Welcome to the December newsletter - the last one of a challenging year that none of us expected on the 1st January. However, as we move deeper into the month we come towards the Winter solstice, the turning of the year from darkness and back towards light again; a time of festival and celebration for people of many traditions. Given the year we've had, maybe this is the time for us to celebrate what we do have, to appreciate the positive things in our lives, the people and things that support us, and to bring ourselves into this present moment and enjoy it as it is without thinking of past and future for a while.
Of course, having just said that, I'm now about to talk about both past and future in this newsletter!
First of all, for those of you who join us for the Chenrezig Puja on our YouTube channel on Sunday evenings, it would be great if you could let us know how many mantras you get through after each puja. We're hoping to accumulate at least 1 million mantras during the Centre's closure, dedicated to the happiness of all beings, and especially those suffering due to the virus. Please only count completed rounds of your mala - 100 mantras for each completed round - and email your number to the office please. We'll keep you updated on progress through this newsletter.
Many copies of Only the Impossible is Worth Doing - the book about Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche - have been posted out now, including to countries abroad, but due to postal delays it seems many haven't arrived yet. If yours hasn't arrived yet, hang in there, and keep fingers crossed. And for those who haven't ordered one yet, we still have some left, so if you would like a copy please contact us.
Tai Situ Rinpoche is currently offering online teachings on "What really matters - the two most critical things in life". Full details can be found here.
Finally, earlier in November Lama Yeshe Rinpoche was interviewed by Frances Hume of Interfath Scotland about Buddhism and connection to the environment. You can see this interview on YouTube. Also, recently added to our own YouTube channel is Lama Yeshe's talk in 2017 filmed by LifeTV who interviewed him around the time when HH17th Karmapa visited the Centre. You can watch it here.
PS - you are more than welcome to join us online each day in meditation on our YouTube channel, whether you join us live at 8.30 in the morning for Shinay, 7.00 pm on Sundays for Chenrezig, or if you watch a recording later on.