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Practicing Dharma in Daily Life

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  • Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

    10875 Main Street, Unit 108, Fairfax, VA (map)

    38.850790 -77.320779

  • Many wonder how to apply the Buddha's profound teachings on ideas such as universal love, karma, and wisdom in our daily lives. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says, first we need to develop a clear understanding of the teachings, and next we need to make a difference by applying them to our personal circumstances. The Buddha's teachings are intended to be practical guidance for living – they are the means by which we free ourselves from suffering and find ultimate happiness.

    This series focuses on putting the teachings into practice. How do we cope with the wide range of challenges that life poses – from endless 'to-do lists', unkind co-workers, disrespectful kids, and health issues? We often feel stressed, unappreciated and overwhelmed. Life may seem to lack meaning and direction.

    But we don't have to live like this. Our exploration begins by assessing who we are now. We then identify the positive qualities that we wish to cultivate. Finally, step by step, we lay down the path to attain our spiritual goals. The class centers around a set of selected readings. Ven. Tendrol will guide the discussion and meditations. Students are invited to give short presentations on a topic of interest. In addition, (optional) writing assignments or quizzes will be offered as a learning aid.

    Readings (in chronological order)

    The first book by the Dalai Lama contain succinct explanations of core principles such as karma, how to cultivate calm abiding, compassion, and wisdom. His Holiness the Dalai Lama. An Open Heart: practicing compassion in everyday life. Little Brown and Company. 2001

    The second book by Venerable Matthieu Ricard offers a wealth of insight and advice on how we can use the Buddha's teachings to create a happiness that persists even in difficult circumstances.

    Matthieu Ricard. Happiness: a guide to developing life's most important skill. Little Brown and Company. 2007

    The final book by Thupten Jinpa is an in-depth examination of the nature of compassion. Drawing on both Western research and Buddhist teachings, Jinpa shows us how compassion is the secret key to happiness. The book is based on Stanford University's compassion training, a course that Jinpa helped design. It includes meditation instructions. Thupten Jinpa. A Fearless Heart: how the courage to be compassionate can transform our lives. Hudson Street Press. 2015

    Please purchase these books on your own, they are not available at the Center.


    Students who have not attended the “Buddhism in a Nutshell” or lam rim classes should please read:

    Ven. Amy Miller (editor). Buddhism in a Nutshell, copies available at the Center

    Level: beginner to intermediate


    Sunday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30 twice a month
    Beginning in late September and running through the spring of 2017

    Drop-ins welcome but please try to do the readings.

    Facilitator: Ven. Losang Tendrol ([masked])

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