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Anam Cara Meditation Foundation
         Nourishing meditators since 2001
June 25, 2020 Satsang - Advaita Vedanta - the Ashtavakra Samhita and the Nirvana Shatakam; the Heart Sutra and Tara mantra chant. For more information about Dr. Lawrence Edwards' books and audio programs please click HERE.
Sofia's Gifts
 
  By Rachel Wooten, PhD


"Tara is ineffable, unknowable, the Deepest Mystery.
Yet when you call out to her for assistance, she appears.
Tara manifests as an inner state of calm and repose, of clarity
and purpose, of wisdom and compassion.  She manifests in
outer events through every form of material existence.

Tara manifests in you, around you and through you."
Rachel Wooten, PhD, p.9

Rachel Wooten's new book is filled with insights, teachings, and practices that make the living presence of Tara accessible to everyone.  Tara is compassion in all it's forms, ranging from the gentle strength of Green Tara to the ferocious strength of Black Tara, the 21 forms of Tara are single-minded in their resolve to relieve all suffering.  Rachel share's her own profound experiences as well as passing on the wisdom she has gathered from Tibetan masters she has studied with in the Tara tradition.  Tara is rooted in the Kali tradition and the universal power of the Divine Feminine reverberates throughout this book.  I highly recommend it.  We did a satsang program dedicated to Tara on 4/23/20 that is on our YouTube channel.  Click HERE to view it.  We need to practice compassion for ourselves and others to overcome the afflicted mind states that give rise to suffering.  Tara is your power of compassion.  She is the face of compassion, the mirror of your compassionate, radically free, pure loving nature.  We may begin by relating to her as an "other", but that is only the view of the afflicted mind.  In truth, She is You!  Come home to that awareness and know radical freedom, the freedom to loving, kind, wise and serene at all times, in all places.  Come home to your true nature! 
Jai Tara Ma!
Om Tare Tam Soha!
Jai Kali Ma!
Emaho!

Dear Friends,

Our mission at Anam Cara is to make meditation training freely available to everyone and to support people in their ongoing meditation practices. We do this through free weekly programs now on Zoom, our website, retreats, courses, YouTube, and this e-newsletter.

The Thursday night meditation group Zoom link with added security is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/665891390?pwd=RDBZSFBTd0dpNTZwQzFoKzVEUUtYdz09. Meeting 665 891 390.  password: OmKaliMa. The program begins at 7:15pm NY time.

Given the state of turmoil in the world, it is especially important that we have an inner state of calm centeredness that empowers us to bring wisdom, compassion and transformation into the world. This is Dharma in action.  The practices protect and envelop us in Dharma Shakti, the power of Dharma.  Adhering to dharma, the ego mind becomes a selfless servant of All, the One that has become the many. Meditation culminates in knowing directly that you are the One and the many, nothing left out.  Tat twam asi!  Thou Art That!

Kali yuga, this present dark age, is the last in a cycle of four ages described in Eastern meditative traditions. Across the ages the cow, symbolizing dharma, has been weakened.  She stood strong on all four legs in the first age, satya yuga, the high point of truth and dharma in the world.  With each successive age she has lost a leg, symbolizing the decline of truth and dharma.  In this dark age, when the beloved cow of dharma is on her last leg, we are her legs, we have to stand for dharma, walk dharma into the world, be dharma warriors actively walking love, compassion, wisdom and service into the world. In the past it was fine to wrap oneself in practices, merge into unity consciousness and let go of the rest of the world!  Not now!  Out of the caves, out of monasteries, off our cushions, we have to take dharma, the truth, the love and the practices, fearlessly into all environments. We may cry a river of tears for all the pain and suffering in the world and we stand as a pillar of fire, the fire of love and compassion, illuminating the way forward, the way of dharma in action.  Be the light that illumines all around you!

When I was offering meditation programs in prisons for years I saw the power of grace, Shakti Kundalini, inherent in the mantras and practices, even transform the lives of murderers.  We need to bring the power of our practices, wisdom, love and service into the halls of power, into government and corporate headquarters and into underserved communities.  The economic and political systems we've evolved are the epitome of kali yuga - profits above all, empty, afflicted individuals voraciously consuming the environment and people with no end to their hunger for power and possessions. May our practices empower us to be agents of wakefulness, love and compassion as we work to transform our economic and political systems. Meditation is key to our inner and outer transformation. Though meditation we directly experience our innate fullness, free of want or need.  In meditation we directly experience our unity with all - the illusion of "other" is seen through.  There is only One, the Divine, known by so many different names, but always the One.  Tat Twam Asi!  Thou Art That!

As a non-profit educational organization we are grateful for the support of participants and donors whose generosity makes all this possible. Because of your generous gifts we are in our 19th year of serving meditators and seekers around the world. I deeply appreciate the many ways people help us to fulfill our mission, including sharing this newsletter with others and telling people about our programs.  It's a privilege for me to serve the Anam Cara community.  Please contact me, le@anamcara-ny.org, if you have anything you would like to share with me. 

With love and respect for all,

Lawrence Edwards, PhD - Founder & Director
Anam Cara Meditation Foundation

Weekly Meditation Program
Thursday Evenings  7:15-8:30pm
Online Anam Cara Meditation Center
For the next several months we will have a virtual meditation group via Zoom.
Everyone is welcome.  This is a recurring meeting for Thursday night meditation starting at 7:15pm New York time.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/665891390?pwd=RDBZSFBTd0dpNTZwQzFoKzVEUUtYdz09

Meeting ID: 665 891 390   Password: OmKaliMa

Download Chants & Mantras and the Heart Sutra HERE.
If you have any questions please email info@anamcara-ny.org.
 
Meditation Resources:
  • Free written and guided meditation recordings from Anam Cara Meditation.  Click here.
  • Meditation, Mantra and Kundalini resources from Lawrence.  Click here.
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