The Phone Rings

“Where exactly are the lucky enjoyers of one-sided fortune? Let us reflect over space and history until we can realize that, in fact, there are none at all. Sages, too, endure the same mundane circumstances as we—they fall sick, suffer injuries, meet with unwelcome changes—but their wisdom sees past the incidental to the universal, to the certainty of change that is best coped with by equanimity. Wisdom does not alter the world; it lets the sage transcend the world.”

Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano

The Second Arrow

“Our minds are habituated to relate to suffering by resisting it through blame, bitterness, anger, resentment. That resistance is what the Buddha called ‘the second arrow,’ which follows the first arrow, the direct experience of pain. So much additional suffering comes from believing that “things shouldn’t be this way”—when in fact they are that way.

– Ronna Kabatznick


The Dhamma Protects

“We have a lot to be grateful for, and it is our own good karma that has made it possible to be here at this moment.  The Dhamma protects the Dhamma practitioner.  We are protected because our reactions are dependable and we have found the pathway to freedom.  This is the only safety we can find.”

– Ayya Khema, from Be An Island

Night of Mindfulness–Saturday, 13 December, New Britain, CT

Please join Dharma teachers Michael Geres, Tom Duva and Julie Wagner  in practicing concentration/insight and Metta/forgiveness meditations, along with Plum Villiage’s practice of Earth Touchings which embodies these meditations.

December 13, 4-8:30PM

Hai An Pagoda

255 Cherry street  New Britain, CT

The Schedule:

4-4:45 – Bring your own light dinner to enjoy in community.

5-8 – Period of noble silence, sitting/walking meditations, earth Touchings

8-8:30 -Tea & Questions/Answers/comments

A suggested donation of $15.00 to support the temple and dana for the teachers if you are able.

For more info and to RSVP please email Tom at

Hai An Pagoda MeetUp Page:

Basic Gardening

“When you plant seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet.  You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time.  Similarly, just do your daily practice and cultivate a kind heart.  Abandon impatience and instead be content creating the causes for goodness; the results will come when they’re ready.”

– Thubten Chodron