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The Mission of Patacara Community Services is to offer compassionate and respectful care to those who are suffering. We offer community based programs inspired by the philosophy and teachings of Buddhism. Our organization is a faith based and nonsectarian community that takes refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. We share the core values of service, generosity, compassion, interdependence, ethical conduct, equanimity, and kindness. Currently, we are raising money to open a donation only cafe and Dharma community wellness Center in Seattle, Washington.
Patacara (pronounced Pah-tah-char-ah) Community Services is named after Patacara, who was one of the first Buddhist nuns. As a young woman, Patacara lost everything. Her husband, children, and parents all died in a series of unexpected and tragic events. Crazed with grief, she wandered naked and destitute, without family or a home, until the townspeople took pity on her and guided her to where the Buddha was teaching. He looked at her kindly and said, "Sister, recover your presence of mind." Her lucid mind returned and with the Buddha’s help, she began her journey back to wholeness. She eventually became fully enlightened and one of the most respected and beloved teachers of her generation, with a special gift for being able to help people overwhelmed by grief and despair, as she once had been. Patacara Community Services will operate programs designed to help us "recover our presence of mind."
Programs: Our first program will be the Patacara Community Center, a donation only cafe and dharma center in Seattle, Washington. The Center will offer programs designed to foster spiritual growth and well being, such as meditation, dharma teachings, yoga, tai chi, drumming, dance, and support groups. The cafe will provide healthy vegetarian food in a gracious, peaceful setting. The center will also have a community garden, children’s play area, and reading room. The mission of the community center will be to offer compassionate and respectful care to those who are suffering in our community - not as professional service providers, but as neighbors and fellow human beings. We will be committed to creating a respectful and heart-centered commons that welcomes people from all walks of life, including immigrants, people of color, and LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer) people.
Over time, as funding allows, we would like to add additional programs, such as a Buddhist childcare center and preschool, an urban gardening program, services for elders, a domestic violence shelter, and refuge for women who have been exploited in sex trafficking.
Because Buddha taught in different ways to different people, we celebrate all of the world’s spiritual and ethical traditions, and strive to work together with cooperation, harmony, patience, and humility.
Because of our shared refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, we strive to overcome anger, greed, and ignorance. We strive to embody joy, compassion, kindness, and equanimity.
Because all beings have the capacity for basic goodness, we work together to create environments that bring out the best in people, by treating every person with respect and compassion.
Because systems of oppression are rooted in greed and delusion and cause suffering, we strive to end racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia.
Because all living beings are part of an independent web of life, we strive to give generously. On a physical level, we can give food and shelter. On an intellectual level, we can give education, knowledge, and art. On an emotional level, we can give love, kindness, time, attention, and energy. On a spiritual level, we can give Dharma teachings.
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