Gateway to Fundamentals of Buddhism

  • November 21, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Private Residence

The Gateway to the Fundamentals of Buddhism

How to Lead Your Life to Brightness:  The Practical Benefits of Studying Buddhism

Thursday, 7 pm - 9 pm

245 College Ave. Apt. C, Palo Alto

Last week we watched the movie Little Buddha and talked about how the study of Buddhism gives us the opportunity to look at our lives beyond the ordinary outer experiences to the inner functioning, to probe and understand the arising of both positive conditions and negative conditions. We can turn a keen attention like a scientist studies a tree. When Prince Siddhartha did this, he found that there the path to conquering negative emotions and all suffering is one that can be taught and can be learned.  In this study group we are on that path, following the teachings that the Buddha left so that others may find this way.

The Dhammapada text introduces the idea of the basic causes and effects that constantly affect our lives. Chapter 1 is called choices – as we learn how various positive and negative causes are created by US, we have more freedom and choice in determining how we want to construct our futures.   Those that our new to our group, we invite you to read the full chapter 1 of Dhammapada at the bottom of this notice. Those that attended last week are invited to reflect on chapter 1 and reflect on the film.  From the various life conditions that you observed in the ancient tale and the modern tale, could you tell something about the causes that the various people had created in the past? 

"We are what we think.

All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts we make the world.

Speak or act with an impure mind

And trouble will follow you

As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.

We are what we think.

All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts we make the world.

Speak or act with a pure mind

And happiness will follow you

As your shadow, unshakable."

In this new series of teachings we will introduce the clarity, inspiration and benefits of the Buddhist Path. These classes will provide you with the basic structure, theory, and practical application, and step by step instructions of how Buddhism can help you in your daily life; providing you with methods to understand how you and your life function and can be transformed for the better.

The content from this new series of teachings comes from the direct guidance and realization of Lama Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche, 68th Lineage Holder of Nagavara Raja Lineage Tradition.  These teachings have been passed down from one Lineage Holder to the next until Rinpoche.  Rinpoche was discovered at the age of 6 by the 67th Lineage Holder and trained in Wutai Mountain in China. He was predestined in the Sutras to be the first Lineage Holder to teach these profound teachings openly to the public. 

This particular series is especially designed for people who are totally new to their exploration Buddhism but experienced students are welcome to attend as well. Hope to see everyone there!  ~ Manjushri Buddha Dharma Lineage

Please Reply and RSVP if you are interested in attending. For any questions, please call or text Julie at [masked].

Dhammapada, Sayings of the Buddha

Chapter 1- "Choices"

We are what we think.

All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts we make the world.

Speak or act with an impure mind

And trouble will follow you

As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.

We are what we think.

All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts we make the world.

Speak or act with a pure mind

And happiness will follow you

As your shadow, unshakable.

"Look how he abused me and beat me,

How he threw me down and robbed me."

Live with such thoughts and you live in hate.

"Look how he abused me and beat me,

How he threw me down and robbed me."

Abandoned such thoughts, and live in love.

In this world

Hate never yet dispelled hate.

Only love dispels hate.

This is the law,

Ancient and inexhaustible.

You too shall pass away.

Knowing this, how can you quarrel?

How easily the wind overturns a frail tree.

Seek happiness in the senses,

Indulge in food and sleep,

And you too will be uprooted.

The wind cannot overturn a mountain.

Temptation cannot touch the man

Who is awake, strong and humble,

Who masters himself and minds the law.

If a man's thoughts are muddy,

If he is reckless and full of deceit,

How can he wear the yellow robe?

Whoever is master of his own nature,

Bright, clear and true,

He may indeed wear the yellow robe.

Mistaking the false for the true

And the true for the false,

You overlook the heart

And fill yourself with desire.

See the false as false,

The true as true.

Look into your heart.

Follow your nature.

An unreflecting mind is a poor roof.

Passion, like the rain, floods the house.

But if the roof is strong, there is shelter.

Whoever follows impure thoughts

Suffers in this world and the next.

In both worlds he suffers

And how greatly

When he sees the wrong he has done.

But whoever follows the law

Is joyful here and joyful there.

In both worlds he rejoices

And how greatly

When he sees the good he has done.

For great is the harvest in this world,

And greater still in the next.

However many holy words you read,

However many you speak,

What good will they do you

If you do not act upon them?

Are you a shepherd

Who counts another man's sheep,

Never sharing the way?

Read as few words as you like

And speak fewer.

But act upon the law.

Give up the old ways-

Passion, enmity, folly.

Know the truth and find peace.

Share the way.

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