Finding Joy in Difficult Times

Here is a link to the reading of the Maha-Rahulovada Sutta: The Greater Exhortation to Rahula (see the whole sutta – this is just a short excerpt to refresh your memory):

“Rahula, develop the meditation in tune with earth. For when you are developing the meditation in tune with earth, agreeable & disagreeable sensory impressions that have arisen will not stay in charge of your mind. Just as when people throw what is clean or unclean on the earth — feces, urine, saliva, pus, or blood — the earth is not horrified, humiliated, or disgusted by it; in the same way, when you are developing the meditation in tune with earth, agreeable & disagreeable sensory impressions that have arisen will not stay in charge of your mind.”

Here is a link to the poem by Rumi called “The Guest House“.

The lovingkindness chant we ended the Tuesday evening sitting with goes like this (with thanks to Heather Martin for teaching this):

May I be filled with lovingkindness

May I be well

May I be peaceful and at ease

May I be happy

May you be filled with lovingkindness

May you be well

May you be peaceful and at ease

May you be happy

May we be filled with lovingkindness

May we be well

May we be peaceful and at ease

May we be happy


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