Dear Friends and Members,
Last night, my partner, Natana and I spent some time with Anne, a young woman who is Natana’s niece. Anne is attending college in the Boston area, in a master’s program to be a school guidance counselor.
I was deeply impressed with Anne. She was completely present with us, authentic, kind, humbly confident and she had learned a great deal about trauma, racism, microaggressions and how to assist people in healing and learning better ways of living. This was much more than intellectual learning for Anne as it was for me when I encountered these topics in Pema Khandro’s classes.
Anne had struggled in the growing up process like many of us do, surrounded by dysfunction and the example of a “me, first” society. But she has transformed herself and learned how to embody compassion for others and for herself. To me, Anne is the kind of leader that makes such an important difference in our world.
I believe in the great power of being good – the power that comes when we bring our good intentions to reality in our bodies, emotions, and actions. When I meet people who live this way, I feel inspired. I want to become better – more kind, more serviceful, more loving. That’s the power of being good. It spreads.
Being good means having a strong support system for our good intentions. Buddhism and Pema Khandro’s teachings provide this.
Pema Khandro’s teachings are traditional Buddhism in the post-modern context.
I hope you will take full advantage of what Pema Khandro and the Buddhist Studies Institute has to offer.
And I invite you to help keep this work vital by caring for the physical center and home of Pema Khandro’s work, Dakini Mountain, the new Buddhist retreat center in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California.
As we enter the final months of 2021, critical funds are needed to complete the $50,000 Dakini Mountain Fundraising goal to fund critical maintenance, property tax and insurance. Thanks to your generosity, $25,000 has already been raised. $25,000 more will complete the goal to keep Dakini Mountain alive and moving forward.
Any donation you can make, large or small, makes a difference.
Please donate now to support Dakini Mountain alive and the work of Pema Khandro. Thank you!
Also, long term financial support is needed now for the
Dakini Mountain loan refinancing. If you don’t have funds to donate now, but you do have the ability to be a loan guarantor or participate in estate planning or legacy giving, there are many ways you could help.
Refinancing to reduce the costs of Dakini Mountain is a top priority for this year, but one to three more loan guarantors are needed. For more information on becoming a guarantor or legacy giving, please reply to this email.
Gifts can also be made by check, payable to Ngakpa International, and mailed to Dakini Mountain, P.O. Box 2396, Nevada City, California 95959, USA.
Ngakpa International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit EIN 68-0529687 and all gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.
For more information about Dakini Mountain, visit www.DakiniMountain.org
Wishing you joy and happiness,
Director of Fundraising
Buddhist Studies Institute
Dakini Mountain Retreat Center
P.O. Box 2396
Nevada City, California 95946