War … mass shootings … political polarization that divides friends and family … racism, intolerance and the violence coming from that …
As our fear about It All increases, as our grief over people being hurt deepens … we may feel helpless. What can we do to make things better? How can we talk to co-workers, friends or family who seem to be blinded by their politics and who feel the same way about us? How can we fix things when everything seems so big and complicated, so beyond our reach?
The Buddhist answer for the past 2600 years has been … start with yourself. We may not be able to fix the world but we can work with our own minds and emotions so as not to worsen the mess, create more problems because of our pain. We can touch into the innate wisdom, wholeness (Buddha Nature) and caring (karuna) that is who we truly are and allow that to heal us. Having done so, we can then extend that innate warmth and goodness to others.
On Sunday mornings we come together (in Zoom) for an hour of guided meditations aimed at connecting with this innate wholeness and healing. We do a bit of Buddhist chanting to add some power to the mix. Then we work with tonglen (sending and taking) practice to send healing out to those who are suffering through fear and hatred … and through bodily hurt or illness. When we change our minds we change our world.
After the first hour, for those who choose to stay, we will have a group sharing (about half-an-hour) on whatever came up earlier.
Please join us. When we change our hearts, we change our world. Use the following link to enter our Zoom session on Sunday morning: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82660310463