Week of May 8-14, 2017

Posted on May 8th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday May 9 7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana, Confession of Downfalls

Saturday 5/13  we will be participating in the Tulip Fest, in Washington Park, Albany, from 11AM-6PM.  Also on Sunday, same hours.  Please join us.

Sunday 5/14   Happy Mothers Day!

  • 9 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)

Please Note:   there will be no teaching at 11. Come see us at the Tulip Fest instead! Bring your Mom!

Wishing you a lovely week ahead and always.

Yours In the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

The most exalted example Buddhists use to explain compassion is motherhood. Consider all that your mother probably has done for you since the time you were conceived – carrying you for 9 months, experiencing the hardship of labor and birth, feeding and clothing you, taking care of all your needs, and worrying about you long after you reach adulthood. Most mothers never stop caring unconditionally for their children.  Regardless of whether one believes in reincarnation or not, one can suppose that all living beings are like mothers to us.  The food that appears before us at dinner was grown, packaged and prepared by people we probably do not know.  The clothes we are wearing were produced by people we probably will never meet.  Yet we are benefiting from their hopes, dreams and labor.  Plants, animals and raw materials have all been used to provide us these things.  This is the interdependence that characterizes life – no one thing exists by itself alone, or can survive alone.  We are all part of one world ecology and the world is extremely compassionate to us. 

The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Walking the Path of Environmental Buddhism through Compassion and Emptiness