SongtsenGampo Buddhist Center of Cleveland
It was a wonderful year here at Songtsen Gampo Buddhist Center
and we thank you for being part of it!
The highlight of the year was moving into our new Center in May, a project in the works for eight long years! Thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of our dedicated sangha, the place was cleaned, painted, and furnished in no time.
But there was plenty going on before and after that, too...
In January Ani Palmo began her continuing series of Meditation Instruction at the Cleveland Museum of Art called "Meditation in the Galleries."
In June we were once again blessed with a visit from Taklung Matul Rinpoche, the first major event held at our new Center. It was a delightful and enlightening experience. Rinpoche was also kind enough to give public talks at First Unitarian Church in Shaker Hts and at River's Edge in Cleveland.
Another very exciting event took place soon after, when six people from our sangha went to France to receive precious teachings and empowerments from HH Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche, and Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche.
August saw Ani Palmo presenting at an interfaith service in support of the Gay Games here in Cleveland. And by September yet another set of classes began, including a program under the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies (CEIRS).
Lopon Damchoe Wangmo
Lopon Damchoe Wangmo, perhaps the most highly-educated Western woman in Buddhist philosophy today, came to share her expert knowledge of the Dharma with us this past October.
We also welcomed a group of young people from St. Martin de Porres High School for a one-day Sacred Art Retreat.
And in November we began our first ever online class, which was and continues to be a huge success!
Throughout the year we've had several formal and informal gatherings including celebrating the Tibetan New Year, weekly Sunday meditations, tsoks, potlucks, and picnics!
And just a few short weeks ago we welcomed an adorable gaggle of children here to make ornaments and help decorate our Christmas tree.
We also began collecting winter hats, gloves and scarves for children in need, as well as items for the upcoming Homeless Stand Down.
In 2015 we can look forward to the following and more:
- New Year Weekend Retreat: Happening this very weekend! Jan 3-4
- Meditation in the Galleries: Jan 10, Mar 14, May 9
- Children and Youth Programs: Beginning Sunday Jan 11, 2015
- New Classes: Starting the week of Jan 19, 2015
- Losar Celebration (Tibetan New Year) mid-February
- Taklung Matul Rinpoche Visit: June 22-29
- Group Pilgrimage to France in July
- Lopon Damchoe Wangmo in the Fall
- And much, much more!
Folks, all of these activities rely on you--on your financial help, your hands-on volunteering, and your participation.
We thank you and humbly ask that you continue to support Songtsen Gampo Buddhist Center in this and coming years.