COMMUNITY AND SERVICE
“Through Bodhicitta you will realize that there is no self. Self-grasping will be destroyed, for when you think of others you do not think about yourself. Ultimately ‘self’ and ‘other’ are but thoughts. When we understand that we are not separate from others, we begin to fathom the preciousness of compassion, of Bodhichitta.” ―H.E.
Beginning this Spring Garchen Mila Buddhist center is working in partnership with two local organizations to benefit to beings. We are really happy to be able to enlarge our circle of service by partnering with these organizations.
The Catholic Worker House serves poor, homeless, and in-need families on days and times when there’s nowhere else to go. They now have two homes, one on Sycamore Street and the other on S. Johnson Street. The Catholic Worker House has also kindly offered Khenpo and our sangha a home on the second floor of their new South Johnson Street home.
Recovery Dharma is a peer-led movement and community that is unified by the potential in each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. At present the group meets at the Iowa City Public Library.
~a Garchen Mila partner
Recovery Dharma is a peer-led movement and community that is unified by the potential in each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. We use the Buddhist practices of meditation, self-inquiry, wisdom, compassion, and community as tools for recovery and healing. We welcome anyone who is looking to find freedom from suffering, whether it's caused by substance use or process addictions like codependency, sex, gambling, eating disorders, shopping, work, technology, or any obsessive or habitual pattern. We approach recovery from a place of individual and collective empowerment and we support each other as we walk this path of recovery together.
Food Service at the Catholic Worker House with Khenpo Thupsang
~a Garchen Mila partner
Every Saturday afternoon Khenpo Thupsang serves food and provides assistance at the south side Catholic Worker House. He wants to let people know that sangha members are welcome to join him. Emily, from the CWH has explained to us that some days there is a great need for extra help. Other days there are lots of volunteers. But on all days it is a good opportunity to greet people and help provide a loving experience for people in need.
Location: 1414 Sycamore Street in Iowa City.
Contact us for more information and to join: