At their core is the intention to avoid harming others while helping them as much as possible. One does not have to be a “Buddhist” to understand the wisdom of living life in that manner. The people who come to our meetings represent a wide-range of experiences and backgrounds. Some had formal experience with Buddhist philosophies and practices, most came for the first time with none. (And quickly learned they knew more about Buddhist ideals and values than they thought.)
What is common to all of us is a deeply felt sense that there must be “more” to the way our lives are being lived in this 21st century Western culture. And the Buddha’s teachings go right to the “more” of that sense. While one might feel they are a “beginner” when it comes to Buddhism, they are certainly not a beginner when it comes to living life, and that is what Tibetan Buddhist philosophies are all about — living our lives in the most beneficial manner.
It is not our intention to “convert” people from their faith or religion to Buddhism. Rather, we believe people are best served by learning (and practicing) Buddhism’s ideas and methods and then integrating those they find to be compatible into their own lives and faith-based practices. So please don’t be intimidated by what our website seems to portray as great knowledge of Buddhism . . . we are not “Buddhist-only.” And while we do have an understanding of what the Buddha taught, we are all learning together and talking about things of great value to everyone, regardless of religion or faith.
Our work is learning how to turn knowledge into practice — practice that combines our intentions and actions in dedication to the benefit of ourselves, our friends and loved ones, our community and our world.