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The biweekly Uposatha program will be hosted tonight from NYC and broadcast online through Zoom. Tahn Pamutto will be joined by Tan Santi for a discussion on the topic of “Spiritual Growth”. A fundamental difference between Eastern and Western philosophy is the idea of growth – that our character can be developed and honed towards a particular end. This is even more the case in Buddhism as we have a very clear goal for our development: Nibbāna, the perfect peace of a calm and pure heart.
Once we’ve established there is a goal and we understand where we are in relationship to that goal, it becomes possible to foresee both supports and obstacles to our success. A whole world of possibilities for growth and learning open up before us. Tonight we hope to share in the exploration of these possibilities and what it means to be moving forward and growing in the spiritual life.
This Wednesday will be the Pavāraṇa Uposatha, the final Full Moon marking the end of the rains retreat. ‘Tea with Tahn’ will be cancelled in favor of our regular uposatha gathering, both In Person in the town of Wendell and Online via Zoom.
The program begins at 8pm EST with a 45 minute meditation. Then Refuges and Precepts will be given. Bhante Sumano, now fully ordained as a bhikkhu, will be offering the evening dhamma reflection at 9pm.