What do Buddhists believe? The Buddha himself taught for 40 years and there have been many enlightened teachers in the 2500 years since the time of Siddhartha Gautama. This vast, living tradition, means there isn't a Buddhist equivalent of the Book of Moses or the Nicene Creed. Nonetheless, there are basic ideas common to all Buddhist traditions that have appeared over the centuries.
Join us as we explore some of these this summer. Bring your personal questions about Karma, Impermanence, Emptiness and Nirvana and find out what Buddhists believe.
6/28 The Four Noble Truths part I, Shenpa – Biting the Hook
7/5 Intro to Meditation
7/12 The Four Noble Truths part II, Happiness – Joy
7/19 The Eight-fold path, Right View – What Buddhists believe
7/26 The Eight-fold path, Right Intention
8/2 Intro to Meditation
8/9 The Eight-fold path, Right Livelihood – The Dharma of Money
8/16 The 3 Dharma seals part I, Impermanence – Engaging with the simplicity of life
8/23 The 3 Dharma seals part II, Not self – Things are not what they seem
8/30 The 3 Dharma seals part III, Nirvana – Life as an enlightened Mandela
9/6 Intro to Meditation
9/13 How Karma Works – Explore the meaning of this word that is often bantered around, yet misunderstood. Guest Speaker: Amy Miller
9/20 The Chains that Bind You, the 12 Links of Dependent Arising. Guest Speaker: Amy Miller
9/27 10 Wholesome actions, What Buddhists do
The 9th chapter of Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life is dedicated to the perfection of wisdom, specifically the Buddhist concept of Emptiness. While confusing to beginners, Emptiness is simply the logical result of the interdependent co-arising of everything. Cars are only cars when all their parts come together to make a complete car, but a car is not found in its individual parts such as the steering wheel, a door or an internal combustion engine. Similarly, bodies, feelings and minds are also not found in their parts (Ch 9, v102):
The mind is not located in the sense faculties,
nor in form and other sense-objects, nor in between them.
The mind is also not found inside, nor outside,
nor anywhere else.
On June 14th, we will have the benefit of Ven. Amy Miller to help solidify this important teaching in our own lives. We hope you can join us.
Who we are
A group of dedicated practitioners who come together weekly to share the Dharma.