Southern Dharma Celebration 2024

Held at Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia
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What is the Southern Dharma Celebration?

The Southern Dharma Celebration is a regional Buddhist meditation festival where people gather to receive blessings, learn about the Buddhist spiritual path and meditate together. This regional event is organized by Kadampa meditation centers and branches in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle.  In 2024, the Southern Dharma Celebration is hosted by Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia. 

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Special Public Talk

at Je Tsongkhapa Kadampa Buddhist Center

The Wisdom We Need Now:
Special Public Talk with Kadam Morten

Eastern US National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition

Wednesday March 27th

We have all heard the saying “appearances can be deceiving!” The truth of the matter is that they are deceiving. Furthermore, it is our grasping onto what appears to us as being solid and real that brings about so much of the difficulties and suffering that we experience. What does that mean in practical terms? It means that the key to our happiness is in our hands, but we simply haven’t realized it. Wisdom.

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Upcoming Events & Retreats

Toxic People and Boundaries:
A Buddhist Perspective Half-Day Course

Half-day Course Saturday, March 9 | 10:30am - 1:00pm

What is the best method for establishing boundaries? How can we skillfully navigate those we find toxic? Is there a way to not be triggered?

We can find answers to these big questions in Buddha’s ancient wisdom, as well as special methods to diffuse these common difficulties and bring the best possible outcomes. Learn how to manage even the most challenging relationships calming and wisely. Includes guided meditation, talks, Q&A and a tea break with refreshments.

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Aging with Equanimity:
Meditations for Inner Balance Half-Day Course

Half-day Course Saturday, March 16 | 10:30am - 1:00pm

When we are young maybe we think of older people as if they are another species, but in reality the only real difference between a young person and an old person is a matter of time.

Maybe you have entered a later season of your life or are watching others that you care about struggle to adapt to changed identities and sometimes challenging realities that often accompany getting older.

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Overcoming Anger: Half-Day Course

Half-day Course Saturday, April 6 | 10:30am - 1:00pm

Anger appears in many forms and disguises.  Sometimes it manifests as a feeling of stress, other times it may take the form of depression. From the slightest frustration to resentment and embittered rage, anger is an emotion we all need to understand and conquer if we are to enjoy and make the most out of our life. In this course we will explore practical solutions to the problem of anger, deconstructing its actual causes and learning viable alternatives to this painful habit of mind.

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Nyungnay: A Purification & Fasting Retreat

Friday April 12 & Saturday April 13 | 7:00am - 4:445pm (3 sessions)

Every April Kadampa Buddhists around the world celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment Day by engaging in Nyungnay, a special purification practice. This two-day retreat, which is done in conjunction with Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara practice, is a powerful method for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions.

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Meditations for Anxiety: Half-Day Course

Half-day Course Saturday, April 20 | 10:30am - 1:00pm

Anxiety is quite prevalent in these turbulent times. It is common to experience fear and anxiety, and as a result we often turn to things that don’t address the real problem. We try to numb ourselves with denial, distractions, food or other substances, or we just exhaust ourself trying to control everything around us. In this half-day course based in Buddhist Psychology we will learn time tested methods that will help us to deeply relax and take hold of the ‘mind of anxiety’, so that it is no longer in control of our life.

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:
Meditations on the Wheel of Life 

Please note this Day Course has been rescheduled for Saturday June 15  10:00am - 3:00pm

We have all heard the phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. 

Contemplating and meditating on the symbolism and deep meaning contained in the Wheel of Life Diagram, an ancient piece of art, is like contemplating a road map pointing us towards liberation and teaching us how to develop the stages of the path to enlightenment.

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Upcoming Kadampa Festivals

Meet our Resident Teacher

Resident Teacher

Kadam Sharon Lovich

Kadam Sharon has been practicing meditation and Kadampa Buddhism since 2003 and is the Resident teacher of the Je Tsongkhapa Kadampa Buddhist Center in Asheville. Before Sharon moved to Asheville in 2011, she volunteered as the Education Program Coordinator for several years at the internationally renowned world peace temple for meditation and modern Buddhism, Kadampa Meditation Center New York. There she received teachings and guidance directly from our General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, guided retreats, and taught classes. She has engaged in numerous focused meditation retreats and is known for teaching others how to develop a peaceful mind with great skill, lightness, and humor. Today, Sharon is a part of the Special Teacher Training Program and teaches numerous meditation classes and retreats in Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC. Sharon and her husband have one son.

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