Speaker: Jessica Kross

Jessica Kross is a retired professor of History at USC and has been a member of this congregation for the past 43 years. She started to explore Buddhism and began a meditation practice in 1984. She did her first Buddhist ten-day silent retreat in 1985 and has attended some 50+ retreats of varying lengths since then. She is one of the lay teachers at the Insight Meditation Community of Columbia which meets in our library on Monday evenings and which welcomes any of you to attend. At the moment we are on Zoom and if anyone is interested they can contact her at jkross943@gmail.com.

Buddhism’s “Heavenly Abodes:” Friendliness, Compassion, Sympathetic joy, Equanimity

Buddhism gives us some tools to make us more compassionate and useful to ourselves and others. Among these are the “heavenly abodes” in which the mind can find ease and clarity. The four abodes are friendliness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. A mind which can rest in any or all of these states will find satisfaction, … Continue reading Buddhism’s “Heavenly Abodes:” Friendliness, Compassion, Sympathetic joy, Equanimity

Gratitude: A Buddhist Perspective

Buddhism recognizes that life is filled with dissatisfactions and ultimately, all is impermanent. We can wallow in our misery or we can stop and see how much joy there really is and feel gratitude.

Humility and Gratitude

Buddhism recognizes the interdependent web of all existence.  Understanding our true place in the cosmos fosters both humility and gratitude.

Religion in Early America

Our national mythology suggests that our religious history was the simple story of a band of brave Englishfolk (mainly men), who came to New England in search of religious freedom.  What that meant in the context of Early America and the Reformation is this Sunday’s exploration.

The Eight Worldly Conditions

The Buddha’s Eight Worldly Conditions are:  gain and loss, fame and disrepute, praise and blame, pleasure and pain.  Each can be a vehicle for us to examine our dissatisfactions.

Buddhism’s Three Conditions of Existence

The Buddha taught that his purpose was to alleviate suffering–to give ordinary people the tools they would need to lead compassionate, peaceful, useful lives.  Among those tools was a clear-eyed recognition that we must understand impermanence, dissatisfaction, and the absence of an solid self.