Morning Online Dharma Talk

Join us for a weekly online talk on Skype every Friday at 10am & 5pm (Pacific Time).

This week's 10AM meeting is a continuation of the previous meetings, on The Four and Eight Sufferings.  We will pick up from point #5.

Question: Do you know why they are called the 4 and 8 sufferings, and not just the 8 sufferings? Hear the answer at the meeting.


Suffering of:

①living

②aging

③sickness

④death

⑤parting from those or things we love

⑥seeing people whom we dislike

⑦not getting what we want

⑧our own existence


Your host, Frank Costelloe

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  • Yuichi A.

    We learned kindness and patience which are included in the six paramitas of Buddhism.
    Giving kindly gaze and being patient and make a steady progress are very important.

    September 27, 2013

  • Bita Enayati A.

    We had another great meeting. Someone made a comment about how showing an American passport helped her go through the immigration check so much more smoothly than before and so we started talking about first impressions. As the cliché goes, dress to impress. But of course, appearance is not everything. A presentable appearance helps put people at ease with their fear of meeting strangers. So in that sense it is a good deed to dress in a way that is suitable for the occasion. I shared the example of a homeless man forcing his way into our place to use the bathroom. Add to it the smell of alcohol and the beer can in the bathroom! So it is a good deed to put people's tension at ease by presenting ourselves in a good manner. Also going to the other side of the spectrum, Buddhism teaches us not to judge people based on appearance because looks can be deceiving. By following the six paramitas that Buddha taught we can acquire wisdom to polish our beauty from the inside!

    September 27, 2013

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