Blue Lotus Meditation Center-Las Vegas

Blue Lotus Meditation Center-Las Vegas Our mission is to promote individual peace of mind, compassion for all beings, spiritual growth, and an ethical way of life based on Buddhist principles.
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Center for Inner Peace and Happiness.

Mission: Our mission is to promote individual peace of mind, compassion for all beings, spiritual growth, and an ethical way of life based on Buddhist principles. Through loving kindness meditation and the development of mindfulness, we strive to enlighten individuals as to the cause of suffering, the path leading to the cessation of suffering, and an understanding of the true nature of our existence

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Dear Worldwide Beloved Sangha;This year has brought unprecedented change.  But you know what?  Change is always happenin...
11/26/2020

Dear Worldwide Beloved Sangha;

This year has brought unprecedented change. But you know what? Change is always happening. I think sometimes we don't realize how much is changing because the world is spinning around so fast. This pandemic has slowed so many things down, and although the suffering and struggle have been overwhelming, I search for the blessings in every aspect of this experience. I have also benefited in countless ways as I slowed down - finding time for deep inner reflection that has changed how I see the world. It's inspired me to serve the world even more and to root out the parts of myself that still need attention and cultivation. I sincerely hope you are doing this work also. I know that on the other side of this experience, we will all benefit from inner exploration.

Thanksgiving is every day for me. I find it so interesting and wonderful that a single day is designated for gratitude and thanks. We have this opportunity - maybe even a responsibility - to have this gratitude every day. When we come together (virtually or otherwise) it's so important to dig deep and really express our thanks. My long life has taught me that the only way to make joy is to be grateful.

Here is a forever incomplete list of what I am grateful for:
My breath and each moment.
A big sky that seems to go on forever.
My mom and dad and sister and whole biological family.
Small dogs who curl up in my robes and bring me joy.
Our beautiful temple that serves so many.
The hearts of thousands of people who love me.
Our beautiful Sanatha Suwaya Meditation Center in Sri Lanka - Michael and staff give me comfort.
Our monks at the Blue Lotus who spend all day, every day figuring out how to love you more.
Deep and noble friendships.
Health care workers and their fearless commitment to serve.
Every person who causes me stress, reminding me I still have work to do.
Every morning with a candle, my altar, and time for deep meditation.
Old friends who know me without me talking.
Silence.
The sounds of chanting while the rain hits the roof.
Technology that keeps me connected to so many people.
My heart's seemingly endless ability to love.
Forgiveness.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?
Sending you all the blessings. May we all be well, happy and peaceful.

Venerable Bhante Sujatha

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center
10/07/2020

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center
08/06/2020

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center

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This bottle comes with a removable infuser perfect for fruit or tea. The bottle is 18 oz, made of bamboo, earth friendly and BPA free. Drinks will stay cold for 24 hours and hot for 14 hours.

Proceeds of your purchase go to Bhante’s various charities 💗

Purchase your water bottle for $35 at the BLT gift shop or on Bhante’s website: https://www.wellhappypeaceful.me/collections/other-loving-kindness-products/products/choose-loving-kindness-mamboo-water-bottle

Venerable Bhante Sujatha, The Loving Kindness Monk
07/20/2020

Venerable Bhante Sujatha, The Loving Kindness Monk

For many years past, I have celebrated my birthday while I was in Sri Lanka. However this year - because of pandemic - I had an opportunity to celebrate my birthday here in the United States. I want to thank my fellow monastics, the Blue Lotus Board President Tyler Lewke, the other board members, and all the Temple members who came together to celebrate my birthday. I also received many, many blessings and birthday greetings from my worldwide students and friends. Thank you so much everyone for your kindness and compassion for me. I feel all the love I have given to the world coming back to me as blessings and healing. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
As a birthday project, I started a fundraiser in order to provide food for needy families in Sri Lanka. We will be able to donate food to almost 100 more families in the coming months. Thank you so much for your kind donations. I am grateful for your help in adding more love to the world.
I also want to thank the staff of our meditation center in Sri Lanka - Sanatha Suwaya. They are director Michael Fronczak, manager Krishan Gunasekara, assistant manager Danu Illangasinghe, our Sanatha Suwaya TV and media manager Charitha, and our videographer Asnaga and team. Also our spiritual advisors Wewagama Dhammika, Walagedara Buddharakkitha. Also my sister Manel Gunasekara and the rest of my family in Sri Lanka. Also my monastic colleagues and students, and all my devotees in Sri Lanka. I believe when that when one person has wholesome thoughts in his or her mind, the entire world is attracted to those thoughts and do beautiful things together.
Please keep this wisdom in your mind. Try your best to find and grow in your mind one wholesome thought. Let it develop and grow in your mind day by day. It will benefit you and the world. Thanks again to you all. Keep in touch, and let’s add more love to the world. #chooselovingkindness #addmorelove

I am happy to announce my uploads to the app "Insight Timer" have received so much appreciation in the comments from use...
06/24/2020
Insight Timer - #1 Free Meditation App for Sleep, Relax & More

I am happy to announce my uploads to the app "Insight Timer" have received so much appreciation in the comments from users and followers. There are many ways to share the Dhamma in the modern world. I am also happy to let you know that on the Insight Timer's "Home Page" under "Staff Picks," my track "Fill up on Peace, Put the Brakes On" has been featured. It was also shown in the weekly featured content. My track "Surrender To Silence & Peace" has been featured in the carousel on the "Sleep" section of the home page. This is a feature that aims to showcase noteworthy content.
Given that over 500,000 meditators use Insight Timer each day, we hope that this will help to increase the exposure of my meditation tracks. If you are interested please download the Insight Timer app and search for "Bhante Sujatha". To install the app, click below link:

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Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center
06/01/2020

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center

Accouncing My New Book!
Bhante Sujatha

The origin of “Morning Coffee with Bhante” began in 2013. Tyler Lewke, Jenna Robbins, and several others traveled with me to tour Sri Lanka with my noble friend, Michael Fronczak. At that time my life was getting more and more busy because of my traveling, teaching, and charity work. One morning, while having tea, Tyler, Jenna, and Michael discussed ideas that could help make my life and work easier. Tyler suggested that if I could send a little wisdom every morning to people via email, it would help people start their day with positive thoughts. I thought that was a good idea and we agreed to use the title "Morning Coffee Wisdom with Bhante”. Today, our “Morning Coffee” family has grown to over 8000 people worldwide. I have tremendous gratitude to Michael Fronczak for working hard to send “Morning Coffee” every morning all these years to your inbox from Sri Lanka.

Now, five years later, I am introducing a “Morning Coffee” book for your home and family…

“Morning Coffee with Bhante – a Collection of Inspirational Wisdom”

A feast for the eyes and a feast for the soul. This beautiful quality paperback book is a collection of 100 inspirational thoughts each accompanied by compelling photographs.

“…this book is exquisite! You can open it to a different page, each day, all year and learn something new for your life each time.” Ruth T. 94 years young

Thank you to all my dear friends who have helped me add more love to the world…

The Physical Creation of the Book
• Bhante Assiji – Buddhist Monk and Designer
• Britta Fithian-Zurn – Designer & Book Formatter
• Diane Thompson Skidmore – Project Manager / Editor
• Eric Van Der Hope – Book Publishing Strategist & Shepherd
• Jessica Dunegan – Designer, Illustrator & Yogi - Cover Designer
• Tyler Lewke – President of The Blue Lotus Temple
The Photographic Images
• Noble Friends who have shared their beautiful images with Bhante Sujatha over the years
• Ann Mays – Artist, Poet & Photographer
• Ben Sykora – Student, & Philanthropist & Photographer
• Chamila Wijethunga – Graphic Designer & Photographer
• Diane Thompson Skidmore – Artist & Monk’s Personal Assistant
• Jim and Kathy Simonik – Noble Friends
• Michael Fronczak – Co-Founder of Sanatha Suwaya
• Pam Holland – Artist & Photographer

You can purchase this book on my Loving-Kindness website www.bhantesujatha.org. We will mail you a book signed by me. Please click the link below:
https://www.wellhappypeaceful.me/products/morning-coffee-with-bhante-a-collection-of-inspirational-wisdom

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center
05/08/2020

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center

During this pandemic many of us have experienced fear, worry, and anxiety. Bhante Sujatha has blessed and energized many...
04/26/2020
Job's Tears Mala Beads

During this pandemic many of us have experienced fear, worry, and anxiety. Bhante Sujatha has blessed and energized many mala bracelets and necklaces that are strung with Job's Tears healing seeds. These mala beads bring blessings to people and are used for healing and protection.
If you want to purchase a mala for you or your loved ones, please click on the link below.
https://www.wellhappypeaceful.me/products/jobs-tears-mala
Job's Tears Seed. The seeds of Job's tears are said to represent the tears shed by the biblical Job during the challenges he faced. Job's tears seeds are small and pea-like. They begin as grayish green orbs and then ripen to a rich tan brown or dark mocha color. This seed has many health benefits.

Dear Beloved world Sangha:It has been more years than I can remember since I found the opportunity to slow down, stop tr...
04/10/2020

Dear Beloved world Sangha:

It has been more years than I can remember since I found the opportunity to slow down, stop traveling, and dwell this deeply in noble silence. This reflection has made me aware that it has been entirely too long since I’ve been able to study, contemplate, and practice this rigorously. Although the Buddha’s teachings are vast, I find myself realizing, yet again, how comprehensive and complete that practicing the five precepts are. Within the small framework of those five teachings, I find everything I need to get through this difficult and unusual time.

Although we see great suffering all around the world today, I can’t help but become overwhelmed by the love, grace, and profoundly unique opportunities to serve one another. I hope you are finding them, too. I’d love for you to share how your practice is going, what you are discovering, and what practices you are using to make the most of this sacred time.

I would like to review the five precepts, one by one – with you – and share how I am viewing them in relationship to this experience.

Refrain from killing: This means to do no harm, which includes things like social distancing and hygiene measures, caring for ourselves and our neighbors, not acting out in moments of fear but taking a compassionate stance when others do, and seeking to understand before being understood.
Refrain from stealing: Only buying what we need, sharing with others, giving freely where we can, being mindful of other people’s time, allowing our most vulnerable to get what they need, and self-quarantine as a form of safety to others and ourselves.
Refrain from sexual misconduct: With extra time and natural human urges, we must be extra cautious to uphold our sacred commitments to one another, reorient our desires toward nobility, and not prey on the vulnerable.
Refrain from false speech: Become impeccable with your word and do not spread false or unsubstantiated information. Be extremely mindful of the consumption of news that causes fear, use your words to uplift humanity, and refrain from idle speech in the face of boredom. Before replying, ask yourself is what I’m about to say true, kind, and necessary.
Refrain from intoxication: The current circumstances invite indulgences that do not strengthen our spiritual life. Using noble friends for accountability, create food plans, body movement plans, and health and well routines. During this time of heightened fear, be vigilant to keep your mindfulness at all costs.
Over these last few weeks people are asking me how to cope with this time. In addition to living in remembrance of the five precepts, a few other practices I’ve been suggesting:

1. Live free from fear: See the good in your life, stay focused on this. Trust that you have the skills to can get through this difficult times

2. Don’t be afraid of the anxiety. Remind yourself that anxiety is temporary

3. Do something that makes you feel better.

4. Breathe and get in touch with your 5 senses to help you stay in the present moment and don't make negative mental stories and believing them (Stop judging yourself)

5. Connect with someone or something ( Noble friends)

In closing, let’s all hold each other and use this sacred time to benefit all of humanity. I am with you all; may we all be well, happy, and peaceful.

I love you all,

Venerable Bhante Sujatha,
Abbot

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Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center
04/06/2020

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center
04/01/2020

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center

Join Venerable Bhante Sujatha for meditation tonight through Facebook live.
03/30/2020

Join Venerable Bhante Sujatha for meditation tonight through Facebook live.

If you are interested in donating to the temple while we are transitioning into no longer having in-person meditation sessions, please click here: http://www.bluelotustemple.org/donation/

You can watch this live stream from Venerable Bhante Sujatha, The Loving Kindness Monk’s temple in Illinois at 5 pm toda...
03/23/2020

You can watch this live stream from Venerable Bhante Sujatha, The Loving Kindness Monk’s temple in Illinois at 5 pm today Las Vegas time.

Facebook: Bluelotustemple/ venerablebhantesujatha
Instagram: @bluelotustemple

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center
03/23/2020

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center

Facebook: Bluelotustemple/ venerablebhantesujatha
Instagram: @bluelotustemple

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center
03/20/2020

Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center

Facebook: Facebook.com/bluelotustemple

YouTube: Bhante Sujatha

Instagram: @bluelotustemple

03/19/2020
Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center

Please enjoy this recording of a Facebook Live event by Venerable Bhante Sujatha, The Loving Kindness Monk and the other monastics at Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center in Woodstock. May you all be well, happy and peaceful.

Wednesday evening Meditation, Dhamma Talk and Ratana sutta chanting❤️❤️🙏🙏🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♂️ 🧘‍♂️ ☸️☸️

Join us tonight for an online event with our friends at Downtown Yoga & Wellness Co-op
03/17/2020

Join us tonight for an online event with our friends at Downtown Yoga & Wellness Co-op

We know there is fear. We know there is uncertainty. In this time of isolation, let’s come together to share a space of calm, to send our loving energy out into our community and to remember everything we can be grateful for in this moment. Join us on Facebook Live this evening at 6p from the comfort of your home - let’s raise our vibration and love on each other (from a safe and responsible distance). We love you!
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#dtlvcoop #vegasheals

03/14/2020

Hello friends, due to the current guidelines and advice from health professionals we are cancelling our monthly meditations for the immediate future.
We want to express our sincere gratitude to the hosts of our meditations, Blue Sky Yoga and Downtown Yoga & Wellness Co-op for their support of our group.
We wish for everyone to be well, happy and peaceful and we will see you in the future.

We had a great meditation and discussion today at Blue Sky Yoga! Thanks to all who joined us.
03/01/2020

We had a great meditation and discussion today at Blue Sky Yoga! Thanks to all who joined us.

Dear Friends, I am mindfully excited to share that after so many requests we have finally created a traveling Buddha to ...
02/26/2020

Dear Friends, I am mindfully excited to share that after so many requests we have finally created a traveling Buddha to be with you as you move about the world. For me, traveling all the time, I want my alter to be portable in this fast moving world. Now I can keep my commitment to practice 2 minutes everyday. If you’d like one please click on link! THANK YOU sending you all the blessings

https://www.wellhappypeaceful.me/products/travel-with-buddha

Growing and cultivating inner Buddha nature

When we think about the teachings of the Buddha without any religious connotation, we often feel happiness and peace. The Buddha is a symbol of universal peace, a visual reminder that all we need is within us. According to the Buddha’s teachings, we all have Buddha nature within us. We all have the possibility to find and grow our Buddha nature. This pocket sized Buddha statue is for you to keep with you— in your bag or your pocket, or to hold in your hand during difficult times. Keep it with you all the time. Anytime you are distracted, take this Buddha and hold it in your hand and close your eyes and think— I have all I need, all is well, my Buddha nature is within me. I love and respect myself and the world. Every day I commit myself to growing and honoring my Buddha nature. Bhante Sujatha
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