We are sure most of you are aware of the current situation in our country and state regarding COVID-19.
Yesterday the Governor Sisolak announced that all non-essential business be closed for 30 days. He has also asked all places of worship to please find other ways to service their congregation.
We at the Lohan Temple have always been committed to serving the community in the best way possible therefore the Lohan Temple Priests and Board of Directors have decided to close the temple until further notice. We strongly recommend that our students and friends practice social distancing. Only go out if you really need to, such as in case of emergency or short on supplies.
As a Lohan it is our duty to protect others from all dangers and suffering. In these times we can help by staying home and not allowing this virus to spread, especially to the most vulnerable. By staying home and limiting the spread of this virus you are also helping your first responders, doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers be safer. Many healthcare workers are putting their lives on the line to help you. Please stay home if you don’t need to go out. If you need to go out follow the CDC recommendation and stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. Especially stay home if you are sick, if you need help with getting groceries call upon your sangha, family or friends.
This is a time were you can work on personal retreats, personal practice and your Martial Arts exercises. Everyone should continue to exercise, especially Qigong, eat healthy and get plenty of rest. Meditation is such a blessing.
This is a great time to work on compassion and patience for others. Compassion is not wanting others to suffer. Pray that those who are affected, especially sick, be free from suffering and the cause of suffering.
Have patience that this too will pass. In practicing patience we have a chance to be kinder to each other, to help our fellow neighbor and especially know that most people are reacting with fear due to everyday changing circumstances and uncertainties. Please take care of one another and check in on one another.
Our Priests and Board of Directors will be working on ways to stay in touch with those who feel to isolated or need spiritual counseling. We will announce soon. Please remember to be kind to one another in these trying times. This is why you are a Spiritual Warrior, to help others out of the darkness.
From H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche:
As stated in the sutras and tantras, during epidemics, famine, or war, or other difficult or dangerous times, engaging in virtuous practice and activities creates extraordinary merit and wisdom, far more than during normal times. This year around the world there is a serious epidemic disease threatening people’s lives, disturbing their minds, and disrupting society. Thus we should wholeheartedly and diligently practice Dharma more than ever.
This does not have to pertain to just The Dharma but to any religion you practice.
Be be safe and patient and take care of one another.
May you all be free from suffering and the cause of suffering.
May you have happiness and the cause of happiness.
If you have any specific comments, questions or complaints please contact us.