Awaken With Courage & Compassion

It is, I believe, as Mencius, the grandson of Confucius, says, that just as water unobstructed will flow downhill, we, given the chance to be what we are, will extend ourselves in kindness.  So, the real and lasting practice for each of us is to remove what obstructs us so that we can be who we are, holding nothing back.  If we can work toward this kind of authenticity, then the living kindness--the water of compassion--will naturally flow.  We do not need discipline to be kind, just an open heart.                                                             - from The Book of Awakening

What unites us; what moves us beyond our differences, beyond the narrow specter of our personal difficulties, supports our deepest spiritual longing for connection to Being, and being together.  This is the heart of compassion; the ability to simply be with ourselves, and one another with open-hearted presence.

Buddhism teaches that we are interconnected with all beings, all things, all of life. Out of this inherent connection, compassion naturally arises. Compassion has been described in some texts as "the quivering of the heart in the face of pain, as the capacity to see our struggles with kindly eyes." 

Loving kindness is the heart of Buddhist spiritual practice.  It was, of course, the heart of Jesus teachings as well, as he implored us to "Love one another, even as I have loved you… and love your neighbor as yourself." It is also the most difficult of spiritual practice in this human journey. On the flip side of difficulty, compassion offers us a most potent way to heal from what divides us inside and what divides us with one another. Compassion draws from an infinite wellspring of love within us: it is the "mightiest word" made flesh that bears all things, and given its sway, casts a widening pool of light upon our world.

Join us this Sunday as we look at the spiritual discipline of Compassion, which is the velvet lined container in which we can courageously come to see the source of our discomfort, our judgments of self and others. We'll look at ways we can bring kindly eyes to ourselves and others, and experience the great healing that compassion can bring to our world.

Join us this Sunday as we look at the spiritual discipline of Compassion, which is the velvet lined container in which we can courageously come to see the source of our discomfort, our judgments of self and others. We'll look at ways we can bring kindly eyes to ourselves and others, and experience the great healing that compassion can bring to our world.

In Unity and Love,

Rev. Larry

 

 

 

Rev. Larry