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Evening Dharma Lecture & Discussion

You might think that Buddhism is only about meditation, reincarnation and a lot of lotus flowers.

Though they are all parts of it, Buddhist teachings are actually about the purpose of life. Did you know that???

So what is the "purpose of life?"

Well, first you have to know every human activity has a purpose behind it.

We study ---> in order to get a job.

We work ---> in order to earn money.

We need money ---> to live.

But why exactly do we live?

Hmmm... we must have some purpose to live too!

Everyone instinctively knows that human life is a very, very special gift. Yet we spend most of our entire lives figuring out just what to do with it. So how then do we justify the value of life? Are all lives worth the same? Why must we keep struggling to survive and not just commit suicide? To know all these answers, we must first learn what the real purpose is in living.

Find out more in this great, continuing lecture series!!!

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  • Yuichi A.

    I was in charge of the host and we discussed the foundation of Buddhism, the law of cause and effect. Many things happen to us every day, good and bad. When we reflect upon us, do we have the habit of examining the cause of what has happened? Without thinking much, most people use the word, "lucky" or "unlucky." From the Buddhist viewpoint, everything that happened has its cause. Nothing happens without a cause. And at the same time we need to know the relationship between the cause and effect. Then we for the first time, bright future will open its door to you.

    2 · September 29, 2013

    • Bita Enayati A.

      It was great meeting you Flower!

      1 · October 1, 2013

    • Flower

      Thank you, Bita! It was wonderFULL to meet you and everyone else!! I'll try to come by this Sunday. : )

      1 · October 1, 2013

  • Bita Enayati A.

    I was glad to learn about the 52 levels of enlightenment and that the top level is known as the Supreme level of enlightenment or buddhahood. Just as climbing a mountain and the scenery changes as we go higher up, the more enlightenment, the more things the person can know about the truth of the universe. Once on the top level, the Buddha, he or she knows the truth that brings one and all lasting happiness and joy. The Buddhist path is not a wishy washy thing but a path that has a point of completion in this life. Those who gain the transformation of the mind in this life (the death of the dark mind and the birth of the bright mind) will also attain buddhahood in the afterlife. To eliminate suffering and grant joy is the ultimate purpose of Buddhism, no matter what school of Buddhism. All people live to find real happiness. To do so, one needs to know the root cause of suffering. Without going to the root, one cannot savor happiness that never abandons. Thank you for this meeting too!

    1 · September 30, 2013

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