|Martin's Pond at sunset_Peacham VT_October 2015|
|Timory celebrating the birthday of Sakyong Mipham, the current teacher and leader of Shambhala Buddhism|
This is also a comfortable space for me. Shambhala is a network of Westernized Tibetan Buddhist centers in the USA and worldwide. I was a member of the Decatur GA and St Johnsbury VT Shambhala Centers. I like a meditative community that believes in humanity’s basic goodness, and the ability for world change through kindness and compassion. I do not believe in re-incarnation, but that does not seem to be a deal breaker in attending. I‘ve found peace through meditation and learned about that ineffable “Way” beyond what we see in daily life.
|St. Andrew's Catholic Church_Portland OR|
|Sign reads: St Andrews–A Community of Justice, Compassion and Peace–All are Welcome|
I especially like St. Andrew's dedication to social justice and Hispanic (neighborhood) inclusivity. St. Andrew’s offers support groups for women, for transgender, gay, and same sex couples. The congregation aligns itself with Pope Francis’ emphasis on serving the poor. This is right up my alley.
|Wall of religious tolerance at Center for Spiritual Living|
|Nancy–Greeter and Practitioner at Center for Spiritual Living|
In the old days as a Catholic child, choosing a religious base was easy. You were Catholic, so you attended your neighborhood parish where you found moral answers, community and often a school.
One thing I do know–the birth of all of my grandchildren and most recently the birth of Iva Mae Hazel Ercin on December 27th here in Portland have all been awesome, transcendent and spiritual experiences for me.
|Welcome to this amazing world dear Iva Mae Hazel Ercin|