Saturday, February 26, 2011, 7:00pm ~ UUCA 1911 Cliff Valley Way, Atlanta, GA 30319 ~ ~ $15 Tickets available at 222.PowerofSounds.com & at the door.
Enjoy your day wherever you are!
An affectionate disposition not only makes the mind more peaceful and calm, but it affects our body in a positive way too. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
Everybody, even the best of us, will sometimes behave ingloriously, and to think otherwise is to be hemmed in by vanity. As sad sinners wandering through samsara, one of the few things we can count on is that we are on occasion going to screw up miserably. For those of us who are exceptionally reliable in this regard, it is nothing less than a saving grace, is it not, that in our guise as bodhisattvas, falling down on the job is the biggest part of the job, and sometimes, somehow, failure, if allowed to do its work, can actually be surprisingly emancipatory. It can even help make us whole. We have to try to be better—wiser, kinder, more generous—people, but mostly there’s no getting away from our embarrassing, maddening, harebrained selves. ~ Andrew Cooper, “The Debacle”
This sailor is a Buddhism chaplain in the Navy serving all troops.
Read about how it all works serving and being Buddhist.
Namaste , Talon
If you have a supportive sangha, it’s easy to nourish your bodhicitta, the seeds of enlightenment. If you don’t have anyone who understands you, who encourages you in the practice of the living dharma, your desire to practice may wither. Your sangha—family, friends, and copractitioners—is the soil, and you are the seed. No matter how vigorous the seed is, if the soil does not provide nourishment, your seed will die. A good sangha is crucial for the practice. Please find a good sangha or help create one.
– Thich Nhat Hanh, “The Fertile soil of Sangha” (please read this whole article . Thich is always worth reading!)