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Buddhism’s Four Magnificent Things to Think About

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Twenty Ten has begun and it’s beginning to look a lot like what we don’t want it to look like: devastating earthquakes, cruel terrorist attacks, senseless suffering from political wars, injustices from intolerance and frustration over Middle East challenges, world poverty, health care, water shortages, travel safety, global warming, etc., etc., etc.

But . . . look around. You can see bravery, compassion, love, and lots of caring, enlightened and hard-working individuals, organizations and societies striving to make things better . . . and being happy when seeing others happy, people they don’t even know. While we need to be aware of all the bad stuff going on in our world so we can try to deal with it skillfully, we need also to know about the good stuff so we can enjoy life. Therefore, let’s focus on that for a moment.


DHARMA TALK, Discussion and Meditation

Friday, January 29th, 2010

We have been thinking about offering a Dharma Talk for several years and we now are offering the first one on Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 PM. The subject will be Buddhism’s Four Sublime States of Consciousness with Meditation.

The event will be held at a Thousands Oaks, CA , USA residence and the address and directions will be given upon confirmation of reservations, which can be made by emailing TheBodhiman@buddhismteacher.com. There is room for only 20, so please make your reservations early.


January Film Showings

Friday, January 29th, 2010

You are invited to attend four film showings during the month of February: Dalai Lama Renaissance 1, Dalai Lama Renaissance 2 – A Revolution of Ideas, Mistaken Child, and U-Carmen.

Dalai Lama Renaissance, Part 1 (of two parts), narrated by Harrison Ford, is the winner of 12 awards and the official selection of over 40 international film festivals. At the edge of the Millennium, the Dalai Lama of Tibet invited 40 of the West’s leading, most innovative thinkers to his residence in the Himalayan Mountains of Northern India to discuss the word’s problems and how we can solve them. Hat transpired was unexpected and powerful, and captured by an 18-person 5-camera film crew. The film features quantum physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswani (from What the Bleep Do We Know), national radio host Thom Hartmann, revolutionary social scientist Jean Houston, and others; beautifully filmed exotic scenery and Tibetan and Indian culture.


New Beginnings

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I met two new babes recently, one came here four months ago in a vehicle from South of the border in Mexico and the other in one from Asia, Burma, to be specific. And I have to tell you, although I’ve seen a few babes in my life, these two really got me excited. The one who arrived here just four months ago has big brown eyes, while the most recent arrival has beautiful almond-shaped ones. Both are so cute and have such great personalities it would be impossible to choose one for my own if I had to.

Coincidentally, one’s name is Emily and the other is Emiliano. I actually saw Emiliano, or rather a picture of him before he got out of his vehicle, when his father shared with me the ultra-sound photo taken when he was still in his mother womb. The shot reminded me of the film I just saw, Genesis, which so stunningly captures a growing fetus and its acrobatic life before “coming out.” Emily’s first baby picture just arrived on my computer via email. Ah, such miracles abound today!


Just How Selfless Are We?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

What is it that enslaves us, which keeps us from acquiring the freedom we all search for? Is it our constant desire to live longer than is customary, is it the wanting of more stuff, more influence and/or more of whatever it is we think we need more of? Or is it our selfishness, along with our insecurity, our desire to want to be safe? Here’s what the Buddha had to say on the subject:

It is not life and wealth and power that enslave men, but the cleaving to life and wealth and power. -Buddha


The Precept of Truth

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Truth is a very important character trait for a practicing Buddhist to reflect. It should be, I think, an important character trait for anyone not only to reflect, but to embrace, whether a Buddhist or not. But in Buddhism it is so important that it is one of the Five Precepts taken by all who have chosen enlightenment as a goal and have chosen to follow the teachings of the Buddha.

The way the precept on truthfulness usually is stated in the Five Precepts is that one will train to refrain from lying. The pledge also can be expressed this way: “I vow to abstain from speaking falsehood and I vow to encourage truthfulness.” So Buddhism’s precepts not only call for refraining, but for indulging; not just to stop doing something unskillful or which causes dukkha (suffering, frustration, unhappiness), but to start doing something skillful which causes sukha (peace of mind, happiness).


Vesak – Springtime’s Celebration of the Buddha

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Buddhists everywhere, not just in Asia countries but also in the West, including the United States, will be celebrating Vesak soon, usually during the month of May. It is Buddhism’s most sacred holiday. It is a time to meditate on and commemorate the wisdom and the teachings of one of the world’s most revered religious or enlightened figures – the Buddha.

Born a prince named Siddhartha Gotama more than 2,500 years ago and raised in Kapilavatu near Nepal in North India, he lived a life of royalty, married and had a son. Siddhartha was kept ignorant by his father of the vicissitudes of life outside the palace gates. When he finally stepped outside his protective environment, he became aware of pain and suffering, old age and death.


The Kalama Sutta

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The Kesariya Stupa, situated at the place where Buddha delivered the Kalama Sutta.


Dharma Talk with Meditation

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Encouraged by many students and friends to offer a regular monthly or weekly class for the continuation of learning and experiencing the Buddhist teaching and practice of enlightened living, as well as gaining insight and peace of mind through meditation, you are invited to attend one of the two Dharma Talk and Meditation sessions to be held in my home, either from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Wednesday, March 18 or from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Sunday, March 29.

At these first sessions, both the dharma talk and the meditation will be focused on sunyata, usually translated as “emptiness.” While the concept of emptiness seems complex for some, it is at the heart of the Buddha’s teachings and can be simplified through the use of logic and the practice of an analytical and one-pointed meditation traditionally used in Tibetan or Vajrayana Buddhism. This approach will be the subject of both the March 18 and March 29 sessions. One needs only to attend one of the meetings.


Enlightening Words and Stuff

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Surprise Yourself

Some of my longtime and dearest friends shared the following quotations with me. I, in turn, would like to share their wisdom with you. surprised-manThe first is from Jim Pearson. Its originator is Deepak Chopra:

“You must have a vision of the future in order for the future to surprise you, for without visions, life dwindles into ritual and reception. A future that merely repeats the present can never be surprising.”