In this extraordinary series, Geshe Tashi gives us regular updates on the Coronavirus Pandemic amongst the Tibetan diaspora in India through the lens of Sera Mey Monastery, home to around 6,000 monks. In response to emails asking after his welfare and requesting advice on Coronavirus and Buddhist practice, he generously shares his observations, thoughts and advice in his usual warm-hearted and accessible style.
Geshe Tashi has been waiting for this terrible virus to hit his community, and in today’s update, he generously shares with us how he was feeling low yesterday. Despite our best efforts this is just the way things are, he concludes, and sometimes the things we try to help us feel better don’t work.
His naughty and irreverent sense of humour, however, comes to the fore as he describes the run up to a state mandated commitment at 9pm tonight.
In the Practicing in a Pandemic section, Geshe la revisits the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, briefly reviewing body and feelings, and then addressing mind and phenomena. He offers us a skilful variation on mindfulness of mind, suggesting we bring up love and compassion at this point, and gives us a helpful explanation of the purpose behind the mindfulness of phenomena.
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Khen Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering taught in London for over 25 years and is currently Abbot of Sera Mey Monastery in Karnataka State, India.