|Tara statue in the morning light|
In other categories, we had a hard time separating the goals from strategies to achieve them. In the are of culture of practice, what emerged really do look like goals. Strategies are less obvious. As always, we would love Sangha reflections on these:
- Embrace service as practice. Discussion. This refers to volunteer work at KCC, and how to relate to it and experience it directly as the practice of the Dharma.
- Encourage giving as practice. Discussion. In the discussion of financial resources, the question of giving--central to the practice of the Dharma--emerged. Members of KCC have always had conflicts about money and supporting the Dharma (on the one hand, the Dharma is precious, so it should be free, on the other hand, the Dharma is precious so it should be the most important thing to support financially). Being explicit about the practice of generosity might clarify these conflicts.
- Use collaboration to foster a sense of practice. Discussion. Working with one another in service of the Dharma is a potent support for practice. Integrating collaborative methods like good communication, coordination, information-sharing, trust-building, and accountability would help create a container for the goal of service-as-practice.