Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it! ~ Ram Dass
We are continually presented with opportunities to grow, to learn something about ourselves, to be courageous, to be kind. I see these opportunities offered to others too. What I notice is that, it's generally not very easy to take them. To say, yes, I will give my last piece of chocolate away. Yes, I will acknowledge that what I said was hurtful. Yes, I will see this deep flaw…Continue
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I hadn’t been getting up for morning meditation for months.
This year we’ve had a meditation slot in the temple schedule from 7:30am to 8am. Satya and Jnanamati have been holding the space between them. In the spring time we decided to open up Thursday morning’s to members of the public, and occasionally someone would come along.
I made an effort to get up on Thursdays, when Jnanamati wasn’t here, so that Satya would have some support.
Then the summer came. Jnanamati…Continue
Meet Poppet, our newly three-legged bunny.
Kaspa and I enjoyed our two week break and at the end of our first day back, a busy volunteer day, I went to feed the much-loved temple bunnies with 3 year old Felix.
It took me a while to notice that Poppet wasn’t coming out of the hutch. When I looked closer I saw the blood, and that her back leg was at…Continue
On a recent Thursday, the non-profit that I run received a call from an older woman who needed help. She said she was living in a house without power or water, which is not that uncommon where we live. Like many others, she did not have a car. Most distressing, she said she did not have any food. I believe her exact answer, when I asked her if she had any food was, “I have a can of beans.”
There was more to her story and I spent quite a bit of time listening to all the twists and…Continue
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This is from my writing blog - but I think the lessons apply more generally to life, as well
Deeply accepting yourself leads to relaxation, and better writing
A few days ago I helped my brother move house.
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As a retired secondary school teacher with nearly forty years of experience under my belt, I found myself yesterday (on the second hottest day of the year so far) back in the classroom again. I visited a wonderful secondary school not far from Worcester to join colleagues from other faith traditions in a 'Diversity Day' for 13/14 year olds. The idea, of course, was not to 'convert' but to inform and educate the young people about the incredible richness and variety of spiritual life in the…Continue
We're just back from the Buddhafield Festival in Taunton run by Triratna. We ran a couple of workshops and held three listening circles as a part of the Dharma Parlour (where all the best stuff happened).
This is our fourth year and we deepened our friendships with Dharma practitioners from other traditions (like the Triratna teacher Dhivan in the shiny hat and the Tibetan monk Tenzin Shenyen, pictured) and met lots of new people. It feels really good to work…Continue
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On Saturday I performed a blessing for my friend's unborn born baby. Although it is her second child, she is very anxious about the birth and one of her friend's suggested she should have a 'motherhood blessing.' This turned out to be just a party, but I volunteer to give a Buddhist blessing.
Sujatin was extremely helpful and gave me her notes from a baby naming ceremony she had performed some time ago. I have copied the poem I read for you blow.
Sogyal Rinpoche writes:
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Here is a photo from our Interfaith Prayer Vigil held on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo Hawaii. The event was attended by sixty or so community members. Pictured are some of the members of the "Interfaith Community in Action."
Namo Amida Bu!
We spend a great deal of time thinking our existence is permanent and the world around us feels quite solid. We are of course fooled in to this behaviour because largely a lot of life can go unchanged for long periods of time until somethings happens that shakes our ground and we realise it is not so solid after all.
Quite recently I have had a good run at feeling like I am on solid ground, slow steps forward have been every increasing but then yesterday that feeling of being grounded…Continue
The coach house renovation project has started. Yesterday, Richard, one of our local Sangha members, and Gordon, the builder, began clearing the site ready for work. Today they have been pulling down lime and horsehair plaster that may have been up for 200 years, removing old timber and generally getting on…Continue