Rest in Peace

477621782-people-pray-as-they-pay-their-respects-in-front-of_1.jpg.CROP.promovar-mediumlargeWe pray for our Emanuel AME Church Sisters and Brothers

The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41: A state senator and the senior pastor of Emanuel, he was married to Jennifer Benjamin and the father of two children, Eliana and Malana.

Ms. Cynthia Hurd, 54: A 31-year employee at the Charleston County Public Library, she managed the John L. Dart Library for 21 years before heading the St. Andrews Regional Library.

The Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45: A pastor at Emanuel, she was also a speech therapist and high school girls track and field coach at Goose Creek High School.

Mr. Tywanza Sanders, 26: A 2014 graduate in business administration from Allen University in Columbia, he had worked in sales at department stores such as Belk and Macy’s.

Ms. Ethel Lance, 70: She had attended Emanuel for most of her life and worked there as a custodian. From 1968 to 2002, she worked as a custodian at Charleston’s Gaillard Municipal Auditorium.

Ms. Susie Jackson, 87: Ethel Lance’s cousin, she was a longtime church member.

Ms. Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49: An admissions coordinator at the Charleston campus of Southern Wesleyan University, the mother of four sang in Emanuel’s choir.

The Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74: Previously a pastor at another church in the Charleston area, he survived the initial attack but then died in a hospital operating room.

Ms. Myra Thompson, 59: She was the wife of the Rev. Anthony Thompson, the vicar of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston.

May they take refuge in the Lord of Boundless Radiance

and arise in the Pure Land of Bliss. 

om amideva hrih

We also pray for Dylan Roof, that he may hear the Dharma,

avoid harm, do good, and purify his mind.

om mani peme hum

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to Rest in Peace

  1. sabinefrisch says:

    Dear Tashi Nyima,


    I thank you from the depth opf my heart for your precius work posting on great middle way in general.

    Although being a very, very lucky person being cared for by a qualified teacher and supported by a strong lineage your posts means a lot to me and are a daily friend I look forward to meet.

    Thank you for giving Dharma, for being Sangha and supporting my going for refuge to Buddha!


    Particularly I want to thank you for the good example how to practise in situations as the incredible action arousen in Emanual Ame Church.

    Through this I can and I will learn to follow your good example and learn to pray for all living beeings facing suffering, now as victims or later on as offenders on a daily base.  


    Thank you and lots of blessings,


    Sabine (Germany)  

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