Thank you for being part of this month of exploration.
I wish to extend my gratitude to the following. If you have appreciated this month of offerings, I encourage you to support the teachers.
- Jill Shepherd and DaRa Williams, for sharing their hearts of wisdom and making the talks from this retreat available.
- Dharma Seed for hosting the talks
- Jeanne Corrigal for her mentorship and encouragement
While many people have contributed towards this month’s emails, any errors are strictly my own. For whatever harm I may have done, in thought, word, or deed, by way of greed, hatred and delusion, intentionally or unintentionally, I humbly ask your forgiveness.
Now that January is done, there are several options to stay inspired:
- I’ll be co-facilitating an 8-week online course with Jeanne, starting next Monday, February 7. Details here:
- I practice (online still) Wednesday evenings with the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community. Everyone is welcome! Details here:
- I participate with the Buddhist Geeks Sangha, and usually facilitate at least one social meditation a month. Details here:
- There are so many other options to keep practicing. Drop me a note if you want specific ideas.
At the end of a period of practice, there is a tradition called “dedication of merit” where any goodness cultivated by our wholesome actions are shared with all beings everywhere.
The lyrics were penned by Rev Heng Sure following the 9/11 attacks, and they were set to the tune of Loreena McKennitt’s “Dark Night of the Soul.”
Rev Heng Sure described the creation of the song this way:
The song “Dedication of Merit” was born as an antidote to the grief and helplessness following 9/11 and the fall of the two towers. 250 Buddhists and Catholics had gathered at a Benedictine Convent in Indiana to investigate the Rule of St. Benedict from a Buddhist perspective.
Sister Mary Margaret Funk invited the Buddhists to provide a dedication of merit, a practice of sharing with the world all the goodness created by any wholesome action. Using the mind to broadcast goodness is an effective form of spiritual activism.https://www.uri.org/what-we-do/resource-library/dedication-merit-song
You can read more about the song, and listen to other renditions here:
As Rev Heng Sure said, when “many hearts dedicate together, the effect can change the world in profound ways.”
May it be so,