Thursday, February 6, 2020

SFTS Lodge Calendar of Friday Evening Events for February-March 2020



[NOTE: Remember our new start times, the Lodge Library opens at 6 p.m. and the weekly Lodge meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.]

Friday, February 7th
 
Extended Library Hours 6-8 P.M. No Formal Meeting. Join Us. Browse the Collection. Sip Tea.
 
Friday, February 14th
 
NO MEETING. Lodge CLOSED. 
Joyous Valentine's Day, Happy President's Day!

Friday, February 21st
Conversations in Theosophy

Friday, February 28th
 
Yoga Nidra
-- John Paul

 
Friday, March 6th
Lodge Video Night: Our Planet
(Episode 5: From Deserts to Grasslands)

Friday, March 13th
Conversations in Theosophy

Friday, March 20th
Yoga Nidra
-- John Paul


Friday, March 27th
The Somatics of Nomadism, The Tao of Wanderlust
-- Kevin McLaughlin

Lenten Sutra Readings: From Ash Wednesday to Good Friday, we will read aloud the Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation and the Diamond Sutra. On alternating Friday evenings. At 6:15 p.m. Starting with the Great Liberation on 2/28/20. Ending with the Diamond Sutra on 4/10/20. This powerful practice was passed down to us by the legendary American sages Joe and Guin Miller. We have adapted it and carried it on for decades now. Join us as all we set deep mystical intentions for the rest of the calendar year.

SFTS Lodge Dharma Message for January-February-March 2020: "Subhuti, You Should Know That ..."

Frontispiece, Diamond Sutra from Cave 17, Dunhuang, ink on paper.
A page from the Diamond Sutra, printed in the 9th year of Xiantong Era of the Tang Dynasty, i.e. 868 CE.
According to the British Library, it is “the earliest complete survival of a dated printed book” (Wikipedia)

Excerpts from "The Diamond Sutra (The Jewel of Transcendent Wisdom)" Translated by A.F. Price


SECTION XII. VENERATION OF THE TRUE DOCTRINE

Furthermore, Subhuti, you should know that wheresoever this Discourse is proclaimed, by even so little as four lines, that place should be venerated by the whole realm of Gods, Men  and Titans, as though it were a Buddha Shrine. How much more is this so the case in the case of one who is able to receive and retain the whole and read and recite it thorough out!

Subhuti, you should know that such a one attains the highest and most wonderful truth. Wheresoever this sacred Discourse may be found, there you should comport yourself as though in the presence of Buddha and disciples worthy of honor.

SECTION XXXII. THE DELUSION OF APPEARANCES

Subhuti, someone might fill innumerable worlds with the seven treasures and give all away in gifts of alms, but if any good man or any good woman awakens the thought of Enlightenment and takes even only four lines from this Discourse, reciting, using, receiving, retaining and spreading them abroad and explaining them for the benefit of others, it will be far more meritorious.

Now in what manner may he explain them to others?
By detachment from appearances-abiding in Real Truth.

So I tell you -

Thus shall you think of all this fleeting world:  
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;  
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.

When Buddha finished this Discourse the venerable Subhuti, together with the bhikshus, bhikshunis, lay-brothers and sisters, and the whole realms of Gods, Men and Titans, were filled with joy by His teaching, and, taking it sincerely to heart they went their ways.