Please join us as we learn the true value of studying and cultivating the Buddhist teachings. As we study and cultivate together we learn how to uncover the original pure qualities of our mind and subdue and eventually eradicate the afflictive emotions. Then our life becomes truly meaningful. The Buddha’s teachings come alive under the guidance of our lama Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche, the pure and humble 68th lineage holder of the Nagavara Raja or “Manjushri Lineage”. This week we will do a contemplation, a mantra practice and a meditation together to deepen our practice. Old and new friends are welcome to join! Beyond a merely enjoyable evening, these practices help to evolve the mind, the most beneficial of all activities.
Buddhist Study and Cultivation
Tuesday March 25th, 7pm
See location below
“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.”
-The Dhammapada, Teachings from the Buddha
“When we pursue sense happiness, we attach to our five senses and it makes our minds busy. Your mind is originally like a pure clean lake, but it has been covered by dirt and rocks from our wrong concepts and wrong deeds. Soon the lake’s original qualities are obscured or covered. The main point of cultivation is to purify our mind like removing the dirt and rocks from the lake so the clean clear mind has clarity and can reflect everything.
Thoughts, actions and motivations that benefit others can generate virtues, but not thoughts that only cherish yourself. If your only purpose for studying the dharma is your own pride and fame, this is not the correct logic, so you could spend many years studying and not improve. It is important to be humble when you help others, otherwise you pull yourself towards self-cherishing. There is no reason to treat yourself as special or higher than other beings. They have all been your mother. True Buddhist cultivation encourages compassion, patience and humility, and makes your mind more sharp.”
-Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche
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HOW TO FIND US
We meet at 245 College Ave. Apt. C, Palo Alto.
For any questions, please call or text Julie at[masked] 8420. See you there!