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February 2020 Newsletter
The Medicine Buddha Empowerment is Saturday February 14, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (not 4 p.m.).

Thank you!
“If you study the Buddha’s teachings, you may find that some of them are in harmony with your views on societal values, science and consumerism—and some of them are not. That is fine. Continue to investigate and reflect on what you discover. In this way, whatever conclusion you reach will be based on reason, not simply on tradition, peer pressure or blind faith.”
H.H. Dalai Lama

Upcoming Events

Sundays 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Join us every Sunday for meditation and Dharma teachings.

February 9: Tony Boris will lead services, "Meditation, Wisdom, Love"
February 16: Lama Losang Samten will lead services, practice of Amitabha
February 23: Lama Losang Samten will lead services, Tibetan New Years Eve - Palden Lhamo Tea Ceremony

Free parking available behind the center. Please park to the Southern side to allow church attendants to park near the church. Suggested donation for Sunday Dharma is $10, $5 for students.
Join us Sundays around 12 p.m. following our morning meditation and dharma teaching service for continued activities to connect further with Sangha members!

February 9, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Children's Meditation Workshop
Led by Sr. Vernice
For children ages 10 and younger.  This workshop will use one of the Jātaka Tales--stories originating in India about the previous births of Gautama Buddha--as a guide for the meditation and storytelling.  

February 16, 12 p.m.: Losang's Gathering
Led by Lama Losang Samten
Join a few of us on Sunday January 26 for an informal dialog with Lama Losang. Bring your questions and connect with others in this precious offering!
Space is limited, so please RSVP to Sue Passante at

February 23, 12 p.m.: Special Slideshow of Tibet
Led by Lama Losang Samten
In June 2019, over Sakadawa, Kim Desrosiers and Sonja Pettingill (CTC member) made a pilgrimage to Tibet to complete the Mt Kailash kora. They also visited Lhasa and several other sacred Buddhist sites as well as the North face of “Chomalunga" or Mt. Everest in English. They have captured this experience with a unique slide show that takes us beyond the famous sites.  Join us as Losang-la will bring these photos to life with anecdotes and special personal stories as the pictures stimulate his memory. 
Join us Thursday nights from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for drop-in meditation. After sitting in meditation, each practice leader will then lead some discussion or a Q&A or even a reading from a book. Whether you are an advanced meditator or just beginning your interest in meditation, you will find sitting with a group will create a strong energy for your practice. This is an opportunity to deepen your commitment to yourself and through the support of others, begin to reduce the suffering in your life and in the lives of others.  We look forward to having you join us.
Medicine Buddha Empowerment
Saturday February 15 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Medicine Buddha, sometimes known as the guru of physicians, was first introduced to Tibet in the eighth century. Since then, Medicine Buddha has become a powerful spiritual healing practice in Tibetan Buddhism.  Join us as Lama Losang leads the ceremony of empowerment that can be dedicated to the healing needed for ourselves, loved ones and the whole planet.

Members $10, Non-members $20.

Introduction to Meditation
Saturday February 22 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
We are all beginners in the study and practice of the dharma.  Take advantage of this precious opportunity as Losang leads us in a one-day introduction to the basic tenets of Buddhism.  Don’t miss the special and unique style of Lama Losang as he imparts deep and complex concepts through simple and sometimes personal stories.

Members $10, Non-members $20.

Losar, Tibetan New Year
Monday February 24 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Please join us for an authentic celebration of the Tibetan New year as members of the Tibetan Buddhist community will come to our Center and lead us through a traditional ceremony and celebration.
Free event.

Full Day Silent Meditation
Saturday February 29 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Each month we will use CTBC's sacred space for a full day of silent meditation to deepen one’s practice and reflect within for a day. The full-day experience is personal and intimate yet provides the support of a group setting.   All levels of meditation experience and practice traditions are welcome!  You can attend the full day or any sitting session.  Please contact Sue Passante ( if you have questions regarding the full day meditation event.
Free event.
Next Book  Discussion: March 15
Wake Up to What Matters: A Guide to Tibetan Buddhism for the Next Generation
by Avikrita Vajra Sakya

Our next book discussion will be an introduction to the Dharma by a young Tibetan lama. This unique and fresh presentation of Tibetan Buddhism provides all the tools a person needs to navigate the Buddhist path in a modern world. The twenty-five-year-old lama, Avikrita Vajra Sakya, was born and raised in America and now lives in a monastery in India, training in and teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy to hundreds of monks and nuns.

Reading the book ahead of time is encouraged but not required.  You can purchase a copy of Wake Up to What Matters on Amazon.  Please contact Anna Murphey, CTBC member and book discussion facilitator, at with questions  and more information.

Community contributions are always open! Please submit materials (poetry, artwork, thoughts, music etc.) to with "Community Corner Submission" in the subject line.
Screening in Philadelphia at Landmark's Ritz 5
February 6, 2020 7 p.m.

This beautiful, uplifting documentary tells to stories of 6 people (including Calm Clarity founder, Due Quach) who use meditation as a portal for healing and transformation. The screening will be followed by Q&A with TBC Member Due Quach. RSVP here.
Performance in Philadelphia at the Annenberg Center
March 13 & 14, 2020

Conceived by Nikki Appino and created in collaboration with Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal and Kevin Joyce, The White Lama is a new work for the stage about the quest for the sacred, framed by the adventurous life and disappearance of Theos Bernard. Part biography, part invocation, the piece is a blend of projected imagery, prose and music performed by Kevin Joyce, with a live score by composers Tenzin Choeygal and Philip Glass.

Purchase tickets here. Learn more about the show here.

Flamenco Night Out!

Sixteen Sangha members and their friends and family of all ages had a great time watching a spectacular show of sounds and movement. The eleven performers used their bodies and voices to remind us that our limiting beliefs are but an illusion.
If you are on Facebook, join the CTBC Sangha Group to ask questions, share photos, and post upcoming events that you believe others may enjoy. Click here to join.
TBC Calendar integration for Google and iCal
In addition to the calendar maintained on the website, the monthly calendar can now be integrated into your own google calendar or iCal.
  • The direct link to the Google calendar can be found here
  • The direct link for iCal can be found here.
  • The calendar can also be accessed HERE! on our  website.
Mandala Newsletter Compiled by Jen Jaynes, TBC Secretary.
For inquiries regarding any content please email
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