“He who shelters in the way, and travels with those who follow it, comes to see the four great truths, concerning sorrow, the beginning of sorrow, the eightfold way, and the end of sorrow. Then at last he is safe. He has shaken off sorrow. He is free.” - Dhammapada, Sayings of The Buddha
Wednesday 7 pm - Buddhist Discussion & Practice
(see below for address)
Please join us as we contemplate the power of the Buddhist cultivation path by reflecting on the qualities and blessings of the Lama and the Buddha - - the same qualities of altruism and wisdom we can develop. We will do a contemplation and a reading from the Dhammapada sutra, followed by a powerful mantra practice to bring the blessings of the Lama and Vajrakilaya Buddha to remove obstacles from our bodies and minds. Buddhist study and cultivation requires a tremendous flexibility in our mind. We will continue to learn how to use the blessings of the Buddhas to assist us to soften the soil of our mind so we can truly cultivate all of its positive qualities.
Our study groups are always open to everyone, regardless of your level of experience with Buddhist teachings. Everyone is welcome!
"We study the Buddha’s teachings, or dharma, to change our original logic to good logic which brings happiness to all beings. We built our current view and logic over a long period of time. If you use the highest level to look at our logic and reasoning and emotions it has problems, it will get us into many troubles. But due to our current ability we judge our logic as safe and good for us. If you stand on the dharma point of view what we think of as happiness in fact has the causes of suffering in it, so it is not stable happiness. Through deep experience and diligence, you can develop better understanding and control over your life and your future and develop stable peace. Buddha, through his wisdom observed the logic which can help all sentient beings to transform their subtle and gross suffering conditions. As one progresses in the teachings and practices, one develops the new logic and start to move to a new, higher level." – Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche 2013
"One can study and cultivate for many years and not reach their goals. Or one can study and cultivate for a short time and reach their goals. It all depends on how diligently one has faith and applies the dharma to look to find and change one’s mistaken logic. The mantra practice is very important at this time to help the students to remove the obstacles in their mind to so they can truly cultivate the dharma, which means to use the dharma to change themselves; otherwise all the precious Buddhist teachings can just be used to acquire knowledge to increase one’s self-attachment." – Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche 2013
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HOW TO FIND US
We meet at 245 College Ave, Palo Alto, Apt. C.
For any questions, please call or text Julie at[masked] 8420. See you there!