10th September was a very special evening at the Wellington Buddhist Centre, as we launched our te reo Maori (Maori language) descriptor. The WBC Council had formally adopted the descriptor in July and we decided we’d launch it with a bit of a celebration during Maori language week.
“Maranga mai ki te Māramatanga”
A pithy translation - “Wake up and be enlightened” A fuller version - “Rise up, aspire to enlightened wisdom and compassion”.
This year at the WBC we have been unable to participate fully in BAM due to a lack of resources but I think it’s important that we as Buddhists think about the outward facing aspect of our practice, there can be a bit of a tendency to get really focussed inwards, either on ourselves or on the Wellington Sangha. We can forget that we are part of a much larger picture.
Here in Thames, Aotearoa NZ, our sangha awoke to the sad news of Urgyen Sangharakshita’s death on Wednesday morning. Since then we have been gathering both formally and spontaneously to honour Bhante and support each other in this significant and special time.
On the Wednesday we had a cherry blossom viewing meditation and picnic lunch planned in front of the public library. Which we went ahead with, with Bhante and the beauty of impermanence very much in our hearts and...