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About Buddhism

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About Buddhism

Buddha ShakyamuniBuddhism is the practice of Buddha Shakyamuni‘s teachings and the inner experiences or realizations of these teachings. The teachings of Buddha have a timeless and universal relevance and can be practiced by anyone in any culture, regardless of race, gender, or age. In all, Buddha Shakyamuni gave eighty-four thousand teachings, revealing many profound methods of spiritual training, all of these trainings are practical ways to purify and control our mind.

Buddha first gave his teachings over two and half thousand years ago. Since that time they have been preserved in a pure form and passed down from Teacher to disciple in an unbroken lineage that is still alive today. Thanks to the kindness of these previous Teachers, we are able to listen to and practice exactly the same Dharma as Buddha originally taught.

Protection From Suffering and Problems

By putting these methods into practice we will gain a special experience of mental peace. By continuing to improve this experience, our deluded states of mind will gradually diminish and our inner peace will grow. Eventually, by abandoning delusions altogether we shall attain the permanent inner peace of nirvana, just like Buddha himself. Having overcome our own delusions, such as anger, attachment, and ignorance, and developed profound spiritual realizations of universal love, compassion, concentration, and wisdom, our ability to help others will be far greater.

In this way we can help others solve their problems not just for a few days or a few years, but forever. We can help them find an inner peace and joy that nothing, not even death, can destroy. This unchanging inner peace is the final goal of the Buddhist path.

Practicing Dharma

By practicing Buddha’s teachings, or Dharma, we protect ourself from suffering and problems. All the problems we experience during daily life originate in ignorance, and the method for eliminating ignorance is to practice Dharma.

Practicing Dharma is the supreme method for improving the quality of our human life because the quality of life depends not upon external development or material progress, but upon the inner development of peace and happiness.

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Online – A Guide to Death and Dying

2020-05-25T16:59:54-04:00

Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully

Saturday Series Course

Online A Guide to Death and Dying

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Saturday 18 April
2:30 -4pm
online (available 24 hours after broadcast)
with Resident Teacher Kelsang Kunden

Death has been very much in the news and is something that we are confronted with on a daily basis, but instead of being fearful, we can come to understand the death process and in so doing find freedom from fear of death and learn to help others who are dying.We are alive, therefore we will die. This is the simplest, most obvious truth of our existence, yet very few of us have really come to terms with this fact. Buddha gave extensive teachings on the death process. Understanding the death process gives us an opportunity to live a more meaningful life and end of life, and to help those who are dying.

In this Saturday series of classes, our Resident Teacher, Kelsang Kunden, will guide us to a practical understanding of the Buddhist explanation of the death process, how we can prepare for our death and how we can help those who are dying. We will also be introduced to the practice of Powa (or transference of consciousness) practice where we can transfer our own, or others’ consciousness to a Pure Land rebirth.  This is one of the kindest things we can do for ourself and for others.

This course will be based on the book Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully and will include a teaching on how to engage in Powa practice.

Class One: Saturday 18 April
Class Two: Saturday 25 April
Class Three: Saturday 2 May

$10 a class. Free for members.

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