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.

© Seigei Spark

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 physical assistance, and emotional and spiritual support 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

© Seigei Spark

Upcoming Events

Presentation on Alternative Funeral and Burial Methods - Sunday, July 21th, 1:30 pm

Diamond Net offers a presentation by sangha member Jo Scari on Alternative Funeral and Burial Methods. No registration necessary, just show up to the Sangha House Performance Hall.

JoAnna Scari serves as a Funeral Celebrant, Home Funeral Guide, Death Midwife, and is a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance (NHFA). Jo holds a Degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service from the American Academy McAllister Institute and was recognized with an award in Clinical Embalming. She has directed a variety of funeral services from conventional burial to Military Honors at a National Cemetery. As an experienced mortician, she aims to be available with guidance and information to help people through the pragmatic aspects of planning a funeral service, while also supporting their emotional journeys in grief and acceptance of mortality. Jo also holds a degree in the school of Global and Professional Studies from Marist College, a hybrid study of Organization Leadership & Communications Management. She is current Co-Chair of a local non-profit, Circle of Friends for the Dying (CFD), chartered to bring the first Home for the Dying to Ulster County in 2020!

To join remotely via Zoom, contact diamondnet@mro.org for instructions.

Circle of Friends for the Dying (CFD) Death Café - Tuesday July 30th, 7 pm

According to the National Institute of Aging: “Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, planning for health care in the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, if you are unable to speak for yourself and doctors and family members are making the decisions for you. “
CFD will be offering a brief introduction on advanced directives on Tuesday July 30 at Woodstock Jewish Congregation. Presentation begins at 7pm! No fee or registration to attend!
At Death Café, the aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their finite lives. At a CFD Death Café, each conversation is preceded with a brief presentation to expand our understanding of different topics related to dying and death.

Committee Meeting - Sunday, August 4th, 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.

Shugen Roshi - Sunday September 15th, 1:15 pm

Shugen Roshi will offer an informal, question and answer presentation on Buddhist end-of-life and death rituals and traditions, on Sunday September 15th at 1:15 in the Sangha House Performance Hall.  All are welcome, no registration necessary.

To join remotely via Zoom, contact diamondnet@mro.org for instructions.

Committee Meeting - Sunday, October 6th, 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

Being 97 Hogen Sensei mentioned this short video in his talk “My Words, my suffering” at ZCNYC on 6/9/19. It is about a 97 year old philosopher who is still conflicted about death. https://www.thendobetter.com/arts/2019/3/7/on-being-97-years-old.

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!

© Seigei Spark