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RE: [notopic-LSBewVnR] How can I make my life more meaningful?

From: Ju-an
Sent on: Thursday, December 3, 2009 11:56 AM
Hi Summer,
Thank you for your wisdom and blessings.  Please count me in for the retreat on 12/20/09. I'm looking forward to it!  See you soon and take care.

From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: [notopic-LSBewVnR] How can I make my life more meaningful?
Date: Thu, 3 Dec[masked]:04:42 -0500

Hi everyone,

I was checking out some of your responses. Looking for a new spiritual path, wanting to check out Buddhism and so forth. Well, now is the time. Our lives move so quickly that we oftentimes forget about what our hearts need spiritually. The Buddhist philosophy brings us back to understanding that it is only through the inner exploration that we will find the ultimate answers to finding real inner peace and happiness. Now is the time, because who of us can say we will even wake up tomorrow?

One of the main premises of this path is to perform only virtuous actions and avoid non-virtuous actions, in other words, not to harm self and others. How skillful are we in living our lives in this fashion? Can any of us say we are able to do this most of the time? Skillful actions mean not to allow our emotions to run away with us with afflictive states of mind such as jealousy, puffed up pride, anger, greed, covetousness, judgment, strong desires, strong attachments and aversions, sadness, aggression, spite, miserliness, resentment, concealment and so forth. There are 51 mental factors that we indulge in, sometimes, unknowingly, that cause us suffering at some level. As we let them run uncheck, they form a track in our mental consciousness, an imprint if you will, a habitual pattern. These habitual patterns and tendencies keep us trapped in repetitive cycles of experiencing unsatisfaction and unhappiness.

The Buddhist path teaches us antidotes to apply, teaches us about the ultimate nature of reality, gives us tools to train ourselves in mindfulness and awareness, gives us techniques through contemplations, visualizations, calm abiding and insight types of meditations to train the mind and experience calmness, peace, inner stability.
This brings understanding, wisdom, hope. This, in turn, also trains one in developing immeasurable loving kindness, compassion, acceptance and caring of others eventually with true equanimity to all beings.

Perhaps, due to the holidays, we haven't had much attendance in the Foster City area, so we will move our gatherings to our San Jose Dharma Center which is about 25 miles away. We will start up on Thursdays in January from 7pm-8:30 pm probably starting January 7th. Hopefully, if genuine interest grows, we will return to Foster City.

Buddhist Holiday Retreat: This time of year is very hectic and can bring a huge range of emotions, stresses and so forth. We invite you to do something meaningful for yourself. To give back to yourself so that you can, in return, give back a mentally healthier and refreshed you! So we are offering a half day free retreat at our Dharma Center in San Jose on Sunday, December 20th from 12pm-5pm. We will learn and experience different Buddhist Meditations, do mantra recitation, recite powerful prayers that help open one's heart and other practices. Come for some or all. Leave feeling more peaceful, calm, stable and joyful as well as taking with you various techniques you can apply in your daily life that will benefit you and others!

Since there is limited space, please call or email me for attendance. All are welcome. [address removed]/[masked].

May peace reside in the hearts of all beings,

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