Open Heart Circle

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Open Heart CircleThe Open Heart Circle is an adapted Mahayana practice of sending and taking for all sentient beings who are ill, dying, or who have recently died. This practice helps us to develop an awareness of impermanence in daily life while awakening our innate loving kindness for ourselves and others. It helps break through the barrier of “me and mine” and reminds us that sickness, death and dying are universal conditions. It offers a vehicle to bring illness and sorrow to the path and to develop compassion for both our own suffering and the suffering of others.

Open Heart Circle practice is offered as part of Sunday Morning Meditation on Sangha Days. The practice can also include a Sukhavati ceremony if one of those present wishes to acknowledge the death of someone he or she is close to. If that is the case, please bring a photograph of that person, if possible.


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