While Eating a Pear, by Billy Collins

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

uncountable things,

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

Evening Recital

Homage and Refuge

Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dhammaya, Namo Sanghaya

Homage to the enlightened Buddha, perfect in wisdom and compassion

Homage to the noble Dhamma, the universal law the Buddha taught

Homage to the Holy Sangha, the protectors of the noble Dhamma

To this triple gem I go for refuge.

Aspiration

If I have strayed from the true path, may I never do so again.  If I have carelessly hurt someone today, by word or deed, may I be more mindful next time. O Buddha, the Enlightened One, help me set my heart right. May my actions reflect your love and compassion. I shall strive to cleanse my heart from hate and envy, and live in harmony with all people.  I shall be close to the Dhamma, in good as well as difficult times.  I know that should the moment come for me to leave this world, I shall do so without fear or regret because I leave this world a better person than when I came into it.  Whatever wrong someone may do to me, may I be compassionate and forgive and bear no hatred in my heart.  I shall be in mind to be grateful for the acts of love and consideration shown to me, no matter how small they appear to be.  For those I love and those who love me, may this life be a blessing and a source of happiness to all beings

Guanyin Celebration at Phap Hoa!

Please join us on Sunday, October 19th at Phap Hoa  for our celebration of Guanyin (Avalokitesvara), the bodhisattva of compassion.  Sunday’s practice will begin at 11:00 AM and include chanting, prostrations to Guanyin and a dharma talk. The practice will be followed by a delicious vegetarian luncheon, music and fellowship!   For more info, call 860-896-6999.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guanyin

Chua Phap Hoa

85 Prospect Street

Vernon, CT  06066

Morning Recital

Homage and Refuge

Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dhammaya, Namo Sanghaya

Homage to the enlightened Buddha, perfect in wisdom and compassion,

Homage to the noble Dhamma, the universal law the Buddha taught,

Homage to the Holy Sangha, the protectors of the noble Dhamma,

To this triple gem I go for refuge.

Aspiration

May the Buddha guide my thoughts and actions throughout the day. May the Dhamma help me to be strong in moments of weakness, brave in times of trouble and calm in the face of changing fortunes. May the Sangha inspire me to act with kindness, patience and forgiveness in my dealings with others, including those who are unfriendly to me.