Archive for November 30th, 2011

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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Summerfest and More in Pictures

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The following images show just some of the fun events and incredible teachings held at the Mahasukha Center this past summer and early fall.  Please click on each thumbnail to see the full image.  From top to bottom:  Cliff Wagner, Bluegrass musician extraordinare kicking off the first ever performance at Mahasukha Live!, Beach Bodhisattva Bonfire [...]

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Kids Corner: Meditation for Children

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Editor’s Note:  This article was originally published under the title “Relax, kids:  Meditation touted as stress buster for children” in the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail.  In her piece Tralee Pearce touches on many of the important aspects of meditation outside of stress, including mindfulness and emptiness.  This is the corrected version that was [...]

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Eluding Happiness: A Buddhist and Christmas

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Editor’s Note:  This is an older article by Jess Row dealing with the themes of giving and gratitude from the December 2005 issue of the online publication Slate.  I think the ideas in this article are still pertinent as we enter into the holiday season. Note it was subtitled:  A Buddhist problem with Christmas, but [...]

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Quotables: Thanksgiving Grace Everyday

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

If you’re looking for a short but sweet grace to say before your meal, here are a few options.  Hopefully one of these will speak to the hearts and minds gathered at your table no matter what faith or faiths are being practiced.  I hope as you read through these, you consider how fortunate we [...]

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Call for Submissions

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Looking for an opportunity to give this coming holiday season?  Consider helping out by contributing your ideas and photos for the next newsletter!  While my heart is always in sunny California, its hard to keep the content of the newsletter current from Illinois on my own.  I am more than happy to accept both original [...]

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