Portland News Magazine

Tonglen for Jack Bodner’s Family after his mother’s passing

April 23rd, 2012 by

Dear Shambhala friends,

As some of you have already heard, my mother Harriet Bodner passed away last Friday (April 13) at the age of 91 after a very short illness, culminating in renal failure.  She died in the same skilled nursing facility where my 93 year old father, George Bodner, is currently going through rehab for a recent hip fracture.  Prior to these events (i.e. prior to March 10 – when my father fractured his hip), my parents were still living fairly independent lives, so all this has happened very quickly.


My dad is grieving and having a rough time after a marriage of 68 plus years.  I would appreciate it very much if you could keep both of my parents, as well as the rest of our family in your practice.   With respect to my mother, my wish is that she have a smooth journey through the bardo and a good rebirth.  For my father, my wish is that he is able to continue to lead a good life, despite the unavoidable grief, and to be able to accept the unavoidable impermanence of life.

 Thank you very much,

Jack Bodner

April 22, 2012 – Sakyong’s Earth Day Message: Our Future Is At A Crossroads

April 23rd, 2012 by

In his Earth Day message, issued today, the Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche warns that “our future is at a crossroads.”

“As the world now faces seemingly insurmountable challenges, our future is at a crossroads. Never has there been a more poignant time for us to hear the message of basic goodness. Many of the issues that we encounter, personally and societally, concern the very notion of human nature. 

Therefore, reflecting on humanity’s basic goodness can no longer be simply a personal contemplation; it must now be a global one. It is no longer a time when the future can be decided by one person, or even a few individuals. Rather, as a global society, we must pause and reflect on this essential theme: who are we, and what are we doing? This is the meaning of Earth Day. It is a time when humanity can reflect on who we are and how we might move forward.

Therefore, I encourage everyone to take a moment on this Earth Day to reflect on human nature and basic goodness. Then, reflect on how you personally are participating in the global society. As Shambhalians, we have the ability to help shift the global culture from one of doubt and aggression, to one of trust and kindness. It is time for us all to engage in this endeavor, both personally and socially. 

To make such a shift is the very notion of enlightened society. Rather than letting challenges overwhelm us, let them incite our warrior heritage of bravery. In this way, Earth Day can be a new dawning of the sun of human goodness. 

With blessings and aspirations for the world to be free of plague, famine, and war — and for peace and harmony to be all-victorious, 

The Sakyong”

Tonglen Request for Jack Bodner’s Mother

April 6th, 2012 by

Dear Portland Shambhala Community,

Please extend tonglen to Jack Bodner and his family.  Jack’s mother, Harriet Bodner, has been been diagnosed with acute kidney failure and has entered end of life hospice care.  His father, who recently sustained a hip fracture, is healing well.

Thank you.

Rayna Jacobson

Community Care Coordinator