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Ganden Center Presentation - March 2011


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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.

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Ganden Center Presentation - March 2011

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