Saturday, January 2, 2021

Greetings for the New Year


 Dear Friends,

The Lion of Wisdom Meditation Center wishes you all of the best in this New Year 2021

Here are links to two Dhamma talks I delivered on YouTube LIVE the last two days of our Year Ending retreat: Dec. 31st talk on the Eightfold Path    This talk begins at minute 9.36

January 1st, Retreat Closing talk--Furthering our Evolution  this talk begins at minute 23.19

This is the link to our LOW YouTube channel: Lion of Wisdom YouTube channel

All of Bhante Rahula's Dhamma talks and Sutta Study classes are available for live broadcasts on Wednesday eve 7-9 pm EST and Sunday afternoons from 2-4 pm EST.

They are also available to participate overt Zoom at the same above times with these links:

Sundays 2-4 pm Dhamma talk and guided meditation: Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/659709393 Meeting ID: 659 709 393; passcode is,  metta

Wednesdays 7-9 pm Sutta class and guided meditation: Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/173871996 Meeting ID: 173 871 996         passcode is,  metta



Here is a list of Introductory talks and guided meditations on Mindfulness/insight meditation practice given by Bhante Rahula, good for beginners.


May all Beings be Well, Peaceful and Wise

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.



Saturday, April 18, 2020

Dhamma talks, Q&A, guided meditation and Sutta Study via ZOOM

Hi Dhamma Friends,

I am giving a series of Dhamma talks, Q&A, guided meditation every Sunday at 2 pm Eastern Time (US) and Sutta Study on Wednesday eve. at 7 pm Eastern time via Zoom and YouTube live.
Because of security reasons to avoid "ZOOM Bombing" and unsolicited advertising etc. I am not publishing the links/invites to the Zoom sessions here. If you wish to join you should send an e-mail to: www.info@lionwisdom.org requesting such and the links will be sent to you.
These weekly Zoom sessions will also be broadcast live on the Youtube channel available at the following links:

OR


Otherwise, these talks are being recorded and are/will be available to see on YouTube. Please follow our Lion of Wisdom website: www.lionwisdom.org for the links to the recorded Zoom sessions


MAY ALL BEINGS BE HEALTHY, MINDFUL AND WISE









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