1988 graduate with a BA from Bates College, in Maine, USA, and earned a Degree of Master in Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from Bangor Theological Seminary, the third oldest seminary in the USA.
She has been practicing Buddha Dharma with her root lama, Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsetan, since 2002.
Why I Support "Sattva"?
The term sattva has no fewer than thirteen different usages according to Sanskritdictionary.com and each of those has multiple possibilities as well. The term can mean: light, goodness, purity, quality of balance, harmony, universalizing, holistic, constructive, creative, building, positive attitude, luminous, serenity, being-ness, peaceful, existence, entity, reality. It is a rich and complex utterance calling to a higher state of awareness.
In this regard, Sattva is a vehicle and forum to allow these qualities to come forth, express, create, manifest, and transform.
Currently, multiple efforts by so many across the planet are envisioning the next stage of evolution for the mutual benefit of self and other. By creating dialogue and projects to live into higher vibrations of Dharma and collective action, we are calling on these sattvic qualities to be put into play.
Sattva is an opportunity to co-create together through dialogue and visionary practices which inspire personal growth through collective participation. As a lovely prayer we recite before teachings reminds us: “Three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, undeceiving and everlasting sources of refuge, please be the guide, the path and companions for myself and all beings. The ultimate refuge is complete within me, for my mind is Buddha nature, enlightened from the very start.”
Sattva is the ground for us to bring together all the causes and conditions to continue to nourish our Buddha seeds all the way up to enlightenment. How wonderful it is! As we participate and connect to our authentic being, may the Dharma flourish, all positive qualities arise to aid our efforts to meet all challenges, and may we all attain Buddhahood for the benefit of every sentient being!