Kadampa Meditation Centre Ottawa
879 Somerset Street West
We are very thrilled to be announcing a family and friend holiday-season gathering at KMC Ottawa. Everyone is welcome to come to our Potluck Dinner on Saturday December 9th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. This is a great opportunity to meet the KMC Ottawa community and re-connect with friends. If you feel inspired, please bring your favourite vegetarian meal or dessert. Please avoid peanuts and alcohol and it would be helpful to label the food for allergens.
We thought of introducing a Secret Sangha activity instead of Secret Santa. Sangha means Spiritual community - one that encourages one another and shows a good example to follow. One way to create a strong harmonious community, or Sangha, is to truly appreciate the good qualities and kindnesses of one another. So, to promote this, we thought we could put into practice what Gen Thekchen will be teaching earlier in the day on Dec 9th at the 1/2 day course "Survival Guide for the Holidays". During that course we will be encouraged to think of the many good qualities and kindnesses of those with whom we will spend some holiday-time, writing them down and reminding ourselves of them throughout the holidays.
So, in addition to the potluck dinner we thought that for those of you who want to participate in the Secret Sangha, identify this desire when you RSVP. Your name will then be added to the activity and, on Dec 6th, you will be emailed a secretly random-drawn name of another participant. At that point, think about the good qualities that you admire about that person and write them down anonymously on a greeting card. Bring the prepared card in a sealed addressed envelope for them to take home at the end of the night to read. You are then able to take home your own anonymous greeting card to read!!
It’s a lovely opportunity to anonymously appreciate another Sangha member. It’s a gift of loving kindness.
Please RSVP to Khandro ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) by Dec 6th if you'd like to participate int he Secret Sangha. RSVP for potluck attendance encouraged but not mandatory.
As conscientious Dharma practitioners, we should observe our own shortcomings instead of being preoccupied with those of other people.