Friday Night Talk - Unconditional Kindness: Regarding Others as Our Guides

with Emily Bower

May 21st -Date postponed or cancelled

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May all sentient beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness

May they be free from suffering and the root of suffering

May they not be separated from the great happiness devoid of suffering

May they dwell in the great equanimity free from passion, aggression and prejudice

 

Many of us have spent much of the past year isolated and without much contact with other sentient beings. Now, when we venture outside and are going about activities that bring us into the company of other people (in some situations, all of us are wearing facemasks), instead of “getting through it as quickly as possible”, worrying about ourselves when we are doing those unavoidable errands, could we pause, make smiling eye-contact with our mask on, and gesture to the other person that they are welcome to go ahead of us?

How do we practice unconditional kindness on the spot for ourselves and others? Acknowledging others’ feelings and needs, even with a very few words or simple gestures, can make an anxious situation … better for everyone.

 



Emily Bower lived in the Boston area and attended the Boston Shambhala Center in 1995-96, and again from 2000 to 2011. She trained as a teacher at the Boston Shambhala Center by serving on a team of presenters who offered open house talks every Tuesday evening. Senior teachers mentored newer teachers, creating a generous atmosphere in which to discuss the teachings and share presentation skills. In her service as a senior teacher in the Shambhala community, she leads both extended retreats and weekend programs. She especially enjoys presenting on themes that bring practical application to our wisdom traditions.
She now lives and  works in Los Angeles as a book editor and publishing consultant and is an editor for
84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha, an international non-profit initiative to translate all of the Buddha’s words into modern languages and to make them available to everyone, free of charge.


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