Meditation & Buddhism in Massachusetts http://www.meditationinmass.org Meditation Classes in Massachusetts and Maine Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:35:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bowl-A-Rama Fundraising Tips http://www.meditationinmass.org/bowl-rama-fundraising-tips/ Sat, 21 May 2016 14:44:58 +0000 http://www.meditationinmass.org/?p=14236 Everyone is important and needed in order to help us reach our fundraising goal of $3500 for our Good Karma Bowl-A-Rama! Since we are a non-profit, we rely entirely upon the support of our community both energetically and financially.  Fundraisers are a great opportunity to extend the network of support through our community members reaching […]

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Everyone is important and needed in order to help us reach our fundraising goal of $3500 for our Good Karma Bowl-A-Rama! Since we are a non-profit, we rely entirely upon the support of our community both energetically and financially.  Fundraisers are a great opportunity to extend the network of support through our community members reaching out to their friends, family and co-workers.  Below are a few tips in helping get sponsored by your network of people:

1. Posting about our fundraiser to facebook and sending an e-mail to your personal network of family and friends asking them to donate through our Bowl-A-Rama website page.  Make what you share personal by explaining how much the center means to you so that your people can help raise funds for a cause you’re passionate about whether or not they have a connection to the center already.

2. Help folks connect our fundraising event with our purpose as a meditation center in a fun way with witty catch phrases like “get your mind out of the gutter” / “strike out the obstacles to inner peace” /  “can you spare to donate for inner peace?” etc.

3. In an e-mail or facebook post, you can remind those you’re close to that by supporting the Center, they are helping create a place of inner peace and refuge in New England and beyond. You can share some of your experience about how the classes at Serlingpa or Atisha have helped you, and what the Center means to you. Your e-mail/post can be very personal and is a great opportunity to talk about your experience of Buddha’s teachings and what you get from Dharma in your everyday life. In this way, those you love will make a connection with how important the Center is to you, and they can engage in the beneficial action of donating!

4. Don’t forget, all donations are tax deductible! We are a 501©(3) organization and thus any donation to Serlingpa can be deducted from one’s taxes. This is always a good point to mention!

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New Year’s resolutions: a work in progress http://www.meditationinmass.org/13203-2/ Tue, 05 Jan 2016 01:30:10 +0000 http://www.meditationinmass.org/?p=13203 I gave up making New Year’s resolutions when I realized that come the 1st February I couldn’t even remember what I had promised anymore. So I’m going to try and re-inspire myself – and hopefully you too – to make resolutions that are sustainable. I think the first thing that lets us down is not […]

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I gave up making New Year’s resolutions when I realized that come the 1st February I couldn’t even remember what I had promised anymore. So I’m going to try and re-inspire myself – and hopefully you too – to make resolutions that are sustainable.

I think the first thing that lets us down is not believing that we can achieve the goals we set ourselves; fundamentally, not believing we can really change. But our minds are infinitely flexible. We know we are constantly changing: we start off the day all optimistic, and my the time we get to work we’re grumpy again. Although we often see this changeability moving in the wrong direction, it does show us how fluid the state of our mind is! This should give us confidence that we can learn to channel that change in a positive direction. That starts with our imagination. We need a mental image of the person we want to become, and we believe we can become that person because who we are is not fixed.

As well as developing this confidence in our potential, we also need to be able to accept who we are right now. Otherwise, we expect the changes we want to happen immediately and become discouraged whenever negative mental habit-patterns arise again. Although we want to change, we can only do that from the foundation of where we are. If we don’t understand ourselves, there is no basis to grow. For example, lots of people every year make a resolution to do more exercise – why doesn’t that resolution stick? To answer that, you need to be able to identify what internal roadblocks you are putting up, what fears and insecurities are preventing you wanting to engage. Only by knowing our own mind, and accepting that as our starting point (however messy it might be) can we move on and make positive changes.

I think it can be easy to lose touch with who we are. We have so many different roles and responsibilities, people expect so much of us, we become so busy being what other people demand of us that we don’t really know who we are anymore. And we can use that as a way of hiding from the parts of our self we don’t want to acknowledge… but without accepting ourselves as we are we have no foundation to build on. We have to be happy with ourselves if we are to become better people. Geshe-la says:

If we are excessively self-critical we shall turn in upon ourself and become discouraged, and this will make it very difficult for us to turn our mind to cherishing others. Although it is necessary to be aware of our faults, we should not hate ourself for them… Abandoning self-cherishing completely is not easy and will take a long time. If we are not happy with ourself, or foolishly neglect our own well-being, we shall have neither the confidence nor the energy to effect such a radical spiritual transformation.

We should not feel discouraged when we identify our delusions because this is the first step to overcoming them. We simply accept ‘this is where I’m at right now; I’m a work in progress. Now I can let this go and become the person I want to be.’ The only thing that can ever prevent us from achieving that is our own discouragement – as long as we stay focused on our potential we will gradually move towards it.

More inspiration for the New Year:  Beginners’ Retreat  |  Love vs. Attachment

(post compliments of Dharmawaves Blog, http://meditateinnorthants.com)

 

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Living In the Moment http://www.meditationinmass.org/living-in-the-moment/ Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:02:27 +0000 http://www.meditationinmass.org/?p=12690 The post Living In the Moment appeared first on Meditation & Buddhism in Massachusetts.

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Living In the Moment

We try to escape from the present moment because we are not happy with where we are; we feel like the past or the future can offer us something better. We are often so dissatisfied with our life and the choices we feel are open to us. But from a spiritual perspective, we are in the best possible position: we have the opportunity to change our mind, and learn from every situation we find ourselves in. The Kadampa teachings allow us to make anything into part of our spiritual path; because we have these teachings in our heart, we have the perfect conditions for spiritual growth. It doesn’t matter how busy we are or how many problems we have, we can make it all a part of our inner development. Because we have such perfect conditions for spiritual growth, our choices are actually limitless. So why would I want things to be other than the way they are? If we keep a spiritual perspective, we won’t want to waste our life being trapped in the past or worrying about the future; we will be glad to be in this moment, thinking ‘I am so happy to be exactly where I am right now.’

I find the teachings on karma to be very helpful in maintaining this perspective. That seems strange at first, because karma means thinking about our past actions and the future effects of our actions – how is that keeping us in the present moment? Remembering karma helps us stay in the moment because we realize that it is our actions in this moment that create our future. In each instant, I am forming my future experiences; every moment is a potential goldmine… or a minefield. I don’t want to miss a second of it.

Using mindfulness to stay focused on our present intentions and actions keeps our mind clear of all concerns about the past or future. We can still make plans for the future, but we won’t get caught up in them because we know it is the good karma we can collect now that is the main condition we need to fulfil our wishes.

 Further reading: Modern Buddhism

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#GivingTuesday http://www.meditationinmass.org/givingtuesday/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 23:47:27 +0000 http://www.meditationinmass.org/?p=12561 The post #GivingTuesday appeared first on Meditation & Buddhism in Massachusetts.

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