How the Indiana Buddhist Temple Has Helped Me
Oct31

How the Indiana Buddhist Temple Has Helped Me

Article submitted by Indiana Buddhist Temple, written by Jonathan Buckingham As I was heading out the door of the Indiana Buddhist Temple, feeling peaceful and calm, I was asked to write an essay, on how the temple has helped me. I jumped with excitement inside and was pleased to do so. The temple has supported me in many ways already, but the four things I noticed most is the care of the monks, the sense of community, the benefits of the teachings, and the chance to retreat. With honor in my mind I am proud to explain how the temple has done this. Just a couple of kind words from another person can lighten up the whole day.  I will never forget the questions asked from one of the monks. With a soft, gentle tone in his voice, he asked me, “Are you happy?”  Knowing that someone is interested in my well-being, the question lifted me with a warm smile. I notice the monks at the temple are always speaking in this kind way to everyone. I enjoy just sitting back and listening to them.  It teaches me a feeling of acceptance for myself and others. When a community shows me love, I want to give them love back. I see this cycle as the monks giving compassion to the community and the community wanting to give compassion back to the monks, and on and on. It’s a beautiful cycle! When I go to the temple people are always offering me things: “Please sit,” “Would you like to join use?” “Yes, please rest,” or “Please, come and eat.”  When I interact with people at the temple, I learn more how to do this with everyone I meet. It shows me how giving compassion to another person can go a long way. I get great joy in learning to have a calm mind.  I have been doing meditation on my own for a little while now.  Yet, I can tell my meditation is getting better going to the temple. The temple offers regular group meditation sessions.  One of these sessions I enjoyed was the Loving-Kindness Mediation during the last retreat. The meditation started with the monk helping everyone to become calm. He would say things like, “take a deep breath” or, “feel the joy viewing something pleasant.” As I listened, my body and mind started to become calm. Within a period of time, he would start saying more uplifting words like, “see how much love is inside you,” and “you are a confident person”. When I was in this very relaxed state with someone repeating kind words the love I...

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