Join us for a Maitri Bhavana Practice led by Candia Ludy as a way for our worldwide community to come together to practice for the wellbeing of others each month. “Maitri Bhavana Second Sunday” includes a brief talk, a discussion period, and Maitri Bhavana practice. Maitri Bhavana is a regularly scheduled mahayana practice for the seriously ill, or for major global turmoil and disasters. It contains tonglen practice and may be done by anyone. If you would like to add the name of someone who is seriously ill to the maitri bhavana list so people can do practice for their wellbeing, please click here. You can also add the name of a current world event where there is turmoil, strife, and disaster and we will practice for those affected.
Candia Ludy first encountered the teachings of Buddhism and Shambhala in 1980 when she read Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. She stayed a bookstore Buddhist until realizing she needed more and began attending her local Shambhala center in NYC. Candia lived at Karme Choling in VT for two years (1989-1990). She attended the 1992 Vajrayana Seminary at Drala Mountain Center and continued to return for the summer programs, mainly as a coordinator, until 2007. For the next eleven years Candia cared for her sister until her death from dementia. In 2007, her focus also pivoted to working with Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche (see Shambhala Online’s Exploring Foundational Buddhist Teachings). Together they created Pema Karpo Meditation Center and Jeweled Lotus Publishing, whose translations are sold on Amazon. Candia, while diving deeply into Nyingma Tibetan Buddhism and the study of Sukavati, continues to feel the Shambhala teachings and practices are priceless.