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Dhamma Class

An Introduction to Buddhism Class week 4
Friday, 15 January 2016
ITB-2015 Week Four Last week we discussed the Four Noble Truths, they are: The problem. There is stress, suffering and dissatisfaction. The cause. Read More...
An Introduction to Buddhism Class week 3
Friday, 15 January 2016
ITB-2015 Week 3 Week Three: Presentation: (The Four Noble Truths, The Middle Way) The Middle way. Read More...
The Dhammapada class # 10
Thursday, 14 April 2011
The Buddha’s Path to Wisdom April 11, 2011, Class # 10 Chuc Thanh Facilitated Flowers Verses 48-52 The following points were brought out in the... Read More...
The Dhammapada class # 9
Wednesday, 06 April 2011
The Buddha’s Path to Wisdom April 4, 2011, Class # 9 Chuc Thanh Facilitated Flowers, Verses 44 to 47 The following points were brought out in the... Read More...

Buddhist study

Compassion class # 3
Sunday, 18 May 2014
Dong Hung Buddhist TempleTuesday Evening Discussion Group    May 13, 2014 Topic:        Compassion The Venerable Thich Chuc Thanh presided... Read More...
IMAGE The Life of Sariputta Part 3
Wednesday, 06 July 2011
Sariputta was one who always respected his teacher, and therefore he said to his friend: "First, my dear, we shall go to our teacher, the Wanderer... Read More...
Bodhisattvas class 4
Saturday, 28 June 2014
Dong Hung Buddhist TempleDharma Discussion Group June 24, 2014 Topic:        Bodhisattvas, The Venerable Thay Thanh led the discussion.  The... Read More...
IMAGE Bodhisattvas
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Dong Hung Buddhist TempleDharma Discussion Group June 3, 2014 Topic:        Bodhisattvas The Venerable Thay Thanh led... Read More...

Question: In dharma talks, the causes of suffering are often discussed, as is the cessation of suffering. I have been a Buddhist for about eighteen years, and while I feel I have an understanding and acceptance of the causes of personal suffering, I find it difficult to understand the causes of suffering when we suffer for others. Such suffering is not due to ignorance or attachment. It’s raw pain when I see an animal beaten, or a child abused, or prisoners tortured. The suffering of others makes me feel so helpless. How can I accept this?

Zenkei Blanche Hartman: The pain you speak of when you witness the suffering of others is what we mean when we speak of compassion (“to suffer with”). It is a natural feeling because of the inherent connection of all beings. And what a cruel world we might live in if we did not have the capacity for compassion!

Like the Buddha, you may have been working on this question since you were a child. As a child, he went to watch the spring celebration of the first plowing of the fields to prepare for planting, and during the colorful celebratory festival in which his father ceremoniously made the first furrow, the young Siddhartha noticed that the plow cut through the underground homes of the insects and worms and exposed them to the birds, who then ate them.

Even today, as we consciously make an effort to live a life of no harm, we discover that we cannot literally follow the first precept of not killing. We must either starve ourselves or eat food that has been alive. Even if we are strict vegetarians, the life of living beings can only be supported by food that has itself been alive.

The important work for us, then, is to remain aware of our intrinsic connection with all beings and to continuously cultivate our capacity for the beneficial mental states of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. How we actually live this precious life we have been given is the most important point. Although we may fervently wish to end all pain in the world, as many before us have wished, the best we may be able to do is not add to it. If we add judgment and anger to the situation it can only increase the suffering.

My latest inspiration for how to live is this quotation attributed to the Dalai Lama: “Every day, think as you wake up: Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself to expand my heart out to others for the benefit of all beings.”

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Practicing Tip

IMAGE Generosity in Daily Life
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Generosity in Daily Life When the group began the topic “Generosity”, most of us figured it would be a quick, one night discussion.  We... Read More...
IMAGE Walking on the Moon
Saturday, 11 May 2013
The buddha once said, "Bhikkhus & friends, imagine a single floating ring drifting in the great oceans! Imagine also a blind turtle, which... Read More...
IMAGE Compassion class # 2
Friday, 16 May 2014
Dong Hung Buddhist TempleTuesday Evening Discussion Group    April 28, 2014 Topic:        Compassion... Read More...
How do I know if I’m having a moment of realization
Friday, 14 May 2010
Ask the Teachers Question: How do I know if I’m having a moment of realization or if I’m just deluding myself (still in ego)? Answer: Zenkei... Read More...

Weekly Schedule


8.00 am - 9.00 am: Public Services in English: Such as chanting, Meditation,  Dharma discussing

10:30 am – 12.30 pm: Public Services in Vietnamese: Such as chanting, Dharma discussing (with English translator), offering to the deceased ones 


English Dharma Class, open discussion.
@ Dharma Hall, Virginia Beach
Tuesdays, 7pm-8.30pm.


5:45 - 6:45 pm: One Hour Meditation. Public is welcome. English language introduction. Silent, seated meditation in the Dharma Hall.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Public service in English: Chanting, meditating, Dharma discussing in English


8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Chanting 21 time Great Compassion Mantra (Vietnamese)


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Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Phone: (757) 689 - 3408

Direct: 757 - 406 - 1726 (Mr. Mark P.)

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