Abode Village View – March 29
As the great Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön says,“Sometimes when things fall apart, well, that’s the big opportunity to change.”
Change is a constant in life, of course. Sometimes change is our choice and that makes it seem easier to manage. When change is thrust upon us, it is often not as easily or gracefully accepted.
Things are falling apart, and it is up to us to pick up the pieces and create change and new things.
Yes, the Abode is facing another great challenge: the prospect of no rental events or programs until August, and perhaps beyond. Our 45th anniversary celebration, our major projects and capital campaign, the evolution of services, are all disrupted.
So, we must scale down to a bare minimum to adapt to this change and challenge. Details are still being worked on, and we cannot delay too much. It will be painful, but we must push through the discomfort.
We will focus on maintaining our mission and our core, and explore what progress we can make during this upheaval, this further hollowing out. We will emerge smaller and more focused on service to a world in need of grace.
We are lucky to have so many beautiful beings at work holding us, and inspiring us and others with their light and grace. There is much beauty emerging from the chaos. We are humbled and grateful.
We are the points of the arrows heading towards the future.
During Women’s History Month the Abode is sharing quotes by women from a variety of faith backgrounds. Last week we shared quotes from Florence Nightingale, an English social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.
This week we are featuring Pema Chödrön, an American Buddhist nun. From the website, The Pema Chödrön Foundation:
[Born] in New York City…She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Pema has two children and three grandchildren.
While in her mid-thirties, Pema traveled to the French Alps and encountered Lama Chime Rinpoche, with whom she studied for several years. She became a novice nun in 1974 while studying with Lama Chime in London. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa came to England at that time, and Pema received her ordination from him….
Pema currently teaches in the United States and Canada and plans for an increased amount of time in solitary retreat under the guidance of Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.
Pema is interested in helping establish the monastic tradition in the West, as well in continuing her work with Buddhists of all traditions, sharing ideas and teachings.
Sufi Message Class Led by Atayna | April 2 | 7:00 PM EDT
We pray you are well, healthy, and happy! The Inayati Center at the Abode will be Zooming it’s Thursday classes for the foreseeable future. Please join us on line for inspiration, meditation and social sharing! All are welcome.
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