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Universal Compassion Buddhist Congregation

January 2021 Updates

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Online Sangha Meetings

Weekly Schedule 

Beginners are always welcome.

Sundays: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Tuesdays: 7 - 9:00 pm

Wednesdays: 7 - 9:00 pm

Thursdays: 7 - 9:00 pm

VIRTUAL (en español)
Sábados: 10 - 12:00 pm
Hora de CDMX
All our in-person Sanghas have been moved to an online platform on Zoom.

Join us from your home at https://zoom.us/j/825940300 

Please place your computer on silent mode during the meditation and until it is time for questions. 

Learn how to use Zoom here.

A Note About Dana from UCBC

While we continue to hold all our meeting virtually, we kindly remind you to contribute to Tashi la’s virtual bowl. 

Tashi is infinitely grateful for your kind support. Buddhist monastic tradition considers all contributions to be identical and anonymous (whatever the amount), to avoid comparisons and favoritism. Therefore, he cannot express his gratitude individually for your generosity.

We now have more options available to us:

PayPal:  by sending your donation to GreatMiddleWay@gmail.com

Zelle: by sending your donation to Nicolas Carballeira using either (469) 219-0077 or GreatMiddleWay@gmail.com

Venmo: by sending your donation to @Tashi-Nyima-1

Regular mail:  by sending a check to Nicolas Carballeira, 9090 Skillman St, Ste 182-A #117, Dallas TX 75243

The Free Women’s Collective Virtual Book Club

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Upcoming Discussions




The Free Women's Collective Virtual Book Club is a monthly book discussion group on Zoom open to all Sangha members. 

It is not necessary to have read the whole book in order to participate in the discussion.  Men are welcome to participate in discussions but may not vote on book choices. 

Please contact us at bookclubfwc@gmail.com if you have any questions.
JANUARY 4: Reflections on a Mountain Lake by Ani Tenzin Palmo

FEBRUARY 1:  Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chödrön

MARCH 1:  Living Beautifully by Pema Chödrön

APRIL 5:  Enlightened Vagabond by Mattieu Ricard

MAY 3:  This Precious Life by Khandro Rinpoche

JUNE 7:  Stars at Dawn by Wendy Garling

All meetings take place from 7:00-8:30pm on Zoom.

Join us at https://zoom.us/j/825940300 
January's Book

Reflections on a Mountain Lake: Teachings on Practical Buddhism by Ani Tenzin Palmo

This sparkling collection of Dharma teachings by Tenzin Palmo addresses issues of common concern to Buddhist practitioners from all traditions. Personable, witty, and insightful, Tenzin Palmo presents an inspiring and no-nonsense view of Buddhist practice.

Sangha Social Hours

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Need more social in your sangha? We’re meeting up on Zoom from 7-9pm on the THIRD Friday of each month to connect, get to know each other, and share our lives on the Path. Here’s how it works:
  • We will begin promptly at 7:00pm 
  • We will start with the Aspiration prayer, one or two other prayers, and 10-minute meditation
  • We will do a quick check-in to see how everybody's month has gone and visit a bit
  • Time permitting, feel free to bring a short reading, poem or music to share
  • We will close with the Dedication and virtual hugs
This is a member-led group, so we will rotate responsibilities for leading prayers, and moderating the discussion.
 
Please join us January 15 at https://zoom.us/j/825940300

Outreach Activities

Small Acts Now / PBJ Sandwiches 

We are individually collecting supplies to donate to SoupMobile during COVID.

A vegan food pantry called Plant-Based Food Bank was recently established in Dallas and we look forward to supporting them as well.

See updates at smallactsnow.com or on Facebook.
Dharma Books for Prison Ministry

If you have Buddhist books that you no longer wish to keep, please consider bringing them to our Sanghas in Plano, Hurst, or Dallas (after we are able to return to in-person meetings.) 

They will be distributed to inmates who have requested Dharma literature. 

Audio Recordings

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Elizabet Sterner is the person to contact if you would like links to Dropbox of recordings from retreats and lectures.

We have a new Dropbox account under the name Montaña Del Dharma, and if you have requested a link, it will come from:  montanadeldharma@gmail.com

The Buddha's Bowl / El cuenco del Buda

Although we take Refuge in the Three Jewels, the practice of the Dharma is necessarily a personal undertaking.  The Buddhas point the way, but it is we who must walk the path.

This booklet is an exploration of the Buddha's teachings regarding other sentient beings and veganism, the ethical commitment to minimize the suffering of human and non-human animals. 

You can download a PDF in English or en español.

The Dharma Handbook

Kunchen Dolpopa's The Dharma Handbook, with Tashi Nyima's extensive commentary, is available in paperback, PDF, and ePub formats. All versions are offered at no cost.

Contact us for a paperback copy.

Download the ePub version here.

Download a PDF copy here.

Ways to Support to GMWBA

The Great Middle Way Buddhist Association sponsors the publication of The Dharma Handbook and there are two ways to offer your support.

Shop at Amazon Smile
The Amazon Smile program allows you to contribute .05% from each of your Amazon purchases to a nonprofit.  Shop at smile.amazon.com and choose the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association  as your nonprofit.
 
Donate via PayPal
You can donate directly to the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association via PayPal.  Choose "send money to family or friends" and use GMWBA.donate@gmail.com as the recipient's email address. 

About Our Lineage

Nying Je Ling (Universal Compassion Buddhist Congregation) is a western branch of Great Middle Way Buddhism. It arose, as with all Buddhist communities, from the teachings, example, and blessings of Buddha Shakyamuni. These were then transmitted through a lineage of realized Buddhist Masters, including the Protector Maitreya, the Superior Nagarjuna, the Holy Brothers Asanga and Vasubandhu, the Omniscient Dolpopa, and the Noble Taranatha.

Nying Je Ling presents the Dharma in a form that is appropriate to the needs and conditions of the contemporary world. We encourage all to follow the perfect example of simplicity and purity of practice shown by the Jonang Lamas throughout history.May the sun that illumines the Mountain Dharma of Kunchen Dolpopa’s GreatMiddle Way, having risen in Tibet, now shine over the West. ​By the merit accrued through the pure thoughts, words, and deeds of the Jonangpas, may the teachings, example, and blessings of Buddha Shakyamuni and the Buddha from Dolpo remain and flourish for the greater good and happiness of all beings.

Learn more at greatmiddleway.wordpress.com.

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Universal Compassion Buddhist Congregation

The UCBC Council exists to direct the Jonang Sanghas in Texas and Mexico, establish policies and procedures concerning ethical conduct and succession, and plan retreats and pilgrimages. 

The Council is also responsible for fundraising, administration, and disbursement of donations to the Little Lamas (Jonang Monastery, Nepal), the Buddhist nuns of Comunidad Dharmadatta (Central and South America), Animal Place (California), and our Lama’s Parsonage in Dallas.
  
The members of the UCBC Council are Elizabet Sterner, Julie Lambert, Wendy DeOre, Jack Salamone, Paul Isbell, Leticia Moreland, Abha Ahuja, Cheryla Coskie, Paloma Labastida, Ernesto Boleaga, Sara Monaghan, and John Shufelt. Tashi Nyima advises the Council, but is not a voting member.
 
If you are interested in serving on the Council, please contact any of the current members.

UCBC Outreach Programs

Little Lamas in Nepal
Our annual sponsorship of 10 students is $3,600 and is sent in March.

Comunidad Dharmadatta
Our annual contribution is around $500 and is sent in August.

Animal Place
Our annual contribution is $300 and is sent in November.

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Cheryla Coskie is the face of these organizations for us and she brings information and displays, shares when and how, gives information about our efforts etc. 

If you wish to give money for our various projects for UCBC, we accept cash, checks or donations via PayPal, and our account info is: UCBC.donate@gmail.com

UCBC is totally separate from what we give to Tashi-la in his bowl at Sangha and at retreats. Tashi-la cannot accept, or be involved in decisions of how the money is spent for UCBC, since he is a monk. 

Donations to UCBC can be received by Cheryla in Dallas, Abha in Plano, and Jack in Hurst. If a written receipt is needed please contact:  cherylacoskie@aol.com


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