The Key West Tara Mandala sangha sends you "many tashi deleks" for a healthy new year filled with the light of awareness.
May all living beings have a deep sense of
peace and compassion.
Start your New Year with a exceptional experience. You have the unique opportunity to witness the construction of a Sacred Sand Mandala in Key West.
It will be constructed January 3rd to 10th in St.Paul's Episcopal Church on Duval St.
The Drepung Gomang monks will be creating a Sand Mandala of Compassion as part of their Sacred Art Tour.
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Join us this week for practice and meditation!
Join us for Meditation and Study this week!
Monday May 2nd 6:00pm Crane Point Nature Center-Marathon FL Emotions as Energy Ellen will join us via Skype offer teachings on working with the energy of emotions instead of the "story" of them. Wednesday May 4th 6:00pmNature Chapel Key West Botanical Garden An Offering of the Ancient Healing CHOD Ellen will join us via Skype to discuss this practice and its connection to our work with emotions. Join us! Saturday May 7th 10:00-Noon Nature Chapel Key West Botanical Garden I Take Refuge-The Three Kayas Join Ellen as she offers a teaching on the three kayas... the refuge in our practice and life. We will also share in a full mandala practice.
May All Beings Benefit!
Wednesday April 6th 6-7:15pm Nature Chapel Key West Botanical Garden
An Offering of the Ancient Healing CHOD and a Tea Social
Ellen will be in the Gompa (chapel) to offer the ancient healing practice called the CHOD. It comes from the 11th century in Tibet and is offered for healing and transformation of "all that no longer serves". She will also share a bit of history about this practice. Then please join us in the pavilion as we share tea and snacks together!
Key West Tara Mandala is a Florida Keys Sangha that gathers to meditate and study together within the teaching lineage of Lama Tsultrim Allione.
The Sangha is led by Ellen Booth Church (Yeshe Choepel).
Those new to, or experienced in meditation are welcome.
Key West Botanical Gardens Nature Chapel
"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
A Refuge Unto Yourself
The Buddha never meant for us to take as our mainstay anything or anyone else aside from ourselves. Even when we take refuge in the ~Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, he never praised it as being really ideal. He wanted us to take ourselves as our refuge: "The self is its own mainstay." We can depend on ourselves and govern ourselves. We're free. When we can reach this state, that's when we'll be released from our enslavement to greed, anger, and delusion—and be truly happy.-Ajaan Lee, "Sowing the Seeds of Freedom," Tricycle
A Message from Ellen Yeshe...
It is often said that the Refuge section of the practice is "the key to the path." It is not taking refuge in something outside of ourselves but in our own true nature. Lama Tsultrim feels that this Refuge section is very important at this time of uncertainty and loss. In the Refuge section of the practice we are learning to take refuge in the center of the mandala- in the all pervading space- the unconditioned space which is always there and is under everything. The non-dual state...this is our true nature, sometimes called "the ground of being". It is untouched and pure from the beginning. As she says, when the body passes away, this is what will be there.
Through our meditation practice we learn that this "radiant space" is where we can go when things get tough. Instead of going to outer things we often think will numb or "fix" the problem we learn to rest in the center of the mandala... in our true vast nature.
That is one reason why daily practice is important. We are training our minds with the practice and it does work. Over time we realize that our viewpoint on events in our lives is beginning to shift. We respond to things differently or not at all. . How might my life be different if I took the time to sit down and do this mandala practice every day? - Ellen Yeshe