate food, please bring it to Kadampa Center by Thanksgiving Day. Non-perishable foods in non-breakable containers, please.

Triangle Interfaith Alliance - Interfaith Prayer Service

WHAT: Interfaith Prayer Service

WHEN:: Sunday, Nov 5 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm

WHERE: Hindu Society of North Carolina Temple, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC, 27560

THEME: A Season of Sharing

All our welcome! We invite participants and attendees, from all different faith communities, including multiple Christian denominations, Baha'i, Jain, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jew, Native American, Sikh, Meher Baba, as well as those with no particular affliliation who are interested in interfaith work.

Thoughts and prayers on the theme will be shared for approximately one hour, followed by light refreshements and mingling.

Go here to learn more about interfaith activities.

Green Tara Sand Mandala for Peace and Healing

Elon University, Truitt Center
Wednesday, Nov 1 - Friday, Nov 3
Opening Ceremony, Wednesday, Nov 1 at 9:00a
Closing Ceremony Friday, Nov 3 at 3:00p
View construction from 10a-5p on Wednesday and Thursday and 10a-2p on Friday
For FYI info about Truitt Center      
For FYI info about last year’s event

Outreach Opportunity: Green Tara Sand Mandala Meredith College

[posted 2/01/2016]


February 9-11, 2016

If you missed the opportunity to experience the Tara Sand Mandala at Kadampa Center last November, or if you want another opportunity to experience its blessings, you are warmly invited to another Tara Sand Mandala creation event by Geshe Sangpo.

Where: Meredith College Cates Student Union When: Tuesday, Feb.9, 9:00a-5:00p - Opening Ceremony 9:00a Wednesday, Feb. 10, 9:00a-5:00p Thursday, Feb. 11, 9:00a - Closing Ceremony 3:00p

Outreach Opportunity: Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging

[posted 12/07/2015]

"STOP HUNGER NOW” Meal Packaging Event Saturday, December 12

Help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Stop Hunger Now’s first ever packaging event!

They’re aiming for hundreds of people to flow through their warehouse in four shifts (9am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm), packaging in excess of 100,000 meals. They’ll have food trucks outside, a kids area inside (including a bounce-house) and lots of music and fun, all while making a difference in thousands of lives. For more information and to sign up for a shift: STOP HUNGER NOW: RALEIGH EVENT!

Contact person:

Darron R Stover,
Program Manager Stop Hunger Now
Raleigh Office: (919) 907-0746

Outreach for Syrian Families Blanket and Coat Drive a Success!


Dear Kadampa Family and Friends:

THANK YOU for your abundant generosity of heart and hand! The coat & blanket drive concluded Nov. 29, and today we delivered an additional 43 coats and 25 blankets for a grand total of 77 warm coats and 53 cozy blankets for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Rejoice in your merit and in the joy and appreciation your gift will bring to others in need!

Volunteers are needed to load donations from around the Triangle onto a truck for the first leg of travel to the refugees on Sunday, December 6. If you would like to help, just show up at 1903 N Harrison Ave. in Cary (white office buildings directly across from SAS, at the traffic light) at 10:00a, Sunday, December 6. Ending time is when the truck is filled. Contact person: Mr. Mehmet Vural 919-389-3469

With Hands Together in Gratitude,
With Big Love and Peace,
Outreach Coordinator

Elise Strevel to Kadampa Community


Thanks so much to our kind and generous community for supporting the Center’s August drive to collect eyeglasses. We brought in 18 pairs of reading glasses; 6 pairs of prescription sunglasses; and 38 pairs of prescription glasses for a total of 62 pairs of eyeglasses! These glasses will be distributed to those who need them during a Free Health Care Day on September 19, held by The Raleigh Sai Center and Pullen Baptist Church. Thanks so much to each of you and to our tireless Outreach Coordinator, Elise Strevel, who inspires us with wonderful opportunities for generosity.

Interfaith Movie Night with Habitat for Humanity


On behalf of the Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Initiative and Kadampa Center, you are all invited to our Interfaith Movie Night at the Kadampa Center for Tibetan Buddhism on Sunday June 9th at 6PM.

The film we will be watching is called "I Am," and it will inspire each and every one of you. You'll laugh; you'll cry; you'll want to build a house :)

Grab your family and friends, and please join us for a fun, uplifting night! Here is a link to the film (although the trailer doesn't do it justice):
And yes, there will be popcorn!!
For more information, contact Elise or Patti via .

Harmony for Habitat Participants


On a recent Saturday night, our center was filled with wonderful sounds and deep feelings of goodwill, as an interfaith group supporting Habitat for Humanity came together to raise funds and awareness for building projects in Wake County. So much goes into putting on a show like this, both behind the scenes and on the stage and we would like to thank all of those who had a part, big or small, in sharing this with us.

Thanks to Elise and David Strevel, Sandy and John Carlson, Suzi Boehm, Pat Long, Michael Flaherty, Joey Gooch, Sarah Brooks, Robbie Watkins, Dan McFarland, Renee Revaz, Triangle Alliance Choir, One Human Family, Mary Callan Kelso & Michael Raul Perez from Liz LaBelle’s Music Studio, and everyone who came out to take part in our second annual Harmony for Habitat event.

2nd Annual Harmony for Habitat

[posted 02/16/2015]


Triangle Interfaith Alliance Annual Dinner: Faith and Social Justice

[posted 01/14/2015]

This event will be held at:

Temple Beth Or, Satisky Hall, 5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, During the Triangl Interfaith Alliance 2015 Annual Dinner, there will be a speech by Khalid Griggs, Imam at Community Mosque of Winston-Salem, NC. Please RSVP by email to Judye Jacobs or Manzoor Cheema

Write checks to Triangle Interfaith Alliance and send to:

Judye Jacobs
3107 Morningside Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
Dinner Donations: $10/person
Donations will be accepted at the door.
Reservation Deadline: Thursday, February 5, 2015

An Evening of Interfaith Dialog

[posted 12/01/2014]

This event will be held at:

THE HINDU SOCIETY OF NC 309 Aviation Parkway Morrisville, NC
Come join supporters of the 2015 Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build as we learn about each other’s faith in a comfortable, fun environment, all while gearing up to build a house together in March for a local family in need.