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A Garden for Growth

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

We wanted to use the opportunity of this inaugural edition of our Board newsletter to update the status of the project to beautify the garden space at the front of Mahasukha Center.
A little background: At the 2012 Festival of Bliss, our annual fundraiser last December, sangha member Peter Hamon, a professional architect and contractor, had [...]

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Board Members Update

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

We are happy to announce that sangha member Jennifer Pendergast has been elected to the Board starting in October. Jennifer’s devotion to the well-being of the center and professional skills will greatly serve the community. If you see her, please join us in congratulating her.
After years of dedicated service to Mahasukha, Rick Blue has stepped [...]

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Meet TED – The Executive Director

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

While it’s been out and about informally, we would like to officially introduce Brian Reid’s appointment to the role we have affectionately called TED, aka The Executive Director.
In an effort to both serve as a conduit to the Board and the Mahasukha community in both directions, as well as help with resourcing event coordination, and [...]

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The New Mahasukha.org

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

It is with the greatest joy that we announce the upcoming launch of the new Mahasukha.org. Built by the stellar web development team www.colab.coop, the dream of a fresh new Mahasukha site is coming to fruition. The soft launch will feature cool interactive tools, easier navigation and rich new content including the Great Bliss Blog. [...]

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Financial Well-Being

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Recently elected Board member Jennifer Pendergast will be taking on the role of Assistant Treasurer this October. Jennifer will become the primary Treasurer in January 2014. Congratulations Jennifer!
This month, we hired a new accounting firm NFP Partners (www.nfppartners.com) to handle all of our bookkeeping and accounting needs. They have been working on finalizing our IRS [...]

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New Exciting Fall 2013 Programs

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

The Curriculum Committee has generated a fall season full of exciting new and recurring events. Here are a just few highlights:
Insight Meditation Workshop
Experiments with Wisdom: The Buddha’s Four Applications of Mindfulness
Fri-Sun., Oct. 25-27 with Douglas Veenhof
Last February, Douglas taught a progression of meditations at Mahasukha that can lead to the effortless, single-pointed concentration called shamatha, [...]

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Fall 2011 Letter from the Editor

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Hello again and welcome to the late fall edition of the Mahasukha newsletter!  I hope this finds you happy and well rested after the Thanksgiving holiday.  Whether you gathered at an old family table, with loved ones or strangers, over turkey or tofu, I hope it was a holy-day.  To take the time to stop [...]

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Open Letter to the Sangha

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Geshe Michael Roach, speaking on bodhisattva vow #35, a secondary offense against the morality of working for others: “Failing to assist someone in need out of anger or laziness.”
“We’re maybe gonna get a place in Connecticut, where we can all do retreats.  We can have special programs there. We may get a place in 6th [...]

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Teaching Spotlight: How to Debate

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Submitted by Ryan Dally
On Saturday, November 12th, Lama Mira and Lama Cliff were kind enough to pass along the tradition of Buddhist Debate to the students of Mahasukha. The evening warmed up with Lama Mira and some lively conversation over the existential questions of Buddhism, like “Does the Buddha see suffering?”, “Do we have free [...]

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Remaining Human: A Buddhist Perspective on Occupy Wallstreet

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

This article by Michael Stone was brought to my attention by several sangha members.  It was originally published at http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/10/remaining-human-a-buddhist-perspective-on-occupy-wall-street/.  Sending out love and light to Occupy protesters in cities across the country and the world.
A man stands on a bench in Zuccotti Park on Wall Street and chants a phrase from a meeting [...]

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