One out of one hundred Americans is currently behind bars. At our April 2018 meeting, the Sweeping Heart Zen Board voted unanimously to send ongoing financial support to the Prison Mindfulness Institute. Support for PMI and its programs to relieve suffering is now part of Sweeping Heart Zen’s ongoing community service work. At the present time then we’ve added our support for PMI to the monthly support we provide to The Grace Center and Action, Inc. in Gloucester.
Last week “Giving Tuesday” got my attention for the first time. I love the idea, but I’ve been totally out of the loop. Where did “Giving Tuesday” come from? I’m interested to know because the world really needs our generosity right now. That’s because there’s a healing power in giving that’s way beyond the strength of greed and consumerism. Therefore, what I want to celebrate this holiday season is the healing power in giving.
Dear Wisdom’s Heart,
Long ago, a zen student discover his teacher sobbing inconsolably. “But Master,” the student asked in dismay, “why are you crying?” The Master said, “I’ve just learned my mother has died.” “But Master,” the student pleaded, trying to console him, “don’t you say to view life as a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream, a flash of lightening in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream?” “Yes,” the Master said tearfully, “and now… the dream is extremely sad.”
Hospitalized kids often feel scared, lonely, and different; they also often miss out on simple joys of childhood, such as attending school regularly. Receiving a card brightens their day, makes them feel special and reminds them they aren’t forgotten.
Everyday, so much in life directly expresses our fundamental goodness and the goodness of all creation. This is true, just the way we live now, without changing a thing.