Mindfulness, Compassion, & Wisdom, Three Means To Peace

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Joseph Goldstein on how three principles of meditation can be applied to the world's conflicts. The method is mindfulness, the expression is compassion, and the essence is wisdom.


A central question confronting spiritual life today is how we can best respond to the tremendous conflicts and uncertainties of these times. The war on terror, the seemingly intractable violence of the Middle East, poverty and disease, racism, the degradation of the environment, and the problems in our own personal lives, all call us to ask: What is the source of this great mass of suffering? What are the forces in the world that drive intolerance, violence and injustice? Are there forces that hold the promise of peace? Do we really understand the nature of fear and hatred, envy and greed? Do we know how to cultivate love and kindness, energy and wisdom?

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Sit Every Day

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Your unforgiving alarm rings for all it’s worth. It’s 7AM. You crash out of bed, slamming your toe on your bedside table. You fumble for your zafu in the dark. “It’s over here somewhere,” you mumble. Hearing you awaken from the dead, your cat runs screeching. You are about to plant your still-zombiefied-self on the cushion when nature calls. Three minutes later your mother calls too, and you know you really shouldn’t answer it but she does have that crucial bit of information about the results of American Idol, and… that’s it, the day has started. You’re late for work, the shower’s running cold again, your toothbrush bristles are thoroughly chewed through, the cat is ripping apart your sofa, blackmailing you for food, and of course, as always, despite hundreds of clothes in your closet, you have nothing to wear. You leave the house agitated, jangled, caught in another shouting match with yourself: “You lazy… you didn’t meditate! Again. You’ll never change!”

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“Hằng Thuận” defines as Living in Harmony Forever

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“Hằng Thuận” defines as Living in Harmony Forever - A Wonder in the life of a Buddhist Matrimony Held in the Buddhist Temple

(Giác Ngộ) – The wedding ceremony being held at the pagoda where the Buddhist rituals had been demonstrated was called "Hằng Thuận Festival."  The founder of Hằng Thuận Festival is Mr. Đỗ Nam Tử.  Đỗ Nam Tử was born under the name Nguyễn Trọng Thuật in 1883 and died in 1940.  He came from Hải Dương Province.  He was raised in the Confucian principles but later converted to Buddhism.  He was a strong supporter of the Buddhist renaissance in his motherland.

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Practice Like Your Hair’s on Fire

  Practice Like Your Hair’s on FireEnlightenment is possible in this lifetime, says Gelek Rinpoche, but time is running out. We have to make the most of this rare and fleeting opportunity to wake up.

All sentient beings, including myself, have gone through continuous ups and downs, life after life, experiencing the sufferings of samsara. The reason we keep having all of these problems is because we haven’t managed to fulfill our life’s mission.

What is our mission? In the most basic sense, we all have a desire for peace and happiness, and we all wish to be free from pain and suffering. But though we may experience happiness here and there, it is not the kind of happiness that has never known suffering. In fact, for most of us it is the kind of happiness that is based on suffering.

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Sunday

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

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- 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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