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KPC in our World
by Christopher Hodgson
KPC has greatly impacted our lives since my partner John and I began engaging in Buddhism in the summer of 1998. We started attending Jetsunma's teachings (a series of videos shown on Sundays) back then as well as a KPC led meditation group called variegated jewels and we were studying and reading transcript summaries of other teachings on tara.org voraciously. When that fateful intersection of "us and the dharma" occured... our lives changed fully, instantly and for the greater good. I believe positive change continues to occur by being a practitioner on the Buddha's path.

Personally, I was not seeking a new "religion". Having read one or two general books on Buddhism back then I did not find it particularly interesting at the time. However, when I found KPC and in particular Jetsunma's teachings... I was absolutely amazed to receive answers to profound questions that I had held since early childhood. At an early age I had dreams and what seemed like "memories" about death that I could not explain and as a child perhaps I was too shy to ask people, but even once I became old enough to experience the loss of loved ones or acquaintances... I discovered that NOBODY talked about death and dying. At least, not anything that came after the EVENT of death. Hearing that you would go to heaven or hell and it was up to someone else never felt like the whole truth to me.

It was the exploration of Vajrayana, the non geographically specific name of "Tibetan" Buddhism, that expanded my understanding of life, death and my perspective not only of family and romantic relationships but the interwoven truth of any person's connection to all other beings in their life, on this planet and throughout worlds both known and unknown. For all the questions that I had about death, the afterlife, the purpose of my current life... I learned that ALL THE ANSWERS were contained within the Buddha's teaching and they now were accessible to me by Jetsunma's sublime instruction and commentary on the path of dharma. It's not like we began attending a new "church" when we visited KPC... we actually found an invitation to universal truth that is available in multiple ways to match the capacity of anyone seeking it. I believe that Buddhism is now very much American thanks largely in part to teachers like Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo and the numerous lamas and visiting instructors from the Palyul lineage that come to give lessons and traditional practice instruction at KPC.

It is important to me that Buddhism really takes root here in America, especially during such challenging times, because it holds answers that many citizens of our culture seek but may not know where or who to ask. People think Buddhism is simply a "religion" and though it maybe fits into that category in this country, it is an engaged path and way of life that has been around for somewhere between 2000-2500 years on this planet. It does so much more than become a place to go on Sundays or holidays. This path gives us access to tools that can allow us to be precisely what we are and that allows other religions to be exactly as they are. It allows for tolerance of differences in opinion because just as gravity affects every being on a planet, not every being on that planet may use the same word for it, have the same understanding of it, or be aware of it at all. But the effects of gravity are impersonal and follow certain principles. The way in which people interact with spirituality and reality is not solely based on what a religion teaches... it is based on their understanding of it, but is absolutely shaped by mind and our perceptions. Understanding something as all pervasive as our own habitual tendencies does so much to empower you to maximize your engagement with your life and your beliefs and your habits... spiritual, material, psychological and otherwise.

I guess there are not perfect words to explain how important my teacher and my temple are to me. KPC was started by Jetsunma, and the spiritual home she has created is open 24 hours a day so that anybody seeking refuge in a profound way can arrive any time, any day, from anywhere and find that it is available to them. You may sit and meditate quietly or come during a teaching or empowerment or engage in a lively debate with someone while hiking in the peace park. Engage as little or as fully as you feel moved to... and stay for a minute or a lifetime. It is here for all of us... it is here for you. It is here for anyone seeking peace and truth, no matter what religion you consider yourself... and it seeks to bring an end to suffering. I hope that during this fundraising event people feel moved to support such a place, which relies on financial donations to keep the power on and the doors open and the programs offered so that it can remain for generations to follow!

Thank you for your generosity and may all those who have hopes of you benefit from your kindness.
Goal: $250.00
72% Funded

Ani Zing's #DoMore24 fundraiser for KPC
by Lisa Banana
My home away from home is the KPC Buddhist temple in Poolesville, MD. KPC offers so much for everyone! The temple is open 24 hours a day all year long to anyone who needs it. A peace park of 65 acres available from dawn to dusk. Group meditation on Saturdays and Sundays. A large collection of crystals. A place of pilgrimage for Buddhists and other faiths.

Thank you for supporting my fundraising campaign - Lisa Banana
Goal: $1,000.00
168% Funded

Rest in Your Heart
by Karen Williams
Did I ever think I'd be a Buddhist? no. A nun? definitely not.
Did I ever think I'd be in a "group"? no. Was I looking for a spiritual path? no.

So why do I stay? I got knocked over backward by the sheer truth of the Buddha's teachings. It literally changed my life. What I see happen at KPC every day is people visit, or stay, and leave feeling better. More nurtured, Happier. Accepted. Fulfilled.
Do they all become Buddhists? no. But many return again and again and volunteer or just come to meditate, walk, and let the spiritual energy fill them up. It's different for everyone.

The ongoing 24 hour prayer vigil - unbroken since 1985, has helped me stabilize my mind (a long way to go) and find pathways into my own heart. In turn I can love and enjoy others more fully and that increases happiness all around.

We work hard making lunches for homeless, praying (a lot) for those in need, and generally doing our best to make a positive difference in the world. The temple is open 24 hours a day, every day. The Peace Park and meditation gardens are open every day. Come enjoy them. They are for YOU. Use the spiritual energy from dozens of Lamas, and years of spiritual practices combined with that energy brought by those who also want to deepen in their own way. Use it to find peace for yourself, and share it with others.

Thank you for supporting my fundraising campaign, Karen Williams
Goal: $1,000.00
702% Funded

A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way
by Dechen Drolma
Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC) Buddhist Temple is my home. It is my heart. It is my solace in a crazy, crazy world. The reason? The people. The love that exudes from the people. Beginning with my absolute heart, my Lama, or Spiritual Teacher, Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo. She teaches us all here how to be the absolute kindest that we can all can be. And we all strive to be just that. And we have a 24 hour prayer vigil that has been unbroken since 1985 that is the heartbeat of this Temple. And we all, as a community, strive to keep it going. Just so we can pray for sick and suffering sentient beings. That is the kindest thing we can do for others as individuals and as a community. And in order to keep the prayer vigil alive, we must keep the Temple doors open. So please find a place in your heart to help in any way you can, with whatever donation you can, to help keep KPC's door open for the sake of sentient beings. Thank you. And May blessings abound in your lives!

Thank you for supporting my fundraising campaign, Dechen Drolma
Goal: $1,000.00
57% Funded

My Dreaming
by Marlene Richardson
I'm Ani Yangchen, a Buddhist nun from Australia. i write this message of request for your help from my 8 ft x 10 ft make-shift hut in Australia.
As many of you know I travel to the USA -.Poolesville, Maryland, to Kunzang Odsal PALYUL Changchub Choling every year to be with my Teacher Jetsunma Akhon Lhamo and Her sangha of ordained and lay people.
As a western ani, we do not have the benefit of patrons, so my quest for Teachings,retreat and travel is self-funded ..I make this clear as i am ASKING you to consider contributing to this MAJOR FUNDRAISER - not for me personally, but for all those who will get the same benefit I gratefully seek out..
Over my few years of traveling back and forth to Kunzang Odsal PALYUL Changchub Choling I have personally witnessed what can be gained from such communities.
People of all faiths and cultures visit this sacred place to sit in contemplation, or worship. They come for many reasons, in joyfulness or great sadness. Some stay, some go their way but all gain strength to continue on their PATH.
This hub of sacredness, with its relics, stupas, temple, texts and sangha is more than a cultural bridge of western to eastern Buddhism .it is a Pure Light of Buddhism in this decadent age, thanks to the wisdom of HH Kyabje Drubwang Penor Rinpoche in recognizing Jetsunma Akhon Lhamo and Her profound compassionate activities.

Any offering given with bodhichitta , as small as the price of a candle or a cup of coffee will generate untold benefit.
Heartfelt thanks to you who have read this .
Ani Yangchen

Thank you for supporting my fundraising campaign, Marlene Richardson
Goal: $200.00
100% Funded

Comfort and Compassion
by Dorje Dronma
When I came to KPC, it was before it was a Buddhist temple. Although we were Buddhists at the core, none of us knew it then. I had been searching for something but there was always something missing. I had tried various spiritual practices when religions didn't nourish, read scores of books exploring various philosophies, and tried self-help workshops all trying to find that "something" that was missing in my life, until by some obscure thread, I was led to an event where I heard Jetsunma speak. And when I heard what she had to say, I knew I was "home."

Some of what she explained, I had experienced and knew to be true for me and what she said that I hadn't experienced seemed logical, so I started putting into practice some of the recommendations she had for bringing about happiness, and the end of suffering. And it worked! My life began to get easier and happier. Things that I once became upset about no longer had the same charge. I got angry less and less often just because there was nothing to be angry over. I wasn't stuffing it. It just wasn't there. So as I began to apply the teachings more and more to my everyday life, life became more comfortable and I am happier, calmer and kinder than I was before I met her.

KPC is a sanctuary where you can find "family" you didn't know you had; where you can go deep inside yourself to commune with the deepest part of you; where you can find peace in the chaos of daily existence; and if you choose, can hear teachings about how to bring more joy into your life, bring benefit to you, your loved ones, and to the world; and to pray in whatever way suits you. You can enjoy the solace of the meditation gardens on the 65 acres across the street, the peacefulness of the prayer room, circumambulate one of the many stupas, or attend the regular weekly teachings.

Sometimes our need to find a safe and comforting place to go does not fall at a convenient time of day. KPC is open 24/7. KPC members do not proselytize. You can leave with the same beliefs you had when you came. And ALL are welcome. There is no discrimination towards anyone.

But we need to keep the doors open, the lights on, and the rooms at a comfortable temperature. We count on the generosity of our members and people like you who make donations occasionally when you are moved to do so. We thank you for your help in making this world a better place through peace.

Thank you for supporting my fundraising campaign, Dorje Dronma
Goal: $1,000.00
39% Funded

Prayer Works!
by Megan Gilana
Prayer is what drew me to Buddhism 30 years ago. I cared about the condition of the earth and different life forms and knew I could help somehow. Buddhism answered the questions of why and how we all suffer and provides a way out of that suffering. I can't imagine living an ordinary life without connecting with the preciousness of all beings.

Constant prayers happen 24/7 to achieve that goal of love. Please support our temple activities in serving our community and world.
By your generosity, may you benefit.

Thank you for supporting my fundraising campaign, Megan Gilana
Goal: $1,000.00
34% Funded

Jonas Horner's #domore24 fundraiser for KPC. Let's Bring Benefit.
by Jonas Horner
I have been coming to Kunzang Payul Choling since I was a young child. This is a place that has 24 hour prayer continuously for the benefit of others and the world we live in. A place to learn the teachings of buddha, the ultimate bodhichitta and to practice compassionate activity for the sake of others. Its a place to learn positive loving qualities and to learn what to accept and what to reject. There are blessed stupas, peace parks and beautiful walking trails. No matter how difficult life may be at times, it is a place to find refuge. Where equal hearts come together in peace, prayer and practice. A place to generate virtue and well being. "May we join as one life, which is our nature- and be unbound by hatred, greed and ignorance" -Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo". Anything you can do to help will bring tremendous benefit to others. Please enjoy the dharma rap video I performed when I was younger. By this effort may all sentient beings be free of suffering, may there minds be filled with the nectar of virtue, in this way may all causes resulting in suffering be extinguished and only the light of compassion shine throughout all realms.

Thank you for supporting my fundraising campaign, Jonas Horner
Goal: $1,000.00
53% Funded

KPC- Working to Alleviate Suffering
by Alika Middleton
KPC is a place where people come to engage in compassionate action, mindfulness training, and to deepen in wisdom. They pray 24 hours a day for wars to end, poverty to stop, illness to subside, horrendous suffering to cease and for love to rise. Right now someone is saying "enough, may my actions help alleviate your suffering." They pray for all sentient beings because they know that love is not exclusive. "Come as you are" is how they welcome people. In a world of so much division, KPC upholds everyone with equality and respect. They hope to bring benefit and they surely do.
Goal: $5,000.00
18% Funded

Seeking heart-felt donations
by Tenzin Wangmo
I can't really describe the blessings I feel every time I come to KPC Buddhist Temple but I'll try! It's like the warm embrace of a good friend. It calms my mind and opens my heart. Whether it's sitting in quiet sacred spaces, participating in group practices, walking in the forest or around the representations of the mind of enlightenment (Stupas), for me it's all about learning to develop a good heart and calming my mind. Plus KPC is open 24 hours a day! That means 24/7 place where I and everyone who visits can practice the causes for Peace.
Goal: $500.00
42% Funded

Happiness Begins Here
by Ashby North
When I first came to the Buddhist Temple, Kunzang Palyul Chöling (KPC), I noticed just how so many of the Sangha community seemed to have such a natural joy within them. People strode with a lift in their stride, greeted new comers with a ready smile and there was laughter in the halls and in gatherings where Mirth floated with the echoes of banter.
It was not long before I began to learn how this happiness came about. When I first came to KPC, I was introduced to many beautiful and sacred projects such as cleaning altars and repairing Stupas, all of which also created a fountain of virtue for my new life there. I was taught how the loving way of compassion antidotes misery and suffering and I found new friends who bonded with me and looked out for me as I learned the ropes, catching me when I slipped, inspiring me with their kindness.
Then there was the meeting with many great Lamas (holy teachers) who nourished my longing for truth with their profound loving wisdom and clarity. Happiness then began to flower within me, here at Kunzang Palyul Chöling, and this is why it is so important that this place thrive, so that many others may also discover and find its way to happiness as well; a happiness which greets all with open doors and with an open heart.
Goal: $1,000.00
24% Funded

Light of Compassion
by Kunzang Drolma
My friends are kind and compassionate folk who help others. People, dogs, cats, birds, horses, wildlife....We share a concern for the world both globally and in our neighborhood. We try to live with honesty and integrity. Sometimes we despair at things we read or hear about or see. Images of cruelty, starvation, war, animal slaughter bring tears to our eyes.
We may not all identify with a particular faith, or even choose to pray. But we respect differences and others who may believe or live differently than us, if they do so with loving kindness and an open heart.
If you know me at all, you know I am a Buddhist nun and that I have been committed for some years to helping animals and birds in need.
What I am also committed to is prayer and to the Temple which sustains me, because its foundation is compassionate action. This does not only mean direct action in the world, like rescuing dogs from a kill shelter. It is also a commitment to prayer for you, me, my dogs, your cats, our families, the refugees, our environment.
The line below the photo is a line from one of our aspirational prayers. Prayer and compassionate activity are reflections, one of the other. Without my Temple, KPC, I would not have rescued dogs or be now helping rescued parrots. Prayer sustains me so that I can work for the welfare of others, as you do.
If you are able to donate some money - any amount, nothing is too small - to support KPC I promise you, you will be supporting a place of compassion, of integrity and of hope.
Thank you.
Goal: $1,000.00
10% Funded

A Place of Peace For All
by Dara Tokarz
Kunzang Palyul Choling has been my temple for more than half my life. It is a place where people come to pray, meditate, or just walk the rustic 72 acres. It has hosted most revered teachers and spiritual events, and is a place of pilgrimage and service for different cultural groups and world studies classes. A commitment for 24-hour prayer has been upheld and unbroken since 1985, accomplished through rotating 2-hour shifts and a community of volunteers. It has provided animal rescue efforts, disaster support, prison visits, bag lunches for the homeless, chidren's programs, and many other compassionate activities.

If you have ever come to a teaching, empowerment, or meditation practice; if you have enjoyed the stupas, gardens, or walking trails; if you've ever requested prayers, or if you just like the idea that there is a place where 24/7 prayer has happened for over 3 decades - you can make a difference over the next 24 hours.

Please consider donating what you can. DoMore24 offers incentives based on the size and type of organization for the amount of activity generated, whether it be number of donors, time of donation, amount of donations, etc., which allows KPC to leverage your combined generosity to greater levels. Thank you for your consideration and support.
Goal: $1,000.00
44% Funded

The Research Fund
The problem:
How healthy are the 60 acres of pasture in Piscataway Park? Are these grasslands losing biodiversity and turning into monoculture pastures that support fewer species? Does the soil contain the nutrients the plants need to thrive? Could these habitats be healthier for the flora and fauna that make their home in Piscataway Park?

This year, we hope to discover the answers to these questions. With the help of students, the Accokeek Foundation will embark on a research project to study these pasture lands and discover ways of improving the soil health and biodiversity of such an important habitat.

What do we want to learn?
How healthy is our soil?
What flora and fauna make their home in our pastures?
What role does livestock play in the management of the pasture ecosystem?

The project:
This summer, we will engage youth from the 4-H Livestock Club and the Agriculture Conservation Corps to discover the answers to these questions. Through a series of hands on learning experiences, they will explore the importance of biodiversity in grassland habitat and come up with solutions for stewarding the park's unique cultural landscape.

Students will conduct soil tests and find out what is currently living in the ground beneath our feet.
Students will identify the plants, animals, and insects that are living (and missing) from Piscataway Park's grasslands.
Students will explore how heritage livestock fit into the system and affect the health of the pastures (and how the health of the pastures in turn affects them!)

They will learn about healthy soil and healthy habitats. They will learn about collaborating with neighbors to responsibly manage the land. They will learn about preserving historic spaces. And they will learn about the connections between the people, the animals, the plants, and the land.

Each donation will help:
$24: Supply students with binoculars, field guides, insect nets, and magnifying glasses to help identify grassland species.
$48: Equip 4-H youth with tools necessary to monitor livestock nutrition and health.
$124: Fund educator training related to exploring "Underspace: The Science of Soil"
$240: Fund one year of soil testing in the pastures
$480: Support educational materials about grassland habitat and biodiversity
Goal: $6,500.00
51% Funded

Do More/Be More
by Emily Morrison
Where else in Washington can actors go to find audition notices; train with top-notch pros; meet casting directors; post a casting profile; meet other actors; get involved and have fun? The Actors' Center. Our membership of working actors, and those seeking work, is an active and engaged part of this wonderful community. Join us, and encourage others to join also! Thank you!
Goal: $1,000.00
10% Funded