• Weekly Meditation Circle
    This weekly sitting group is a communal space for the practice of meditation. We will draw on a variety of techniques in each class with the fundamental objective of deepening our connection to our most essential nature; the ever-present stillness that is a wellspring of love and compassion which exists in all of us. Uncovering this potential is the goal of all spiritual traditions and this will be the framework we will use to transform our minds and learn to embrace a greater sense of altruism, compassion, and wisdom. This class is open to and appropriate for everyone.

    Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

    10875 Main Street, Unit 108 · Fairfax, VA

  • Buddhism in a Nutshell
    Buddhism in a Nutshell presents basic Buddhist philosophy and principles, as well as simple meditation instruction. In this series, we will look at the history of Buddhism and the life of Shakyamuni Buddha, including his observation of the human condition known as the four noble truths. Participants will also learn what is meant by enlightenment and how it can be systematically achieved. And we will discuss the primary feature of the Mahayana Tradition, Bodhichitta motivation — the wish to achieve our own enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

    10875 Main Street, Unit 108 · Fairfax, VA

  • Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: Middle Length Lamrim of Lama Tsongkhapa
    This is an intermediate level course most suitable for practicing Buddhists and non-Buddhists already familiar with foundational Buddhist concepts; registration is recommended to participate fully but walk-ins and those joining mid-course are also welcome. From a Buddhist perspective, there is nothing more valuable in the universe than these amazing moments of your precious human life. The Buddha describes 18 unique qualities of a special, human life which particularly grant us freedom and opportunity to practice the spiritual path. It's up to us: we can use our lives to create more suffering for ourselves and others or we can use them to practice the spiritual path in order to gain good future rebirths, achieve liberation from samsaric suffering, or progress along the path of compassion towards full enlightenment for the welfare of all sentient beings. During this series of classes on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, we'll study, contemplate, and meditate together on many different meditation techniques which are taught in a gradual sequence to help us progress from where we currently are forward along the spiritual path towards full enlightenment. The spiritual path is an inner path which entails transforming our own minds and hearts. Texts in the Stages of the Path (Lamrim in Tibetan) tradition provide clear, accessible guidance along this inner path. Our study for these classes will mainly be based on Lama Tsongkhpa's classic text, the "Middle Length Lamrim", supplemented by materials from "The Easy Path" by Panchen Lama Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen. Our plan is for this series of classes to go on for some time as we very slowly work together to go deeply into these meditations. Each class session will include preliminary prayers done (in English) according to the Stages of the Path Tradition, guided meditations, and study of specific lines of the text. Lines that we study in a given session will be the subject of our meditation in the next session. The center can provide digital copies of the text and materials at no charge so that you may print them yourself, as needed. Please e-mail our Spiritual Program Coordinator, Dondrub, at [masked] to request digital materials; please also specify if you're registering to participate fully or if you simply plan on sitting in from time to time. .

    Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

    10875 Main Street, Unit 108 · Fairfax, VA

  • Weekly Meditation Circle
    This weekly sitting group is a communal space for the practice of meditation. We will draw on a variety of techniques in each class with the fundamental objective of deepening our connection to our most essential nature; the ever-present stillness that is a wellspring of love and compassion which exists in all of us. Uncovering this potential is the goal of all spiritual traditions and this will be the framework we will use to transform our minds and learn to embrace a greater sense of altruism, compassion, and wisdom. This class is open to and appropriate for everyone.

    Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

    10875 Main Street, Unit 108 · Fairfax, VA

  • Buddhism in a Nutshell
    Buddhism in a Nutshell presents basic Buddhist philosophy and principles, as well as simple meditation instruction. In this series, we will look at the history of Buddhism and the life of Shakyamuni Buddha, including his observation of the human condition known as the four noble truths. Participants will also learn what is meant by enlightenment and how it can be systematically achieved. And we will discuss the primary feature of the Mahayana Tradition, Bodhichitta motivation — the wish to achieve our own enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

    10875 Main Street, Unit 108 · Fairfax, VA

  • Cultivating Inner Harmony
    Harmony within ourself is a state of well being and peace. From that state, comes wisdom and inner satisfaction that is not dependent on outer influences and situations. This then, promotes harmony in our relationships. We experience inner Harmony when we rest in “the flow”, when doing becomes being, and being becomes love. From there, we can listen to and empathize with others, share our truth without judgment. This leads to understanding and reciprocal communication. From there, we can work to make a better world for the future. This will be weekend of meditations, physical exercises and discussions based on Ancient Indian Wisdom taught by Buddha that will gently guide us to relax into our pure nature — the peaceful and inspirational core of our being, where emotional afflictions simply arise and dissolve into the ocean of an open body and mind. This Buddhist holistic method is also designed to liberate our self-centered “setting sun” attitudes, which then allow us the skillful means to benefit our lives and our society. There will be a lunch break from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Paula Chichester is extremely grateful to have gotten to study under many of the great Tibetan Lamas of our time and to have Lama Thubten Yeshe and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche as her personal guides on the path to enlightenment. After spending the last 36 years in full time pursuit of Dharma realizations through study and extended retreats, she is happy to share with others the insights and experiences that make life and meditation full of joy, love, peace, authenticity, spontaneity and meaning. From California, she loves to sing, to dance, and walk in nature. Suggested Donation: $30 per day or $50 for both days for members; $40 per day or $70 for both days for non-members

    Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

    10875 Main Street, Unit 108 · Fairfax, VA

  • Cultivating Inner Harmony
    Harmony within ourself is a state of well being and peace. From that state, comes wisdom and inner satisfaction that is not dependent on outer influences and situations. This then, promotes harmony in our relationships. We experience inner Harmony when we rest in “the flow”, when doing becomes being, and being becomes love. From there, we can listen to and empathize with others, share our truth without judgment. This leads to understanding and reciprocal communication. From there, we can work to make a better world for the future. This will be weekend of meditations, physical exercises and discussions based on Ancient Indian Wisdom taught by Buddha that will gently guide us to relax into our pure nature — the peaceful and inspirational core of our being, where emotional afflictions simply arise and dissolve into the ocean of an open body and mind. This Buddhist holistic method is also designed to liberate our self-centered “setting sun” attitudes, which then allow us the skillful means to benefit our lives and our society. There will be a lunch break from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Paula Chichester is extremely grateful to have gotten to study under many of the great Tibetan Lamas of our time and to have Lama Thubten Yeshe and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche as her personal guides on the path to enlightenment. After spending the last 36 years in full time pursuit of Dharma realizations through study and extended retreats, she is happy to share with others the insights and experiences that make life and meditation full of joy, love, peace, authenticity, spontaneity and meaning. From California, she loves to sing, to dance, and walk in nature. Suggested Donation: $30 per day or $50 for both days for members; $40 per day or $70 for both days for non-members

    Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

    10875 Main Street, Unit 108 · Fairfax, VA

  • The Power of Retreat
    From 7:00 to 8:00 PM, Paula will share some reflections and experiences regarding what it’s like (and what the benefits and challenges are) doing long meditation retreats. Paula has spent many years doing retreats in solitary places around the world. There will also be some time for questions. For those who wish to stay after the teaching, from 8:00 to 9:00 PM, we’ll do the Lama Chopa (Guru Puja) with Tsog offering ritual. This practice, composed by the First Panchen Lama, Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen is the most important guru yoga practice of the Gelugpa tradition and contains all the essential points of the path of sutra and tantra. Participants may bring fresh fruit or healthy snacks as an offering. Biography Paula Chichester is extremely grateful to have gotten to study under many of the great Tibetan Lamas of our time and to have Lama Thubten Yeshe and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche as her personal guides on the path to enlightenment. After spending the last 36 years in full time pursuit of Dharma realizations through study and extended retreats, she is happy to share with others the insights and experiences that make life and meditation full of joy, love, peace, authenticity, spontaneity and meaning. From California, she loves to sing, to dance, and walk in nature. Suggested Donation: $30 for members $40 for non-members or $60 for Members $75 for non-members if also attending Paula's weekend retreat. No one turned away due to lack of funds, please give what is comfortable for you.

    Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

    10875 Main Street, Unit 108 · Fairfax, VA

  • Weekly Meditation Circle
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  • Observance of Lhabab Duchen
    Lhabab Duchen celebrates when the Buddha actually descended from the God Realm of Thirty-Three after teaching his mother and the gods living there Dharma for several months. It is one of the four great Buddhist holy days and takes place this year on November 31st As a Buddha Multiplying Day, karmic results of actions on this day are multiplied one hundred million times. We will celebrate this event in accordance with the time in India as recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. We will engage in a recitation of the Sutra for Remembering the Three Jewels, as well as the King of Prayers, and join together in a meditation on love, for as the Buddha said "Hatred is never ceased by hatred, but only by love, this is an eternal law." We will dedicate the energy of these practices to those killed and injured in the shooting and their loved ones..Participants may bring offerings of fruit or flowers. Open to and appropriate for all.

    Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

    10875 Main Street, Unit 108 · Fairfax, VA