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Bhante Devananda will share Dhamma service and meditation to medium and maximum security Correctional Facilities on Wednesday June 15. Bhante has been requested to add services to both medium and maximum security. The event is sponsored by Grissom Family. May all beings be well and happy
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Observing eight precepts on Vesak Day. All are welcome to participate.
Sīlena sugatiṃ yanti, Sīlena bhoga‧sampadā, Sīlena nibbutiṃ yanti,
With morality, good rebirth is gained; With morality, wealth is achieved; With morality, perfect peace is attained.
May all beings be well and happy
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6/4/16
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a letter from Prison to Bhante Devananda. May all beings be well and happy.

Bhante,
Thank you so much for coming to C.I.F late last year. I was the person who filled your tray with food during lunch!. I really enjoyed your directed loving kindness meditation as well as your chanting. You have a beautiful voice! We use your CD of chanting during our meditation. I hope that you can come again sometimes, and I plant to visit the temple when I get out in 2021! Your visit was one of the most moving experience in my life! I know the Dharma path is the right path for me! Metta
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Loving Kindness Meditation (Metta Bhavana) at Indiana Buddhist Temple. All are welcome.
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This is where you think you are,
this is where you perceive you are,
this is where people think your are,
this is where sound comes from,
This is where you really are,
Why am I still in this prison with you?
When you slam the door shut,
At once you find out at once,
how empty you really are.

"'If even a good man can be reborn in the Pure Land, how much more so a wicked man." - Shinran Shonin

This is not an overturning of the rules of morality, but it rather points to the matter of self-knowledge and self-emptiness.
A 'good' man is often proud of his 'goodness' thinking that it is his own. By appropriating goodness to the self, he becomes proud and arrogant.
An 'evil' man has the wonderful opportunity to realize his own self-emptiness and, in doing so, may become free of the ego-attachment that so binds us to our-selves such that we repeat all the patterns that have made that self 'evil'. When we see that the evil we may have done is not 'our' evil, but the effect of karmic seeds that are attached to the self and to which the self has become attached, we likewise see our true emptiness and know that we need not repeat those patterns for they are not 'ours'.

So, sometimes the notion of being 'good' can enslave us to the self, while the notion of being 'evil'--the knowledge that we are not 'good'--can lead to freedom from that self.

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"They are no different from any other kids,” she said. “Even though these kids have made mistakes they can make different choices. That’s why I teach them meditation and yoga.”
http://missoulian.com/news/local/missoula-fitness-instructor-teaches-juvenile-inmates-yoga-meditation/article_4cbdd940-0f78-5ac6-9f99-b54ec2669317.html
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