With a little help from our friends: Kunzang Palyul Choling

Seven DC Occupiers visited a Buddhist community in Maryland as part of Occupy Faith DC.  Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC) delivers food to the Occupy DC camps several times a week, motivated by their philosophy of service and socially engaged Buddhism.

April Parsons of McPherson Square said, “Going to KPC was such an enlightening experience.” She enjoyed the tour of the main building and prayer rooms: “As you walk inside you can feel such an intense beautiful energy. It’s like a feeling of purity. I felt connected to everything around me through an energy of love and peace.” She’d like to visit again when she gets the chance.

(Image by coolrevolution.net)

Meditation is the reply to a call from within

photo by Athanassios Strantzalos

At its core, meditation is a blossoming of spirit – an individual reply to a call from within. Unlike the more familiar ways in which we normally think and act, meditation asks us to take a seat and quiet ourselves. Then it whispers to us about how to be creative in life, about what is true and not true, about how to heal and how to mourn, and about the joys that come from simply being, rather than wanting and trying. All this amounts to a welling up of spirit that permeates both heart and mind.

~ Rolf Sovik, Moving Inward: The Journey to Meditation