Class # 8 07/20/09

Summary for class meeting held on 07/20/09


The topic for today's class was the Buddha's teaching about "Dependent Origination."  Sometimes referred to as "Interdependent Origination" or "Interdependent Co-arising," this teaching embodies one of the deepest insights in all of Buddhist thought.  It takes in the ideas of impermanence and nonself, which we already discussed, and gives them even wider scope. 

Read more: Class # 8 07/20/09

Class # 7 07/13/09

Class 7


Today’s class was about Karma.  This was defined as the accumulation of the effects of words and actions, based on intention.  Without intention, there is no karma.  We had many examples of karma thought questions including:


  1. Does owning a cat for the purpose of killing mice cause bad karma?
  2. Is non action (e.g. living on a mountain top away from people and animals) a way to avoid bad karma

    Read more: Class # 7 07/13/09

Class # 6 07/06/09

Class # 6


In today’s class we covered emptiness, non-self, and impermanence.  Beginning with emptiness, we were reintroduced to the concept that nothing has a permanent reality.  Using the example of a bouquet of flowers, the concept was explained as that the idea of a flower is a construct, not reality.  In reality, the concept of a flower is made up of different parts, none of which by themselves are actually a flower.  In a way, nothing is actually a flower, but at the same time, everything is interconnected and thus everything is the flower [if I understand the concept correctly].

Read more: Class # 6 07/06/09

Class # 5 06/29/09

Class 5


Today’s class started the discussion about the 5 Skandhas.  As opposed to the basic mind/body dualism in western thought, Buddhism holds that there are 5 distinctive components of individuals:


  1. Form/body
    1. Made up of:

                                                               i.      Earth-hard, physical

                                                             ii.      Water-wet, flowing

                                                            iii.      Wind-transitioning energy

                                                           iv.      Heat-fiery, energetic


                         Experiences pain, but suffering is all perception—one is unable to locate or pass on emotion

Read more: Class # 5 06/29/09

Weekly Schedule


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 


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 


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


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


423 Davis Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Phone: (757) 689 - 3408

Direct: 757 - 406 - 1726 (Mr. Mark P.)

Join us on Facebook


Thank you for your donation.