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.
Chua Phap Hoa
85 Prospect Street
Vernon, CT 06066
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.
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.
“My storehouse having been burnt down, nothing obstructs my view of the bright moon.” — Masahide, Zen poet
“Helping others is a question of being genuine and projecting that genuineness to others. This way of being doesn’t have a title or a name particularly. It is just being ultimately decent.” – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Please join us on Thursday, September 25th for a special practice honoring the contributions of Thich Nhat Hanh. We will blend chanting, seated and walking meditation, with a special practice led by The Venerable Thay Thien Loi, Abbot of Phap Hoa Buddhist Temple. This will be an opportunity to honor the many wonderful contributions of Thich Nhat Hanh to Buddhist practice both in the East and the West.
Practice will begin at 6:45 PM and conclude at 9:00 PM.
Phap Hoa Buddhist Temple
85 Prospect Street
Vernon, CT 06066
“When people start to meditate or to work with any kind of spiritual discipline, they often think that somehow they’re going to improve, which is a sort of subtle aggression against who they really are. It’s a bit like saying, ‘If I jog, I’ll be a much better person.’ ‘ If I could only get a nicer house, I’d be a better person.’ ‘ If I could meditate and calm down, I’d be a better person.’ Or the scenario may be that they find fault with others; they might say, ‘If it weren’t for my husband, I’d have a perfect marriage.’ ‘If it weren’t for the fact that my boss and I can’t get on, my job would be just great.’ And ‘If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent.’
“But lovingkindness — maitri — toward ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is not to try to change ourselves. Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. That’s the ground, that’s what we study, that’s what we come to know with tremendous curiosity and interest.”
Pema Chodron, from The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-kindness
Ruth King is a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, and a member of its Board of Directors. She is also the founder of Mindful Members Practice Community in Charlotte, NC. King is the author of Soothing The Inner Flames of Rage–Meditations That Educate the Heart and Transform the Mind (Sacred Spaces Press 2007), and Healing Rage–Women Making Inner Peace Possible (Gotham 2007).
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