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Feb 2023 Update

Feb 20, 2023

The Buddhist Center

Thubten Norbu Ling

Feb 2023

It has been exciting the last few months at The Buddhist Center since our opening in early November 2022 for in-person programming. We would love to have you join us at the center for classes, pujas, and movies (keep reading).

We are excited to be offering the precious Dharma in-person for our community after the last few years of Covid challenges. We are so fortunate to have a new, beautiful space to create the collective karma and energy that can fuel our Dharma path!

If you haven’t been to our beautiful new center, please come and check it out! Over the weekend, a student who hadn’t been to the center since before Covid said “I can’t believe it! I’m definitely coming next week.”

The new gompa with the central altar painting of Amoghapasha, the new gold Buddha statues on the altar, and the sacred thangkas are very special and inspiring.

Plus, we have a communal meeting space and gorgeous café to enjoy a cup of tea and catch up with friends outside of class.

Since the opening in November, we have hosted:

• The Drepung Monks during their visit from their monastery in India when they
consecrated our new home and completed a beautiful Akshobya sand mandala with

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Buddha Akshobya Sand Mandala

130 local community members in attendance to close out their 10-day visit;

• A Bodhicitta retreat in November with Geshe Sherab;
Ven. Robina led a retreat in January on Courageous Compassion.
Ondy Willson, a FPMT teacher and senior student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, is visiting from Manchester, England and will be with us all of February giving teachings.
For the month of March, we have the great honor of hosting renowned monk, Geshe Tenzin Zopa.

Please join us at the center on Saturday, February 25th at 4:30pm to watch the documentary film, Unmistaken Child. The film documents Geshe Zopa’s search for the reincarnation of his beloved teacher, Geshe Lama Konchog.

The Buddhist Center. Update. Feb 2023

We have a small staff working tirelessly for the growing center. Will you join us on the next phase of our center’s growth? You can join us for as much or as little time you have. We have a specific structure in place so volunteers have dedicated and continual support to ensure no volunteer will be overwhelmed. There are many ways you can help—as part of the cleaning crew, the grounds & building crew, transporting teachers & students, altar care, and many other ways. If you have a specific skill in marketing, helping people, or just want to get involved, we would be delighted to welcome you as a volunteer.

Please email Nancy Savoia at peoplecare@tnlsf.org if you are interested in getting involved. We look forward to seeing you at The Buddhist Center: Thubten Norbu Ling and having you be a part of our Dharma community!

Big Love,

Nancy Savoia (Member of the Board)
Christopher Harris (Co-Assistant Director)
Shankha Mitra (Co-Assistant Director)

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