Diamond Net

Sangha Support In Old Age, Sickness & Death

Providing support and advocacy for practice

Help with challenges – you are not alone

The inevitabilities of old age, sickness, and death are no different today than they were nearly 2500 years ago when the Buddha encountered them as a young prince.

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With this in mind, a group of MRO students and Sangha members came together to form the Diamond Net.

Named after the symbolic Diamond Net of Indra, our goal is to provide support for dharma practice to fellow practitioners during challenging life transitions.

Members of the Diamond Net are available to join you for home practice such as zazen, liturgy, altar care, conversation, or simply being a line of communication with the larger Sangha. If you would like to come to the monastery for a day or for a retreat, but are concerned that you can’t manage the schedule or need some physical help, someone from the Diamond Net can be your attendant for the duration of your stay.

We can put requests out to the sangha for adding your name to personal health & healing lists, or for rides to services if you are unable to get there on your own, or for whatever you need to continue feeling connected to sangha and practice.

If you are homebound for any reason, we’re happy to offer help with everyday tasks such as meal prep, grocery shopping, housecleaning, guidance, personal accounting, childcare, home haircuts, and helping with laundry. Other potential offerings include outdoor maintenance, car care, and transportation for appointments.

Whatever the situation, we want you to know we are available to help. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to reach out — diamondnet@mro.org

“The Diamond Net of Indra is a description of the universe in which all things have a mutual identity, an interdependent origination…When one thing arises, all things arise simultaneously. Everything in this net has a mutual causality—what happens to one thing, happens to the entire universe.”

John Daido Loori

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Upcoming Events

Shugen Roshi on the 10 Values - September 29th, 1:30 pm

Shugen Roshi will explore the Beyond Fear of Differences Ten Values in the context of the Diamond Net on Sunday Sept 29th 2019 at 1:30 in the Sangha House Performance Hall.  To participate from afar, contact diamondnet@mro.org for Zoom login information.

Committee Meeting - NEW DATE Sunday, October 13th, 1:30 pm

The Action Committee meets every two months, usually on the first Sunday of the month. Meetings are open to all.
To join remotely via Zoom, contact diamondnet@mro.org for instructions.

Rev. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch on Aging in the Now - Sunday, November 3rd, 1:30pm

Committee Meeting - Sunday, December 1st, 1:30 pm

The Action Committee meets every two months on the first Sunday of the month. Meetings are open to all.
To join remotely via Zoom, contact diamondnet@mro.org for instructions.

Of Interest

Just posted at mountainrecord.org: Diamond Net and Jizo Project

Rev. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson Jinpu recently offered a workshop on “Aging in the Now” at ZCNYC. Listen to her Sunday talk from 6/23/2019 here: Aging in the Now

Sunday Greeters The Diamond Net is available on Sunday mornings at ZMM to assist anyone who has mobility issues or needs a helping hand in any way.  If you don’t see a Diamond Net member at the South entrance, ask the regular greeter or one of the zendo monitors for assistance.

The Jizo Project The Diamond Net is excited about the launch of the Jizo Project, which is working to enhance accessibility to the buildings and grounds of ZMM.  If you have concerns about physical barriers to practice, the Diamond Net may be able to help. Contact us at diamondnet@mro.org with your questions.

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If you have any questions, or would like to stay up to date with Diamond Net activities and offerings, we'd love to hear from you!

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