“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
The Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness (1990)
Dear Friends of Bhavana community,
This collection of pages was first published in September of 2020 as daily e-mails to help us all deal with the ravages of Covid. I am keeping these resources available in September of 2021 because the delta variant is pressing hard on the medical resources social resources. Most of us have been vaccinated and that seems to be alleviating some of the pressure but the hospitals are full and people are dying all over the world. If there was ever a time that we can be inspired by the teachings on kindness, it is now.
I would bet that practicing more kindness is not at the top of your priorities in this time of so many anxieties; coronavirus, racial and gender inequity issues and the ongoing political unrest with the country in conflict about the presidential election. However, since the Covid lockdown in March, the Monday evening study group has been exploring the teachings on kindness through a program called Universal Empathy which is offered by Tricycle Magazine and Bodhi College. The teachings have provided a stable and comforting resource while we navigate these troubling times. We felt the teachings were so important that we wanted to practice more consistently ourselves and to share the teachings with as many people as we could. This project emerged from group consensus and we began to explore ways to make that happen. We agreed that if we were to have a 30 day program that we could commit to and were accountable to the group, we would all be more likely to take it seriously. This program is the result of our personal commitments to increasing kindness in ourselves and we are sharing it in hopes that others will join us for this project. To get on the e-mail list, sign up at the top of this page. To just follow along, feel free to check the website and just see where we have been. We love it that you want to practice. You don't have to belong.