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Universal Compassion Buddhist Congregation

September 2020 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. 

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

Recommended Reading

Guide to the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva by Ngawang Tenzin Norbu

A fresh translation and commentary to Tibet's most famous text on living like a bodhisattva.

Who is a bodhisattva and what do they practice? In the fourteenth century, the Tibetan Buddhist master Gyalse Tokme Zangpo answered these questions in a classic teaching on mind training (lojong) called the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. This text consists of short slogans outlining the core of the Buddhist path of compassion that continues to inspire modern-day Buddhist masters, including the Dalai Lama and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

The most well-known commentary to the Thirty-Seven Practices is by the twentieth-century master Dzatrul Ngawang Tenzin, which is translated here along with a meditation instruction for the first time. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, who commissioned this translation, provides an informative overview to the history of the text and commentary, introducing the reader to the world of Tibet's most widely studied text.
 

Letter from Dharmadatta Nuns

UCBC sent our Sangha's donation of $500 in August and we received this reply from the Dharmadatta Nuns.

Hi dear friends from Compassion Buddhist Congregation,
 
It is a lot happening and more than ever the inner refuge and the cultivation of love and compassion are essential offerings to the world.

Therefore it fills us with enormous gratitude to feel your trust in our work and that you help make it possible that we can continue to dedicate our lives offering the tools of Dharma to the spanish speaking community.

May you all stay safe and happy. May your community flourish and bring lots of benefit to limitless beings. May we together create conditions that the genuine Dharma continues to flourish in this world and fills the heart of many beings with wisdom, love and hope. 
 
With lots of gratitude and our best wishes,


Tenzin Dapel 
(in the name of the Dharmadatta Nun's community)

Outreach Activities

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. 

PBJ Sandwiches for Soupmobile

We are not meeting in person due to COVID-19. We are collecting homemade masks, food pantry items, sandwich making supplies, and blessing bags supplies to donate individually to SoupMobile. See a list of items and updates at smallactsnow.com or on Facebook.

Animal Place's "Save the Turkeys" Project

We are collecting funds for our November Save the Turkeys project for Animal Place. Meet Sassafras, one of the rescued turkeys supported by our Sangha.

Audio Recordings

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.

kunchen jonangpa chenno

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.

HOORAY and MANY THANKS to all sangha members: The 10 students in the Little Lamas Project of Nepal have received our sanghas' support for 2020. They have grown in size and in Dharma over the years with your kind help.

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

The Dharmadatta nuns, a unique and much needed group, bring the Dharma to many in need in Central America.

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

Due California's regulations, no visitors/programs were possible this spring. Funds are limited and the 400 "residents" are still in need of food and veterinary care. Please visit animalplace.org to donate directly to them.

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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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