White Heron Sangha

Winter 2019-20

Socially Engaged Buddhist Study Group

by Sharon Rippner

If you have been considering joining this sitting/study group, January would be an excellent time to do so. During December we are finishing up our study of Joan Halifax’s book, Standing at the Edge. This book has challenged each of us and has deepened our practice and our sharing within this group. Our focus for this coming year will be to challenge ourselves, and support each other, in continuing to move our practices from our cushions into the “real world.” 

We see aversion as one of the greatest threats to the well-being of our community, whether that community is within our family, our Sangha, our city, our county, or our Nation. We recognize that aversion in the form of “othering” is present at most levels of social discourse today and this always results in ill-will. Therefore, the intention of our study/practice in the coming year will be to recognize and overcome our own tendencies to “other” and thus reduce our barriers to communication and understanding, especially where divisions now exist.

We continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. If you would like more information, please contact me. 

Bearing Witness is an important way to bring your practice to bear on social/environmental problems. For those concerned about the welfare of our Planet, there will be an on-line 24-hour vigil sponsored by One World Dialogue and Zen Peace Makers on December 7-8, 2019. Participation is on a dana basis.  If interested, the website is:   https://oneworldindialogue.com/owbw/ 

Thank you.  Sharon Rippner,  srippner@msn.com

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