1892 Fell Street, San Francisco,
California 94117, USA
These turkeys represent all sentient beings
Thanksgiving Invitation to KDK
Hosted by Lama Lodu Rinpoche
1892 Fell St., San Francisco, CA
November 27th, 2014
(415) 752-5454 (message line)
We would like to welcome all of the students to the Thanksgiving celebration. It is not necessary to bring any dishes, but if you'd like to, that's good as well. We will provide tea and a good lunch. There is a purpose of this according to Buddhist mentality and Buddhist attitude. We talk lots about love and compassion, but it sounds more or less like lip service, and we are not seriously concentrating on the actual meaning of love and compassion in order to make it rooted in our mind. By rooting it in our mind, we would sustain this attitude in our mind as well as naturally maintain love and compassion with our speech and bodily conduct according to the sutras the Buddha has given.
On this occasion, many animals have their life taken away. More especially, turkeys are the target for the celebration of this occasion. I saw animal cruelty in the television, and they keep the animals with a very miserable life. They kill them as if they have no life at all. This is the example, but that's the way human beings treat lots of animals. So, the KDK Buddhist Center is dedicating this day to compassion to all sentient beings, but more especially the turkeys that are targeted on this occasion. On this day, we are starting at 10 AM with the practice of the Bodhisattva Mahasattva Mahakaruni, the Avalokitesvara, the manifestation of the essence of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas compassion. So, in order to cultivate compassion from our heart, we need such pure compassion energy from the divine Bodhisattva Mahasattvas. We will be practicing the Sadhana of 1000 Arm Chenrezig Mahakaruna and reciting the dharani mantra. We urge you all to come to do this together with one pointed compassionate mind and dedicate this to those beings who are killed for human pleasure. I, Lama Lodu Rinpoche and KDK invite you to this special occasion. This is the annual Thanksgiving event at KDK, and I hope everyone can make it. If you are able to come, please make a reservation by leaving a message with the KDK Office Line at (415) 752-5454. This way, we will be able to make sure we can accommodate your needs. At 12'Noon, we will be beginning the feast. While you are chanting, we will provide tea and cookies.