Seasonal Interludes

Nestled in the forest of Vancouver Island is a Tibetan Buddhist Temple close to the small tourist community of Coombs. Who knew! This is close to where I now live, I had heard about it and was curious. Then, a couple of weeks ago a friend invited me to go to an event at the temple that was held during the last blood moon on October 28th. It was breathtaking, this beautiful and sacred place felt so peaceful and welcoming from the moment we got there.

Whispers of Compassion: Unveiling the Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism

The decorative temple and the property was filled with ornate mandalas, prayer flags, and statues of Buddhas and bodhisattvas, which you can see in the YouTube video below. The Monk guided us through a series of mantras and shared with us his wisdom on compassion, desire, suffering and the importance of giving. The term “Buddha” means an “awakened” or “enlightened” one and the teachings are that everyone is equal, the same and we all have the “Buddha-Nature” inside of us. He talked about how “Westerners” could end our suffering by not seeking, not wanting “things” and how being in the moment helps to alleviate suffering. He shared how mindfulness can help us be transformed so that all beings can experience a level of the highest peace (nirvana).

I found myself nodding in agreement with him and shared an understanding of his teachings. Haiku has helped me be in the moment and connect with my inner Buddha. Having a practice of non-attachment is something that I have focused on over the past few years which has lead me to a place of personal freedom. This includes freedom in my mind, free of expectations, going with the flow, an effortless allowing, and trusting in the big picture without needing to know what may or may not happen. Letting go has been part of this process which has lead me to inner peace, feeling more grounded and connected to nature. My greatest wish is for everyone to feel this way.

As we move through the month of November with the theme of transformation, how are some ways you can find your inner “Buddha”?

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