The Light of Divine Compassion in Buddhism can be experienced through the practice of chanting the mantra: Om Mani Pädme Hum.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in "Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones" explains:
"The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Pä, the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.
"So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times. What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?"
Our spiritual discernment for the month of July — as part of our year long exploration of Spiritual Permaculture: Coming into Deeper Relationship with Earth is: Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
The pattern of Divine Light called Compassion that has been birthed into the world through the Buddhist tradition aids us in perfecting our energies, our motivations, and our actions for the benefit of all beings and the future of the world. Join Associate Minister Reverend Sibyl Lundy and Reverend Karen Lindquist as we explore this potential within the morning worship service on Sunday July 31st at 10:00am.
Japanese koto music will be shared by Shiho Kurauchi.
Read more about Spiritual Permaculture here.
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Jamal Rahman's book "Sacred Laughter of the Sufis..." was chosen
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality & Practice
as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2014!
In March 2012 the Interfaith Community Sanctuary initiated a Capital Fundraising Campaign to cover current and anticipated major expenses to maintain our historic building…our unique sacred space. To cover current and anticipated expenditures plus provide a reasonable reserve fund for unexpected emergencies.
In 2014 we were blessed with a grant that allowed us to replace the roof but the exterior of our historic building still needs repainting. Our almost 100 year old water line and the gutters and downspouts are also in need of replacement. In addition, we would like to provide a means of access for the disabled. All of these projects are expensive but necessary to maintain the integrity of our facility.
We are asking each and every friend and member of ICS to think hard about what this community means to you and to contribute something extra to support the Capital Fundraising Campaign. All donations to ICS are completely tax deductible. Any donation to the Capital Fundraising Campaign should be marked “Capital Fundraising Campaign” or ICS/CFC. Donations can be made by Credit Card or PayPal by clicking on the "Donate" button to the right or by mailing a check directly to the church at the address below. Thank you for your continued support! Click HERE for more information on our Capital needs and Fundraising Campaign.