Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Michele Martin's reflections on the new center

As I regularly visit the new Buddhist temple to watch its progress, I often think about the history it represents. Of course it dates back to the Buddha, the man who learned and taught the art of sitting quietly until the mind finds peace, tranquility and compassion.

The Kagyu lineage of this temple dates back to Tibet over a thousand years ago. Through the centuries, the teachings of the Kagyu founders have passed from one teacher and continent to another. Our local teachers were trained in the Kagyu teachings under the direction of Venerable Lama Lodru Rinpoche of KDK center in San Francisco.

Much of the materials and labor that are going into the meditation center are donated. Fundraisers include so many volunteers. A true community of Buddhists and non-Buddhists have come together to create this sacred space. As history goes forward, students will continue studies in meditation, ethics and compassion, each trying to contribute toward creating individual and world peace.

Michele Martin