FREE! This afternoon and this evening are the first tai chi and meditation classes. We start at 4pm. All welcome. No special clothing required. Soft soled shoes are best. Donations gratefully accepted. GRATIS! Esta tarde y esta noche son las primeras clases de tai chi y meditación. Empezamos a las 16:00. Todos serán bienvenidos. No se permite ropa especial. Blando con suela de los zapatos son los mejores. Donaciones aceptada con gratitud.
The new center is now open and developing programs and classes. We even have a new WordPress website!
Please visit us online and in person in Little Village. The website will have info about classes and class times. Some classes will be starting right away so look for news before this day is over!
Wishing peace and happiness for all beings.
El nuevo centro ahora es programas y clases abiertos y que se convierten. ¡Incluso tenemos un nuevo Web site de WordPress! Visítenos por favor en línea y sobre clases y tiempos de la clase. ¡Algunas clases comenzarán inmediatamente así que busque las noticias antes de que este día haya terminado!
by morning, they’ll be gone in the wind and under the rain.
That’s cool. That’s just how it is.
Enjoy it while it’s here and accept it as it changes.
Since tomorrow is the new Buddhist Meditation Center opening in Little Village in Chicago it feels like a good time to bring this post back.
Because as the potential for new teaching, new students arises it’s a time to reassess how the teaching occurs. To ask, what is most important to say, to share.
If a new person asks, so what’s tai chi and why should I do it? What does a good teacher say?
I feel like Popeye. I want to say, “Eat your spinach! It’s good for you.”
So, with tai chi, we can say, tai chi has this and that benefit to you but in the end, in order to really understand, a person has to do it themselves.
Tai chi can help you reduce stress and be healthier in the body and the mind. How do these things happen? You have to do it and see for yourself.
This is a very clear and easy to understand introduction to Buddhism. It’s perfect for the beginner.
I have to say I’m enjoying re-reading it now though because it’s helping me see how to offer teaching while clarifying my own understanding at the same time. It’s one of those books we can read again and again and always learn something new.
No matter your faith or religious orientation there’s a lot to learn here. Interestingly, the Buddha taught that we should always keep an open mind and respect all religions. He taught that we should never say my way is the only way. Why? Because this makes the person speaking seem egotistical and demeans the spiritual path of another, thus bringing down both religions.
It doesn’t matter what labels we put on practices that are good and true, Buddhist, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish or Christian and so on… all that matters is that we all do our best to treat each other with kindness from an open heart. Consider this post then an invitation to explore a short text (only 65 pages) that offers much in the way of illuminating practices that help promote peace and happiness for our selves and all those around us.
Saturday, May 21 Open House!
The center is opening to serve the families of Little Village and the surrounding communities. Our doors will be open to all. Our intention is to help people reduce their levels of stress. Our classes will help people of all ages attain better health and peace of mind.
We’ll offer classes in meditation, Yang tai chi and Ving Tsun (Wing Chun), a very effective style of Chinese Kung Fu.
For those interested in learning more about Buddhism, there will also be opportunities to learn more about that as well.
And please, tell us what you’d like to see happening at the center. We want to hear from you.