Maitri Bhavana and Sukhavati Ceremonies

Maitri Bhavana

We invite you to send names of those suffering from mental or physical pain to be included in our regular Maitri Bhavana practice. Maitri Bhavana meditation practice cultivates compassion by being willing to take on the sense of suffering of others, acknowledging our deep interconnectedness. A sense of spaciousness is directed to those who are suffering, with the intention of providing relief from the claustrophobia which suffering creates. This is intended for those who are ill as well as for their family and friends. Along with names, please send the nature of the pain, for example, cancer or depression.

Email us at: maitri@gampoabbey.org.

Sukhavati Practice

We invite you to send the names of recently deceased friends or family to be included in our Sukhavati practice. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition it is understood that the individual's mind transitions from this life to the next after death through the intermediate state or Bardo. In this transition, the mind has heightened awareness. Historically, it is taught that if the mind in the Bardo is not focused, pain and confusion is experienced. In this state of heightened perception the mind is more receptive to being helped through the difficulties faced in the Bardo. The Sukhavati ceremony is performed for the benefit of helping the deceased transition through the Bardo by lessening suffering, fear and loss and offering focus and clarity. In addition to the name of the deceased please include birth and death dates, a brief comment about them and a photo if one is available.

sukhavati ceremony at Gampo Abbey

Email us at: sukhavati@gampoabbey.org.

Although it is customary to send a donation to the community of practitioners who perform these ceremonies, these practices are offered to all who request them. If you would like to send a donation to support the community of practioners who perform these ceremonies, you may make a donation online, by phone 902-224-1358, or by mail to: Gampo Abbey, Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia B0E 2P0, Canada.

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Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton,  NS B0E 2P0
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