Thursday, January 22, 2009

My news from Coromandel

I really am sorry that the news hasn't been coming very quickly, but we have been busy since I arrived. First the Tara retreat, which produced a great change in some of the people and transformed Mahamudra Centre into the Potala. Anyway, the retreat was great. I enjoyed tremendously. Followed by "Subduing the Demon of Anger" and during that time we had lots of rain and the wind kept changing directions, so it seemed as though the elements got involved in the retreat! All the people attending said they got something from it and we even had one Italian guy who turned up at 7pm, just as it was starting, asking to stay the night and realising there was a course, immediately joined. How is that for karmic imprints ripening?

After the Anger course we had a two day Reiki for experienced students - my old friend Marc turned up, he is a great healer and Grace from Auckland, also a sincere Reiki practitioner. This weekend is Healing Emotions; the last time I did a course like this was not so long ago in Mexico and it was amazing how non-Dharma people really benefited from approaching emotional problems in a different way. However, the problems of Mexican people and New Zealanders are bound to be very different, so it will be interesting to see what we are healing on the weekend.

Thanks for keeping up with me and reading the blog. The website is coming along, but it is slow and I am sorry about that. We are trying as hard as we can, but the people who are kindly helping me also have to work on other projects. As soon as it is operational, I will let you know through the BLOG. Take care and please remember to take time out to BE KIND every day!

I encourage you all to be kind.....

Just received from my friend Shyla of the LKPY project, please read carefully and get involved, even if it is something small, it is still the seed of kindness, isn't it?

Hey i just wanted to give you heads up about a new project we are doing for LKPY which i thought you might be keen to get invovled in. I spoke to Rinpoche about it the other day and he was really keen.
Anyway its called BeKind Day 313 (31st March), we are creating a website for it which should be up in the next few weeks (as long as we can find someone to create it for us). Ive attached the web words below so you have an idea of what it is all about. Anyway we are looking for people in different communities to help co-ordinate things in their local communities, maybe hold an event on the day (dinner or lunch etc), go talk at schools and universities or corporate groups, get in touch with local media and offer to do interviews etc etc and i thought you might be keen. Its not just for youth, its for everyone, but is a project of LKPY.

Anyway will keep you up to date, but thought this way you can pencil it in your diary and maybe start thinking of events etc. I will send a massive thing out to FPMT etc once we have a website.

Think big and keep smiling
Shyla





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bekindday313.com/ bekindday.com - WEBSITE
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HOME PAGE
Kindness is defined as a quality of being friendly, generous and considerate and Kind is defined as a group of people or things having similar characteristics.

Imagine one day every year when everyone is friendly, generous and considerate,
Imagine not just doing kind things for others, but receiving them in kindness too,
Imagine what is the kindest thing you could do for yourself, someone else, the planet, for animals, for your colleagues, your families
,... that's what BeKind Day is all about.

313: 31st march is BeKindDay...

How will you BeKind on 313?

1-BeKindDay313 Background
BeKind Day was a creation of an international Peace Organisation for young people, Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth (LKPY).
LKPY is a non-religious, non-profit, charity organization that focuses on the natural goodness within all of us. It aims to create a space for young people to engage in developing peace for themselves, their communities, and the world as a whole.

LKPY believes that peace isn’t just the absence of war... We believe that peace lies naturally within us all and is our primary reason for existence... LKPY is not about protesting wars, demanding weapon restrictions, creating borders and separation, making demands on politicians, going into war zones, or standing in front of tanks...
Its simpler, its starts with you and me... and that’s why it can work!
It’s about focusing on the positives not the negatives, and through cultivating the organic goodness within ourselves we can reduce the space for the weeds to grow. We do this with simple practices of breathing, slowing down, stretching, communicating and taking the time and space to regularly nourish our mind and body... From this space of feeling better and clearer within ourselves we can then best begin to help others...
Learn more about LKPY by checking out our website: www.lkpy.org
They say a waterfall starts from just one drop of water, LKPY says peace starts from just one person.


2- When is BeKind Day?
313= 31st March every year.
Circle it in your calendar annually

3- Ideas for BeKind Day?
There are so many ways that you can get involved in BeKindDay in your community... heres some ideas to help get you started
-Ideas for BeKind Day for Schools
Download the PDF of classroom tasks and commit to doing this with your class
Ask each class to come up with 3 activities for BeKindDay
Hold one class dedicated to BeKindDay: Ask each student to bring $1 (or whatever amount you want to chose) to class, collect this money together. Then ask each student to research a cause/charity that they think it is best to donate the money to, ask them to present their cause/charity and why they think its worthy of the money. At the end of the day hold a vote to decide which cause/charity the money should go to. Then send the money to the cause/charity and inform them that is part of a BeKindDay activity.

-Ideas for BeKind Day for Universities
Download the PDF of classroom tasks and commit to doing this with your class
Hold one class dedicated to BeKindDay: Ask each student to bring $1 (or whatever amount you want to chose) to class, collect this money together. Then ask each student to research a cause/charity that they think it is best to donate the money to, ask them to present their cause/charity and why they think its worthy of the money. At the end of the day hold a vote to decide which cause/charity the money should go to. Then send the money to the cause/charity and inform them that is part of a BeKindDay activity.

-Ideas for BeKind Day for the Workplace
compliment a collegue
buy some flowers or chocolates for your boss/cleaner/secretary/collegue with a note saying "thank you for your kindness"
Ask each staff member to bring $5 (or whatever amount you want to chose) to work on BeKindDay, collect this money together. Then ask each staff member to research a cause/charity that they think it is best to donate the money to and why they think its worthy of the money. At the end of the day hold a vote to decide which cause/charity the money should go to. Then send the money to the cause/charity and inform them that is part of a BeKindDay activity.

-Ideas for BeKind Day for your community
Pick up 10 pieces of rubbish from the ground around your community
Make a donation to a local Non-Government Organisation (NGO) or Charity that does positive and inspiring things
Write a letter to your local council thanking them for something positive that they have implemented into your community

-Ideas for BeKind Day for Parents
Tell your child that you love them
Do an act of Kindness with your child - ie. give a homeless person some money
Talk to your child about what the definition of Kindness is and why its so important, ask your child to think of 3 acts of kindness

-Ideas for BeKind Day for Animals
Feed an animal
Visit a animal shelter and play with the animal
Be a vegetarian for the day

-Ideas for BeKind Day for the Planet
Catch public transport for the day
Buy organic food for the day
Go through your possessions and identify things you dont use, recycle or donate them.

-Ideas for BeKind Day for yourself
Take 5 minutes of silence to slow down
Be content with what you have
Reflect over your life and

-Ideas for BeKind Day for Elders
Visit a nursing home/Old Peoples home and offer to volunteer for day, maybe read stories with them
Visit your parents/grandparents and take them out to lunch/dinner, ask them to share their favourite story with you.
Donate money to your local hospice/palliative care team (or even organise a fundraiser for them)

Remember these are just ideas, we want you to use your creative juices to inspire your friends, family and community to be a part of BeKind Day too.
Send us an email before BeKindDay to commit to being a part of BeKindDay
Dont forget to email us or post us your stories and let us know what you did!

4- How can I support BeKindDay?
The best way to support BeKindDay is to be part of it, get involved, do something to BeKind and let us know what you did.
If you would like to support the day more we welcome donations to support the website and promotion of this event.
- PayPal:
LovingKindness PeacefulYouth
- Bank Transfer:
Account Name: Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth Inc
BSB: 085-458
Account Number: 81-188-4188
- Cheque/Money Order:
Draw a cheque in favour of ‘Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth Inc’ and post to:
PO Box 551, Unley SA 5061, Australia

5- How can i let you know what we did on BeKind Day?
Email us or post us your images, your stories, your ideas, what your community got up to, we want to hear from you!!!
Email: info@lkpy.org (maybe create a new email with the new website info@bekindday313.com) note- ask them to make it so that you get as least spam as possible!
Post: BeKindDay
PO Box 551
Unley SA 5061
AUSTRALIA

6- How can I help promote BeKind Day?
Spreading the word is the key to promoting BeKindDay, we would love your help to help us do this, here's some ideas:
- Spreading in your email:
Send an email to everyone on your contact list, telling them about BeKindDay and asking them to do 3 things: 1. Tell 3 people about this day, 2. Commit to be involved, 3. To help you organise a group activity
- Spreading through your media:
Write to your local newspaper, favourite magazine editors, TV news stations, Breakfast shows etc
- Spreading through your local schools, universities and community groups
Write to your local schools and university principles and ask them to make BeKindDay313 an activity in their school & ask their PTA (Parent Teacher Association) to get involved
Write to your local community groups, youth groups, religious groups and ask them to make BeKindDay 313 an activity in their group
- Spreading through your media:
Write to your local newspaper, favourite magazine editors, TV news stations, Breakfast shows
- Spreading through your community:
Create an event on BeKindDay in your local community, it may be a lunch, a dinner, a coffee catch up, where you all meet and chat about BeKind Day

7- Contact us
Email: info@lkpy.org (maybe create a new email with the new website info@bekindday313.com) note- ask them to make it so that you get as least spam as possible! Maybe have an automatic email where they fill it in on the website.
Post: BeKindDay
PO Box 551
Unley SA 5061
AUSTRALIA

Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Zealand

Have arrived safely in New Zealand and we started the Tara retreat last night. Already the clouds have started to move in and we might well have rain. What a surprise that would be (for those of you who don't know, it tends to rain when I lead retreats!!).....I will be in Mahamudra until the end of January and then Auckland for two weeks beginning of February and then return to MMC for another month until March. Hope to see you.......Happy New Year to you all. Venerable.