“Life is so difficult. How can we be anything other than kind?” asks Sylvia Boorstein
For many years, a number of us have been providing support to others in an ad hoc, case-by-case manner. I am one of the people who have received a lot of such care (thank you!). It came most recently as help with meals and transportation when I broke my wrist 2 years ago. That kindness, as well as the love and support given me by the sangha during my mother’s life and dying, was a necessary and remarkable part of the journey.
This winter, we have been helping with meals and supportive contact with two people with physical injuries. All of us have been the recipients of such care at some point in our lives, and all of have provided care. To be engaged with others in this way is a very important part of being human. Caring is actually good for our emotional and physical health and is conducive to harmonious societies. I know each one of us is already active in this way. If you want to learn more about and possibly be involved in this development of deepening friendship within our VIMS community, please contact us and let us know. Thank you. Doreen
“If you want others to be happy, be compassionate.
If you want to be happy, be compassionate.” –– Dalai Lama
A Range of Volunteer Opportunities
- Come to a sitting group or retreat and join us in “practicing peace”
- Contact us to sign up for our mailing list and receive monthly e-newsletters for information and inspiration on living a wakeful, compassionate life
- Help set up or clean up at our weekly Monday and Tuesday sits.
- Serve on the advisory board
- Join one of the teams – Communications/Publicity, Retreats, Finance, Support Sangha
- Help with organizational details such as maintaining a mailing list or assisting with organizing events
- Support our teachers financially in their work of teaching, writing and guiding the organization
- Support the prison sangha with a contribution ear-marked to help pay for gas used by the volunteers who make the monthly drive to Berlin, New Hampshire (2.5 hours each way).
- Be creative! Tell us another way you can give
Whatever you do, take time to feel the effects of giving in your mind and heart. Notice how it feels to be anonymous in your giving and notice how it feels to be named. There isn’t a right way in this respect. Just keep noticing intention and how it feels in the heart. Remember: “When you walk in the mist you get wet.” (Dogen) Feel the moisture!