Welcome to the
Boston Old Path Sangha
Upcoming Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, August 23, 9:30 am - 2 pm
Chua Vietnam 68 Bradeen Street, Roslindale
Touching Suffering in Gaza and in me to embrace
led by Avi Magidoff
"Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering
in the life of the world. Find ways to be with those who are suffering – awaken
yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world." (Thich
Nhat Hanh) ?
"Taking refuge in the Sangha in myself, I aspire
to help all people build fourfold communities, to embrace all beings
and support their transformation.” (The Three Refuges)
In my practice my theme right now is of being with
suffering, embracing suffering and all beings, and how to respond
to situations like Gaza. How do I embrace all beings be they so-called
victims or so-called perpetrators, close to me or far away, allowing
both to be who they are with all their imperfections, and offering
a path to peace?
Taking refuge (and even surrender, pranidahna) is
another big practice theme for me, and one of the refuges we take
is the Sangha Jewel, which might not always feel the diamond we thought
we wanted on a wedding ring. Looking at these two themes and Shantideva's
(Boddhicharyavatara ch 8) advice on meditation and exchanging self
and others, will be our playground for this day.
We will have a picnic style lunch (BYOF – bring
your own food), outside if weather permits, somewhat less formal
than usual, allowing for more relaxed social time. Please bring a
sandwich, salad, or other food item you would like to have for lunch.
And if you would like to bring something else to share with others
that is always appreciated. The afternoon will include Dharma Sharing
and total relaxation.
In keeping with the BOPS tradition, do join us at
any time for any length of time.