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“Paying regular visits to yourself”

Tonight, Thursday 4/14/16 we are delighted to have a very special guest teacher, the American Buddhist nun, Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Ph.D. who lead a session of meditation and give a talk on “Lovingkindness in Theory and Practice”. Her bio appear below.

We will not have our usual mindful movement session in order to take advantage of this special occasion. The evening will begin at 6:00 PM with meditation, followed by the talk. There will be ample time for Q and A.

For more information about our very special guest teacher, and an upcoming talk she will be giving on Sunday, April 17, at 2 pm at Chaminade University, please see below.

Dear friends,
Joan Baez once said:
“You don’t get to choose when and how you die, but you do get to choose how you live now.”

This simple point always gets me.

And from the early teachers of Judaism as recorded in the Talmud:

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now. Love mercy now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, nor are you free to abandon it.”

This path is really about how we choose to live now.

We need to renew our commitment every moment to “love mercy now” and to “walk humbly now.”

And to do this well, we need to be alert and awake to what is going on inside us as continuously as we can, so if we notice we are getting irritated at something or someone, we can warn ourselves so we don’t trip ourselves up.

Our wonderful meditation practice allows us to cultivate this capacity to be alert and awake to our deepest aspirations for ourselves and others – and also see how we sometime stray.

With practice we can make nearly effortless, daily little mid-course corrections.

We need this practice, our mindfulness practice, of “paying regular visits to yourself” — as Rumi describes:
“We meet at this appointed time.

You’ve read where it says that

Lovers pray constantly.

Once a day, once a week, five times an hour,

Is not enough. Fish like us

Need the ocean around us.

Do camel-bells say, Let’s meet again

Thursday night?

Ridiculous. They jingle

Together continuously,

Talking while the camel walks.

Do you pay regular visits to yourself?

Don’t argue or answer rationally.

And dying, reply.”

Can you “jingle together continuously” as you go about your life, your mindfulness and you?

Katina and I are here to support your meditation practice in any way we can.

Tom, Katina, Uilalani and Kupaianaha

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