Key West Tara Mandala
      A Tibetan Buddhist Sangha
       May All Beings Benefit
Key West Tara Mandala is a Florida Keys Tibetan Buddhist 
Sangha (community) within the teaching lineage of 
Lama Tsultrim Allione 
and led by Ellen Booth Church (Yeshe Choepel).

All are welcome.
 
"The Eightfold Path is really the essential teaching of the Buddhist Path". 

The Eightfold Path is the Buddha's "recipe" for ending suffering.  
How do you do it?  
This is how you do it!

So if we actually follow the Eightfold Path, we would reach enlightenment, we would reach a state of awakening.  This was how the Buddha said to do it.  so if we were to just take the Eightfold Path and say, "Okay, that's what I'm going to do, I'm just going to foll these guidelines of the Eightfold Path, " that could be a very powerful and complete path.  This is something that's really important to get an idea about, to have some knowledge of, and to think about, to contemplate, this Eightfold Path because it's really the core of what the Buddha said to do.

   -- Lama Tsultrim Allione


Ellen Booth Church 
(Yeshe Chopel
is an educator and writer and 
30-year practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.  She is the teacher for the Key West Tara Mandala sangha and travels the world spreading the Dharma of Buddhist teachings.


General  Meditation Schedule
(subject to change)

Key West
Saturdays 
10am-12noon

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 
(6pm- 7pm)

Key West Botanical Gardens, Key West, FL


Marathon
Irregular Mondays 
(6pm - 8pm)



PLEASE CALL/  EMAIL AHEAD
Scheduling can change 
607-351-1325

KWTaraMandala@aol.com


Virtual Gatherings

This beautiful Shantideva prayer (which the Dalai Lama often shares) is a prayer from our hearts to all those affected by Hurricane Irma.

May I become at all times,
Both now and forever,
A protector for the helpless,
A guide for the lost ones,
A ship for those to cross oceans,
And a bridge to cross rivers,
A sanctuary for those in danger,
A lamp for those in darkness,
A refuge for those who need shelter,
A servant to all in need.

As many of you know, the Florida Keys has been deeply affected by Hurricane Irma. At this time we are only meeting virtually using our ZOOM meeting connection. If you are interested in joining us on Saturdays at 10:00 am please write to us at kwtaramandala@aol.com and we will send you the link for the gathering.
We will notify everyone here and on our facebook page when we are able to return to the Nature Chapel for our gatherings.
Thank you for all the support.





The Buddha's Path
"Suppose we use a traveling metaphor for the universal spiritual quest.  The main map the Buddha offered for the trip to happiness and contentment is called the Eightfold Path, but I have often thought it should be called the Eightfold Circle.  A path goes from here to there, and the nearer you are to there, the farther you are from here.  A path is progressive . . . on a genuine path you need to start at the beginning and proceed in a linear way until the end.  With a circle, you can join in anywhere, and it's the same circle.

When the Buddha taught his path, he said it had a specific number of constituent parts; people could be sure they were going the right way if they saw any one of either special markers...The order in which traveler sees the signs doesn't matter.  If we look at any sign closely, it becomes apparent that Right Understanding, the suspicion that it is possible to be contented even if we aren't pleased, arouses Right Aspiration to make a lot of Right Effort to develop more Right Understanding...It's all connected."

--Sylvia Boorstein, It's Easier Than You Think
"All major religious traditions carry 
basically the same message, 
that is love, compassion and forgiveness . . . 
the important thing 
is that they should be a part of our daily lives."

- the Dalai Lama
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