Our Center

Vajra Light Buddhist Center is a non-profit organization and part of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and is dedicated to the promotion of inner peace through the study and practice of Buddha’s teachings, known as Dharma, in Westchester, NY.


Buddha taught that, of all the problems that arise in life, internal problems, such as anger, attachment, and ignorance, are the most important ones to solve because they directly destroy inner peace and happiness. Through training in meditation everyone can learn to recognize, reduce, and finally abandon all of these negative minds and maintain a peaceful mind all the time. Therefore, our mission is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to learn about, and gain experience with, meditation and Buddhism.

Vajra Light Buddhist Center offers the study and meditation programs of Kadampa Buddhism, under the guidance of our Resident Teacher, Kadam Donna Campanelli.  Our General Program (GP) classes are open to everyone on a drop-in basis, and give a broad introduction to Buddhist meditation, ideas, and practice. Our Foundation Program (FP) classes provide a structure for a more detailed study of Kadampa Buddhist texts. Both programs include guidance from an experienced Teacher with an emphasis on learning to integrate Buddha’s teachings into daily life, and use a modern approach to presenting these teachings so that they are as easy to understand and practice today as they were when they were first given 2600 years ago.

If you are new to meditation, or new to our Center, the best place to start is by dropping into one of the General Program classes.