Hello, and welcome to the Santa Barbara 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 (first on Skype & later on at a cafe) 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) 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.
LOCATION AND DETAILS
This meetup happens to be on Skype though most of our meetups generally take place at a cafe in one of the cities of LA or in San Diego. 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. If you need help downloading the Skype, call me at (424)[masked] please.
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. =)