March 26, 2015: Downy Serviceberry trees in full bloom


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Nov 14-16, 2014: Ajahn Punnadhammo Visits Knoxville


(If you would like to see a larger version of
this flyer, click HERE)

There is no set admission fee for attending the sessions.

Donations that are freely given to Losel Shedrup Ling and
Arrow River Forest Hermitage are encouraged
and will be greatly appreciated.

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Oct 19, 2014: Milarepa Ösel Chö Dzong, Happy Valley, TN


Many thanks to Samantha Medina for sharing this
beautiful photo taken at Milarepa Ösel Chö Dzong
in Happy Valley, TN on Oct 19, 2014.

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“Without Surface or Shadows” by Brian Carniello

“Without Surface or Shadows”
by Brian Carniello

All of these things and the world of mind, too,
Shadows and objects: there’s so much I do.
When grasping is done, without delight or desire,
Objects are shadows, and all shadows retire.

No chance here – now all is easeful, simple, and clear –
For ill will or hatred: there’s no need for fear.
The refuge remains, there’s no need for me,
No surface, no shadows: boundless, open, and free.

* * *

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Theragāthā 5.3 Girimānanda

Theragāthā 5.3
Girimānanda

The sky rains, like a beautiful song.
My little hut is roofed and pleasant;
Sheltered from the wind,
I dwell there peacefully:
So rain, O sky, if you wish.

The sky rains, like a beautiful song.
My little hut is roofed and pleasant;
Sheltered from the wind,
I dwell there, with peaceful mind:
So rain, O sky, if you wish.

The sky rains, like a beautiful song.
My little hut is roofed and pleasant;
Sheltered from the wind,
I dwell there, free of desire:
So rain, O sky, if you wish.

The sky rains, like a beautiful song.
My little hut is roofed and pleasant;
Sheltered from the wind,
I dwell there, free of hate:
So rain, O sky, if you wish.

The sky rains, like a beautiful song.
My little hut is roofed and pleasant;
Sheltered from the wind,
I dwell there, free of delusion:
So rain, O sky, if you wish.

* * *

For more Theragāthā, see SuttaCentral

For a discourse that the Buddha offered for the
wellbeing of Girimānanda when he was sick,
see Girimānanda (Aṅguttara Nikāya 10.60)
at SuttaCentral.

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Oct 8, 2014: “Blood Moon” & the Sunsphere in Knoxville

“A total lunar eclipse spawns a “blood moon” as it dips beneath the Sunsphere in Knoxville on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. During a total lunar eclipse, the moon is lit only by sunlight which has scattered through the Earth’s atmosphere, stripping out all colors except red. This eclipse was part of a “tetrad”, with the next sightings to take place in April and September 2015.” (Adam Lau/ Knoxville News Sentinel)

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Oct 4, 2014: Saturday Evening Potluck Dinner & Movie

This Saturday, Oct 4, we will have a potluck dinner at LSLK starting at 7:00 pm,
followed by our second movie night at LSLK starting at 8:00 pm!

We will watch Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring.

This is another wonderful movie!
Please note that it is rated R and
is in Korean with subtitles.

For more information on the movie
at Amazon, click HERE.

Everyone’s welcome!

Three of us are going to bring several entrees from Chùa Pháp Bảo Temple (9909 Dutchtown Rd, Cedar Bluff, TN 37923), the Vietnamese Buddhist organization in Knoxville that offers vegetarian dishes for order and pick up about once a month. This month, they’re offering these dishes on Oct 4. Angelia said that she will bring tasty gluten-free brownies. This food should be enough for about 10-12 people.

If you would like to bring more food, that’s fine. Mostly, we need everyone who attends to consider donating $5 or more to LSLK (only if you can). We will be happy to see you at LSLK at any time if you can make it. But, if you can afford it, we suggest a donation of $5.00 or more to LSLK for movie night. There’s a box in the shrine room and a link for PayPal near the top right corner of the website www.lslk.org. Please be generous toward LSLK!

Location: Losel Shedrup Ling of Knoxville
5415-F Kingston Pike in the Bearden area of Knoxville
(Click HERE for directions)

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Cypress Grove Nature Park – Jackson, TN

Cypress Grove Nature Park – Jackson, TN
September 24, 2014

Cypress Grove is a preserve for indigenous wildlife, waterfowl, plants and trees,
and is a sanctuary for injured hawks, eagles, owls and other birds of prey. Just
minutes from downtown Jackson and easily accessible from Interstate 40,
the Park annually attracts tens of thousands of visitors. It offers over a mile
of winding, elevated boardwalk through a cypress forest. The Park’s
features include: Rockwell Observation Tower, 25 acre Wood Duck
Lake, Killdeer Pond, and the Aerie Trail Raptor Center.



Aiko, an 18 year old golden eagle, lost a wing in an accident with electrical
wires in Texas and now lives at Cypress Grove Nature Park

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Sunrise from a Friend’s Porch, 22 Sept 2014


Many thanks to Leslie O’Tool for sharing the view of this
morning’s sunrise from her front porch.

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Engines of the Physical Universe

Contemplate these two engines of the physical universe.

Now gently remove your attention from these
engines of the physical universe to find the
spiritual engines behind them.

* * *

Click HERE for Ajahn Punnadhammo’s instructions on voidness meditation,
which starts with Contemplation of Village, Contemplation of Forest,
and Contemplation of Earth as aids for helping
to find the formless realms.

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