Real love is not only wishing well to others. Real love requires staying in contact with those in the most pain--even if there is nothing we can do to help them.
"The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves, 'inside the skin of' the other...and witness for ourselves their suffering. Shallow observation as an outsider is not enough to see their suffering... When we are in contact with another's suffering, a feeling of compassion is born in us." (Thich Nhat Hanh)
Practicing meditation can be very beneficial for the individual practitioner. It can increase concentration, ease, and emotional stability. But, if meditation is used to only improve one's ability to earn money or gain prestige one has not touched its true purpose.
The right practice of meditation also generates an energy of sisterhood and brotherhood. It can create in us a willingness to care for others.
This month and next Mud Lotus Sangha's Sunday sessions are exploring the four aspects of love (loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity). This Sunday we will consider compassion (karuna): being with the suffering of others.
Join this Sunday for meditation and reflection.
The Mud Lotus Sunday session meets for 2 hours every 2nd and 4th Sundays. We typically have brief introductions and a Dharma talk and sit in meditation for about 40-minutes total (periods divided by walking meditation). We finish with listening and sharing with one another in Dharma sharing.
There is no cost to attend. Donations warmly accepted.
The Mud Lotus project is anchored by Sara and Seth and involving many people. It was founded to promote stillness, belonging, and engagement in ourselves and in the world. We believe meditation practice should be accessible to everyone, all bodies, body types, and abilities. Folks can stay 5 minutes or the whole time and adjust themselves in whatever way best supports their practice. We welcome folks of all religions, races, sexualities, and gender identities. Please let us know if there is something we can do to support your practice.
Mud Lotus also meets for a regular morning meditation, every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 8:00 am, at ILLIO, 13 E. Tulane, 43202.