Dear MDC Sangha and Friends,
With the recent global developments and news around the spread of Coronavirus, we want to acknowledge the very real concern and anxiety many are feeling these days. We pray that, by the blessings of all the Three Jewels and Three Roots, all fear and pain caused by the disease will be swiftly pacified throughout all corners of the world. The holy dharma offers many profound spiritual methods to subdue and eliminate epidemic disease, including meditating upon and reciting the mantras of Medicine Buddha and Green Tara, chanting the 21 Praises to Tara, and reciting the Prayer that Saved Sakya Monastery from Disease. Our precious teacher Khenpo Karten Rinpoche has introduced us to all of these practices and we encourage everyone to engage in practice for the benefit of ourselves and all beings.
We also want to encourage our dear dharma brothers and sisters to take common sense precautions when attending group practices at MDC. We have many older sangha members, as well as members who may have chronic health concerns or compromised immune systems. We humbly ask all to be sensitive to the heightened concerns of this group of practitioners, and if you are experiencing symptoms of cold or flu, please take care of your health and join with us in group practice from the comfort of your home until acute symptoms subside.
Thank you for your consideration and compassion.
Aaron Joseph (Pema Tsultrim)
MDC Board President
for Khenpo Karten Rinpoche and the MDC Board of Directors