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Universal Compassion Buddhist Congregation

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July 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.

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News and Updates 


The American LOVE Project


Friend of the UCBC Sangha, Karen Isbell would like to share with us an opportunity to participate in a bold, nationwide art project, The American LOVE Project, being spearheaded by the arts and education organization 29 Pieces

29 Pieces is a 501(c)(3) arts nonprofit that has served more than 160,000 students and 1,000 teachers since 2005 through our arts education program,  Artists Making a Kinder World. Our mission is to “use art to awaken, uplift and give voice to the creative human spirit to make genuine, positive social change.”   

Inspired by the success of The Dallas Love Project led by 29 Pieces in 2013, The American LOVE Project aims to spread a spirit of hope, healing, unity and creativity across the country and the world, in all places in which the American ideals of justice, equality, liberty and unity are valued. Please consider participating and sharing the opportunity with anyone you know who is an advocate for the power of art to bring healing to humans of all ages.

For more information and to register for access to free training and resources, visit www.theamericanloveproject.org or contact Karen directly at Isbell.karen@gmail.com or on her cell at 214-773-7942. Thank you!


 

Tashi Has Moved


Tashi has recently moved. There will not be in-person Sangha at the new location until further notice.

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.

 

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

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Resources

 

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.


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.

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The Free Women’s Collective


CARE Team


The Care Team provides community, assistance, and support for Sangha members who need a companion on the path. We can provide meals, transportation, prayers, meditation partners, or resources if we can't meet your needs.  

We also have a caring community on What's App where we can share posts, photos, et cetera. Join us by downloading What’s App if you don’t already have it, and send your phone number to us at CareTeamFWC@gmail.com. (We can help you with the What’s App download if you’d like us to – we can walk you through it on the phone or come to your house.)

Summer is here, and whether you're traveling or staying home, our What's App Gang would love to see a picture of where you're meditating these days.  
 

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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. 
  • Feel free to make notes as you read to remember quotes, questions, or ideas that stood out.
  • Men are welcome to participate in discussions but may not vote on book choices. 
  • All meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30pm.  Join us at https://zoom.us/j/825940300 
Please contact us at bookclubfwc@gmail.com if you have questions.

 

July 5 Book Discussion


There is no reading assignment for the book club meeting on July 5, but join us to to talk about the Buddhist book that has been the most important in your life. Hooray for Buddhist book show and tell!



Upcoming Discussions


Thank you to all those who voted. The votes are in and there were clear winners in the voting among the 24 great books to choose from.

Here is the schedule for when we will discuss the books for the rest of the year. Please save this information in your calendars:
 
August 2Cave in the Snow: A Western Woman's Quest for Enlightenment by Vickie Mackenzie
September 13Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hanson
October 4Being Nobody, Going Nowhere:  Meditations on the Buddhist Path by Ayya Khema
November 1How to Free Your Mind : The Practice of Tara the Liberator by Thubten Chodron
December 6Into the Heart of Life by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

 

Calling for Volunteers


We need ladies to step forward to lead our book discussions. Would you like to facilitate discussion on one of them? 

Please email us at bookclubfwc@gmail.com to let us know which book you can take responsibility for. 


More to Come

The Free Women's Collective has two active projects right now:  The Book Club and the Care Team.

Watch for a third group starting in the fall!
 

The Dharma Handbook

Great Middle Way Buddhist Association

 

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.



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.

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Universal Compassion Buddhist Congregation

 

UCBC Council Updates

 
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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