Born I In Concert
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Born I Benefit Concert at KPC – FAQs

Saturday, September 30, 2023 5pm

 All are welcome!

Join Born I for an evening of traditional Tibetan Buddhist prayer, a singing bowl sound bath meditation, and a journey through the lyrical music that focuses on spirituality and positivity. Born I spans genres with influences of Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, and Alice Coltraine.

KPC’s own Adalia Tara will join Born I on stage during the show.

Born I’s concert supports Kunzang Palyul Choling’s (KPC) Buddhist Relief program to feed the hungry and respond to crisis for people in the DMV and around the world, and KPC operations. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or make a monetary contribution to support Buddhist Relief.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Born I Benefit Concert.


KPC’s Address

18400 River Rd, Poolesville, MD 20037


Parking is free and roadside along River Road for the public. Handicap parking is available onsite at KPC. Please note that KPC is located in the Ag Reserve of Montgomery County, Maryland. River Road is a 2 lane country road. Please use caution when walking from your vehicle to the entrance of the property.


Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale on site, provided by PhoWheelsDC

What to bring

Blankets and camp chairs to sit on, bug spray, sunscreen, raincoat, comfortable shoes for walking on grass and uneven surfaces, non-perishable food to donate to Buddhist Relief.

What not to bring

No alcohol, drugs, tobacco or vaping – KPC is a Buddhist monastery and temple, and a smoke-free, drug-free and alcohol-free environment. Out of respect for the monks and nuns who live at KPC and will be participating in the concert event, we respectfully ask you to refrain while at this event.

No pets – While we are normally very welcoming of all animals, loud music and crowds are stressful for animals. Please bring them another time when it is less crowded. The temple grounds are open to the public from dawn to dusk daily.

Buy your tickets here

Why wait? Your purchase will benefit all the projects at KPC – including this concert, Buddhist Relief and the continued activity of KPC. Thank you!

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About Born I

“You Are Enough”, the mantra of rapper and meditation teacher Ofosu Jones-Quartey aka Born I, is the focus of his music.

Hailing from the Washington DC area, Born I has received over 20 million streams. His music has gotten attention from Diddy and Steve Aoki and received mentions in Vibe and Lion’s Roar magazines. Born I has performed around the country, notably at the Kennedy Center and on the Plum Village music and meditation tour of North America in April 2023.

Watch Born I’s song, “In this Moment” that was a finalist for “Best Rap Album” with the 2022 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies) and was filmed at KPC’s Migyur Dorje Stupa and Peace Park.

Born I has a new album, Amida, set to release August 2023.

Born I is also an experienced meditation practitioner and certified teacher, with an emphasis on self-compassion, using his music as a method of teaching. He is the male voice on the popular meditation app Balance, and he leads mindfulness retreats across the country.

Learn more about Born I here, and listen to his music here.

About Adalia Tara

Award-winning singer-songwriter, Adalia Tara is a lifelong student at KPC, and has been the accompanying voice on all the albums performed by KPC Spiritual Director, Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo.

Adalia Tara transfixes audiences with her silky, soulful voice and her thought-provoking lyrics that inspire courageous awakening, social change and call for more kindness in the world. Her sound is influenced by pop, R&B, blues and jazz.

Her music and videos have won awards, and she has been a performer at TEDx, the Sedona International Film Festival and WomanSpeak International Festival, and has two albums, “Portraits” and “Why Wait.”

Read her bio & listen to music here.

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About KPC:

Kunzang Palyul Chöling (KPC) is also known as “The Buddhist temple on River Road” or “The Poolesville Buddhist temple” to those who have come out to visit the temple and Peace Park.

Nestled in the heart of the Montgomery County, MD Ag Reserve, between Potomac and Poolesville, KPC is a Vajrayana Buddhist temple in the Palyul tradition, founded in 1985 by the first Western woman to be enthroned as a lineage throneholder, Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo. KPC is a hub of compassionate activity with a mission to inspire people to improve the world and end suffering for the benefit of all beings.

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About Buddhist Relief

Buddhist Relief is the humanitarian arm of KPC Buddhist Temple, responding to the needs of sentient beings who are in crisis since 2005. Donors and volunteers have provided meals for the hungry, clothing, personal hygiene supplies, and other items needed by people who are displaced whether it be due to natural disasters, economic displacement, or war and strife abroad.

Buddhist Relief’s program model is flexible and responsive to circumstances, maximizing its outcomes through strategic partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, including United Sikhs, Immigrant & Refugee Outreach Center (IROC), WUMCO Help Inc., Shepherd’s Table, The Upcounty Hub, First Baptist Church of Silver Spring, and Poolesville Little Free Pantry. Our efforts are fueled by the commitment to end suffering, which is the mission statement of Kunzang Palyul Choling, and to being a compassionate presence to victims of circumstance.

All donations offered to KPC and Buddhist Relief are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by the tax code.

Buddhist Relief is an all-volunteer organization. As an all-volunteer organization, our expenses are minimal which means our impact can be great. Please join us in this vital work for others.

We look forward to being with you for an event that is not only inspired to help our community, but sure to be a blast!