I want to share with you the heartfelt cause I am working for through my new outreach ministry…

My wee little Babsie, the first pug that came to
me 2 years ago this August. She is now 14, blind
and deaf, but she’s a little firecracker just the same.
And how could you not want to kiss that face?

Dear Ones,

You all have known me as Maitri, but in January I became an ordained, interfaith, non-denominational minister. I wanted to share with you the letter I am sending to all that I know as well as putting on my blogs, and the ministry website going up this week. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for passing it along to anyone you think might make a difference. Even $1.00 means more than you know. I send my love to each of you…

You can read more about this amazing rescue (…which runs through several states on the East Coast.) by visiting their non-profit site at: Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue.


My name is Reverend Mother Maitri Libellule, and my outreach ministry, The Maitri Ministry, is dedicated to the teaching of maitri, the teaching of loving-kindness and compassion.

One of my many goals, one dearest to my heart, is animal welfare, and I have been working with MAPR for 2 years now, and share my home with four very dear senior pugs who are my heart and soul. I have never seen a larger rescue, run so well by so many dedicated volunteers and foster families, and the rescue, having taken in thousands of pugs to this point, some very ill or badly hurt, or needing to go right into hospice care, have medical bills so high they are really struggling.

On Facebook alone I have nearly 1500 friends and growing by the day as one leg of my “Ministry of the Heart” expands. At that rate $1-2 from each person would save more little lives than one can comprehend. This week the website and blog for my ministry will be up and will be the beginning of a worldwide ministry that will be my work until the end of my life. This fall I shall work on non-profit status for the ministry, but MAPR is already non-profit and any donations go directly to them and are tax deductible. MAPR will have a page of their own on the ministry site as the one cause I support publicly, and I hope, and pray, that if everyone sends even $1-2 we can meet this goal by the end of the year, or exceed it.

Many of you are probably wondering how a ministry can have, as it’s main cause, (and there will be many other charitable works of compassion on the site and blog as well) the plight of these funny little dogs, odd looking to many, a tad alien by some people’s standards, and, as my daughter said, affectionately, when she saw the first of my elderly little pugs come toddling in, “Is this what you call ugly-beautiful?” Well, this is a perfect cause for the ministry, and I will tell you why, as I will also be sharing on the website.

For many years I taught a therapeutic journal writing course called Wabi Sabi Writing. Wabi Sabi is now far more widely known than it was then, but it is the Japanese aesthetic of the imperfect-perfect. Flaws are left in precious works of art to show that life is full of imperfections and that rather than making something less valuable, the “imperfections” makes them more so, and infinitely more precious. If a prize porcelain bowl worth many thousands of dollars is broken, it is pieced back together with sterling silver or gold, and the once prized bowl becomes priceless, worth much more than it’s original value. We, as human beings, are often broken, in body, mind, or spirit. As we piece ourselves back together, we must come to love ourselves — scarred, misshapen, disabled in some way, or many other hard circumstances we may have encountered.

Maitri (… and the ministry is not named for me, but for the teaching, which is why I took the name legally, to always remind me to follow this teaching as my North Star, guiding me through the rest of my life…) is the Buddhist teaching of loving-kindness and compassion, but most importantly, the root of the teaching is that we must first have compassion and loving-kindness toward ourselves before we have it to give to another. We cannot give from an empty well. It is a humble teaching, yet powerful, in it’s import to our daily lives as much as the world at large. And yet we must move slowly. Each one, reach one. That is how you change the world.

My ministry opens it’s arms to people of all faiths, spiritual paths, as well as those who don’t follow one. As I have written elsewhere, life is not about what path you follow, or whether you sit in a synagogue, temple or church on a Sunday, it is about how we live our daily lives, with kindness, compassion, love and the grace to always open our arms and reach out to those in need. In this sense, I think these funny, odd, adorable little pug dogs are the poster children for my wabi sabi humble ministry, and I will be dedicated to this rescue all the days of my life. I think St. Francis as well as several other Deities would agree!

I thank and bless you all for taking the time to read this, and for any help you, or someone you know, might be able to give. If you are really interested, I can help you with ideas on how to raise money through simple acts, and donate straight to the rescue. Each act of love breeds more of them. Today pugs, and this act may move you forward into many other areas that you might find it in you to help. Again, each one, reach one. It’s the only way.

Warm Regards, and Gentle Blessings to one and all…

The Maitri Ministry’s Fundraising Goal For MAPR:
Raise $3,000 by December 31, 2009

Click this link for more information: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/fundraising_pledges/82394?m=c103d07a

“My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.”
His Holiness, The Dalai Lama

If you enjoy this blog a donation would be deeply appreciated to help me continue to bring “Maitri’s Heart” to you. Thank you, and many deep blessings to one and all…

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