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Why were we born? Why are we living? What is the purpose of our life? What determines a good fate of happiness, or a bad fate of misfortune? We will have a Skype session to learn how Buddhism answers to these questions. If you want to join us, please send your Skype ID to "Lucy Lee" email "wangsfaye[masked]@yahoo.co.jp" or Skype ID [masked] or click this group link: https://join.skype.com/YATS7nXg8QC7. We also have our whatsapp group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/5p1sUdbYy6oAostpEc6uiJ If any questions, please contact Lucy Lee email "wangsfaye[masked]@yahoo.co.jp" The session will be shared only via Skype.
Why are we living? What is the purpose of our life? What determines a good fate of happiness, or a bad fate of misfortune? We will have a Skype session to learn how Buddhism answers to these questions. If you want to join us, please send your Skype ID to "bobo.yanuar" or by clicking this link: https://join.skype.com/SWPEaF5Vu6Wk We also have our Whatsapp group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/IZK7SflIMUPFd7gK9kqLgN The session will be shared only via Skype. If any questions, please contact [masked]. From This Meetup Group organizers
Hi everyone! Hope this message finds you as well as possible under the current circumstances. The other day I went for a walk in the neighborhood with my sister. There were other people walking their dogs or just enjoying a conversation with their walking buddy. And some were walking alone. We all kept a 6-foot distance from others and went on our walks. Most people who were engaged in conversation might not have noticed us and vice versa. But at some point, there was a young woman walking by herself, coming towards us and when our eyes met, she smiled so big and so kindly, both me and my sister told each other: what a beautiful soul! How kind she was! We didn't exchange any words other than saying hellos. We probably might not see that woman again. And yet her genuine smile left a lasting impression both on me and on my sister. It also made me feel why it is that such a smile has a greater impact on us than receiving some presents or gifts from others that we might never be in true need of? The answer that I came up with was regarding how UNCONDITIONAL or as close to it as possible was. We were totally strangers and still are. She smiled at us from the bottom of her heart. The lesson I learned was that the more unconditional we try to practice acts of kindness and generosity, the more impact it will have on others. In other words, if our acts of kindness and generosity are not quite unconditional, we keep suffering. But it's not easy to discard our expectations of others. What do you think? Join us on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 3 PM to 4 PM and/or Saturdays 2 PM to 3:30 PM for further follow up. We read from the book You Were Born For a Reason by Kentetsu Takamori, Kentaro Ito, and Daiji Akeshashi; and have a discussion about it! We appreciate if you can support our cause. You can offer your donations on PayPal or Venmo to Bita Enayati at [masked]. Thank you for your support and encouragement in continuing to bring quality teachings to you, day in, day out. Stay well and let's go forward towards the light of unconditional goodness together! Please message me at (424)[masked] with your self-introduction if you'd like to get to know each other more. Bita and Yuichi Asakura
Hello our friends in the Vancouver area, Hope this message finds you well and have a beautiful weekend ahead. More than a week is gone since the passing of the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. It was quite sad hearing some chanting "Fill That Seat" as common decency used to tell us to take the time to contemplate the passing of such a remarkable person and reflect on our own mortality before we begin our next move. The rush to fill in her position as well as hearing an "innocent" remark by a friend that "Well, RBG had lived her life; she was 87" all somehow reminded me how and why Buddhism encourages us to be mindful of the karma we create with our mouths as we talk. Sometimes we hurt others unintentionally. To what extent are we aware of it? In today's meetup, we covered the following. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it or having you with us too in a meetup. If you have a schedule conflict, feel free to contact me at (424)[masked] for a consultation. It is said that the unhappiest person in this world is one who has no sense of gratitude. Listening to Buddhism enables us to see the law of cause, condition, and effect through and through so that we stop taking others for granted. It's an art of living to be able to focus on what we're grateful for than what we feel is still missing in our life. One of our practices in Buddhism is to listen to our friends and family when they open their hearts to us. People usually don't look for advice from us but yearn to find someone who listens. Understanding others doesn't mean understanding the facts or situations but understanding their feelings: what is it that they're going through and how we can practice empathy. In Buddhism it is taught that our purpose of life is not to accumulate relative happiness but to experience absolute happiness, the joy of being alive as a human being;Be happy with your life in any situation, not only when you have a partner, money, career, etc. It seems like many people have fear of being alone but Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha) helps us find the courage to be alone and look within our hearts and also find the kind of happiness that never abandons us. Lack of self-worth seems to be common in society. People usually think their suffering is related to some lacking. Don't you think that might be something we're brainwashed about? We need to ask ourselves: what do I need to be happy? What is going to fulfill the void in my heart? What is missing? Plug one hole in the boat and another one springs up. We always need something so that's not the way to happiness but it's only helping us go through life . Buddha teaches that having and not having are the same; haves are bound with chains of gold while have nots with chains of iron. Which kind of chain do you want to be tied up with? When do people realize that their struggles in life (if not channeled towards obtaining intangible assets) are in a sense a kind of confinement with either the iron chain or the golden chain. Who teaches us about the alternative? There's a proverb in China that says: Better to cry in a BMW than cry behind a person on a bike. Some say that peer pressure from society, family, teachers might be stronger in Asian countries. But in the USA, we're often told to keep our options open because something better might come up. So it prevents us from commitment and we prefer waiting for something better to come along. Not being definite. Or having convictions. We're often told not to settle for the first person we meet. Date a few others to see what's out there. But is there an end to such a search? Isn't it going after the proverbial carrot? Buddhism is helping us find that inner joyfulness that is unconditional. Wouldn't you like to join a meetup to find out more? Have a beautiful end of the week everyone. If you have a schedule conflict, please write to me for a consultation. (424)[masked] Sincerely, Bita Asakura