MANJUSHRI LINEAGE BUDDHIST STUDY GROUP
Come connect with the blessings of Manjushri bodhisattva, the Buddha of Wisdom, and the blessings of our lama, Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche, who has completed over 1,000 circumambulations in a powerful practice at Manjushri’s Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Swayambhunath is a very important site for Buddhist practice. When we share stories from the stupa, our hearts start to open to the possibilities that lie in front of each of us. We will be inspired by the special qualities and attainments that come from Dharma study and practice. Then we will connect that to our mantra practice for the evening, a practice that allows us to progress towards those attainments together.
Mantra practice is one that builds potential over time. At first you may not notice, but as you repeat this practice, more and more obstacles in your mind that block the development of wisdom and compassion will be removed. This is the power of connecting to the Buddha. A power beyond our own conceptualization. This is a time honored practice, very important in Mahayana Buddhism, and we will share stories from our own practice to help new students understand and connect to this very profound practice.
"We need on the one hand the Buddhist knowledge and on the other hand we need practices that build our mental strength and clarity. Then we know how to put the knowledge into practice in our life, and we begin to truly cultivate the mind. Mantras are very important for building that strength and the clarity of the mind."
Our study groups are always open to new people! There is no charge.
Please Reply and RSVP if you plan to attend, thanks! -Manjushri Buddha Dharma Lineage
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PASSAGE FROM THE DHAMMAPADA, BY SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA
Hard to gain is birth as man; hard is the life of mortals; hard to get is the opportunity of hearing the Dharma (Teaching of the Buddhas); hard it is for a Buddha to appear.
Not to do evil, to cultivate merit, to purify one's mind - this is the Teaching of the Buddhas.
When threatened with danger, men go to many a refuge, - to mountains and forests, to parks and gardens, and to sacred trees. But such a refuge is not a safe refuge, not the best refuge. One is not liberated from all evil consequences of existence for having come to such a refuge.
One who takes refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha community, who sees with insight the Four Noble Truths: The truth of Suffering, the Cause of Suffering, the Cessation of Suffering, and the Path leading to the Cessation of Suffering. This, indeed, is the safe refuge; this is the best refuge. Having come to this refuge, one is liberated from all suffering
The merit gained by such a person who pays homage to those who have been freed from moral defilements and have nothing to fear, cannot be measured by anyone, as this much or that much.
Happy is the arising of a Buddha; happy is the exposition of the Dharma; happy is the harmony amongst the Sangha; happy is the practice of those in harmony.
How to find us
We meet at 245 College Ave, Apt. C, Palo Alto. For any questions, please call or text Julie at [masked]. See you there!