The monk, the venerable, answered a few questions in the Saturday Personal Questions & Dharma Discussion. First is about the Four Noble Truth. It seems that these truths are true that they are not only accepted by Buddhists, but also by the mass.
- The Truth of Dukkha (hot)is that all conditional phenomena and experiences are not ultimately satisfying;
- The Truth of the Origin of Dukkhais that craving for and clinging to what is pleasurable and aversion to what is not pleasurable result in becoming, rebirth, dissatisfaction, and redeath;
- The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkhais that putting an end to this craving and clinging also means that rebirth, dissatisfaction, and redeath can no longer arise;
- The Truth of the Path Of Liberation from Dukkhais that by following the Noble Eightfold Path—namely, behaving decently, cultivating discipline, and practicing mindfulness and meditation—an end can be put to craving, to clinging, to becoming, to rebirth, to dissatisfaction, and to redeath.
Second, a lady asked why are good people suffering, why was there a bushfire, why were some people dead while some not? The venerable answered in a witty manner. The cause and effect law is that doing good deeds will bring good results; bad deeds bring bad ones. Unlike other religions, Buddhism allows for many lives before and after this life, which brings more possibilities of suffering. But if you are going to understand all the karmic relationships, such as why this happens to this person, that happens to the other guy, your mind probably will explode.
Another lady asked what happens to the dead people, where are they and what are the lives they are living in the other world? The venerable truthfully said, “I don’t know.” The venerable told us when he was twenty, he was stupidly (in the venerable’s words) taking drugs; he didn’t know what’s life like in the forties. Even in his sixties now, he still does not know what happens when he dies. He repeated the good deeds bring good results; bad deeds bring bad results. This cause and effect law is proved by his life. It is “interesting” to see that our relatives passed away. It is not that a good Buddhist will not hurt, but that we will feel that the karmic relationship is breaking down. Let it go. It is hot and painful to hold a hot stone.
These words are like the icy cold water in the hot summer. Hope you calm down and meditate.
Kathina Season Robe Offering Ceremony at Dhammagiri
In gladness and in safety, may you be at ease.
In gladness and in safety, may I be at ease
Everyone deserves metta, or loving kindness, or happiness. The only way to overcome anger is to cultivate loving kindness.
These words coming from Monk’s mouth with the thunders from the sky.
To choose to think of metta or not, that’s the question. The monk answered a young man’s question on how to give loving-kindness to a lion eating a zebra. It’s difficult for us to stop wars, disasters or violence. But we might be able to overcome our own anger or fear by compassionate thinking.
Pavāraṇā Full Moon Program
End of Rains Retreat at Dhammagiri
Sunday 26 October 2015
08.30 am Arrival of Participants for Precept Ceremony
09.00 pm Taking of Triple Refuge & 8 Precepts/5 Precepts
and Guided Meditation
10.00 pm Arrival of Participants for Almsoffering
Preparing for Almsoffering
10.30 am Almsoffering, Anumodana & Shared Meal
11.45 am Dhammatalk
01.00 pm Break/Walking Meditation
01.30 pm Chanting of Ādittapariyāya Sutta (Firesermon) with Ven. Moneyyo
02.30 pm Break/Walking Meditation
03.00 pm Chanting, Guided Meditation & Dhamma-discussion
05.00 pm End of Program
NB: It is possible to participate only for parts of the program, but please arrive at least 15 min before the session starts.
This session will be on Sunday Nov 8th at Dhammagiri (free event please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org).
The program will be
10.00am Arrival of Participants
10.30am Alms offering & Robe Offering & Shared Meal
11.45am Short Dhamma Talk & Auspicious Paritta Chant.
12.45pm Break/Walking Meditation
01.30pm Chanting/Guided Meditation
02.30pm Break/Walking Meditation
03.00pm Chanting/Guided Meditation/Dhamma Discussion
05.00pm End of Program
If you want to participate this event, please RSVP using the following form and we will provide the transportation.
This first talk in a series on introductory Buddhism will be led by Venerable Sudhamma
When: Monday 19th October 2015 commencing at 1pm
Where: The Meeting Room, UQ Multifaith Centre, Level 2
Venerable Sudhamma is a Buddhist nun from Sri Lanka. We look forward to the opportunity to share in some of her wisdom. Retired Primary School Teacher, Brisbane, Australia. Senior Resident Nun at Sri Subodha Retreat Centre, Ambuluwawa ,Sri Lanka and Sri Subodha Sangamitta Dhamma Education Institution, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
She now works at Yasodara Sinhala & Dhamma School Brisbane, Australia.
Venerable Sudhamma explained the suffering we have and the way to stop it. It was a wonderful course on Buddhism.
UQ Buds welcomes you to join us for the third sutra study. We will keep learning Chapter 1 “The Human Condition” of Bhikkhu Bodhi’s book “In the Buddha’s Words”. The session will start with 30 minutes meditation and free vegetarian food. The schedule is below:
In the Buddha’s words Series 3: “The Human Condition”
Date: Tuesday,October 6
Time: 6:00pm-6:30pm arrival and vege food
6:30pm meditation (may include breathing/walking meditation and gentle exercises)
7:00pm-8:00pm sutra discussion and questions
Location: Meditation Room, UQ Multifaith Centre
Besides, on Oct 13, we will have a special movie night along with an AGM.
The movie is “Samsara”, a documentary centered around Buddhist spirituality, it takes the form of a nonverbal guided meditation.
We will provide vegetarian food and pizza. The location is: UQ Goddard Building, Room 388 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Please wear modest, comfortable clothing.
We hope to see you there!
The UQ Buds Executive
By visiting Buddhist monk, Ven. Sobitha, from Siyane Vipassana Meditation Centre Kanduboda Sri Lanka. This centre is an international meditation centre, which started under Mahasi Sayadaw, a most venerated meditation master from Burma. The centre gives retreats in the style of Mahasi Sayadaw. (google link: kanduboda meditation centre). The retreat will emphasis on how to practice mindfulness during one’s daily activities. Noble silence will be observed during the retreat. There will be both sitting and walking meditations and teachings in between.
When: 5pm Fri 30 Oct 2015 – 5pm Fri 6 Nov 2015
At: 25 Banyan St, Belbowrie Brisbane, QLD 4070 This is a Buddhist nunnery
Fees: 100 $ for the 7 days (accommodation and vegetarian meals included. Breakfast & Lunch, light dinner)
Contact: Devaki 04786 30888 Goodna temple 3818 8806
Please book early as limited places available.
It is possible to come for 1 or 2 days or for the day. However to get the maximum benefit of the retreat, 7 day residential is recommended. If you live in Brisbane, please byo linen. Spaces also available for caravan/van parking.