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Universal Compassion Buddhist Congregation

May 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.

Tashi's Animal Justice Academy Module

Tashi-la has provided a module in the Animal Justice Academy course.  

5000 people enrolled in Animal Justice Academy and the course is available online for the rest of the year.  

Click the links below for audio or video of his classes:

Animal Justice Academy Audio

Animal Justice Academy Video

Or, access them from the Resources tab on the Great Middle Way website.

Tashi Has Moved

Tashi has recently moved and is in the process of settling in. There will be no in-person visits until mid-June, as Tashi will be preparing the space as well as leading two back-to-back 3-day online retreats for animal activists in mid- and late May.

Please continue to join us for Meditation and Dharma Sharing on Sundays at 10 am, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7 pm Central.
The Latin American Sangha will continue to meet, as usual, on Saturdays at 10 am Central (CDMX).

Please connect from home at zoom.us/j/825940300.
 

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.
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 

May's Book


This Precious Life by Khandro Rinpoche

Using the traditional Tibetan Buddhist framework of the Four Reminders—the preciousness of human birth, the truth of impermanence, the reality of suffering, and the inescapability of karma—Khandro Rinpoche explains why and how we could all better use this short life to pursue a spiritual path and make the world a better place. The book includes contemplative exercises that encourage us to appreciate the tremendous potential of the human body and mind.

Calling for Creativity!


Send us a logo submission for the FWC. It should be something that looks good in small format and of course with no copyright issues.  Have fun with this!

Vote on Book Nominations!


Fans of the Free Womens Collective Book Club,

The time is upon us for some voting for books for the second half of the year!

Please take some thoughtful time to research the following books that have been nominated. The links will take you to the Amazon page from there you can find a description of the book and reviews. After completing this hefty but fun homework assignment (shopping for a book to read for us all!) then vote for 3 by sending their titles to bookclubfwc@gmail.com by May 20. The top 6 winners will be what we read until the end of the year. As a gentle reminder, only females can vote for books, though all are welcome for monthly discussions.

24 Book nominations (in no particular order but with female authors listed first)

Being Nobody, Going Nowhere- by Ayya Khema

How to Free Your Mind: The Practice of Tara the Liberator- by Thubten Chodron 

Woman Who Raised the Buddha: The Extraordinary Life of Mahaprajapati- By Wendy Garling

Woman Awake: Women Practicing Buddhism- by Christina Feldman

Buddhism After Patriarchy: A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism - By Rita Gross

Green Buddhism: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times by Stephanie Kaza

Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism by Stephanie Kaza and K.K.

Passionate: Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism by Miranda Shaw

A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism by Pamela Weiss

Into the Heart of Life- by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Warmth of the Heart Prevents the Body from Rusting- by Marie De Hennezel

Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine- by Lama Tsultrim Allione

Cave in the Snow: A Western Woman's Quest for Enlightenment- By Vicki MacKenzie

Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth – The Buddha’s Life and Message Through Feminine Eyes by Thanissara

In Love with the World- by Yongey Minghur Rinpoche

Happiness- by Mattieu Ricard

Buddha's Brain- by Rick Hanson

The Righteous Mind - by Jonathan Haidt

Jewels of Enlightenment by Erik Pema Kunsang

The World Peace Diet - by Will Tuttle

Bringing Home the Dharma- by Jack Kornfield

The Untethered Soul- by Michael Singer

Siddartha- by Herman Hesse

It's Up to You- by Dzigar Kongtrul

May Sangha Social:  Celebrate Saka Dawa


 Date:  Friday, May 21, 2021
Time:  7:00 - 8:30 PM
Place:  https://zoom.us/j/825940300
Why:  To celebrate Saka Dawa the appearance, enlightenment, and disappearance of Buddha Shakyamuni, The World Honored One.
Who:  All sangha members and those wishing to celebrate the rediscovery of the Dharma. JOIN US.
Please:  Bring some lines from 1 or 2 sutras (or other teachings) which have improved your practice and bettered your life. 

The actual lunar date for Saka Dawa will be May 26, the 4th full moon in the Tibetan calendar, in which all merit is multiplied at last 10,000 times, so one mala becomes 10,000 times more meritorious.

If you cannot join us, please take a walk under the Full Buddha Moon and recite mantra for the BENEFIT OF ALL!   

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

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.

Thank You from Little Lamas



Ways to Support 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.

The GMWBA appreciates you selecting the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association as your charity of choice for Amazon Smile.  Your donations through Amazon Smile have proven to be a successful way to raise funds for GMWBA.

Very often the Amazon Smile connection will be disconnected from your Amazon page and the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association will not receive your donation. Please check the top left side of the screen to confirm you are using the Amazon Smile page each time you make a purchase.
 
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. 

Thank You from GMWBA

The Great Middle Way Buddhist Association (commonly referred to by Tashi as "the Goombas") wishes to express our deepest gratitude and thank you for remembering to select GMWBA as your non-profit of choice for all your purchases on Amazon Smile.

GMWBA is publishing Tashi's writings, and developing the Heart of the Mountain Dharma Refuge with the Jonang Stupa of Vast Compassion in Crestone Colorado.

For more information, email GMWBA.dontate@gmail.com.

Additional 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.

Universal Compassion Buddhist Congregation

The UCBC auction raised enough funds for all 3 of our charities for 2021.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the online auction, and special thanks for Elizabet who organized it all!  EH MA HO!!

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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 Dorit Sar-Shalom, 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


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

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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