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Anam Cara Meditation Foundation
         Nourishing meditators since 2001
      BLACK LIVES MATTER - WE STAND
                    AGAINST RACISM
May 28, 2020 Satsang - Powerful Practices For Turbulent times led by Lawrence.  For more information about Dr. Lawrence Edwards' books and audio programs please click HERE.
Sofia's Gifts
 
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thich Nhat Hanh, pp 65-66


Community As A Body

In John 15, Jesus says, "I am the true vine... abide in me as I abide in you.  Just as a the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me."  This is close to Buddhism.  Without mindfulness, we cannot bear the fruit of love, understanding, and liberation.  We must bring forth the Buddha in ourselves.  We have to evoke the living Buddha in ourselves in order to become more understanding and move loving.  Jesus said, "Wherever two or more are gathered in My name, there I am."  In Buddhism, it takes at least four persons practicing together to be called a Sangha...

When we live in Sangha, we regard each other as brothers and sisters, and we practice the Six Concords - sharing space, sharing essentials of daily life, observing the same precepts, using only words that contribute to harmony, sharing our insights and understanding, and respecting each other's viewpoints.  A community that follows these principles always lives happily and at peace.

When we gather together to form a Sangha, we practice opening up the confines of our separate self and become a large body of love and understanding.  We and our brothers and sisters are one.  This idea of salvation is echoed in the Eastern Orthodox church, which has even more of a sense of togetherness - [saying] you can only be saved as a community.
 

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 new Thursday night meditation group Zoom link with added security is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/665891390?pwd=RDBZSFBTd0dpNTZwQzFoKzVEUUtYdz09. Meeting 665 891 390.

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!

Kali yuga, this present dark age, is the last in a cycle of four ages. 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, transform the lives of even murderers.  We need to bring the power of our practices, wisdom, love and service into the halls of power, into government and corporate headquarters.  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.

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 

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If you have any questions please email info@anamcara-ny.org.
 
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  • Meditation, Mantra and Kundalini resources from Lawrence.  Click here.
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