Nyima (Ruth Hampton) reaches her fund-raising goal

Nyima, Meryll, and a little snail

Nyima, Meryll, and a little snail

Hello Dear Friends,

I have reached my goal and am going to the Canada Open Retreat with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche!  It feels so good to say that because of YOU this is possible. Thank you for your many contributions and kind words.  I couldn’t have done this without you.

Through this process of raising funds I am understanding the importance of Sangha and community and how we help each other along our paths.  It is true that with each action or step we take a seed is planted and over that time depending on the causes and conditions that occur determine if that seed will sprout and grow.  Thank you again for supporting me in this endeavor and helping to plant seeds of virtuousness.  Perhaps in some way what I am doing is inspiring you along your path and I hope that this is the case.

As the weekend approaches for the retreat, I notice my curiosity growing as to what it will be like to spend time in the presence of a great teacher.  I feel open and ready to learn.  Perhaps some of you have been able to spend time with the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, other accomplished Rinpoches, or even Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, I imagine you can relate to my feelings of my excitement for this opportunity.  It is not everyday that we are able to spend time with a Rinpoche.

Again, thank you so much for your kindness, well wishes, and support.  I hope that in the future I am able to return this generosity to you and others in our Sangha.

In the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha,

(Ruth Hampton)

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