"Love is what is left when everything falls away." Amma Thanasanti.
You have among you, next to the Garden of the Gods, a resource: Venerable Thanasanti, a fully-ordained female monk (bhikkhuni) in the Theravada Buddhist Forest tradition for the past 25 years. The name “Thanasanti” in the ancient Pali language means “foundation of peace”. This suits her, as she experiences this refuge directly in the Garden of the Gods and then directs her teaching for others to release suffering and feel the peace of loving support. One of the meanings of Amma is ‘Dear One’ and she likes that - as it is easy to spell, easy to remember and she often refers to friends and students as ‘dear ones’ preferring a reciprocal way of being and relating together.
Requests for her to teach has her traveling a lot. Over winter she is in seclusion to deepen her own meditation and to write, so Amma becomes available here only part of each year – from July-October.
Yet during these few months Amma becomes fully present for you: someone who is committed to walking her talk and supporting you as a guide and friend on your path of spiritual awakening. Soon you will be able to connect with her through Meetup.
Amma cannot be easily categorized. She blends rigor of early Buddhist teachings, with gentle loving encouragement to find your own way - finding a balance between fierce holding of the Dhamma and compassion, tenderness, playfulness and empowerment. These unique qualities are reflected in her website http://awakeningtruth.org/ and blog posts http://awakeningtruth.org/blog/. Like others of her religious order, Amma charges nothing for any of her teachings, for what is genuinely liberating - allows the heart to open and pain and suffering to fall away - is too valuable to buy and sell. She trusts that donations will be sufficient to keep the lights on and a roof over her head. Her faith gives others the opportunity to be generous.
Planned Meetup gatherings:
* Every Saturday 4-6 pm Meditation at Shakti Vihara July 5th –Oct 11th 2014 (except during retreats). We begin with meditation, then listen to a Dhamma talk (which includes essential components of meditation and how it can apply to our lives), followed by tea and engaged discussion.
* Full Moon Vigils June 8th, July 12, Aug 10, Sept 9th and Oct 1, with one final one for the year on Nov 8 * In the moonlight we walk together in silence from Shakti Vihara to the Garden of the Gods. We have time for optional activities of meditation, taking precepts, and short Dhamma reflection before our long walk. With the Garden of the Gods illuminated by moonlight as our cathedral, we touch timelessness and the intimacy of being together. Afterwards we return and share in discussion over very hot tea and snacks.