Key West Tara Mandala
      A Tibetan Buddhist Sangha
       May All Beings Benefit
Key West Tara Mandala is a Florida Keys Tibetan Buddhist 
Sangha (community) within the teaching lineage of 
Lama Tsultrim Allione 
and led by Ellen Booth Church (Yeshe Choepel).

All are welcome.
 
"The Eightfold Path is really the essential teaching of the Buddhist Path". 

The Eightfold Path is the Buddha's "recipe" for ending suffering.  
How do you do it?  
This is how you do it!

So if we actually follow the Eightfold Path, we would reach enlightenment, we would reach a state of awakening.  This was how the Buddha said to do it.  so if we were to just take the Eightfold Path and say, "Okay, that's what I'm going to do, I'm just going to foll these guidelines of the Eightfold Path, " that could be a very powerful and complete path.  This is something that's really important to get an idea about, to have some knowledge of, and to think about, to contemplate, this Eightfold Path because it's really the core of what the Buddha said to do.

   -- Lama Tsultrim Allione


Ellen Booth Church 
(Yeshe Chopel
is an educator and writer and 
30-year practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.  She is the teacher for the Key West Tara Mandala sangha and travels the world spreading the Dharma of Buddhist teachings.


General  Meditation Schedule
(subject to change)

Key West
Saturdays 
10am-12noon

Key West Botanical Gardens, Key West, FL


Marathon
Irregular Tuesdays 
(7pm - 8:30pm)



PLEASE CALL/  EMAIL AHEAD
Scheduling can change 
607-351-1325

KWTaraMandala@aol.com

Our True Nature
"The point is that our true nature is not some ideal that we have to live up to. It’s who we are right now, and that’s what we can make friends with and celebrate." - Pema Chodron

Dear Sangha family,

I am enjoying being together again in our Nature Chapel "Gompa" again.  To see your faces and hear your voices in that sacred room...this is a cause for celebration. The past few months have been difficult and many are dealing with loss and transformation. As we move into this holiday season...let's celebrate each other, the resilience of community and our true nature. Please join me and others on Saturday for teachings, meditation and celebration.
Bring a simple food to share in a social hour together with gratitude for each other and the threads of dharma that connect us all. The Marathon group will meet on Tuesday night  at 7PM at Sol Shine Yoga studio for their feast!
Heartstreams, Ellen Yeshe

Saturday, Dec. 16th 10:00am-Noon Nature Chapel Key west Botanical Garden
Continuing the Story of the Buddha and A Holiday Gathering
In the first hour please join Ellen (via Zoom) for the continued story of the Buddha and a short meditation. In the second hour we will have a social time of celebration of our sangha community. Please bring a food to share!




The Buddha's Path
"Suppose we use a traveling metaphor for the universal spiritual quest.  The main map the Buddha offered for the trip to happiness and contentment is called the Eightfold Path, but I have often thought it should be called the Eightfold Circle.  A path goes from here to there, and the nearer you are to there, the farther you are from here.  A path is progressive . . . on a genuine path you need to start at the beginning and proceed in a linear way until the end.  With a circle, you can join in anywhere, and it's the same circle.

When the Buddha taught his path, he said it had a specific number of constituent parts; people could be sure they were going the right way if they saw any one of either special markers...The order in which traveler sees the signs doesn't matter.  If we look at any sign closely, it becomes apparent that Right Understanding, the suspicion that it is possible to be contented even if we aren't pleased, arouses Right Aspiration to make a lot of Right Effort to develop more Right Understanding...It's all connected."

--Sylvia Boorstein, It's Easier Than You Think
"All major religious traditions carry 
basically the same message, 
that is love, compassion and forgiveness . . . 
the important thing 
is that they should be a part of our daily lives."

- the Dalai Lama
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