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UPCOMING EVENTS

Thich Nhat Hanh Documentary Film Screening, Thursday, November 09, 2017 at 7:30pm

We are pleased to announce the private screening of the documentary film Walk With Me. Filmed over three years, this visceral film is a meditation on the world famous community of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Walk With Me captures the life of a monastic community who have given up all their possessions for one common purpose – to practice the art of mindfulness.

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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
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The Dhammapada class # 9
Wednesday, 06 April 2011
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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...
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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...
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Dong Hung Buddhist TempleDharma Discussion Group June 3, 2014 Topic:        Bodhisattvas The Venerable Thay Thanh led... Read More...

Dong Hung Buddhist Temple
Tuesday Evening Discussion Group
    
April 28, 2014

Topic:        Compassion

Guest Speaker:  Venerable Thich Dong Nhat

Discussion opened with the story about the Buddha finding peace and happiness by ridding of material possessions/wealth.  “That is not where it is at” for any of us.

Question:    Collective Karma

Answer: It is complicated.  Within a family, there is individual and family karma, for example. Think beyond cause and effect to conditions.  Discussion turned to national karma (US and Vietnam as examples) and racial (white and blacks in the U.S. for examples). Forget the past, look at merit in the now. Forget the idea that we “owe” others. We must forgive ourselves based on interdependence.  Remember “co-arising”, not “owing”.  We are co-creators, even with plants.  As students of the Buddha we open our hearts to the suffering of others.

Question:    Is it easier to stay on the path for a monk or a lay person?

Answer:    In theory it is easier.  In reality it’s hard for monks, too.  There is more internal work. Lay people can vow to be reborn into a life where you will be in monastic life early on.

Question:    Is it common in Asia for people to leave their families for a monastic life?

Answer:    Buddha appeared to people the world over based on their difficulties, either physical or spiritual. In marriage we help our family.  In monastic life, we can help the world.

Question:    How much difficulty/suffering do we face before withdrawing from it?

Answer:    This requires self-knowledge.  Are we happy?  If we don’t really know how to love and can’t learn in our situation, that can kill us.  If you don’t understand someone, if someone can’t listen, don’t marry that person. Happiness needs feeding or it will die.

Question:    How do we stop bad behavior for those I have hurt?

Answer:    This question shows dedication to the path.  Follow the Noble Eight Fold Path and those you have hurt will benefit even if you don’t see them again. When you believe this, it will happen and bring happiness to you and others, by way of beneficial energy now and in the future. That is the doorway to unlock the karma.  Don’t worry too much. Make the vow to follow the Eight Fold Path in life from now on.  We will not regret it later.

Ruth Peele.

Practicing Tip

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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...
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Friday, 16 May 2014
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Weekly Schedule

Sunday

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 

Tuesday

English Dharma Class, open discussion.
@ Dharma Hall, Virginia Beach
1st, 2nd and 3rd  and 5thTuesdays, 7pm-8.30pm.

English Dharma Class, open discussion.
@ Pitts Center, Southern Shores, NC
4th Tuesday, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

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