We have had a lot of snow over night, so yesterday I had been expecting four people to come to Sunday Service here at The Buddhist House today, but now it looks as if maybe no one can make it. When asked whether I would still have a Sunday Service even if there is only me here, I said “of course”. It feels very important to keep Sunday Service going even if there is no one there but me, but I am not finding it easy to articulate why.
Part of it is about keeping it going so people know that they can just turn up without prior warning and know that it is happening, rather than feel they have to phone in advance to check. And linked to that is knowing that even if they are late and turn up half way through the service they can just come into the shrine room and join in with where things are up to.
Also when Jnanamati increased his practise last summer in France and I did a 5 day chanting retreat various people felt they benefited from knowing it was happening. Sujatin sums it up saying “I'm so touched to read this schedule you are maintaining over in France. It's a great boon to those of us who are living householder lives to know that, when we are caught in the mundane tasks such a life entails (even though we can chant through some of them!), underlying and supporting us is your direct connection with the Measureless, for the benefit of us all - all sentient beings. So people may similarly feel they benefit from knowing that at The Buddhist House there is regular daily morning practise and Sunday Service happening in an on going way.
Finally and most importantly for me personally, I want do to practise to benefit myself from doing it.
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