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This slide show presentation was given by Jenn Fraser, Administrative Director of Ganden Mahayana Kadampa Buddhist Center, on March 27, 2011.

This slide show presentation was given by Jenn Fraser, Administrative Director of Ganden Mahayana Kadampa Buddhist Center, on March 27, 2011.

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  • 1. Ganden Center Community Meeting March 2011
  • 2. “ From Dharma Centers come Dharma Teachers, Dharma teachings, teaching programs, study programs, many practical activities, and many Dharma books. All these necessary conditions for practicing Dharma come from qualified Dharma Centers... “ A Dharma Center like Manjushri belongs to all sentient beings, not to any particular person, or people... So therefore we can say that a Dharma Center like Manjushri or any New Kadampa Tradition Dharma Center must be shared with the public... “ We are improving this Dharma Center for the benefit of future generations. By working for a Dharma Center you are working for all sentient beings. Realizing this, if we work, help, improve, or organize a Dharma Center we are practicing offering happiness to others.”
  • 3. “ Please understand this. If we don't improve Dharma Centers, who will?” -- Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, “What Should Be Our Main Practice?”, 1992.
  • 4. Current Situation: We Need to Move!
  • 5. Why Do We Need to Move?
    • Limited growth opportunity at our current location
      • Not enough space, especially for the future
      • 6. Not visible enough (signage, tucked away)
      • 7. Not handicap accessible
    • Surrounding environment
      • Capitol building (NOISE!)
      • 8. Intersection (NOISE!)
      • 9. Restaurant + Bar opening in April (NOISE?)
      • 10. Parking issues, especially at lunchtime
      • 11. Not the best neighborhood
  • 12. What We've Tried So Far... 3401 Rosewood PROS:
    • Free-standing building with commercial space below, residential space above
    • 13. Ample free parking
    • 14. Ground level on prominent road
    • 15. Large space
    • 16. Handicap accessible
    • 17. Would have had room for separate children's area
    CONS:
    • Price
    • 18. Not ideal neighborhood
  • 19.  
  • 20.  
  • 21. What We've Tried So Far... 1314 Pulaski PROS:
    • Commercial space below, residential space above
    • 22. Improved parking
    • 23. Ground level on prominent road
    • 24. Larger space, plus club house
    • 25. Handicap accessible
    • 26. Would have had room for separate children's area
    • 27. Great neighborhood
    CONS:
    • Increased risk (b/c 2 tenants)
    • 28. Space divided over three levels
    • 29. Challenging owner / landlord
  • 30.  
  • 31. What We've Tried So Far... 1219 Wayne St. PROS:
    • HUGE space
    • 32. Enough room for Resident Teacher living area
    • 33. Prominent location
    • 34. Improved parking
    • 35. Great visibility
    • 36. Handicap accessible
    • 37. Met / exceeded all of our new space goals
    CONS:
    • Price
  • 38.  
  • 39. What's in the Way of Moving?
    • From a karmic point of view...
      • Collective energy, collective merit
      • 40. Individual karma isn't enough
    • How karma translates into action...
      • Creating karma together – as a community
      • 41. Types of giving:
        • Giving material resources
        • 42. Giving time, love, and energy
  • 43. How Can We Create the Causes Together? There are so many ways to give!
    • Giving financially – Monthly Membership
    • 44. Giving your example in daily life – giving Dharma
    • 45. Giving as a volunteer
      • Publicity
      • 46. Offerings
      • 47. Center cherishing
      • 48. Greeting and snacks
      • 49. Day-to-day operations
  • 50. Who is Ganden Center? YOU ARE!