“What I would tell all of you is this: meditate every day, throw yourself into some form of selfless work, and use your sense of suffering as a powerful motivation to help relieve the suffering of others. It is a wonderful gift to give.”
– Eknath Easwaran
These are challenging times and the situation is evolving very quickly. As we journey through this coronavirus crisis together, Easwaran’s wisdom and guidance are a steadying force in our lives and in the world. I am writing to share what we are doing in the BMCM to support our community locally and globally regarding COVID-19.
We are committed to supporting the health and safety of all who live at Ramagiri Ashram and who work or volunteer at the BMCM. We are continually monitoring a number of established, credible health organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Marin County Health Department, and we are following their guidance.
We have just received a public health “shelter in place” order from Marin County. As a result the BMCM office will be closed for three weeks until Tuesday, April 7th. We have already cancelled all our in-person programs through the end of May. BMCM staff will be working from home to maintain minimal operations and continue to be paid. These are difficult adjustments to make, but we know that our extended spiritual family is well prepared for these uncertain times. We are exploring additional ways to support you online, hopefully with some live programming, so please be on the lookout for further information.
(Update March 26, 2020: We have launched a twice-weekly live video satsang led by BMCM presenters. Join us for BMCM Satsang Live.)