Learn about Buddhism
Every other Sunday
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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- Buddhism in a Nutshell
- Presented in ten -
- 1 hour sessions
- covers these basic principles
of Mahayana Buddhism:
- Life of Shakyamuni Buddha.
- The Four Noble Truths.
- Truth of Suffering — the diagnosis of our existential situation.Truth of the Cause of Suffering — karma, delusions, ignorance.
- Truth of the Cessation of Suffering - nirvana.
- Truth of the Path to the Cessation of Suffering - practices of wisdom and method.
- What does it mean to be a Buddhist, an “inner being”?
- Different kinds of Buddhism.
- Different schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Facilitated by Trey Ligon
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Book Discussion Group
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mahamudra: How to Discover Our True Nature
Book by Thubten Yeshe
This book is based on a two-week mahamudra retreat Lama Yeshe led during the Australian winter of 1981.
Lama Yeshe’s famous teaching style is fully present in this book, according to the book’s editor, Ven. Robina Courtin: “His words are not only experiential but also direct, funny, deceptively simple, and incredibly encouraging—enlightenment seems possible.”
Here Lama Yeshe explains mahamudra in the book’s opening chapter:
According to Tibetan Buddhism, mahamudra is one of the most advanced teachings of the Buddha. Mahamudra is Sanskrit: maha means “great” and mudra can be translated as “seal.” When you lend me one hundred dollars, we make a contract and we seal it, don’t we? It shows: “Next year I have the obligation to pay you back.” You have the document as a guarantee.
However, this seal, this great seal, is not a physical seal made in a factory. It is the universal reality of emptiness, nonduality, non–self-existence. It exists in all phenomena, including sentient beings. It is also not some made-up philosophical concept. It doesn’t matter whether you accept it or deny it. If I say, “I don’t believe there is an earth; I don’t believe there is a sun,” who cares? Even though I reject the existence of the sun, I’m standing in the rays of the sun. Even though I deny the existence of the earth, I’m standing on the earth.
The reality of nonduality is inescapable. It is the inborn nature of all phenomena. It exists equally in all things: organic, nonorganic, permanent, impermanent, including all beings. It exists always within us. The name we give it is mahamudra.
Learn more about and order Mahamudra: How to Discover Our True Nature by Lama Yeshe on Wisdom Publications’ website:
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