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Mike Mordis, secretary of Tubten Kunga Center (TKC) in Deerfield Beach, Florida, US, reflected on some of the major events that have occurred at the center in 2014:
This year has been fast moving and packed with great activity at Tubten Kunga Center in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
In February, Ven. Robina Courtin blessed us with two full weeks of profound Dharma teachings. Ven. Robina had not been back to TKC for nearly a decade, and it was an absolute treat to meet and learn from her again.
March 2014 concluded with Ven. Amy Miller’s dynamic teaching’s focused on self-help for mental afflictions like addiction, depression, and coping using the Buddhist teachings.
TKC is very excited to host Yangsi Rinpoche for the first time in June 2014 for a two-hour teaching.
Director Maggie Bustamante, after almost 12 years of compassionate, skillful service to TKC will step down, and a new director will begin around August.
TKC resident teacher Geshe Konchog Kyab was in India visiting his family, monastery, and teachers until early May. Plans to resume teachings on Je Tsongkhapa’s three volumes of commentaries on lam-rim are scheduled. Additionally, new FPMT-based programs will kick in for late 2014.
TKC has taken on a shopkeeper and plans to greatly expand its selection of statues, Dharma crafts, and books for our members and friends.
TKC recently lost our beloved membership director, Elaine Blumenkranz (1936-2014), who battled serious health issues over the past three years. Elaine Blumenkranz came to Tubten Kunga Center in Deerfield Beach more than a decade ago. Elaine not only attended teachings, but also became the membership director and de facto ”mother” to Geshe-la. Some of the most profoundly moving cards, letters, emails and calls received by January, one of Elaine’s two daughters, in her last months, were from center members extolling Elaine’s spirit and grace and their gratitude for her presence in their lives.
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