Field of Merit

To-day I had the rare opportunity to walk the Alms Round with several other monks from the Shasta Abbey Community.

“For 2500 years, since the time of the Buddha, Buddhist monks have walked the Alms Round. This practice is said to create a field of merit for all sentient beings, an opportunity to show the finer qualities of the heart.”
Shasta Abbey web site.

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As I walked this morning I kept Robert Barrington Leigh in mind. He was a high school friend of one of the congregation members in Edmonton. He was found dead in the North Saskatchewan River a few days ago.

May the field of merit embrace Robert and all who know and love him.

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