LORD BUDDHA

Sri Swami Sivananda

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Introduction

Birth

Astrologer's Prediction

Suddhodana's Precaution

Renunciation

Enlightenment

Spreading the Doctrine

The End

A Few Episodes

Buddha's Teachings

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Class # 11 08/10/2009

Class # 11

Today’s class began with a two questions about happiness:

The first question was, “Why does the Buddha state that taking care of your parents/family leads to happiness”

            To answer that, we had a discussion about our role as care receiver and then growing into care giver.  Different students shared their stories about their role as caregivers and both the joy and suffering that it caused.  We learned that without  the Buddha to guide us, we have only our parents.  We also discussed the question whether we have to take care of our parents if they did not take care of us.

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Class # 10 08/03/09

Class #10

Today’s class covered many different topics.  We started a series of realizations:

An increase in desire equals an increase in suffering

Fulfillment cannot be found externally

Problems lead to hatred, which leads to problems.

Read more: Class # 10 08/03/09

Class # 9 07/27/09

Class # 9

 

This class reflected the opposite of mindfulness.  We discussed how ignorance leads to suffering.  The example was given that a wise man worries about causes, while the fool worries about the result.  Looking at more modern examples, we talked about global warming, and how our inaction as well as denial can have significant effect on the world around us.  Another example centered around relationships, and how marriages can fail because the  participants focus on the symptoms of their problems, but not the causes, as well as losing sight of the original connection.

Read more: Class # 9 07/27/09

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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