Silent Auction ~ Performances ~ Delicious Refreshments ~ and Friends

Enjoy a fun and relaxing evening with friends while supporting the meditation center you love.
There will be music under the stars, refreshments and creative mocktails, delicious desserts, a
silent auction (check out below) you don’t want to miss…and general merry making.
Our musical guests are the Three Tathagathas, Miles Davis on trumpet, Alejandra Williams on piano,
and Jason Valcourt on acoustic guitar.
As a non-profit organization, your donations help us with Community Outreach programs,
Teacher Continuing Education as well as building a nest egg for the future.
We are very thankful for your support!
Please RSVP below according to the suggested donation level of your choice — KIDS are FREE!

Pot Cleaner $20 ~ Food Prep $50 ~ Sous Chef $100 ~ Head Chef $500 ~ Executive Chef $1000


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Hightlights of Silent Auction Items

Dream Flight | Take a dream flight — depart from Newport on an hour long flight going west to Narragansett, then up the bay to Bristol, south east to New Bedford and then follow the coast back to Newport. Piloted by the extremely kind, cautious and fabulous pilot Bob Finn.

Coastal Weekend in Little Compton | Friday and Saturday nights stay in a quiet coastal home with a gorgeous garden and spectacular view of the water. Two bedrooms (2 twin beds and 1 queen) and an elegant retreat space with a queen bed. The date of this weekend will be decided on between you and the owner at a time which is mutually convenient for both of you within the next 12 months.

Pick an Architect’s Brain | In home 2-hour consultation with designer James Mangrum to brainstorm architectural ideas and conceptual plans. James is extremely creative and talented at transforming a space into a beautiful and practical area. He was very involved in designing and creating the beautifully renovated AKBC center. Also includes 2 hours of architectural drafting.

Original Landscape Photograph | Scott Lapham, a local RI photographer, graduate of RI School of Design has generously donated an original landscape photograph. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Rhode Island School of Design, Fidelity Investments Corporate Collection and Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI. Scott’s work has been shown in galleries in Providence, NYC, Philadelphia and Cape Cod and across the nation.

So You Want to be a Writer | An amazing opportunity to work with a Professor at Wheaton college who tutors students and professionals in writing. Susan will give you 3 hours of consultation on a writing project at either the pre-writing or revising stage of completion.

Garden Tune-up | Meet with Jason Valcourt, an organic farming expert, for a 2-hour gardening consultation. Jason is very creative, patient, and a great listener. All these talents will make the consultation productive and very worthwhile.

Creative Twist—Dine at Barn Food Created by Chef Helder | A $150 gift card to the Barn that specializes in wood-fired pizza, and locally sourced vegetables when available. Chef Helder’s creative twist on family favorites makes the Barn the perfect place for lunch or dinner — the rustic, warm decor will have both parents and kids coming back again, and wishing for more family time!

Healing Massage | Relax, relax, relax! Chris Schwartz, a Licensed Massage Therapist, will give you a 60-minutes amazing therapeutic massage. He believes that every client’s needs are different — specializing in therapeutic deep tissue techniques while maintaining the benefits of a stress relieving Swedish massage. To address specific problem areas he may use trigger point therapy, as well as certain Shiatsu and acupressure techniques to provide relief from aches, pains and effects of daily stress on the body and mind.

Music to the Ears | Three original melodious CD’s from the talented performers at the AKBC’S fundraising event! These guys are Buddhists — if you want, they will autograph them for you!

Stretching the Mind | Expand your mind with wonderful books from Books on the Square with a $75 gift card.

Stretching the Body | Open and stretch your body with a one month unlimited pass for yoga classes at Power Yoga in Providence or Barrington. The yoga pass is only for an individual who has never been to Providence Power Yoga. A wonderful combination for body and mind healing and growth.

Get Your Dharma On | A generous donation of a $100 gift certificate to the AKBC. It can be used towards classes and books. The perfect opportunity to further practice and study Dharma.

Tea with a Philosopher | A once in a lifetime opportunity to share a cup of delicious tea and discuss some of your most challenging questions with a brilliant Professor of Philosphy, Nancy Kendrick!

3-Course Gourmet Meal | Kelsang Chokyi and Angela Stewart will prepare a 3-course epicurean delight in your kitchen for up to 4 guests. The meal served can be a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free dinner — you can choose one or all three!

Healing Reiki | Kerry is a seasoned Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a form of energy healing that can help to alleviate physical and emotional suffering. The participant will be given the option of hands on or off body. The session can be done in Kerry’s home or at another peaceful location, with her portable massage table. Reiki can also be done on a person in a chair or hospital bed. This is a special opportunity for personal healing.

1-on-1 Knitting Instruction | Imagine 2-3 hours of personalized knitting instruction with a creative and patient teacher. Susan Dearing will tailor the lesson to your level of knitting, be it a beginner or advanced-begginner level. This is a perfect opportunity to jump start your next project!

Two Large Personalized Vegetarian Wood-Fired Pizzas | Ilan Upfal will make you two large vegetarian pizzas. You pick the toppings and he will make it with a mind of love at his home wood-fired pizza oven. Cooked with organic ingredients and delivered personally by him to your home for dinner. This will be a meal you will never forget!


Who is Atisha?

Portrayed at the event by a guest appearance, the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (982-1054 AD) was responsible for reintroducing pure Buddhism into Tibet. There are many stories to be told about his life and travels. Come out and see what advice he has for you.

Who is His Cook?
Atisha’s cook traveled from India to Tibet with him and was considered a difficult person. He was rude
to Atisha and others, unreliable as a cook, and challenged people. Atisha viewed him as a gift.
Hear more about Atisha and his cook at the fundraiser!