THE PRIVILEGE OF GIVING BACK - composed by Konchog Drakpa and Helen Lummus.
My dearest Dharma friends. One of our most dedicated sangha members Juanita Chen McCarron’s husband Kevin has entered the Bardo between this life and the next. Many auspicious activities are taking place for Kevin’s bardo experience and we encourage your continued participation with prayer.
The reality that a sudden unexpected passing brings is uncertainty for those dependent upon that person. Therefore we have created this fund raiser to ease Juanita’s financial adjustment.
Juanita has benefited so many of us through her constant service to others in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, California, and elsewhere around the globe. After a lifetime of giving, she now needs us to give back as she puts her husband, Kevin, to rest. Kevin was the primary earner who kept the household going financially. Juanita and her son, Adrian, could benefit by our financial support now as their lives dramatically change and they each try to move forward into a new phase without Kevin. The funds collected will go toward helping Juanita make this transition. Please join me in giving back to her.
From Helen Ann (formerly Ani Dadron) “I have known Juanita for over a decade and a half. Juanita has been my heart support through some of the most trying times in my life. She has spent her entire adult life in service of one sort or another, to one sentient being or another, to one heart or another. I am sure each of us has a story about how she has enriched our lives. Now we have an opportunity to be of service to her. The monies are very needed. Please join me in giving back to her.”
From Aunt Judy D - Aunt Judy met Juanita sometime after an auto accident that resulted in a brain injury.
“I was asked to write a short paragraph about what Juanita means to me. Years ago I went to GBI (Garchen Buddhist Institute) with a friend of mine who got called away and my brain went right to anxiety. At the time I needed a babysitter, a go-to person, that security of a someone who in my knowing they were there, allowed me to BE calm; this was an actual need. Of all the people in the Temple my friend left me sitting by Juanita. I am not even sure she spoke to Juanita about me; it didn’t matter because my friend sat me next to a giver. Juanita is a giver of love, of kindness, patience, compassion, Dharma, safety, food, friendship, laughter, (and) even of her sorrow when she shared with us the death of her Beloved, Kevin. Juanita has continued to give all of that to me for a great many years, just as she has given to so many others, in her efforts for GBI, and the center (in Albuquerque) where she lives. May we all give what our circumstances allow to help her with the next steps she takes forward. All of Love’s Blessings to you, Juanita.”