April 23, 2018 – Mother Earth

Dear Sangha
Please join us this coming Monday when we are fortunate to have Myra and Bee lead as we celebrate Earth Day 2018. We have a deep connection to our Mother Earth – we totally interare with the earth, yet as we look around us we are doing a good job of destroying those things we should be preserving. We are, for the most part, not leaving sustainable lives, we are not protecting wild places, and not moving toward renewable energy sources as fast as we should. We have a wasteful, throw-away culture.  As Thay says, “The bells of mindfulness are calling out to us, trying to wake us up, reminding us to look deeply at our impact on the planet.” Please see https://earthholder.org/personal-commitment/  for the Earth Holder Personal Commitment form or download a PDF version. Please make your own copy if you need one. Continue reading

April 9, 2018 – New Heart Sutra Translation

Dear Sangha,
We hope you can join Jon and I this coming Monday when we will take a look at the Heart Sutra or as Thay translates it, The Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore. If you can find it, look for The Other Shore-A New Translation of the Heart Sutra With Commentaries by T.N.H.  (Parallax-Palm Leaves Press, 2017). This book goes into great detail explaining the Heart Sutra and about the problems with the old translation.  As you know, the old translation was very confusing and raised many questions.  We will look at some of this.  This is a very important sutra recited in monasteries and sanghas around the world and a very misunderstood sutra. Continue reading