Nov 29, 2015 –
This sermon will address questions such as: compassion is first of all a state of mind, according to Buddhist teachings, but how much of a difference does simply having that state of mind actually make? When and how does compassion call us to act in the world? How do we balance the call of social justice with our personal and family obligations? In the midst of all these pulls on our time and resources, what about compassion for ourselves? Not easy questions, but Venerable Thubten Chodron has been a student of Buddhism since 1975, and ordained as a nun in the Tibetan tradition in 1977. Her most recent books include Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions, co-authored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and An Open-Hearted Life, co-authored with psychologist Dr. Russell Kolts of EWU. Venerable is always a popular speaker at the Spokane Unitarian Universalist church and some people actually come to both services, as each sermon she gives is a different jewel!