Seeing Firsthand

I came to a Sunday morning service years ago looking for answers in dealing with my anger. I left that service literally feeling like I was walking on a cloud. I knew that I had found something special.

When I decided to deepen my practice, I asked for guidance and enrolled in a “practice period.” I found the structure I was craving and the friends to help me.

Later, I decided to deepen my practice further by entering the Matreiya Buddhist Seminary training programs and have been rewarded more than words can express.

Anyone can read a book and get an idea of what it’s trying to express. But being in the programs, you see the dharma in practice firsthand.

This is where I am at in this very moment.

— Maju Brian Gentz

Mentors Seen and Unseen

Our family travels from Royal Oak, Michigan, to be part of this very special spiritual family. We have made lifelong friends and benefited from the teachings of so many visible and invisible mentors.

I see my children, now ages 13 and 15, cultivating loving kindness, compassion, equanimity and sympathetic joy, nurtured through temple interactions. They too have made lifelong friends through the Zen Families Program.

I am comforted to know that in some of their most trying times, they have had the temple and our sangha as a sanctuary.

It is my greatest wish for the community that the family program and Peace Camp continuously evolve — and continue to provide entry opportunities for prospective and current sangha members of all ages to practice living each moment deeply.

— Theresa Lesperance and Nojak Bill Solomonson

 

A Place of Sanctuary

For me, the temple represents an island of mental sanity in the midst of permanent turmoil.

— Gago Valentina Duque

Finding Oneself

As a young man, I discovered myself through extended stays and dharma study. As a new father, I struggled and learned to apply the dharma to the everyday demands of family. Today, I try to give back a bit, and still try to find stillness in my day. Through everything, the three jewels of the temple continue to guide me back to what is most important, most beneficial, and most essential to my life as it is … right here … right now.

— Bophui Ben Darrah