Week of November20-26, 2017

Posted on November 21st, 2017 by Laura Roth


Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 11/21 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.  In this liturgy we meditate on Chenrezig and recite his mantra, both of which helps us develop compassion for all living beings.  It is taught that without compassion for others, enlightenment is impossible. Thus the Chenrezig sadhana is central to our practice.
Sunday 11/26
  • 9 – 9:45 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 shamata (calm abiding) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
We practice shamata meditation to overcome mental wandering, distraction and inattention and to develop stability and a sharp, focused mind.  We practice tonglen to develop love and compassion for others.
  • 11- noon video teaching by the 17th Karmapa How to Apply Ancient Wisdom to Modern Times
Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.
Yours in the Dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan

May all beings (including turkeys) be safe and happy!

It is primarily the outer natural world – the plants, forests 
and all the other things made up of the four elements 
that supports our lives, makes is possible for us to breathe, 
give us good health, and so forth.  They sustain us.  
We should be grateful to them.
17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Mantra is endowed with the capacity to purify our mind 
from the veils that obscure it.
Mantra opens the mind to love and compassion 
and leads it to awakening.
Bokar Rinpoche, Chenrezig Lord of Love