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Free Public Talk: Meditation and the Art of Happiness at Kline Library

March 11, 2017 from 3pm to 4pm
Buddhists believe that when our mind is at peace, we are naturally happy and positive. In a world of so many responsibilities, it is comforting and essential to know that a simple meditation practice can bring immediate results in our life. In this class, basic meditation techniques will be explained as well as some guidance for healthy and positive thinking.This talk will be given by Julie Francisco, Resident Teacher of Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center.Julie has studied and taught Kadampa…See More
Feb 1
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Becoming a Buddhist: Teachings on Refuge and Refuge Vow Ceremony at Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center

March 25, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm
By sincerely going for refuge to Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha we can form a strong foundation for our spiritual practice, accumulate a vast amount of merit, and quickly make progress along the paths that lead to permanent freedom from suffering.  In this course we will learn the meaning, benefits, and commitments of Buddhist refuge practice.  After the course there will be an optional Refuge Vow Ceremony for those who wish to take refuge vows and formally become a Buddhist.$25SCHEDULE1:00-4:00pm…See More
Jan 31
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Healing the Past: Buddhist Purification Practice at Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center

February 25, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm
Although we want to be happy all the time, negative energy in our mind often causes many problems. Out of his great compassion, Buddha taught methods to purify the negative karma that causes our suffering and impedes our spiritual progress. In this course, we will learn how to engage in Buddhist purification practice according to the Mahayana Sutra of the Three Superior Heaps.$25SCHEDULE1:00 – 2:30 pm: Teachings on Karma and Purification Practice2:30 – 2:45 pm: Tea Break 2:45 – 4:00 pm: The…See More
Jan 15
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Free Public Talk: Meditation and the Art of Happiness at Midtown Scholar Bookstore

February 11, 2017 from 1pm to 2pm
Buddhists believe that when our mind is at peace, we are naturally happy and positive. In a world of so many responsibilities, it is comforting and essential to know that a simple meditation practice can bring immediate results in our life. In this class, basic meditation techniques will be explained as well as some guidance for healthy and positive thinking.This talk will be given by Julie Francisco, Resident Teacher of Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center.See More
Jan 12
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Inner Peace Meditation Retreat at Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center

January 28, 2017 from 9am to 5pm
Buddha taught twenty-one meditations that lead to permanent inner peace. They are called the twenty-one Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. In this retreat we will learn about and meditate on some of these meditations. Sessions will be guided by Resident Teacher Julie Francisco.9:00am-10:00am 11:00am-12:00pm 2:00pm-3:00pm4:00pm-5:00pm$5 per sessionJulie has studied and taught Kadampa Buddhism for many years. She has also engaged in extensive meditation retreat and is well-qualified to…See More
Dec 19, 2016
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New Year's Service: Advice for a Happy New Year at Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center

December 31, 2016 from 7pm to 8pm
Start the New Year off with a peaceful mind and a happy heart.  In this talk Resident Teacher Julie Francisco will give practical teachings that we can use to cultivate happiness within our own mind as well as in our relationships, families, and communities.  After the service we will enjoy refreshments and social time. Everyone is welcome at this special New Year’s Eve event.By donation.  Suggested donation $10.Julie Francisco is the Resident Teacher of Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center.…See More
Dec 1, 2016
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Introduction to Buddhism at Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center

September 13, 2016 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Our meditation classes are designed to give a broad introduction to Buddhist meditation, ideas, and practice. A typical class consists of two guided meditations, a teaching on a Buddhist topic, and optional class discussion. This class is open to everyone and is a perfect place to start if you are new to Buddhism and/or meditation, but can also form the basis for a systematic study of Buddhist practice. Drop-ins are welcome. Please come whenever you like!$10 per classSeptember 13 – Seizing a…See More
Aug 30, 2016
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Learning to Let Go: Meditations for Life’s Changes at Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center

November 19, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm
In our lives we all face the reality of changing situations and relationships. In this course we will learn how to create peaceful transitions and happiness moving forward. Using time-honored meditations and practical spiritual advice, we can definitely remain happy through all the unexpected events life throws at us.THE SCHEDULE1:00 – 2:30 PM: Teaching & Meditation2:30 – 2:45 PM: Tea Break2:45 – 4:00 PM: Teaching & Meditation$25This course will be taught by Resident Teacher Julie…See More
Aug 21, 2016
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Inner Peace Meditation Retreat at Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center

August 27, 2016 from 10am to 6pm
Escape the summer heat and cool off with some guided meditations!Buddha taught twenty-one meditations that lead to permanent inner peace.  They are called Lamrim, or The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.  In this retreat we will learn about and meditate on four of these meditations using the teachings from The New Meditation Handbook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.  Attend all for sessions in the traditional way of doing retreat, or drop into any session as your schedule allows.  Sessions will be…See More
Jun 24, 2016
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Buddhist Meditation Classes in Harrisburg at Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center

June 28, 2016 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Our meditation classes are designed to give a broad introduction to Buddhist meditation, ideas, and practice. A typical class consists of two guided meditations, a teaching on a Buddhist topic, and optional class discussion. This class is open to everyone and is a perfect place to start if you are new to Buddhism and/or meditation, but can also form the basis for a systematic study of Buddhist practice. Drop-ins are welcome. Please come whenever you like!See More
Jun 19, 2016
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Improving Relationships through Meditation at Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center

May 21, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm
In this course we will learn practical meditation techniques to increase our love and kindness and help us to connect with other people in relaxed and positive way.  Come uncover the warmth and happiness that already exist within your own heart! COURSE SCHEDULE1:00 – 2:30 PM: Teaching & Meditation 2:30 – 2:45 PM: Tea Break 2:45 – 4:00 PM: Teaching & Meditation$25This course will be taught by Julie Francisco, Resident Teacher of Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center.  Julie has studied…See More
Apr 6, 2016
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Simple Meditations for a Happy and Stress-free Life at York

April 25, 2016 from 7pm to 8pm
Simple Meditations for a Happy and Stress-free LifeApril 25 – Learning to Meditate: Basic Techniques  May 2 – What is Our Mind and How Can We Change It? May 9 – The Secret to Happiness: Cherishing Others May 16 – The Supreme Inner Peace of a Loving Heart: How to Meditate on Love May 23 – Getting Rid of Frustration: Techniques for Cultivating the Peaceful Mind of Patience$10 per classOur meditation classes are designed to give a broad introduction to Buddhist meditation, ideas, and practice. A…See More
Apr 2, 2016
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Free Public Talk: Meditation and the Art of Happiness at Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center

April 20, 2016 from 7pm to 8pm
Buddhists believe that when our mind is at peace, we are naturally happy and positive. In a world of so many responsibilities, it is comforting and essential to know that a simple meditation practice can bring immediate results in our life. In this class, basic meditation techniques will be explained as well as some guidance for healthy and positive thinking.This talk will be given by Julie Francisco, Resident Teacher of Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center.See More
Mar 23, 2016
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Free Public Talk: Meditation and Modern Buddhism at Mohler Senior Center

March 31, 2016 from 7pm to 8:30pm
March 31st – Free Public Talk: Meditation and Modern BuddhismIn this free public talk, Resident Teacher Julie Francisco will explain some basic ideas about meditation and Buddhism and show how we can use them to become the happy, peaceful, loving person we all have the potential to be.  Everyone is welcome.This free talk will be followed by two regular meditation classes.  Each class is $8. 7:00-8:30pm.April 7th – The Supreme Inner Peace of a Loving Heart: How to Meditate on Love April 14th –…See More
Feb 27, 2016

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Local Author's Book Makes Top 10 Gay Non-fiction List

Called a "must read," Michael Long's book on gay pioneer Frank Kameny has been chosen as one of the Top 10 gay, non-fiction books for 2014. Gay Is Good: The Life and Letters of Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny by the Elizabethtown College professor is a "must-read for anyone interested in the history of the gay rights movement” says Publishers Weekly.

Harvard University's Michael Bronski, a staple in the world of gay history, said: “The LGBT movement has been blessed with an amazing array of passionate, provocative, colorful, dedicated, and sometimes infuriating women and men. Frank Kameny is certainly one of the most important. Michael Long’s magnificent book captures the breadth of the movement and the specificity of Kameny’s life and importance.”

Long tells Central Voice about his editing of Kameny's historically rich letters, 150 letters from 1958 to 1975, that reveal some of the early stirrings of today’s politically powerful LGBT movement. The letters are lively and colorful because they are in Kameny’s inimitable voice, a voice that was consistently loud, echoing through such places as the Oval Office, the Pentagon, and the British Parliament, and often shrill, piercing to the federal agency heads, military generals, and media personalities who received his countless letters. Long is the author and editor of several books on politics, religion, and civil rights. He is the editor, most recently, of Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball.

Central Voice: What has the response been to your work on Kameny? from the academic community? from the LGBT community?

Michael Long: The book has just been released, but the response thus far has been so positive. Kameny's close friends, like Charles Frances and Bob Witech of Washington, DC, have been generous in their praise of the book.

 

CV: Some advocates are outright sending the book to others?

ML: Malcolm Lazin of Equality Forum has decided to send the book to leading LGBT activists across the country. Early reviews have also been positive, identifying the book as a "must read." I'm pleased about this mostly because it helps to advance the rich and inimitable legacy of Frank Kameny. This of us who fight for LGBT rights stand on his shoulders, and the book helps us understand how incredibly broad his shoulders were. 

CV: Currently, there is lots of dialogue about the intersections of race and LGBT issues. What are your thoughts?

ML: One of the most important things about Kameny is that early on he, like Edward Sagarin and others, identified gays and lesbians as an oppressed minority. That was no small move, and it allowed him to analyze discrimination against gays and lesbians as somewhat akin to discrimination against people of color. It also helped him articulate the need for civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians early on.

CV: Wasn't Kameny an early petitioner of the US Supreme Court?

ML: His 1961 petition to the US Supreme Court--a landmark document--did exactly that while at the same time telling the justices that homosexuality was moral. It's breathtaking material. Kameny also turned to the civil rights movement for inspiration and instruction for advancing civil rights for oppressed gays and lesbians. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael are among those who influenced his deliberate efforts to politicize the homophile movement and turn it into a political power that politicians could no longer ignore. So Kameny actually helped to create the intersections of race and LGBT issues that we continue to experience today.

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Things you may not know about Franklin Kameny -

*During the height of the Lavender Scare, openly fought the US government for firing him because he was gay (1958).

*Led a long campaign to force the US Civil Service Commission to permit the hiring of gays and lesbians individuals for federal jobs, including those requiring security clearances (1957 on).

*Filed first US Supreme Court petition arguing that gays and lesbians were an oppressed minority deserving equal treatment under law, and that homosexuality was moral (1961).

*Co-founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, the nation’s first organization dedicated solely to securing civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians (1961).

*Co-founded regional and national gay and lesbian groups designed to politicize the movement and secure and advance political power in government and civil society (1963 on).

*Organized the first White House picketing by a group seeking civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians. Similar picketing soon followed in front of the US Civil Service Commission, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and the Pentagon (1965).

*Criticized numerous leading media personalities, including Ann Landers, Johnny Carson, and Rona Barrett, for their anti-gay views (1966 on).

*Staged protests (“zaps’) for gay rights at American Psychiatric Association conventions, eventually forcing the APA to delist homosexuality as a mental disorder (1971 on).

*Became the first openly gay candidate for the US Congress (1971).

*Acted as counsel to numerous gays and lesbians facing discrimination in the US military and served as a driving force behind the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

 

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