26 Pleasant St (side entrance), Newburyport, MA
This evening we will begin a slightly different discussion format. Alida will introduce this famous and beloved text, written by the 14th century monk Tokme Zongpo. It is a poem essentializing the entire Buddhist path. We will discuss the first 2 verses, and as we continue to meet in 2017 (we will skip 12/22 due to the holiday season), we will discuss succeeding verses.
We will be using Ken McLeod's translation and commentary called "Reflections on Silver River", which is available at Amazon and bookstores. ** This is a beautifully modern commentary that brings to life very pith instructions and it has aided my practice enormously. I am really looking forward to sharing it with our group. Whether you are new to Buddhism or have been practicing for decades, I am confident that this book and our discussion will enrich your understanding. Here is a taste, from page 7:
"The way of a bodhisattva is a way of internal clarity, a clarity that expresses itself in compassion and enables us to bring all our skills and capabilities to the challenges life presents. When we have the capacity to experience whatever life brings to us, we are not thrown into turmoil by our own reactions. If we can experience the joys, tribulations and pain of this life without being carried away by them and without suppressing them, then we are free, or as free as is possible within the human condition."
Hope to see you there!
**It is not necessary to buy the book in order to join the discussion. However, having read the material will enrich the discussion.
Retired hospice nurse, Interfaith chaplain, yoga teacher Wife, mother, grandmother