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December 23, 2013

Special News! Dalai Lama to visit Birmingham in 2014

Wonderful news! His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be visiting Birmingham in 2014. For the full story, please check the Birmingham News article here:

Dalai Lama set to make pilgrimage to Birmingham in 2014





November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Schedule Change

Book study and practice on Tuesday November 26 is cancelled. Also, the Introduction to Buddhism class on Sunday, December 1 is cancelled (but we will have Sadhana Practice at 2pm).

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!





October 28, 2013

Sunday Class Schedule Change

The Sunday Intro to Buddhism Class will be cancelled on November 3rd and 10th. Thanks!





September 26, 2013

Tea and Cookies this Sunday at 2pm

Please join us this Sunday, September 29, at 2pm for tea and cookies instead of our regular Sadhana practice. Please feel free to bring a small dessert or beverage for everyone to enjoy!

The Intro to Buddhism Class will still be held at 1pm. Please come for class and stick around for tea and cookies!





September 9, 2013

Class cancelled this Sunday, September 15

The Introduction to Buddhism Class for this Sunday, September 15 is cancelled. Sadhana practice will still be held at 2pm.





August 29, 2013

Class & Services cancelled for Labor Day Weekend

The Introduction to Buddhism Class and Sadhana Practice for this Sunday, September 1 is cancelled. We will resume our regular schedule on Tuesday, September 3rd. Have a good holiday!





July 2, 2013

Come celebrate the Dalai Lama's Birthday on July 6

Happy 78th Birthday to His Holiness the Dalai Lama!!

Come join us on Saturday, July 6 at 12:30pm for a vegetarian pot luck to celebrate His Holiness's birthday. Please bring any veggie dish, drink or dessert you'd like. Remember to come to our new location, 3224 Green Valley Road.





April 30, 2013

Special Guest Ken McLeod to do Q&A Session this Sunday

We are very honored to have Ken McLeod, the author of Wake Up To Your Life, join us this Sunday, May 5th, for a Question and Answer session. We read and discussed this book at length on our Tuesday Book Study, so this is a fantastic opportunity to ask the author any questions you may have.

He will be joining us at 2pm, right after the 1pm Intro to Buddhism class. Please join us for this special occasion!





February 8, 2013

Schedule Changes for this week

A couple schedule changes for the next week or so:

  • Sunday February 10: No class or Sadhana practice.
  • Tuesday February 12: No Book Study or Prayer Service.
  • Sunday February 17: No class, but we will have Sadhana practice at 2pm.

Our normal schedule resumes Tuesday February 19.

Please check back for news about the Tibetan New Year!





November 21, 2012

Schedule for the Holidays

Here's the Holiday Schedule for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Buddhism for Beginners class on Sundays at 1pm will not meet until January, but we will still have Sadhana Practice at 2pm on Sundays, except where noted below. Tuesday night services and Book Study will meet throughout all of December, with the exception of Christmas and New Years Day.

  • Sunday November 25: No class or Sadhana Practice. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Tuesday November 27: Regular Schedule, 6pm Book Study and 7pm Services.
  • Sunday December 2: No class at 1pm. Sadhana practice at 2pm.
  • Tuesday December 4: Regular Schedule, 6pm Book Study and 7pm Services.
  • Sunday December 9: No class at 1pm. Sadhana practice at 2pm.
  • Tuesday December 11: Regular Schedule, 6pm Book Study and 7pm Services.
  • Sunday December 16: No class at 1pm. Sadhana practice at 2pm.
  • Tuesday December 18: Regular Schedule, 6pm Book Study and 7pm Services.
  • Sunday December 23: No class at 1pm. Sadhana practice at 2pm.
  • Tuesday December 25: Book Study and Services are cancelled. Merry Christmas!
  • Sunday December 30: No class at 1pm. Sadhana practice at 2pm.
  • Tuesday January 1: Book Study and Services are cancelled. Happy New Year!

Our normal schedule resumes Sunday January 6.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!





November 2, 2012

Schedule Changes for this week

A couple schedule changes for the next week or so:

  • Sunday November 4: We are having Buddhism for Beginners class at 1pm, but no Sadhana practice at 2pm.
  • Tuesday November 6: No Book Study or Prayer Service.

Our normal schedule resumes Sunday November 11.

We will also be posting our holiday schedule soon, so please check back.





August 1, 2012

Sunday August 5 Class & Practice Cancelled

The 1pm class and 2pm Sadhana Practice on Sunday August 5 is cancelled. Normal schedule will resume on Tuesday, August 8th.





July 19, 2012

Upcoming Schedule Changes

Please note the following cancellations to our regular schedule.

  • Sunday July 22: Class and Sadhana Practice Cancelled
  • Tuesday July 24: Book Study and Prayer Services Cancelled
  • Sunday July 29: Class and Sadhana Practice Cancelled
  • Tuesday July 31: Book Study and Prayer Services Cancelled

We will resume our normal schedule on Sunday August 5.





July 9, 2012

New book for Tuesday Night Book Study

We are starting to study a new book, How Things Exist: Teachings on Emptiness, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, during our Tuesday night Book Study. We are very excited to read this book, so we hope you will join us!







July 2, 2012

Potluck on Sunday July 8 to celebrate His Holiness Birthday

Come join us on Sunday, June 8th at 1pm to celebrate the 77th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama! Bring your favorite vegetarian dish and a smile!





May 21, 2012

No practice or class on Sunday, May 27

We will not have Class or practice on Sunday, May 27. Happy Memorial Day!





April 7, 2012

No practice or class on Easter Sunday

We will not have Class or practice on Sunday, April 8. Happy Easter!





February 24, 2012

New Text for Tuesday's Book Study

Our Tuesday Book Study just finished Wake Up To You Life, by Ken McLeod, and will begin studying His Holiness the Dalai Lama's book Answers: Discussions with Western Buddhists, next week. Please join us as we work through this great book.

Answers: Discussions with Western Buddhists, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama




January 17, 2012

New Book for Sunday's Intro to Buddhism Class

The Introduction to Buddhism Class that meets on Sunday will begin using Buddhism for Beginners, by Thubten Chodron, on this Sunday January 22nd. We invite everyone to join us!

Buddhism for Beginners, by Thubten Chodron




December 22, 2011

Holiday Schedule

We will not be meeting on Sunday, December 25th or Sunday, January 1st. We will still meet on Tuesday, December 27th, and the regular schedule will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Happy Holidays, everyone!





November 8, 2011

Class and Practice are cancelled on Sunday November 13.

The Intro to Buddhism class and Sadhana Practice on Sunday November 13 is cancelled. We will resume regular schedule on Tuesday, November 15. Thanks!





October 19, 2011

No class or prayers on Sunday or Tuesday, regular schedule resumes on Sunday, Oct 30

The Intro to Buddhism class and Sadhana practice on Sunday October 23 is cancelled. Also, Book study and Prayer Services on Tuesday, October 25 are cancelled. We will resume our regular schedule on Sunday, October 30.





September 19, 2011

Regular Schedule has resumed

After a summer of activity, Losel Maitri has resumed the regular schedule of Book Study and Services on Tuesday nights, and the Intro to Buddhism class and Chenresig Sadhana on Sunday afternoons. We wish everyone a great start to the school year, and will see you soon!





July 1, 2011

Schedule Changes for July

Please see our modified schedule below for July 2011. Due to the July 4th holiday weekend and Lama Deshek attending the Kalachakra in Washington DC, a few of our regular meeting dates are cancelled:

  • Sunday, July 3: No class or Sandhana practice.
  • Tuesday, July 5: Regular Book study and Services will be held.
  • Sunday, July 10: No class or Sandhana practice.
  • Tuesday, July 12: No book study or services.
  • Sunday, July 17: No class or Sandhana practice.

Our regular schedule will resume on Tuesday, July 19 with Book study at 6pm and Services starting at 7pm.

Also, please wish His Holiness the Dalai Lama a happy birthday on July 6. He will be turning 76 years young!





February 25, 2011

Celebrate Losar with Potluck Meal on Sunday, March 6

Happy Tibetan New Year 2138!

We are going to celebrate the Tibetan New Year on Sunday, March 6th with a Potluck meal! Please come to the center at 1pm and bring your favorite vegetarian dish. We want to celebrate the New Year of the Rabbit with you, so we hope everyone is able to come.





January 11, 2011

No meeting tonight, Tuesday, January 11

Due to hazardous weather conditions, we will not meet tonight for Book Study or Services. We will continue our regular schedule on Sunday, January 16.

Please note that Lama Deshek will continue working on the Chenresig Sand Mandala at Birmingham Southern starting tomorrow (Wed, Jan 12) through Friday, and will continue through next week. Please come visit if you can!



December 30, 2010

Mandala Construction in January at BSC



We are pleased to announce that the Venerable Lama Tenzin Deshek will be constructing the Chenresig Sand Mandala during the month of January at Birmingham Southern College's Durbin Art Gallery.

Over the course of three weeks, Lama Deshek will use multi-colored sand to create a painting depicting the Mandala of Chenresig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Each day, Lama Deshek will spend a few hours working on the painting, and the gallery will be open to the public to watch him construct the mandala as well as view it in progress. Also on display will be a collection of Tibetan Buddhist Thangkas, tapestries depicting Buddhist figures.

On Wednesday, January 5th at 11am, there will be a ceremony to bless the gallery and prepare it for the mandala. Everyone is welcome to attend! After the ceremony, Lama Deshek will begin working on the mandala, which will take approximately 10 days to complete.

After the mandala is completed, it will remain on display until January 27th, when it will be dismantled. More details about the dismantling ceremony will be posted as they become available.

We encourage everyone to visit the Durbin Gallery as much as possible, and we would like to thank Birmingham Southern College for graciously hosting this event.


INFORMATION:

  • WHAT: Chenresig Sand Mandala and Tibetan Art Exhibit. For more information on the Chenresig Mandala, click here. We also recommend viewing pictures from 2006, when Lama Deshek contructed the Chenresig Mandala at the McWane Center in downtown Birmingham.

  • WHERE: Durbin Art Gallery, at the Kennedy Art Center at Birmingham-Southern College. For directions to Birmingham Southern, click here. When visiting, please inform the guards at the gate that you are going to the Durbin Gallery. A campus map is here, and the Durbin Art Gallery is located in the Kennedy Art Center (#10 on the map).

  • WHEN: January 5th through January 27th. Opening Blessing Ceremony on Wednesday, January 5 at 11am.

Please check back here often, as we will post more details as they become available.



December 19, 2010

Precepts offered on Tuesday, Dec 21

On Tuesday, December 21st, after our book study, Lama Deshek will offer Refuge, Lay Precepts and Bodhicitta Vows for anyone who wants to make these commitments.



December 10, 2010

Holiday Schedule

Please see the holiday schedule listed below. We will continue to meet on Tuesdays, but our Sunday schedule will be different. Thank you all for a wonderful year, and many good wishes to you and your families through the holiday season.

  • Sunday, Dec 12 -- No class or Sadhana practice.
  • Sunday, Dec 19 -- No class, but we will still meet for Sadhana practice at 2pm.
  • Sunday, Dec 26 -- No class or Sadhana practice.
  • Sunday, Jan 2   -- No class or Sadhana practice.

Also note that today, December 10th, is the day that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace prize.

Finally, we have a major event coming up soon, so please check the website often, as we will be posting details shortly.



October 12, 2010

Schedule Change

Please note that we will not meet on Sunday October 17th or Tuesday October 19th due to events with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Atlanta. We will resume the regular schedule on Sunday, October 24. Thanks!



July 12, 2010

Dalai Lama's Birthday Party

We had a wonderful birthday party for His Holiness the Dalai Lama last Tuesday, July 6. We were honored to have a delegation of spiritual and religious persons from Sri Lanka join us, and we hope they continue to have a wonderful visit to the United States. Many thanks to everyone who came and brought delicious treats!!



July 1, 2010

Potluck Party for the Dalai Lama's Birthday

On Tuesday, July 6 at 6:30pm, we will be celebrating the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama by hosting a Party Potluck. Please bring appetizers such as chips, dip, dessert, snacks, sweets, etc., and we look forward to seeing you there!



June 18, 2010

New Book for Tuesday Book Study

Our Tuesday book study is now reading Wake Up to Your Life, by Ken McLeod. As always, we will read sections of the book in class and discuss, and we invite everyone to attend!



February 3, 2010

Losar Celebration Planned for Sunday, February 14

Happy Tibetan New Year 2137!

We are going to celebrate the Tibetan New Year on Sunday, February 14th with a Potluck meal! Please come to the center at 1pm and bring your favorite vegetarian dish. This is a particularly auspicious occasion this year, as the Tibetan, Mongolian and Chinese New Year all fall on the same day. We want to celebrate the New Year with you, so we hope everyone is able to come.



December 13, 2009

Congratulations to Lama Deshek on gaining US Citizenship!

This past week, our Director the Venerable Lama Tenzin Deshek travelled to Atlanta to take his US Citizenship Test. He passed with flying colors, and is now an official Citizen of the United States of America! This is wonderful news, and we hope that everyone will take a moment to congratulate him on his accomplishment!



Holiday Schedule

In other news, we are planning on holding our regular schedule throughout the holidays. We hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable season, and look forward to seeing you all at the center.



September 1, 2009

Book Study to Discuss Chenresig Sadhana

After finishing up The Joy of Living last week, the Tuesday Book Study will read through the Sadhana of Chenresig, which is the prayer we recite every Sunday at 2pm. The text is available at the center, so we encourage you to come and study this important practice with us!



November 8, 2009

Book Study to Start New Book

Our Tuesday book study is now reading What Makes You Not a Buddhist, by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse. As always, we will read sections of the book in class and discuss, and we invite everyone to attend!



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