Bowling for Buddhism: The Kadampa Meditation Center Raises Funds, Consciousness

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Posted Mon, May 19, 2014

[Photo by Tom Skelley]

The Place for Peace: The Kadampa Meditation Center at 1081 Marion St. offers many classes and workshops designed to help you find inner peace. [Photo by Tom Skelley]

From Beggars’ Bowls to Bowling Balls

Denver- The Kadampa Meditation Center held their annual Bowl-a-Rama fundraising event at Elitch Lanes on Saturday, May 3. The event raised around $500, all of which will be used to fund the day-to-day operation of the center, located at 1081 Marion St.

The center relies on community fundraising efforts, donations and fundraisers such as the bowling event. Staff members volunteer their time, and stipends for living expenses are issued in lieu of wages and salaries. Much like the Buddhist monks who rely on the compassion of others for their sustenance, the Kadampa Meditation Center derives its sustainability from the generosity of people who appreciate their service to the community.

The center has served the Denver community since 2007 after branching out from its starting point in Ft. Collins. Since then, the Kadampa Meditation Center has been helping Denverites find a little peace of mind in an increasingly hectic world. “As a society we are moving toward being distracted on an exponential level,” says Kate Franklin, Administrative Director of the center, “so I think that meditation, now more than ever, is really important.”

SPIRITUAL PURPOSES: Kaye Franklin, the Administrative Director for the Kadampa Buddhist Meditation Center in Denver. "The point [of meditation] is:'what is this going to do for you to become a better person."

“The point is: ‘what is this going to do for you to become a better person?'” Kate Franklin, the Administrative Director for the Kadampa Buddhist Meditation Center in Denver.  [Photo by Tom Skelley]

An Experienced Staff

Franklin oversees the operation of the Denver center, and three instructors lead classes and workshops there, Ruth Borri, Kadam Lucy James and Denis Radigan. There are also branches in Aurora, Englewood and Colorado Springs that offer similar classes.

Borri teaches a class titled “Simply Meditate” on Monday evenings from 7-8, instructing students how to apply practical breathing and relaxation exercises to help take the stress out of daily life.

James, who is known as the principal teacher of Kadampa Buddhism in Colorado teaches classes on Sundays and Wednesdays at the center. James studied extensively with the founder of Kadampa Buddhism, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, helping him edit some of his writings, and she has started many successful meditation centers around the world.

The free class that Radigan leads meets each week from Monday through Thursday at noon. Radigan agrees with Franklin’s assessment of the daily level of distractions and stressors that individuals deal with. “When you slow down and meditate and you try to focus your mind, you notice how much stuff you’ve got going through your mind, and that sometimes discourages people,” he says.

Everybody Needs A Little Help

The keys to successful meditation, Franklin says, are training and having a little help, “You have to train, and you have to train your mind like you train your body… If you’re going to run a marathon, you don’t just start one day and do it.” Guidance is also key, she says, “if you’re going to take [meditation training], things are going to come up and you’re going to need a little help.” Franklin says the center, and the guides there, provide “a community to help you” as you take that journey.

The Kadampa Meditation Center is located at 1080 Marion St. in Denver, CO, 80218. If you are interested in attending classes, volunteering, donating the center can be reached by phone or online:

(303)813-9551

http://meditationincolorado.org/

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Tom Skelley

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Tom Skelley is a freelance writer, photographer, drummer, husband and soon-to-be father, living in Aurora, CO. He moved to Denver in 1997 with nothing but his car, and he loves to sleep.

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