Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Great Vehicle Heart Connections
Two Tibetan monks and two nuns visited Boundless Way Temple on Sunday, and joined us whole-heartedly in our regular Zen practice. They are on a 2 week visit to Worcester State University, and decided to drop in to our regular Sunday night practice period, which included chanting, sitting and walking meditation, and a Dharma talk by Dharma teacher Rev. Paul Galvin. During the Dharma dialogue following Paul's talk, they participated along with the rest of the sangha, and we all enjoyed laughter and insightful comments and stories from a number of participants, including the Tibetans of course. And at the end, they insisted on a photo -- ordained folks on the floor, with the rest of the sangha standing behind, grouped around the Buddha altar. Just before the photo was taken, one of the monks shouted "Mahayana!" a reference to what connects us. Zen and Tibetan Buddhism are both part of the Mahayana, or "great vehicle" tradition in Buddhism. Sharing the practice and feeling our heart connection was simply delightful!