Dharma is training for real life. ~ Lama Jinpa
March 16, 2020
To our knowledge, our sangha and community has so far been spared contact with COVID-19 virus. To help ensure this, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all groups and classes for at least 2 weeks. During this time we will allow that Temple to rest, and ask that everyone practice at home.
We have been diligent about cleaning the Temple and posting reminders to everyone about proper hygiene. Sangha members have also been staying home when they aren’t feeling well – colds to this point! Within our tradition of Medicine Buddha practice, a group gathered last Friday and there are individuals doing this practice daily.
We have many people in and out of the Temple each week – morning meditation sessions, nightly meditations and groups, activities throughout the day. This virus has many people focused exclusively on physical health – which is very important. But we are not just physical beings. Our wholistic health – physical, mental, spiritual, the health of our body, speech, and mind, is more important.
So, we were faced with a very difficult situation. Closing the Temple would mean that many sangha members would be isolated and would lose an important support for their wholistic health. Keeping the Temple open would mean possibly exposing groups of people to COVID-19—were an individual come who is ill – or perhaps is not yet ill, but has been exposed. The decision to close temporary has been made with all of these factors in mind.
In a time with so much stress of the unknown, so many changes and uncertainties, we can only rely upon our wisdom minds in the end. After reviewing the current (and ever-changing government guidelines) we have decided to take the following actions:
- Temporarily cancel all groups and classes. A full closure of the Temple for at least 2 weeks.
- Prior to re-opening undertaking a deep cleaning of the Temple.
- Encourage all Refuge members to use the Forum (on the website) to communicate about off-line practice times and to chat about dharma.
- While we will not have any live-streaming of new teachings, check out the “All Available Recordings” sections of the website for past teachings.
- We will increase the content of the weekly email as much as we can. (We may call for submissions!)
We understand this is a difficult time. To help ensure word is spread, notices will be posted on the doors of the Temple and the lock codes will be changed to help make sure the Temple is safe and secure during this period.
Lama Yeshe Jinpa
March 5, 2020
Today, we must inform you that we are cancelling our events planned for April 10-12. Ven. Thubten Chodron has decided to suspend her travel schedule for the Spring. There are many events throughout our lives which will come to fruition, and some that will not.
There are currently many concerns about health in our community. You will see fliers at Lion’s Roar reminding all of us to follow basic hygiene procedures to help prevent the spread of all illnesses – colds, flu’s, and corona virus. Coming together as a community is an important part of the human experience, an important part of our compassion.
Lion’s Roar Dharma Center will continue to meet. While this particular event is cancelled, we are resuming our regular schedule for those days, and may possibly add some additional student-lead practices.
If you have already registered, you will be receiving an additional email shortly regarding your registration.
Ven. Chodron has many online videos available, you can find them at: https://sravastiabbey.org/
Lama Yeshe Jinpa and the LRDC Board of Directors
The Shambhala Journey
The Shambhala Journey is a vision and a path of finding, seeing, exploring and actually manifesting compassionate, enlightened community. It starts right here and right now when we make the aspiration and determination to truly care for ourselves, others and our world. Aliveness, freedom and creativity flow from this spirit of awakening compassion, known as bodhicitta.
Shambhala means ‘source of joy’ – it’s both the visionary and real worlds of environment, animals, plants and people that have inspired Bodhisattvas for thousands of years.
The Shambhala vision is an expansive, inclusive ideal that embraces the interdependence of both the sacred and secular views, incorporating art, music, poetry and philosophy into a new humanism that offers practical solutions for modern life grounded in authentic Buddhist wisdom. It’s about learning to work with everyone, with other views, with conflict and with differences. It envisions creating a diverse but also cohesive society that includes a wide variety of ideas of how things should be and weaves them into a whole that benefits everyone.
Lion’s Roar Dharma Center teaches and presents the Shambhala Journey through people and programs that balance the secular and the sacred, harmonizing the actual and ideal. Sunday services will be devoted to the Shambhala Journey; Lama Jinpa and Bodhisattva students will give talks and lead practices on Sundays that will explain and expand on this Shambhala vision.
Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala
In September of 2018, a group of Tibetan monks led by Geshe Tsewang Dorje traveled from Ladakh, India, to create a Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala for the well-being of the Sacramento, California, community. One of our members, Autumn Payne, created this video to document the process for the Sacramento Bee.