By Harrison Blum
The Buddha once taught that “All is aflame...with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion.” It can certainly seem like the world is on fire right now amidst the pandemic, the murder of George Floyd and many others, and the protests against racist policing. Many of us may understandably seek to simplify the factors at play as we try to navigate our daily choices and convictions, despite inherent nuance and complexity. We may find ourselves striving to ensure zero risk of Covid infection, or to arrive fully and permanently at being “anti-racist enough,” even as a wiser part of ourselves knows better than to seek firm land amidst a moving sea.
The Buddha’s teaching on bhava-tanha (craving being or existence) and vibhava-tanha (craving non-being or nonexistence) can be a useful frame for some of our well-intentioned but misguided reactions to Covid and racism. Join us as we meditate, reflect, and speak on how to stay grounded and engaged in the space between complete security and avoidant aversion.
Join Harrison for practice and a Dharma Talk on Wednesday, July 22; 7:00-8:30pm via Zoom.
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By Rebecca Bradshaw
As the next decade begins, we are coming into a world that is manifesting huge amounts of greed, hatred, and delusion. We are going to need help navigating this coming year and beyond; we are going to need a strong and resilient heart. During a six month series of talks, we will explore the Buddha’s practices to develop this heart. Each month we will look at beautiful mind/heart states that the Buddha encourages us to nurture, including the four divine abodes (Brahmaviharas), forgiveness and gratitude.
The quality of equanimity is the great balancer to the heartwarming practices of loving kindness, compassion, and appreciative joy. This practice explores letting go of any contraction or demands that the heart has accumulated during the strengthening of our connections with others. By releasing our efforts to control, we find the heart settling more and more fully into reality, ever expanding and becoming boundless.
Sit together remotely with other sangha members in a relaxed online atmosphere (7:00) and enjoy a dharma talk by Rebecca Bradshaw (7:35).
Wednesday, July 8, 7pm. Zoom Link. Password: 242.
Dial in by phone for audio only: Call (646) 558-8656. Meeting ID: 943 156 1684. Password: 242.
In the field of collective consciousness, the long standing harm of racism is breaking through the long standing denial of it through systemized white privilege.
How can the Buddha’s teachings continue to guide us as our hearts and minds explore the questions of compassion, wise action and self care within these specific conditions around us and within us?
Please join Jean for meditation, dharma talk and group discussion. No pre-registration needed.
June 20; 10:00am-11:45pm
By Jean Esther
Tonights dharma talk by Jean Esther will be on Wise Action as a factor of the Noble Eight-Fold Path.
Given the national climate in response to the murder of George Floyd, there will be an opportunity for small break out group discussions for us to be in community together to explore these teachings.
Zoom Link. Password: 242.
Dial in by phone for audio only:
Call (646) 558-8656. Meeting ID: 943 156 1684. Password: 242.
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