Everybody Loves Something

According to Pema Chödrön, love and compassion are like the weak spots in the walls of ego. If we connect with even one moment of the good heart of bodhicitta and cherish it, our ability to open will gradually expand.


The Buddhist term bodhicitta means completely open heart and mind. "Citta" is translated as heart or mind; "bodhi" means awake.

The cultivation of the noble heart and mind of bodhicitta is a personal journey. The very life we have is our working basis; the very life we have is our journey to enlightenment. Enlightenment is not something we're going to achieve after we follow the instructions, and then get it right. In fact when it comes to awakening the heart and mind, you can't "get it right."

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The Buddha wasn't a Buddhist

Newsweek, April 7, 2010

New York, USA -- If we want to be free of the pain we inflict on ourselves and each other -- in other words, if we want to be happy -- then we have to learn to think for ourselves.

We need to be responsible for ourselves and examine anything that claims to be the truth. That's what the Buddha did long ago to free himself from his own discontent and persistent doubts about what he heard, day-after-day, from his parents, teachers and the palace priests.

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What If?” Guidelines for choosing a Buddhist teacher

How should you go about choosing a Buddhist teacher? Lewis Richmond has some smart suggestions for you in this full article from the “Going It Alone: Making It Work as an Unaffiliated Buddhist” section of the Spring 2010 issue of Buddhadharma — at your favorite newsstand now.

What If: Guidelines for Choosing a Teacher
by Lewis Richmond

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Buddhism is an Eastern Way of Life Appealing to Westerners

By Jessica Porter, Ground Report, January 27, 2010

Richmond, VA (USA) -- Scarlett Sams works in a Presbyterian Church during the day, but on Thursday nights she attends a meeting of Tibetan Buddhist’s at Ekoji Buddhist Sangha in Richmond, Va. She is a part of a growing Buddhist movement in the United States of every day Americans finding comfort in this Eastern tradition.

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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 Tuesdays, 7pm-8.30pm.

English Dharma Class, open discussion.

@ Pitts Center, Southern Shores, NC

4th Tuesday, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

 

Wednesday

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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