Martin Luther King Day 1-15-11

“Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites; hate tears down and destroys. The aftermath of the ‘fight with fire’ method which you suggest is bitterness and chaos, the aftermath of the love method is reconciliation and creation of the beloved community. Physical force can repress, restrain, coerce, destroy, but it cannot create and organize anything permanent; only love can do that. Yes, love — which means understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill, even for one’s enemies — is the solution to the race problem.” —Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957

Dearest Friends,

We are so fortunate to be engaged in the most wonderful undertaking....building a beloved community!

It is also wonderful that we will be coming together on the weekend during which our country honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was a dear friend of our teacher. I hope you will be able to be with us on Sunday evening at 6 PM. We will have an hour of sitting/walking/sitting, I will give a short Dharma talk with reflections from Dr. King and we will have a sharing. Then we will enjoy some refreshments and be joyfully together!

I am including some links in this email. One is a talk that I gave years ago about MLK and send it out annually: Martin Luther King Talk

One is President Obama’s talk in Tuscon in response to the heartbreaking violence that occurred there. This is not a partisan speech. It is our President calling upon us to try our best to practice deep listening, loving speech and deep looking so that we might co-create a beloved community.

“What matters is not wealth or status or power or fame, but how well we have loved . . how we treat one another, that’s entirely up to us.”—President Barack Obama, Tucson Arizona Victims Memorial Service, Jan 12, 2011 Read the entire address here.

You can also go to to find service projects that will be happening on Monday in our local communities and there are links for participating in them. Some are asking for very little. If you have any time to offer, check it out.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is also a reminder that at you can get information about Thay’s visit to the US this summer and fall and learn about the registration if you would like to attend.

It was a delight to be with you all at Ellen and Nick’s to meditate by their fire and enjoy the warmth of their beautiful home....Thank you both for your generosity. Until we meet again,  I hope you will be enjoying every single moment.

with much love and the deepest gratitude for co-creating a beloved community with all of you,