Sunday, August 31, 2008
Here is the current newsletter from Anam Cara, the special spiritual center created amd overseen by Lawrence Edwards, Ph. D. I am honored that he began the newsletter with one of my recent poems, followed by announcements for upcoming workshops and retreats which he offers in New York state. If you have not done so already, I urge you to subscribe to this free publication, for what Lawrence has created both in words and spiritual offerings is a valuable gift for us all.
"At the still point of the turning world. . .
there the dance is. . .
Except for the point,
the still point,
there would be no dance,
and there is only the dance."
(T. S. Eliot)
I think of it
as the Swirling Radiance,
movement that never ceases,
from the last momentof eternity,
the plundered second
of all that will ever be.
And you, here,
are at the midpoint,
the demarcationof what has always been
and what is perpetually approaching,
your seeing is that which sustains,
You are the perpetual
heaven's link to time.
If you listen, you can
almost hear it swish
as it goes by.
August 20 2008
Anam Cara, Bedford, NY
Saturday Sept. 27th - Kirtan Night! 7 PM
With Satya, Ma, and Kalidas. Join us in this ancient and ecstatic practice of chanting the names of the Divine. Everyone is welcome!
Oct. 1-Nov.5, Wednesday Evenings, 7:15-8:45 (no class 10/22)
5 Week Course
Buddhist Wisdom Treasures for Non- Buddhists
Taught by Lawrence Edwards, Ph.D.
The Buddhist tradition offers great insights into the workings of the mind and how we can be free not only of the mind, but of all suffering. One doesn't have to be a Buddhist to gain the tremendous benefits offered by this ancient tradition of wisdom. Priests, nuns, rabbis, ministers, scientists, business leaders and people from every background have found the teachings of the Buddha enhanced their everyday lives and their spiritual practices. During this course we will explore the foundational teachings and practices that the Buddha offered to anyone who was interested in gaining greater freedom from suffering and gaining access to unwavering joy. There will be plenty of time to discuss how these teachings and practices apply to work, family, relationships, etc.
November 14-16, Friday Evening-Sunday Afternoon
Mysteries of the Divine Feminine and Kundalini Empowerment
Led by Lawrence Edwards, Ph.D.The extraordinary power of Consciousness that allows us to directly know the Infinite is called Kundalini in the yogic tradition. In this retreat you will be guided through ancient practices that awaken and unfold the inner power of meditation and yoga, Kundalini. Through this innate power of Consciousness we will explore the archetypal realms of transcendence, wisdom and grace. Through the power of mantra, chanting, breath work, and the profound tales of mystical traditions, including the Black Madonna, Inanna, Kali and Kundalini, we will further access the inner source of true knowledge and ultimate freedom. That source is the Divine within. Through this process you will be empowered to deepen and sustain your meditation practice at home. Many people take this retreat repeatedly in order to delve more and more deeply into the mysteries of true meditation and further unfold the power of Kundalini. Sharings from others who have taken the retreat can be found through the program link below.
Every Tuesday Evening: starts promptly at 7:30pm at our center at SunRaven in Bedford, NY. All are welcome! Directions are on the Anam Cara website. If you wonder whether the group is being held on a particular Tuesday evening there will always be a message stating if it is cancelled on that night on 914-234-4800.Click here to find out more about the programs....
Dorothy Walters is a dear friend and a wise woman who shares the riches she has mined from the depths through her books, poetry and blog. I encourage you to delight in those treasures by following the links to her blog. Everyone has the heart to be a true friend of the soul, an Anam Cara. By embodying that ideal ourselves we may help another to find it in themselves. Our highest nature is always manifest in relationship - to our loved ones, to all other beings, to the environment, and in relation to our own body and mind. Becoming mindful of the quality of our relationships allows us to learn where the light shines and where it needs to shine more. The ideal of Anam Cara is to continuously endeaver to expand the depth and the inclusiveness of the loving kindness we bring into every relationship. If you have any suggestions, comments or sharings, for our newsletter please don't hesitate to e-mail me and I'll do my best to respond.
Anam Cara, Inc. is a 501 (C) 3, non-profit educational organization dedicated to teaching meditative practices. Our non-denominational programs are open to all. There are free meditation instructions and downloadable audio files of guided meditations on our website.Thank you for the many ways you have shown support for Anam Cara, Inc. Because of your gifts we can offer free programs and other supports for meditation practices.I look forward to welcoming you in person to our programs. With great appreciation and love, I thank you all.May all beings realize complete freedom from suffering and may all our actions reflect only wisdom, compassion, patience and loving kindness.Lawrence Edwards, Ph.D. Founder and DirectorAnam Cara, Inc.All newsletter contents copyrighted 2008email: firstname.lastname@example.org: 914-234-4800web: http://www.anamcara-ny.org