Reflection by Alex Frantz
Sermon by Rev. Taizan Alford
Cultivating a heart of compassion in the midst of suffering is not an easy thing. You might be wondering what good this might be in our modern world. The Boddhisatva vows in Buddhism point us towards living life remembering we are all in this boat of life together. Soto Zen priest, Tai Alford will explore how pointing ourselves in the direction of freeing all beings might just be the answer needed for personal freedom from suffering. He will share stories, practices, and songs.
Guest speaker Tai Alford is a long-time member of the Fox Valley UU Fellowship along with his husband Tom Pynenberg. He is an ordained Soto Zen priest in training at Clouds In Water Zen Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. He hopes to train in Japan in the next year or so. The focus of his practice is how suffering can be alleviated in daily life through living the precepts wholeheartedly with compassion.