Greetings, friends

It has been some time since I last spoke to you directly, readers. Things have changed, as one might expect. I’d like to catch up a bit.

Like many workers, my job was eliminated. Since March of 2012 I’ve been doing what I can to get by, picking up part time work here and there. I’ve taught some stress reduction classes, and have gone back to helping facilitate our local sangha. My own practice has evolved dramatically. I began a “Sit365” challenge, agreeing to sit in meditation for an hour every day for a year. I’m 138 days in, and it has deepened my practice considerably. I’m also visiting Buddhist inmates in correctional facilities as part of the SokukoJi Prison Project, facilitated by Sokuzan Bob Brown at SokukoJi Buddhist Community in Battle Creek.

I wanted you to know that I am still here, and I am still responding to your emails, although not always in as timely a fashion as I might like. I’ve overlooked publicizing some of your recent events, and for this I apologize.

As always, if your sangha/group/center/temple is not listed on Michigan Buddhist, please let me know so that I can add it. If you know of a sangha that isn’t listed, please put them in contact with me. I would especially like to reach out to non-english speaking sangha, as the site is woefully inadequate in that regard.

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Until we speak again:

May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes,
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes,
May all sentient beings never be separated from bliss without suffering,
May all sentient beings be in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger.

Jim.