Buddhism Session 4 and 5

Buddhism Session 4 and 5 - Buddhism Session 4: Life and...

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Buddhism Session 4: Life and Practice—11/3/2011 The Path of the Lay Person 1. Venerate the Buddhas 2. Act Ethically 3. Meditate 4. Study Venerating the Buddhas - Paying homage to the Buddha in the morning and evening - In the home, temple and uposatha Uposatha - Periodically you get together in monthly celebrations - New moon and full moon - Give offerings, group meditation Vesak Day - Buddha’s birthday, the day he was enlightened and the day he died - Happens sometime in May Stupa - Buddhist shrine - Holds the relic of the Buddha - Ex of relic: bone of Buddha that survived cremation and a bowl that the Buddha has used - Circumnavigate relic, venerate and meditate Logic of Prayer in Buddhism - Prayer doesn’t changes Gods mind and telling him something that he doesn’t already know - Has effect on those praying - You pray for something you don’t have control over - Prayer tears apart you ego, etc Images of the Budha - Reminded of character and his teachings - Recognizing value of image Buddhas of Bamyan - 150 ft tall Buddha statues created in the 6 th century - Do not make idol out of Buddhist symbols - A reminder of impermanence Karma in Buddhist Ethics - Acting in ways that are helping/harming your quest for nirvana
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- Dharma/doing the right thing is universal Four Sublime States - Dharma driven by four states - General principles that should guide your behavior - Guidelines to discover Dharma 1. Boundless Love, Metta - Giving oneself 1. Not grounded in need/dependency 2. Should not depend on loveability of object, loving something regardless 3. Not to be conditional, Pure Metta, must be unconditional 4. Not to be limited, Be unlimited, love for all beings 2. Boundless Compassion (Karuna) - Definition: sympathy, feeling what someone feels - Identify with the pain/needs of others - Highest form of compassion is the Bodhisattva 3. Sympathetic Joy - Generally feeling joy for others 4. Equanimity - Not having deep attachment to ones self or world, - Feel compassion, but don’t get attached to it - Even handed-ness Five Precepts - No killing, stealing, false speech, unlawful sex, intoxicants - Central to Buddhist traditions Vipassana Meditation - Definiton: Insight Meditation - Insight to the characteristics of the existential reality
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