On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling among the Sakyans…the Venerable Ananda approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side and said:
“Venerable sir, this is half of the spiritual life, that is good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship.”
“Not so, Ananda! Not so Ananda! This is the entire spiritual life that is good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship. When a monk has a good friend, a good companion, a good comrade it is expected that he will develop and cultivate the Noble Eightfold Path.”
We enter the path seeking peace and equanimity, seeking the easing of our own personal discomforts.
The joys of our practice arise and deepen with our radically inclusive embrace of all “others” as ourselves.
|September 5||Wednesday||Zazen in Edgewood House*||7:00pm~9:00pm|
|September 12||Wednesday||Zazen in Edgewood House, Dharma Talk*||7:00pm~9:00pm|
|September 19||Wednesday||Zazen in Earth Room, Dharma Talk||7:00pm~9:00pm|
Sangha Council Gathering:
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Golden Wind Sesshin
Thursday, September 13~Sunday, September 16, 2018
Upper Room Spiritual Center
3455 W. Bangs Ave.
Neptune City, NJ 07753
*Edgewood House is the dwelling at the back of the UUCMC parking lot near the edge of the wooded area