We would like to invite you to join us in a round table style discussion of Buddhism. If you RSVP yes, you can recommend a topic for discussion or ask a question. The aim of these discussions is to answer questions about Buddhism (if we know them) and deepen our understanding of the Buddha's Dharma. The format is designed to be a sharing of ideas between Buddhists of different schools and non-Buddhists interested in Buddhism.
We will be trying a new format. At the beginning of the group a moderator function will be clearly defined as well as a mechanism to facilitate smoother conversation and transitions. We will also be splitting the two hour period. The first hour we will talk about basic Buddhism. Ideas like The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path, The three marks of existence (or the four seals), Meditation, Compassion and so on. In the second hour we will be discussing topics recommended by members.
First hour topic this meeting;
1. Impermanence: All conditioned things are impermanent. Everything is forever changing. Things that seem concrete in this world if examined closely, or against the span of time are temporary arrangements at best. We will be discussing this concept and how it fits into Buddhism.
Recommended 2nd hour topics/questions;
1. Is it possible for Buddhism to become "Americanized" and if so, what does this mean? What are the positive or negative effects of this?
2. What does Buddhism in practice look like? How do you apply Buddhist principles in daily life?
If you have recommended a topic and do not see it listed above it does not mean we will not discuss it.
RSVP with your intentions here: September 8th Meeting.
See ya there,