David Steindl-Rast: To help the world, stop being fearful
By: Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator
Tags: An Lac Mission Ventura, Buddhism, buddhist study center, Buddhist Temple Ventura, Dalai Lama, david steindl rast, guided meditations, Health, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Religion and Spirituality, spiritual aspirations
The most important thing
that I want to tell anybody
who is willing to hear it…
something that will help the world…
I would say,
“Stop being fearful and
try to help everybody
whom you meet to be less fearful.
That is the most important thing.”
–Brother David Steindahl-Rast
in the film, With One Voice
How can you be less fearful?
One way is to be more mindful by reducing your daily reactivity and stress, by increasing your presence to others, and by unifying your body and your mind. Meditation is one practice that can help you achieve this.
On Saturday, September 15, from 9-4pm, the Ventura Buddhist Study Center at An Lac Temple and Mission 901 Saticoy Ave, Ventura 93003, will offer guided meditations and mindfulness training at “A Day of Mindfulness” led by Catherine Baum, a certified instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts.
All are welcome at all levels of experience in meditation. A $45 donation is requested which includes a full vegetarian lunch prepared by the nuns; none will be turned away for lack of funds. Attend for the full day or any part.
Fabric thangka above by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, one of the few westerners trained in the rare Buddhist art of silk applique thangkas.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave his blessings to Leslie’s work and encouraged her to make images that speak to the spiritual aspirations of people across religions and cultures. Leslie’s fascinating story is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film, Creating Buddhas: the Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas.
- David Whyte, Brother David Steindl-Rast , and the Antidote to Exhaustion (mainecenterfortherapyandappliedpositivepsychology.com)