We are moving into Autumn so quickly this year. The temperatures are cooling and there is the smell of change in the air. Fall colours in all their splendour will soon be on their way. It’s a beautiful time to be at the centre; no bugs, cool clean air and the natural quietude of the forest.
As I walk the land I stop to rest beside one of our stupas. We are blessed to have four monuments at the centre, all built by sangha members under direction of skilled master builders, each with their unique flavour and history. There has been considerable effort and joy put into the construction of each of them and they continue to be a source of inspiration and beauty as well as an aid to practice.
Stupa, a word derived from the ancient Sanskrit language meaning the crown of the head, are a representation of the human connection with the Divine. They have been likened to acupuncture needles on the earth, focusing the energies of the five elements; earth, water, fire, air, space into power points which spread the benefit for the awakening of all beings promoting world peace, harmony and healing. In the eastern traditions these are also elements that compose the human body and the stupas are a reflection of our subtle energy body read more on stupas- http://www.aung.com/spirituality/international-peace-pagoda-project-ippp
Like us these monuments are ageing and are in need of some tender loving care. We have the expertise available, but we do need your help to repair these precious monuments. Some individuals have already expressed interest in learning about these precious stupas and rupas and expressed interest in being involved in their renovation. You too could participate by donating some much needed funds to the project and of course your time if you have some to spare, would be most welcome.
We look forward to seeing you soon at the centre.
Dharma Centre of Canada
I have been reflecting on my time spent at the Dharma Centre of Canada, and all of the benefits that have come my way as a result. The following list is long, but not finite:
When the Methods Become Stale
We must take the microscope and telescope of awareness, tune it up and examine our experience of being-ness and phenomena. This is the practice of Dharma, the search for our essential nature. Vipassanā (Pali, Sanskrit(Skt.)., vipaśyanā, Tib., lhaktong) is the result, the direct insights and wisdom that arise from looking at the five aggregates with the microscope and telescope of investigating awareness. Vipassanā is not solely a technique as commonly used today to refer to a specific type of meditation. Classically vipassanā refers to a series of direct knowledges gained through awareness boring into phenomena. They are called vipassanā-ñāṇa (Pali), Skt., vipaśyanā-jñāna.
(The Rainbow Healing Chod given by Lho Ontul Rinpoche on September 7, 2017, as experienced by Heather Rigby (Ravalokha))
Hello Friends of the Dharma Centre and Beyond,
The following is a brief update on the re-installation of our two beautiful Garuda’s and, the repair of the outdoor Pavilion’s slate roof currently underway at the DCC.
It may seem as though we are moving at a snail’s pace to mount the Garuda’s back up on the extended beams of the Pavilion. However a formidable amount of research has been underway over the winter to resolve various issues such as wood rot, correct mould design for epoxy-filler to re-establish the beams, design appropriate hardware to hang the Garuda’s at the appropriate angle, etc. And then of course there are issues with the weather and, scheduling!
Years ago in late 1960’s, James George, then Canadian High Commissioner to India, “was instrumental in preserving sacred Tibetan texts.” Using his office as headquarters, he and his team microfilmed 500 Tibetan books. The project was “implemented by a young CUSO worker who was given a special camera for microfilming. He was invited to live at the High Commission for about a year to accomplish the task. The microfilming included texts of all the major Tibetan sects & schools. Each school was given their own microfilmed compilation, including ten Kagyu microfilm reels for Kalu Rinpoche, who later gifted the reels to Namgyal Rinpoche and the Dharma Centre of Canada.
The Dharma Centre of Canada (DCC) has an Archive, holding documents that date back to its beginning in the 1970’s. In volume, there are about twenty book boxes of material.
What is an archive and what is in the DCC Archive? An archive in any organization, business corporation, agency, or non-profit, that consists of the critical or strategic records generated during the life of the organization. These records tell the story of what decisions were made and what occurred in any one year. Typically, this represents only 5% (or less) of all the records generated by an organization during any year of its life. Only the most important documents are retained indefinitely, or archived. All other records (the remaining 95% or so) are destroyed on a destruction schedule of 3 to 30 years, or more. For small organizations such as DCC we follow a simplified destruction regiment called “the seven year rule.” This means that most Dharma Centre records for are those that ordinarily be destroyed within seven years – unless they are placed in the Archive. Some organizations include historical artifacts and physical objects in its archive.
Hello friends of the Dharma Center
The news in Dharma Centre emails, in phone chats with old friends, and in postings on the
website and on Facebook is uplifting. Recent retreats were well-attended and many people
continue to benefit from the activities and ambiance of the Centre. There is a full board and
wonderful staff and volunteers.