The Vajrayana Kadampa Buddhist Center in Oak Park will be hosting the annual Midwest Dharma Celebration this weekend. The celebration is anyone new to Buddhism (or interested to learn more about Kadampa Buddhism), as well as experienced practitioners.
Attendees will receive the Blessing Empowerment of Dorje Shugden from Gen Kelsang Jampa, the Eastern US National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition, and Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center Texas, in Arlington. Dorje Shugden is a Dharma Protector, a manifestation of a Buddha who works to overcome the inner and outer obstacles that hinder spiritual progress, and provides optimal conditions for the practice of Kadampa Buddhism.
Dorje Shugden will bless our minds to help us transform difficult situations into the spiritual path and he will open the wisdom eyes of his faithful followers, enabling them to always make the right decisions. — Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition.
The Midwest Dharma Celebration also features Gen Kelsang Gomlam, Resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center in Madison. She will give the Introductory Talk and guide the meditations.
Programs start Friday evening, with an introductory talk from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s schedule runs from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The full schedule is available online, as is registration. Fees are:
- Full Weekend – $115, with lunch $125
- Friday Only – $15
- Saturday Only – $75, with lunch $80
- Sunday Only – $40, with lunch $45
- Children Under 8 – Free
- Ages 8 to 15 years – 50% of registration fees
The Vajrayana Kadampa Buddhist Center is located at 13 Harrison St. in Oak Park, IL, 60304. The Center offers classes and special event in Oak Park, at an annex in Wicker Park (2010 W. Pierce Ave.), and at branch locations in Highland, Indiana and South Bend, Indiana. Offerings include meditation classes, family meditation, and in-depth study programs. They also offer a free eBook on Modern Buddhism, available for download here.
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