“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
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
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 email@example.com
Hai An Pagoda MeetUp Page: http://www.meetup.com/Hai-An-Pagoda-Meditation/
“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
Hello Dear Friends,
There will be no Thursday meditation practice tonight at Phap Hoa Buddhist Temple, Vernon, CT. We will resume regular practice next Thursday, 4 December.
“As a factor of the Buddhist path, faith (saddha) does not mean blind belief but a willingness to accept on trust certain propositions that we cannot, at our present stage of development, personally verify for ourselves.”
After we have finished here,
the world will continue it’s quiet turning,
and the years will still transpire,
but now without their numbers,
and the days and months will pass
without the names of Norse and Roman gods.
Time will go by the way it did
before history, pure and unnoticed,
a mystery that arose between the sun and moon
before there was a word
for dawn or noon or midnight,
before there were names for the earth’s
when fruit hung anonymously
from scattered groves of trees,
light on the smooth green side,
shadow on the other.
From “The Art of Drowning” by Billy Collins
“Irrigators guide water;
Fletchers shape arrows;
Carpenters fashion wood;
The well-practiced tame themselves.”
– Dhammapada (145)
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
“We must realize that modern civilization is thoroughly oriented towards dehumanizing humanity in every possible way; that is to say, we are fast turning into robots or statues with no human souls. Our task is to get humanized once more.”