Commitment-to-Nonviolence

Living Full of Compassion

The early teachings portray the Buddha as the ideal of peacefulness and pacifism. We’re told, “The Buddha gave up killing living creatures. He renounced the rod and the sword. He was scrupulous and kind, living full of compassion for all beings.” And, in his 45-year teaching career, there isn’t a hint that he ever wavered from teaching or living out his commitment to nonviolence.

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Day of Prayer and Fasting

Join in this Interfaith Day of Prayer and Fasting called by the Associated Clergy of Cape Ann

​Please join us on July 8th at 5:00 p..m. at the Fisherman’s Wives Statue on the Boulevard in Gloucester, to begin a 24 hour communal day of fasting and prayer,  in whatever ways your particular tradition teaches, to intercede and ask for God’s help right now for our nation, especially for the crisis concerning immigration and family separation.

We will gather at the Fishermen’s Wives statue on the Boulevard in Gloucester for a Service of Reckoning and Hope. Rabbi Lewis will preach, and we will offer prayers and songs. St. John’s Episcopal on 48 Middle Street will be our rain location.

For 24 hours, we will ask participants to fast and pray, meditate and dedicate themselves to action to support those most in need, on behalf of the children and families who are suffering in ICE detention facilities, for those who are fleeing their countries, for those at the borders of our country and other nations, and for wisdom for our national and international leaders, for compassion, and for hearts to be softened and turned toward mercy.

See yourself in others.
Then whom can you hurt?
What harm can you do? ~The Buddha

On July 9th, at 5:00 p.m., we will re-gather at the Fishermen’s Wives statue to close the fast with a brief service of prayer and blessing.

We decided to call for this day as one form of religious response to the painful time in our country.  Our traditions share a common ground in fasting and prayer as spiritual practices of communal intercession, especially in times of crisis or great suffering. We hope you will join us, wherever you are.

 

warming fire

Turning Positive States to Lasting Traits

The earliest teachings of the Buddha encourage us to turn our minds toward thoughts of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. These teachings also invite us to generate thoughts focused on the Buddha’s admirable qualities. And, they urge us to rest our attention, from time to time, in thoughts focused on our own acts of generosity, kindness, and good will. The teachings insist that if we do so, we will discover lasting benefits in health and social harmony. We’ll create lasting positive traits that support own happiness and the happiness of others.

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Change

“Don’t Throw Away The Buddha”

One of the Buddha’s central claims is that there are two chief factors that set the stage for human suffering and dissatisfaction. First, life is constant change. Our immediate environment is constantly changing.  We are constantly changing.  And because of this, over and over again many of the things we need or adore disappear from our lives.

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Change

Everything Changes

As the ancient story goes, when the Buddha first awakened he was reluctant to tell anyone. Because he knew what he’d learned on the path to Awakening was subtle and hard to see, he was hesitant to teach others that they too could wakeup. He thought at first that teaching just might be too difficult and disappointing. The Buddha feared that teaching the Dharma might bring him only heartburn and headache.

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Facing Fear

Watering Seeds of Peace

Seeds of peace grow peace, which plants seeds of peace.Ben Connelly

Getting Real About Spirituality and Facing Fear

“Many people try to find a spiritual path where they do not have to face themselves but… we have to be honest with ourselves. We have to see… our most undesirable parts… That is the foundation of… conquering fear. We have to face our fear; we have to look at it, study it, work with it, and practice meditation with it.”
Chögyam Trungpa, Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery

Once, long, long ago, a group of the Buddha’s monks settled down for the three-month rainy- season retreat in a beautiful forest in the foothills of the Himalayas.

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