Seattle Unity Sunday Videos 04-30-2017—”Ode to Geo, Giving of Self”

Easter Sunday Service Videos April 30, 2017—”Ode to Geo, Giving of Self”—Here are the links and players to the music videos and sermon from 04-30-2017, with Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon titled “Ode to Geo, Giving of Self.” In this Sunday sermon, Rev. Karen Lindvig celebrates the arrival of springtime and the importance of embracing positive change. with a focus on generosity, the cycle of giving and receiving or Karma. As part of the theme for 2017 Transformational Journey, this sermon also celebrates the life of her 14 year-old dog Geo—a miniature, wire-haired Dachshund—who died on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017.

 

Erin McGaughan Sings “Rise”

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Erin McGaughan Song “Don’t You Know You Walk With God”

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Erin McGaughan Sings “I Release”

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Erin McGaughan Sings “I Now Let Go”

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Erin McGaughan Sings “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “Ode to Geo, Giving of Self”

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Erin McGaughan Sings “Safe and Sound”

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Lobo Sings Chant Welcoming the Children

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SERMON SUMMARY

http://seattleunity.org—In this Sunday sermon titled “Ode to Geo, Giving of Self,” Rev. Karen Lindvig celebrates the arrival of springtime and the importance of embracing positive change. with a focus on generosity, the cycle of giving and receiving or Karma. As part of the theme for 2017 Transformational Journey, this sermon also celebrates the life of her 14 year-old dog Geo—a miniature, wire-haired Dachshund—who died on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017.

 

Key quotations related to this sermon

Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Give, and it will be given to you.”

Luke 6:37: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Dalai Lama: “I am just a vehicle to facilitate the pass through”

 

Key ideas related to this sermon centered on Buddhism

Jacqueline Kramee on words for generosity. Two of these words are “dana” and “caga.” “Dana” translates as “distribution of gifts.”

Caga translates as “a heart bent on giving.”

Dana, or giving, is intimately tied to karma, or cause and effect.

Caga describes the state of mind of the generous giver, or the desire to give.

It is caga that creates a rich soil for our meditation.

Buddhism is mostly concerned with our state of mind. Ultimately, generosity in Buddhism is about non-attachment and loving kindness..The act of generous giving is a means to that end. It is through giving with a kind, loving heart that we develop our capacity to let go. As we let go we become freer, lighter, and happier.

Topga Rinpoche:

But back to your question. They can begin by giving just a small thing. Why not? Yes, this is very important, even if you possess a lot of money; it isn’t necessary to give 100,000 dollars. You can begin by giving just one dollar. It’s fine; at least you’ve started with a good heart! And, being attached to your money, you won’t feel bad about giving only a dollar.