This week we end our Dharma programme for 2015 and on behalf of the committee, I thank you all for your ongoing support and generosity.
Our Society would not exist without our precious teacher Lama Choedak Rinpoche who for another year worked tirelessly to alleviate our suffering through teaching the sublime Dharma. Rinpoche guided us through the Bodhisattva's Way of Life during our regular Tuesday night philosophy classes and kindly attended all Wednesday night sadhana practice sessions. Rinpoche delivered many blessings, workshops, public talks in both Canberra, SIBA and our sister centres across Australia and New Zealand. As usual he reminded us of the importance of maintaining our practice and generating bodhicitta for the sake of all sentient beings. Thank you kindly Rinpoche la!
To all of the senior students and volunteers, your mindfulness and devotion to help, guide and teach Calm Abiding meditation each Sunday is no other than the activity of Avalokiteshvara, Buddha of Compassion. May you continue to train and assist all of our friends on the path. Thank you to our families and friends who have supported us to deliver this year's Dharma activities. You have been patient and understanding which is equally part of the play of compassion.
Our lives are impermanent and seem to pass faster than light so let us remember that the aim of our commitment and training is to generate a loving heart and to be wise in our interaction with ourselves and others. During the festive season please continue your practice and fill your mind with gentle and generous thoughts. If unfavourable circumstances arise, recall the elixir of forgiveness and equality and apply it to all beings that cross your path. If all else fails and you need a reminder, Sunday Calm Abiding classes will continue at our centre at Evatt so please come along!
Since we have created many causes and conditions to give rise to favourable circumstances, we anticipate 2016 to be a very fruitful and exciting year to spread the Buddha's teachings.
See you all in the New Year!
Yours in Dharma,