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Aug. 19 — Festive dinner and program by Lama Kathy Wesley

Come to a festive dinner and program by Lama Kathy Wesley. Lama Kathy has been teaching and supporting our Buddhist groups at UUFSD for many years. She is funny, smart, and very accessible. Our dinner will raise funds for the center in Columbus, Ohio where Lama Kathy is the resident Lama. The center burned to the ground last November.
After dinner there will be a raffle prize drawing and slideshow program by Lama Kathy describing her pilgrimages to Buddhist stupas or sacred places in the United States.
Suggested donation is $25.00 per person or $40 per family.

Questions may be directed to christieturner@gmail.com

Location: Founders Hall
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Aug. 20 — UUFSD House Band Auction Fundraiser—Tickets Still Available!

Time: Saturday, August 20th, 6:00-10:00pm

On Saturday, August 20th, Joyce Qaqundah and Steve Wallace will open their home in Del Mar to host our own UUFSD Band for a concert and casual party to support UUFSD. If you missed Sin Nombre last year, here is your chance to see our talented 9 member UUFSD Band (and guest sax player Chuck Hahm!) perform folk/rock music with excellent jams and killer harmonies. If you came last year I’m sure you’ll be back as the last concert was such a great night of music and good company.

We’ll have drinks and tasty snacks but you’re welcome to bring a friend and something to share. The band will be staged outside so dress in layers. Come at 6:00pm to mingle and the music will start at 7:00pm.

Requested donation of $20 (or whatever you can afford) will go to UUFSD.

For more information talk to Joyce or call/text the bad rep, Cathy Leach Phillips, at 650-224-1974 or email uufsdband@gmail.com.

Aug. 12 — Deepening Our Meditation

By practicing mediation together we strengthen our resilience, concentration, and understanding of the Buddhist path. Please join us as we learn together to bring ease and alertness to our lives both in meditation and in our daily lives.

Please bring a lunch and feel free to participate for the full day or whatever part of the program fits for you.

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Suggested donation is $25 to benefit the Karma Thegsum Choling Center which is rebuilding after burning to the ground last November. Lama Kathy Wesley is the resident Lama there. We will soon be welcoming Lama Kathy for teachings and a fundraising dinner at UUFSD on Aug. 19.

Contact: christieturner@gmail.com

Aug. 4 — Food Bank Night

Join Us! Just 20 minutes from UUFSD. It’s always from 6:00 – 8:00 PM – anyone over 7 years old can help! Mostly we just put food in boxes on an assembly line or bag fresh produce – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie. In July we bagged 3,200 lbs of potatoes which were handed out the next day at the Summer Fun Cafe. This SD Schools program provides a little extra food to take home after the free school lunches given to our kids-in-need. – in JUST 2 HOURS!

This is a wonderful way of helping locally those in need and strengthening our UUFSD community as well. The San Diego Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county. They need our help!

For more information and to Register you MUST contact Sara Ohara for the special UUFSD Group code: sara@saraohara.com

In the News: Tibetan Buddhists teach lessons of impermanence

The Tibetan Monks of Gaden Shartse Phukhang Monastery are touring the U.S. to give blessings and to create sand mandalas for teaching lessons of impermanence and compassion to Western Buddhists and like-minded people interested in multi-cultural exchanges. The sand mandala was on display at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito in Solana Beach, which hosted the event for five days.

They have traveled with their tour director, Lobsang Wangchuk since 1989, also a former monk, student and a westerner. The tour has been designed to assist with raising funds for their school of 5,000 monks.

“They sorely need more bathrooms – 500 monks share three bathrooms,” UUFSD worship associate, Livia Walsh said.

The five monks created a colorful two-dimensional sand mandala that was intricately detailed with Tibetan metaphysical symbols and elements. The literal translation of mandala means “that which extracts the essence.” The mandala is normally used during the initiation of a monk into a high form of meditation. This sacred initiation is referred to as an empowerment ceremony.

As explained in Sacred Arts of Tibet website, “Each sand mandala represents the architectural layout of the entire palace of a specific deity. There are multi-layered symbolic images throughout the ‘palace,’ where iconography, placement and color all have significance. Additionally, to the learned Tibetan Buddhist monk, the mandala represents his vision of the entire universe.”

On Sunday (the fifth day), as witness to the dissolution of this stunning work of art, the murmur of the crowd resounded above the chanting prayers of the monks when the mandala was artistically disassembled in six strokes of a dry paintbrush. Sweeping it up into a little mountain, additional sand (crushed marble stone) was added.

Geshe Lama Phunsho (received full ordination from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama) said, “This sand was brought from India and has been blessed by a 1,000 monks. It can be used anywhere you need protection, or if you would like to give a blessing of healing to a special place on earth.”

The monks then placed the sand into tiny packets, which were distributed to everyone present. With heads nodding all around in understanding and acknowledgment, open palms – young and old – reached out in anticipation. All that remained was a blue table with a faint permanent geometric template drawn upon it.

Adhering to the Buddhist principle that life is transient (“all things are impermanent”) the monks concluded their lesson by inviting all to join and place the sand in the ocean as an offering to purify the surrounding environment.

Among the surfers, boogie boarders and sunbathers at Seaside Beach, Geshe Lama Phunsho, Lobsang Khamchuk Rinpoche and Geshe Karma Yeshi released the mandala to the wind and sea.

Interested local residents can still see the monks in downtown San Diego through July 24 before their return to India. Visit www.sacredartsoftibettour.org.

Article written and published by Jeanne Ferris in Del Mar Times.