Sangha

“I take refuge in the sangha”
This weekend, I did

My Dharma Brother Joseph, “Gil Do”,  and his kind and caring wife, Eunbong,
Their wisely-countenanced and
Jolly Daughter, Fina

My patient and erudite teacher and friend, Chong Go Sunim
And my Dharma Brother Marcus, “Seokjong” with his gift of mindfulness

All in kind and compassionate listening, counseling, sharing and generosity
Brought me to this place

So…
To all I say,
Come to the temples
Be you Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Agnostic, or Atheist
There is serenity and the tone of peace here

Emanating,
Resonating,
Penetrating and cleansing

A Holy Spirit,  a Buddha Nature, a Juingong
And you find it in yourself
And it takes you home

To freedom

Thank you,

Brothers and Sisters of the Sangha

This is Yongju Sa, in Suwon…
Where the monk said:
“Katchi Sungbulhaseyo”
Let us become enlightened ones,
Together

How beautiful
How necessary

8 thoughts on “Sangha”

  1. Carl,
    In my experience, when one person clarifies his or her life direction, all beings immediately benefit.

    So I’m deeply grateful that you would join with Chong Go Sunim, Joseph, Marcus and others to benefit all beings.

    Thank you,
    Barry

  2. Barry,

    Thank you for taking it personally. When I was younger, I had wanted to be a political illustrator, to ‘wake people up’ to injustice. But there are warmer ways to wake people up, and one of them is in waking ourselves, first. But sometimes we need a little help.

    Your appreciation of what I have ‘done’, both takes me by surprise and doesn’t, since souls like yours are of the Sangha; I do not know you personally, but I have come to know I can ‘expect’ this kindness.

    I was a bit taken by surprise because I did nothing but complain of late, and wear my problems on my sleeve, as it were, yet my friends held me in their arms, so to speak, listening, helping, and healing me. Here, I am just recognizing it.

    Thank YOU, again, Barry.

    Peace, Love, and Joy,
    Carl

  3. Hey Carl,
    I hope you don’t mind my re-posting of the same experience…
    I think the two have their own feel though~
    I really enjoyed finding yours this morning, thank you!

    (^_^) ,(Seong Bul hashipsiyo!!!)
    _/佛\_
    _,_,_

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