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Live Your Life with Bodhicitta [posted Aug 2009] Rinpoche wrote a card for two young girls, aged 18 and 16.

My very dear Nina and Lesley, I hope you are well. Thank you very much for living your lives with love and compassion for others, every day being kind; having forgiveness for those who harm and cause problems; rejoicing in whatever good things happen to others; practicing tolerance and a peaceful, kind mind and heart; and taking responsibility for eliminating others’ sufferings and bringing much happiness to others. See you again soon. With much love and prayers... (source: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archives)

Saturday, July 24, 31, August 7
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church 1625 Wiehle Ave., Reston VA 20190, downstairs

This three session day camp helps teens deal with the complexities of growing up in a world of rapid change. In a safe and fun environment, teens work with group leaders to explore basic Buddhist meditation and values. By learning how the Buddha's teachings are relevant to today's society, teens develop a deeper appreciation of their own self-worth and a recognition of how they can make the world a better place just by having an open heart and Big Love.

The workshop centers around the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life from the FPMT Essential Education Program and is loosely based on the FPMT's Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth program:

  • How we think: humility, patience, contentment, delight
  • How we act: kindness, honesty, generosity, right speech
  • How we relate to others: respect, forgiveness, gratitude, loyalty
  • How we find meaning: principles, aspiration, service, courage

Each half-day session centers around meditation, discussion, a range of fun activities and projects, and chill time with new friends.

Explorations include:
  • How to meditate
  • Developing inner peace
  • Mindful listening
  • Transforming negative emotions
  • Expressing mindfulness through art
  • Nature walks

More of the background "hows and whys"about the camp on the blog.

Lunch: bring your own brown bag lunch and something to share. Weather permitting, we'll eat together outside.

Age group: we welcome teens ages 13 - 18 to participate. Please plan on attending all three sessions. We discourage drop-in attendance. Parents can drop-off their teens and pick them up when class is over, the church is accessible via public transportation.

Instructors: Ven Losang Tendrol, Rebecca Freeman; guest speakers: Gabriel Mata, and Wilson Hurley (Director of the Mahayana Sutra And Tantra Center).

Rebecca Freeman has taught art for 25 years, currently she is an Associate Professor of Art at Northern Virginia Community College where she teaches drawing classes. She also spent 10 years teaching drawing and painting at the College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C. and has taught students of all ages and levels. She has been Khensur Rinpoche's student since 2005 and is a practicing Buddhist. In 2009 she became the Center's Spiritual Program Coordinator.

Enrollment capacity: 15

Suggested donation: $90 - $120 for three classes. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Read the Center Donation Policy. Donations can be offered at the first class or sent in with the registration form.

Registration: download the registration form and mail it with a non-refundable deposit of $20 to: The Guhyasamaja Center, P.O. Box 1511, Centreville, VA 20122. After you mail your registration, please send an email to Ven Tendrol so we can contact you: anitendrol "@"

Registration ends July 16 or when enrollment reaches capacity. A confirmation email will be sent to everyone who registers.

Questions? please contact Ven Tendrol by email: anitendrol "@", or call 703-774-9692.

Spread the Word! Please download the poster and share it with your friends and class mates.

Last updated: June 28, 2010