COVID-19 Preparedness

Here at LTC we aim to look after your well-being on all levels. This includes taking all physical precautions to guard against the COVID-19 virus, as well as implementing the spiritual practices recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

It is important we remove any physical conditions for the virus to spread. But without addressing the deep karmic causes of sickness, our efforts at protection will have no power. We ask for your understanding in implementing this holistic approach.

Please stay home if you are feeling unwell or even a little under the weather. Just this simple action can become a bodhicitta practice of offering protection.

 

Changes to classes

We are holding Practices to Protect on Sunday afternoons from 15 March (2 pm – 4 pm) with mantras and meditations from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, as well as a relaxed on-going sutra recitation.

At the end of each class we are wiping down all chairs and tables with hospital grade disinfectant, and spraying any used blankets with Glen-20. There are extra wipes and tissues at the centre, and we are sensitively screening visitors and monitoring students.

  • Wash your hands before going into class
  • Leave your blanket on your seat when class finishes
  • Immediately come into reception if you cough or sneeze

We are working on being able to livestream our classes so you don’t have to miss out if you cannot attend class. We hope to be able to stream the pujas as well.

 

Links to practices to do

Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently offered advice on practices to do to protect from the coronavirus, to help anyone who has the disease to heal and for it not to spread further to other countries. Click here for practices on the FPMT page.

You can also download a collation of these practices designed for ease-of-use on your phone



Why these physical precautions?

Use the prostration mudra, or “prayer hands” when greeting each other. Social distancing sounds very cold, but it does not mean we cannot express our warm-heartedness. Prostration or namaste means “my buddha-nature salutes your buddha-nature”.

Some detail about definitions of close contact. If you have had close contact should place yourself into isolation. 15 mins at a distance from one meter from a person with the virus or suspected of having the virus. Or two hours in a closed room with a person who has the virus or suspected of having the virus. For example in a meeting.

Take the time to fill in the new sign-in sheet at reception with either your phone or email. This is so we can contact you if we find out someone from class has been diagnosed with the virus. We respect your privacy and will safeguard your details. All our volunteers are trained in and have signed the privacy agreement.

Bring your own pen to class, and use it to sign in as well.

Wash hands often with soap and water (especially after coughing or sneezing). Reciting the 100 syllable Vajrasattva mantra is perfect timing! Otherwise sing happy birthday twice.

Please stay home if you are feeling unwell. Miffi is working on getting our classes and pujas live-streamed so you can still connect with the LTC family, and attend classes remotely.

Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then dispose of it (then wash your hands). This is better than coughing into your elbow, as the virus can live for up to a week on surfaces. We welcome any donations of hand sanitiser or boxes of tissues!

Out of consideration for others, we request anyone who has recently returned from overseas to self-isolate and refrain from coming to the Centre for 14 days.

Thank you for your understanding.
The LTC Management Committee

(updated 16 March, 2020)