Our group was formed to establish a place here on the Crystal Coast for people who have an interest in the Buddha's teachings, philosophy and practices. We are a friendly group that wishes to study, discuss and learn Buddhist teachings and meditation. An open door for Buddhists of all lineages, as well as all who are interested in the teachings of the Buddha. The principles the Buddha taught 2,500 years ago have led to happier lives for countless human beings, and apply today more than ever to reduce stress and uncertainties, and to provide peace and mental stability. We believe all beings are the same in their desire to be happy and not to suffer needlessly. Buddhism teaches that the mind is the cause of most of our problems, but can eliminate them, as well, through study and meditation. We invite beginners, experienced Buddhist practitioners, and those who are simply inquisitive to join us in a relaxed atmosphere - with no obligation whatsoever. We only seek happiness, understanding, and compassion for ourselves and for others.We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday every month and we begin our meetings at 7 pm with a 10 minute meditation followed by a video or audio tape as a dharma talk and group discussion until 8:15 and then finish up with a 10 minute meditation. We invite those who are not familiar with meditation to call us so we can plan on meeting you 10 minutes early for a brief instruction from one of our experienced practitioners.
About Buddhism Buddhism is a religion and philosophy encompassing a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices, largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as the Buddha (“the awakened one”). Three major branches of Buddhism are recognized: Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. Buddhist scriptures and texts exist in great variety, and unlike many religions, Buddhism has no single central text that is universally referred to by all traditions. The foundations of Buddhist tradition and practice are the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma (teachings) and the Sangha (the community). The Four Noble Truths, the first teachings of Gautama Buddha after attaining nirvana (state of mind free from suffering) are sometimes considered to contain the essence of the Buddha’s teachings. The Four Noble Truths emphasize that suffering (dukkha) exists, and that it arises from attachment to desires. Cessation of desire leads to freedom from suffering, and freedom from suffering is achieved by practicing the Noble Eightfold Path. The number of Buddhists is estimated at around 350 million making it the world’s fourth largest religion.
Meditation instructions: Sit up straight, put your hands comfortably in your lap or on your knees, and focus your mind on your in and out breath. If you wish, count each in/out combination up to 10 and then start over. Any variation that keeps your attention in the present will do. When you realize you are thinking about something, let the thought go and return to the present.
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Thursday, June 4, 2015 7:00 PM