What we're about

Are you searching for meaning in your life?
Have you ever felt happiness in your life...
...never lasts?

This Buddhist group has a great positive, multi-cultural atmosphere that helps people search for the answer to life's biggest questions.
Through the teachings of Buddha and historical Pure Land Buddhist teachers we understand better the direction our life needs to take in order to find the purpose of life.
We offer video lectures and have meetings to discuss how to obtain an absolute form of happiness.
I hope you'll stop by and attend a meeting when you have a chance! Below, you'll find some more information about what Buddhism is all about as well as our contact info and location.

In Buddhism, we learn that there are two kinds of joy.

Relative Happiness
All the happiness we know is called Relative Happiness.
Money, status, fame, wealth, family, friends, and our loved ones are all included in this category.
Politics, economics, medicine, and the arts also try to provide us with Relative happiness.
We seek for this type of happiness day in, day out hoping we can attain true satisfaction from it.

Absolute Happiness
We are all seeking for a happiness which will truly last.
This kind of happiness is called Absolute Happiness.
The purpose of life is to attain it as quickly as possible while still alive.

Learn more at our meetups and check out some of our topics:
The Law of Cause and Effect
Six Good Deeds that Bring Happiness
Mirror of Truth
Dark Mind is the Root Cause of Suffering

Upcoming events (1)

What can we learn from the Buddha on how to be happy?(This meeting is on Skype.)

Hello, and welcome to our Chicago Practicing Buddhism Meetup! If you’re interested in (1) exploring what tips and tools Buddhism has to offer on the road to happiness, and (2) meeting through Skype other like-minded folks on the same path, then you’re in the right place. Over the next few months, (in sessions hosted by Bita & Yuichi) we’re going to explore some of the tools Buddhism has to offer when it comes to happiness. We’ll talk about… ---What Buddha says is the first step toward happiness ---How false/limiting beliefs cause an incredible amount of (unnecessary) suffering ---The difference between relative happiness (happiness that is fleeting or temporary) and absolute happiness (happiness that does not crumble or abandon you) ---Understanding the basic ideas around karma so you can live a life filled with empowerment and passion instead of overwhelm and sadness ---Where you might be on the path to happiness (aka enlightenment) compared to those around you, and how knowing this information can help make dealing with those ”more challenging” folks in your life easier ---How the ‘5 Desires’ (food, wealth, sex, etc.) fit into a happy life ---Examples of ways to apply the above concepts, on a daily basis, to minimize suffering and increase happiness No one needs to settle for feeling sad, unsuccessful, miserable, or lost. We all deserve to flourish and be happy. Everyone’s path is a little different but we’re all heading in the same direction, so let’s put our heads together and see what we can do! NOTE: This meetup will be hosted by Bita & Yuichi on Skype. LOCATION AND DETAILS This meetup happens to be on Skype. Skype is a free software you can download and all you have to do is either RSVP here and I'll ask for your "Skype contact address" or just let me know if you're already familiar with Skype. My Skype contact address is Bita Asakura. This meetup is free to attend but donations are gladly accepted. Donations in Buddhism are not measured by the amount but by the desire to contribute to a cause greater than ourselves. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the group here on meetup.com. I look forward to meeting you in person in the near future. =)

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The Purpose of Life in Buddhism

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