Monday, July 6, 2020

4th of July weekend retreat

Photos from our 4th of July Retreat
Hi Friends,

Some of our meditating friends were feeling the need for a short respite from their home isolation so we offered a in house retreat over the Fourth of July. We had limited the retreat to 8 persons to keep our spacing and masks were worn when in close quarters. A few people brought their tents and camped out in our spacious grounds under the full moon. We made a bonfire for our 
4th fireworks with sparks coming off the fire, reflecting on the fire element, while the neighbors were celebrating with traditional fireworks. It was relaxed and casual with periods of yoga and intensive meditation.
I gave the Sunday Dhamma Zoom broadcast reflecting on the meaning of Independence Day from a Dhamma point of view.

Scroll down to the previous post listing the recorded weekly video talks.



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

These Trying Times




Dear Friends in Dhamma/meditation

This is a very challenging time for people/beings all over the world and the modern globalization and internet bring it home more quickly. The spread of this virus in a way reflects the internal spread of ignorance, misinformation, fear, greed and hatred that has/is infected/infecting the minds of people around the world.
This is the time when the teachings of the Dhamma of Impermanence and no-self and the practice of mindfulness meditation is sorely needed in order to remain calm and grounded in the present moment with wisdom and friendliness/compassion towards ourself and others. 
Those of you who are having more leisure time and confinement to home due to being laid off, or working from home can use this 'blessing in disguise' to  practice more simplicity and meditation. Especially try to increase the practice of the M&M, 'minute of meditation'. This is to stop whenever you are moving too quickly or worrying about something, feel you feet pressing the floor and take a few deep slow breaths, holding the breath in the lungs two or three seconds and slowly let out the breath. This is one of the most simple and natural ways of letting go of the past and future, letting go or negative thoughts, and touching base with the present moment awareness which is always 'just beneath our nose'. The more you can do that at least every hour you find it a great benefit for helping to keep more relaxed and grounded during the day.

As a Kalyanamitta, spiritual friend, this is what is offered in this time of stress and uncertainty.

Stay Mindful, Wise and Healthy

Bhante Yogavacara Rahula

Monday, December 16, 2019

Year end holiday greetings


Hi Dhamma friends,

It is that year end holiday season again and along with all the negative vibrations going on in the world, we need to recharge our meditation batteries of mindfulness concentration and wisdom. So I am re-posting the Buddhamas Carol, or Ode to the Vipassana Yogi that I usually put up around this time.

Please check out this website: https://themeditationcircle.com/archives/3282 to read the history of the song, lyrics and hear the audio version of the song.

           MAY ALL BEINGS BE WELL PEACEFUL AND WISE

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Summertime at LOW

 

Summertime greenery in Maryland

Hi friends,
We are now in the middle of summer here in Maryland, and we have had a series of visitors, our longest retreat, and a youth camp.
From May 31st until June 22nd we had thirteen of my old Dhamma students from Germany (5) and Canada (8) visiting and attending a special one week retreat from June 8-16th.
Over the Fourth of July weekend we had 36 young people ages 10-19 plus many of their parents here for our 2nd annual Dhamma Youth camp. Each morning I lead them in Yoga exercises and a short meditation session. The rest of the day consisted in various fun games and educational demonstrations including medical CPR, tying knots and Surveying 101; In the evening there was a bon fire with Dhamma themed skits acted out by the adults and students. Everyone seemed to have a nice beneficial time.
For the remainder of this year we are having four more weekend retreats here. Please visit our website for those dates: www.lionwisdom.org
Our improved/expanded restroom facilities here have increased our ability to hold multi-day retreats. we are now accepting people with meditation experience to come when they can to make short self-retreats or spend a few days in a more casual Dhamma environment.

Dhamma Youth Camp July 5-7
 Youth Camp participants

Work project of planting a tree


Evening camp fire


morning meditation


The new small lily pond with individual meditation tents


June 8-16th retreat

Retreatants from Germany and  Ottawa,Canada 



Enjoying the views from our large front porch


Klaus and Miyako enjoy a stroll on our large property



 Hiking on Sugarloaf Mountain after the retreat





A cake for my 71st birthday on June 21st


May All Beings Be Well, Peaceful and Wise

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Springtime at LOW



The daffodils, then Red buds greet the Spring at the Lion of Wisdom Meditation Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland









Hi Friends,
The welcome Springtime how now emerged with the flow of impermanence and change here in Maryland. We had our first weekend Spring retreat of 2019 April 19th-21st. The new women's dorm bathroom and shower were completed in time, which made things more convenient in that regard.
Thank you to all of you who may have donated in cash or kind to finish that much needed facility. 
See our website for meditation programs and map: www.lionwisdom.org
Here are some more photos.




 just starting work on new bathroom







Work completed

Please visit us when you are in the area

May all beings be Well, Peaceful, and Wise

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Pannasiha-Lion of Wisdom Meditation Center
This was our first snow of this new year on January 12th-13th.
Thanks that there were three of us on hand to shovel the snow so our friends living nearby could come and offer lunch dana.
Now another supporter has offered funds to buy a snow blower in case there is only one or two of us here for the future snowy events.
Please check our website: www.lionwisdom.org to learn of the meditation programs we offer here.
Here is the link to our Youtube channel where we post all the talks and guided meditations from the DOMs and retreats given here at LOW:Lion of Wisdom Youtube channel


MINDFULNESS A DAY KEEPS DUKKHA AWAY

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Mindful Happy New Year

WISHING ALL OF YOU A VERY MINDFUL, WISE AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR



I just returned from a ten day trek in Nepal with two friends from our Lion of Wisdom Center in Maryland.

I am reposting the text to the Buddhamas Carol for your New Years contemplation.


The Buddhamas Carol
or
The Ode to the Vipassana Yogi


Silent Night, Peaceful Night,
All is calm, Stars are bright,
Round the hall Yogis sitting still,
Keeping their backs straight, exerting will,
Enduring pain without any ill-will,
Pervading Metta all throughout space,
Wishing Good-will to the whole human race.
Silent Mind, Peaceful Mind,
thoughts are few, Pain is slight,
Focusing mind at the tip of the nose,
Knowing each breath as it comes and it goes,
Percieving the light that steadily glows,
Feeling the Rapture from head to the toes.
Silent Mind, Tranquil Mind,
 Thoughts are stilled, Body feels light,
All the Five Hinderances have died down,
he Ego no longer is spinning around,
Mind is one-pointed not moving a bit,
Enjoying at long last the Jhanic Bliss,
Sitting in Joyful Peace, Sitting in Blissful Peace.

 Silent Mind, focused Mind,
Awareness is strong, Mind is bright,
The Spiritual Faculties are prepared,
Vipassana-Insight has Mara scared,
Scanning the body from head to the toes,
Anicca, Anicca, each moment goes,
Anicca, Anicca, Impermanence flows,
 The Five Aggregates appear empty as foam,
The Truth of No-Self is easily shown,

Sitting in insightful Joy, Sitting in insightful Joy.

Silent Mind, equanimous Mind,
Awareness is clear, Wisdom shines,
The six sense-impingements arise and pass,
No desire, no clinging, no ego to grasp,
No holding to present, future or past,
Mara has vanished he took his last gasp,
This body-mind house is empty at last,
Sitting and walking the whole night through,
Greeting the dawn completely anew.
 
Silent Mind, Wisdom Mind,
Now is the time, Conditions are prime,
The Enlightenment Factors are developed well.
The Four Noble Truths become clear as a bell,
The Eye of Dhamma is opened wide,
The three lower fetters are broken in stride,
Tonight the Yogi enters the Stream,
Tomorrow Nibbana no longer a Dream .

(Composed by Yogavacara Rahula)