“To meditate persistently on impermanence is to be guided by all the Buddhas.”
There is uncertainty at the heart of human beings, an anxiety that leads us down wrong paths of disappointment and dissatisfaction. This uncertainty is our perception of the pervasive impermanence of the apparent world.
Buddha taught that understanding the truth of impermanence is the most valuable teaching. Although we conduct ourselves as if we will live forever, temporarily cloaked in comforting ignorance, it is only by contemplating and penetrating deeply into the fact of impermanence that we begin to see things as they are. Through this insight, our frantic clinging and manipulations cease and the mind is prepared to realize one’s true nature.
“Impermanence” is one of the Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind towards Truth. Khenpo will present an overview of the subject which will prepare students for deeper study and meditation.
Fearing death, I went to the mountains.
Over and over again I meditated on death’s unpredictable coming,
And took a stronghold of the deathless, unchanging nature.
Now I have lost and gone beyond all fear of dying!
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Sundays, December 3, 10, & 17, 10:00-10:45 AM
followed by tea break and meditation
At White Lotus Buddhist Center, 815 Park Ave, Rochester NY
Sadly, we are reminded daily that life in our modern world is cheap. But, what IS the value of human life?
Buddha taught that human life is the most advantageous platform by which to obtain freedom and omniscience.
A human life is rare and precious.
It is precious when it presents the opportunity to attain liberation from suffering. Having a precious human body, one has the chance each moment to practice virtue, the means towards attaining enlightenment. The possibilities are boundless. But, one must first recognize this form, realize its great value and rarity, then use it accordingly to benefit oneself and others.
What are these precious qualities? How do we recognize, strengthen and use them?
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Here is a short explanation from Ven. Thubten Chodron, Sravasti Abbey:
“Lhabab Duchen – a day for creating virtue.
Merit created on this day is multiplied 100 million times.
Ven. Thubten Chodron gave the following short teaching to help us appreciate the Buddha’s kindness.
“The Buddha went to the god realm for three months to repay the kindness of his birth mother by teaching her the Dharma. At the end of that time, he was asked to please return to our earth again, so the anniversary of the day on which he descended is a very joyous occasion.
“People had tremendous merit to be born at the time of the Buddha. In our case, although we didn’t have the fortune to be born at that time, we have the fortune to receive Buddha‘s teachings from a pure lineage that goes back to him.
“Lhabab Duchen is a time of thinking with gratitude of the kindness of the Buddha for being on this planet and teaching the Dharma to us. Where would we be without the Buddha manifesting and teaching?
“There are so many places in this universe where the Dharma doesn’t exist and times when the teachings aren’t present. If you’re born in that kind of place, you might have incredible spiritual longing and absolutely no opportunity to meet the Dharma.
“So reflect, ‘If I hadn’t met the Dharma, where would I be? What would my life be like?’
“I don’t know about you, but my life would have been a total mess. I would have harmed many people acting out of my self-centeredness, and I would definitely have created much negative karma! Meeting the Buddha‘s teachings has completely reversed my life, and I assume yours as well.
“Lhabab Duchen is a good time to feel gratitude to Buddha for what he did, and to the whole lineage of teachers down to our own teachers, who preserved these teachings so that we could come into contact with them.
Rejoice and take the opportunity to help create peace in this chaotic world
How to make merit on Lhabab Duchen:
♥ Take and keep the Eight Mahayana Precepts for 24 hours.
♥ Do Shakyamuni Buddha meditation.
♥ Make special offerings to the Three Jewels and do the extensive offering practice.
♥ Make special offerings to your teachers, Dharma center, or monasteries.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” H.H Dalai Lama
This is a film about the story of Merton in the last year of his life, embarking on his greatest journey. It’s a story of adventure and search that takes the viewer from his home at the Abbey of Gethsemani, across America in the turbulent year of 1968 and finally to Asia for meetings with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual seekers. The purpose of the journey? As always with Merton he seeks a fuller union with God. He believed serving as a bridge between west and east was one way in which his call could be lived out. The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton celebrates the triumph of all that was gained by his journey, reflects on the tragedy of what was lost with his death and considers why Merton’s life and work challenges us today. 58 minutes run time.
The trailer contains an interview with HH Dalai Lama: Watch the Trailer