Executive Director Leslie Shelton reflects on how Sukhasiddhi's volunteers embody the practice of dana (selfless service, or generosity), one of the three central practices of Buddhism often overlooked by Westerners. WE HAVE certainly had our share of community and nationwide challenges in Northern California this past year — floods; enormous fires, loss of power and evacuations; and now the COVID 19 virus bringing things to
THE FIRST of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths is the acknowledgment of the pain and suffering that is a natural part of our human experience.
You’ve been with Sukhasiddhi for almost 20 years and have been a steady and generous volunteer since the beginning. Tell me a bit about your spiritual life, and how you came to be at Sukhasiddhi. Ever since I was a hippie living in India when I was 20 years old, I’ve been addicted to the dharma.
Bodhisattva A bodhisattva is someone who has committed themselves to courageously walk the spiritual path. They are motivated by bodhicitta (the aspiration to benefit beings) and guided by wisdom and compassion. A bodhisattva has vowed to undertake the spiritual path for the benefit of all beings. While putting the well being of others before themselves and engaging in acts of generosity, morality/ethics, patience, diligence, meditative
With the fear and uncertainty of the current world situation, we wanted to offer a Tara practice which my be of benefit to you. Tara is reknown for eliminating fear, and Jetsun Drolma Ritö Loma Gyönma is one of the 21 Taras.who specifically protects from contagious diseases, pandemics and fevers by destroying them and bringing ease, health, and well-being.
Lama Pat Berube discusses the changes that have come since the publication of Elizabeth Kübler-Ross's ground breaking book, On Death and Dying, started a revolution in how we care for the dying.