Dong Hung Buddhist Temple
Tuesday Evening Discussion Group
March 18, 2014
The Venerable Thich Chuc Dai led the discussion. The Venerable Thich Chuc Thanh assisted.
Notes from the white board by Ven. Thay Dai:
Majjhima Nikaya 57, The Dog
Mahhhima Nikaya 41, The Brahman
Short Life Long Life
Sick Beings Healthy
Insignificant Hunams Influential
Low Born High Born
1. Beings are owners of karma.
2. Beings are heirs of karma.
3. Beings have karma as their progenitor.
4. Beings have karma as their kin.
5. Beings have karma as a homing place.
The discussion focused on these relationships and the significance of ownership of karma. Reading the Majjhima Nikaya 135 we see that if one is “… a killer of living beings, murderous….given to blows and violence…” if one is reborn in the human state, he will be short lived where ever he is born. The opposite is also true. If one abstains from killing living beings, etc., if one is reborn in the human state, one will experience long life. The sutra discusses each of the conditions noted in the above chart.
Thay Dai stressed the importance of ownership, training one’s mind and the fact that karma is dependent on our self. He also reviewed the four stages of learning Buddhism:
1. Find a teacher. Learn the Dharma from a teacher.
2. Listen to the Dharma.
3. Think about the Dharma.
March 20, 2014