Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Center

Buddhist meditation is for everybody, regardless of religious background, race, ethnicity, gender, or orientation.

Our center offers a variety of classes, workshops, and meditation instruction, so there is something here for everyone! Presented in Western context and in a casual and friendly atmosphere, we learn Buddha's advice on how to solve life's difficulties with a peaceful and happy mind. No previous experience of meditation is needed and each class can be taken on its own, or as part of a series. Vajrapani Center's General Program guided meditation classes are appropriate for both beginners and those who already have some experience of meditation. Sunday morning - 10:00am to 11:30am Tuesday noontime guided meditation 12:15pm to 12:45pm Thursday evening - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Suggested donation $10 per class ($5 students/limited income)

You are welcome to chanted prayers to Buddha Tara today online at 7pm-8pm via live stream. Use the link on google calendar at meditationinorlando.org

Happy Tara Day! You can join any session of the worldwide Tara Prayers 9 am, 1 pm, 5 pm Florida time. Free.
To participate go to https://manjushri.org/ and click on the appropriate link to access the live stream.

Online Retreat Chanted Prayers to
Buddha Amitayus
this Saturday, May 9.
Session times: 10 am; 11:30am; and 1pm
In this retreat we will engage in the chanted prayers and meditation practice of Buddha Amitayus, the Buddha of Long Life, Wisdom & Good Fortune.
This beautiful practice helps us to increase our lifespan, wisdom, and positive energy. Each session of chanted prayers lasts about one hour.
This retreat is free; join any sessions via live stream. Use the link on google calendar at meditationinorlando.org

You are welcome to our online Thursday evening meditation class at 7:30pm-9pm with Kelsang Gyudzhin!
Without inner peace there is no real happiness at all. Problems, suffering and unhappiness do not exist outside the mind; they are feelings and thus part of our mind. Therefore, it is only by controlling our mind that we can permanently stop our problems and make ourself and others truly happy. The meditations presented in this series are actual methods to control our mind and experience lasting inner peace.
Sign up here now to join the live stream for the class on Thursday May 7 https://www.meditationinorlando.org/gp_thursdays

Online Chanted prayers Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6pm-7pm.
The Heart Jewel practice lies at the very core of this tradition of Buddhism, and is the best way to help develop your spiritual practice. If you are trying to improve your good qualities and reduce your negativities, this practice is the most effective way to receive all the help you need to make swift progress. There will be a silent period for personal meditation. Choose the link in the google calendar at meditationinorlando.org to join these prayers.

This Saturday Buddha Amitayus Retreat, May 9, Session times: 10 am; 11:30am; and 1pm
In this retreat we will engage in the chanted prayers and meditation practice of Buddha Amitayus, the Buddha of Long Life, Wisdom & Good Fortune.
This beautiful practice helps us to increase our lifespan, wisdom, and positive energy. Each session of chanted prayers lasts about one hour. This retreat is free; drop in to any session via live stream. Just use the link you find in our google calendar at meditationinorlando.org

New series begins tomorrow in our Tuesday evening meditation class, an introduction to Buddha’s tantric teachings. You are welcome to join us online Tuesday evening at 7:30-9pm. Register today since it takes a while to process. here is the link https://www.meditationinorlando.org/gp_tuesdays

24 HOUR TARA RETREAT MAY 7-8
for the welfare of the world
Livestreamed from Manjushri KMC, England. Each session of chanted prayers to Buddha Tara is about an hour and 15 minutes long.
Sessions at 9 pm on May 7; on May 8 at 1 am, 5 am, 9 am, 1 pm, 5 pm Florida time. Free.
Attend as many sessions as you wish.
To participate go to https://manjushri.org/ and click on the appropriate link to access the live stream. (see session times above - EST)

Powa Prayers via Live Stream Sunday may 3 at 12 noon to 1pm
We perform this Powa Practice on behalf of those who have recently died.
Through doing POWA Practice with faith, compassion and concentration we can transfer the consciousness of those recently deceased to a higher rebirth or to the Pure Land of a Buddha.
Our practice of this Powa Ceremony offers them this precious opportunity.
By engaging in this practice we ourself will create a great collection of virtue, which will also lead us into the pathway to the Pure Land of a Buddha. You can email us names of any who have recently died at [email protected]

These chanted prayers are free and everyone is welcome. Use Google calendar link to listen to these prayers. If you have difficulty connecting, email [email protected] and we will send you the link.

Register today for the online Sunday morning meditation at 10am-110:30am. Our mind has the power to either help or harm us. Tomorrow we can consider how we experience fear and anxiety and how a wisdom fear motivates us to seek refuge. By relying upon the Three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, we establish an inner refuge of spiritual experience in our heart, which is the foundation for protection from suffering, both here and now and for the future. Use this link to register. meditationinorlando.org/gp_sundays

New Kadampa Tradition

WHAT'S MAKING THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE SO HAPPY?

"I have requested many times, ‘Please hold in your heart the intention to attend the International Festivals,’ and people are doing this. This is wonderful.

"I would like to say, thank you for keeping my encouragement in your heart. Regarding the development of Kadam Dharma this is very important.

"I am so happy. Please continually do this year by year and from generation to generation."

VENERABLE GESHE KELSANG GYATSO RINPOCHE

Book now for the 2020 Spring Festival: https://kadampafestivals.org/spring

Why do things happen to me? If you have been wondering about Karma and what you can do about it, join us for this online morning retreat this Saturday May 2 at 10am—12:30pm. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. Register soon to join the live stream of this morning retreat: https://www.meditationinorlando.org/saturday-morning-retreat

Everyone is welcome to attend our Thursday evening meditation class online at 7:30-9pm
Sign up today to join the live stream for Thursday meditation class.
https://www.meditationinorlando.org/gp_thursdays

On the 29th of each month, Wednesday at 6pm-7pm, we celebrate the Dharma Protector with these prayers. This practice is the heart essence of Kadampa Buddhism. In the first part we visualize our Spiritual Guide as Je Tsongkhapa and make prayers and requests to purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings. Then we make prayers to our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden. Through this we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our pure Dharma realizations. To join these online prayers, use the link you find in our google calendar at meditationinorlando.org

Tharpa Publications US

Meditation – Getting Started or Back to Basics

If you or someone you know are considering starting a meditation practice from home, then check out https://tharpa.com/us/meditation-getting-started-or-back-to-basics.

It guides you through the basics and is also a great refresher for those who have already established a meditation practice. It also explains some of the reasons for engaging in regular meditation.

Please share with anyone you know interested in meditation!

Meditate tomorrow from home with us Tuesday evening at 7:30-9pm online. Register soon—since it takes a while to process. here is the link https://www.meditationinorlando.org/gp_tuesdays

Our meditation will be on improving our wisdom to free ourself and others from suffering.

Saturday, May 2, at 10 am to 12:30pm (via live stream online)
How our mind creates our world and what we can do about it.
Everybody wants to be happy and free from problems; but we are often confused about how to accomplish this. We want to know why terrible things happen to some people, but others seem immune. Not understanding how our mind creates our reality through karma, we misidentify the actual causes of suffering and remain trapped in a cycle of pain and dissatisfaction.

By applying Buddha’s teachings on karma, we can learn to live with integrity and how to confidently purify past negativity. This retreat is an opportunity to overcome negative states of mind that give rise to many daily problems and unhappiness through understanding karma and applying purification practice.
Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. Register in advance here to join the live stream of this morning retreat: https://www.meditationinorlando.org/saturday-morning-retreat

Cost $15; free for Center Supporters.

Tharpa Publications US

Learning to rely upon a Spiritual Guide is fundamental to the spiritual path. “Great Treasury of Merit” is an indispensable handbook for all those who wish to accomplish the swift path to enlightenment.

Order your copy today as a download or physical book! https://tharpa.com/us/catalog/product/view/id/2284/s/great-treasury-of-merit-2nd-edition/

New Kadampa Tradition

What a wonderful opportunity!

JOIN THE WORLDWIDE FESTIVAL
IT COULDN'T BE EASIER

To see the full post with a special message from Venerable Geshe-la and many more inspiring videos visit: https://kadampa.org/2020/04/join-the-worldwide-festival

To find out more about the 2020 Online Spring Festival visit: https://kadampafestivals.org/spring

To go straight to online booking visit: https://kadampabookings.org/frontend/?eventid=587

Tonight online at 7:30-9pm our meditation class includes encouragement and advice on how to enjoy your meditations at home. Register here.
https://www.meditationinorlando.org/gp_thursdays

Everyone is welcome to join our meditation class Thursday at 7:30-9pm
Sign up soon to join the live stream for Thursday meditation class. If you are making a donation; we have noticed it is best to register several hours before the class begins for time to process and we can send you your link.

https://www.meditationinorlando.org/gp_thursdays

This is Jasper. Since we have been offering online meditation classes available in students’ homes, Jasper has been attending with his person, Julie.
He joins in starting with the prayers and his ears are perked up the whole time. He leaves during the discussion.

You are welcome to attend a morning workshop online this Saturday explaining Buddhist ritual such as making offerings. The practice of making offerings creates a vast amount of merit and makes our mind very strong. Learn about this and more Saturday, April 25, at 10am-12:30pm. Register in advance here https://www.meditationinorlando.org/sacredspace

Meditate tomorrow from home with us Tuesday evening at 7:30-9pm online. Register today—or Tuesday morning—since it takes a while to process. here is the link https://www.meditationinorlando.org/gp_tuesdays

Our meditation will be on improving our wisdom to free ourself and others from suffering.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6pm-7pm Heart Jewel Prayers are available online. By engaging in the Guru Yoga practiced in conjunction with Je Tsongkhapa we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, receive blessings, and attain a very special compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength. By relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions. These two practices are the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism. Includes time for LAMRIM meditation. (1 hour) Just use the link found in our google calendar at meditationinorlando.org

Tomorrow’s Sunday morning meditation is all about how to purify negative karma. Join us at 10am-11:30am for this class. Register here soon. https://www.meditationinorlando.org/gp_sundays to get the link.

Next Saturday morning April 25: Creating a Sacred Space
Discover the Basics of Buddhist Ritual and Meditation.
Saturday, April 25 at 10am to 1pm
In this workshop, Gen Jindak will offer practical advice for creating a tranquil place of refuge in your own home and how to begin a daily meditation practice.
Everyone is welcome to attend, and you don’t need to be a Buddhist to enjoy these relaxing and thought provoking workshops.
Click on the donate link https://www.meditationinorlando.org/sacredspace to join the livestream. Center Supporters email [email protected] for the link.

Timeline Photos

You are welcome to join the live stream of our Thursday evening meditation class at 7:30pm-9pm. Register soon to get your link to this class https://www.meditationinorlando.org/gp_thursdays

New Kadampa Tradition

CELEBRATING BUDDHA'S ENLIGHTENMENT

"April 15 is Buddha's Enlightenment Day, on which we celebrate Buddha's extraordinary deed of showing the manner of attaining enlightenment in this world.

"It is important always to remember Buddha’s kindness. All our happiness is a result of Buddha’s kindness because all Buddha’s actions are pervaded by compassion and concern for others, and it is these actions that enable us to perform virtuous actions that are the cause of our happiness.

"Without Buddha’s kindness, we would not know the real causes of happiness or the real causes of suffering. Buddha taught us how all happiness and suffering depend upon the mind.

"He showed us how to abandon those states of mind that cause suffering and cultivate those states of mind that cause happiness. In other words, he taught us perfect methods for overcoming suffering and attaining happiness. No one else taught us these methods. How kind Buddha is!

"Our own human body is proof of Buddha’s kindness. It is by virtue of Buddha’s blessings and instructions that we were able to create the cause to take rebirth in a human form, with all the freedoms and endowments necessary for spiritual practice. If we are now able to learn Dharma and meet Spiritual Guides, it is only through Buddha’s kindness.

"We can now practise the methods that lead to full enlightenment and gain spiritual realizations only because Buddha was kind enough to turn the Wheel of Dharma and show his example in this world. Even the small wisdom we possess to discriminate between what is beneficial and what is harmful, and to identify Buddha’s teaching as worthwhile, is a result of Buddha’s kindness.

"We should not think that Buddha helps only those who follow him. Buddha attained enlightenment to benefit all living beings. He manifests in many different forms, sometimes even as non-Buddhist teachers, to help others. There is no living being who has not benefited from the kindness of Buddha."
VENERABLE GESHE KELSANG GATSO RINPOCHE

Enjoy this brief video in which Kadampas around the world share their thoughts on this auspicious day:

Happy Buddha’s Enlightenment Day!
You can read about Buddha’s story here:
https://kadampa.org/buddhism/buddhas-enlightenment-day
We will be celebrating today with the chanted prayers Offering to the Spiritual Guide at 6pm-8pm. You can join the live stream at our website meditationinorlando.org and click on the link in our google calendar
Everyone is welcome

New Kadampa Tradition

SPRING FESTIVAL 2020 ONLINE
THE POWER OF COMPASSION ~ BUDDHA VAJRAPANI EMPOWERMENT

Online Spring Festival booking is now open
BOOK NOW: kadampabookings.org/frontend/?eventid=587

The 2020 International Spring Festival will now be streamed online May 22-27 with a full program of teachings, empowerment and meditations.

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab will grant the empowerment of Vajrapani, the Buddha of spiritual power, and give teachings on how to develop and improve our compassion.

Gen Kelsang Rabten will guide the meditations during the teachings and lead a brief retreat at the end.

Special opportunity
Because it is online now everyone can join this Festival.

For the first time, we have a great possibility that every Kadampa in the world can attend theSpring Festival and thereby fulfil the wish of the Venerable Spiritual Guide. How wonderful!

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General information: kadampafestivals.org/spring
Program and fees: kadampafestivals.org/spring/program-fees
Book now: kadampabookings.org/frontend/?eventid=587

"Organizing these Festivals is extraordinarily beneficial for the development of Kadam Dharma throughout our world, as well as for individual practitioners.

"So please keep the intention in your heart to attend these Festivals every year. Each year many thousands of people gather together; I don’t want this special opportunity to degenerate."

VENERABLE GESHE KELSANG GYATSO RINPOCHE

Today we begin streaming Heart Jewel Chanted prayers with meditation at 6pm-7pm. Free just click on the google calendar link in our website meditationinorlando.org.
By engaging in the Guru Yoga practiced in conjunction with Je Tsongkhapa we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, receive blessings, and attain a very special compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength. By relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favorable conditions. These two practices are the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism. Includes 20 minutes meditation. (1 hour)

Meditate tomorrow from home with us Tuesday evening at 7:30-9pm online. Register today—or Tuesday morning—since it takes a while to process. here is the link https://www.meditationinorlando.org/gp_tuesdays

Our meditation will be on the practice of concentration so that we can achieve inner peace.

Our Story

Our center offers a variety of classes, workshops, and meditation instruction, so there is something here for everyone! Presented in Western context and in a casual and friendly atmosphere, we learn Buddha's advice on how to solve life's difficulties with a peaceful and happy mind. No previous experience of meditation is needed and each class can be taken on its own, or as part of a series. Vajrapani Center's General Program guided meditation classes are appropriate for both beginners and those who already have some experience of meditation. Sunday morning - 10:00am to 11:30am

Tuesday noontime guided meditation 12:15pm to 12:45pm

Tuesday evening - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday after work - 6pm to 7pm

Thursday evening - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Suggested donation $10 per class ($5 students/limited income)

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813 Montana St
Orlando, FL
32803-2519

Opening Hours

Tuesday 19:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 17:30 - 19:00
Thursday 19:00 - 21:00
Sunday 09:00 - 13:00
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