Ven. Thubten Chodron

Unskillful Speech : Idle Chatter

On September 12, 2020, after meditation we learned more about Right Speech (Samma vaca), one of the elements of the Buddha’s Eightfold Noble Path, through a closer examination of one particular form of unskillful speech — Idle Chatter. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we listened to a teaching from the Venerable Thubten Chodron on idle […]

Mary Stancavage

Letting Go of the Second Arrow

On August 8, 2020, after meditation, we learned about a core Buddhism teaching about human suffering — the Second Arrow. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we read the sutta (Samyutta Nikaya 36.6) that taught the concept of the Second Arrow, and then listened to a Dharma talk on “Letting Go of the Second Arrow” by […]

Guo Gu / Dr. Jimmy Yu

Being Present

On July 11, 2020, after meditation, we learned about what “Being Present” means for practitioners of the Buddhadharma. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we listened to a recent Dharma talk by Chan teacher Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu) on the subject of “Being Present”. In his talk, Guo Gu discussed how to be present to […]

Tenzin Palmo & Kittisaro

Transforming Suffering

On June 13, 2020, after meditation, we learned from two different teachers on the topic of Transforming Suffering. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we listened to two Dharma talks, one by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, another by Kittisaro. Tenzin Palmo discussed one aspect of Buddhist theory about the origin of suffering — the “three poisons” or […]

Ajahn Brahm & Sharon Salzberg

How to Deal with the Feeling of Guilt?

On May 9, 2020, after meditation, we learned from two teachers about the feeling of Guilt and the Buddhist perspective on how to deal with it. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we started by reading Sharon Salzberg’s article, where she explains the difference between guilt and remorse and how the two emotions relate to our […]

Rebecca Li, Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Thubten Jampa, Ngo Khong

Buddhist Practice in this Pandemic: Allow Joy into Our Heart & other advice from Dharma teachers

On Apr. 11th, 2020 was our “Teachers’ Corner” week, and we took this opportunity to share a recent Dharma talk given by a Chan teacher Dr. Rebecca Li, in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. After listening to Dr. Li’s talk “Allow Joy into Our Heart“. We followed her advice and share our thoughts on […]

Thích Nhất Hạnh & Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Dealing with Anger

On Mar. 14, 2020 after meditation, we learned from three different teachers about Anger. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we watched two short video teachings and read a short article, by a Zen Master, a Tibetan Rinpoche and a Theravada Teacher, respectively, on the topic of “Dealing with Anger.” The teachers shared insights on the […]

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche & Pema Chodron

Impermanence

On Feb. 08, 2020 after meditation, we heard from two different teachers about Impermanence. During our “Teachers’ Corner” session, we read a couple pages from Thích Nhất Hạnh’s book and watched two Dharma talks by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Stephen facilitated a discussion on the topic. We agreed that accepting the reality of impermanence is a good […]

Ajahn Brahm

Listening

On Jan. 11, 2020 after meditation, we learned about the importance and the challenges of Listening from Dharma teachers Ajahn Brahm and Toni Packer. During our “Teachers’ Corner” session, we shared a series of clips from a Dharma talk “Total Listening”, and excerpts from an article “Finding a New Way to Listen”. The full video […]

Gratitude

On Nov. 30, 2019, Alan gave a special presentation on an very important Buddhist practice: Gratitude. Following is the outline of ideas he presented with links to the source articles on Gratitude. Happy learning!   What is Gratitude? Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has. It is a recognition of value independent […]

Karma

Last Saturday, on Nov. 9, 2019, Kayla presented on the topic of Karma. Kayla’s presentation was followed by a lively group discussion on the topic at length – not just how karma is formed, but how karma affects us at different times in different ways. Following is a copy of Kayla’s Karma presentation, the outline […]

Interdependence

Last Saturday, on Nov. 2, 2019, Stephen generously shared his research on a well-known Buddhist concept: Interdependence. He led us through an inspiring discussion session after meditation. Following is the outline of ideas he presented, and a list of readings on Interdependence he recommends. Happy learning!   Interdependence One can look at interdependence as a […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Knowledge

Last Saturday, on Oct 12, 2019, we studied the tenth of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Jñāna (Knowledge). To learn more about the very last Paramita, we shared a list of eleven knowledges that a bodhisattva must fulfill as recorded in the Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra. We then read the article “Perfection of Knowledge” […]

Ven. Thubten Chodron

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Power / Strength

Last Saturday, on Oct 05, 2019, we studied the ninth of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Bala (Spiritual Power / Strength). We first read an excerpts from the Sandhinirmochana Sutra, which provide the focus of our discussion on “power” as “an aid to the transcendent way of meditation” (Dhyāna, the fifth Paramita). For […]

Venerable Domyo Burk

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Vow / Aspiration

Last Saturday, on Sept. 14, 2019, we studied the eighth of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Praṇidhāna (Vow / Aspiration). After a brief intro. on the vows of Mahayana Buddhists, we listened to Rev. Domyo Burk’s talk on “Buddhist Practice as a Lifelong Path of Growth and Transformation“. In her talk, the teacher […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Skillful Means

Last Saturday, on September 7, 2019, we studied the seventh of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Upāya (Skillful Means / Expedient Means). We first defined Upāya. Then we read the opening paragraphs from the article: “Skillful Means: The Buddhist Teaching on How to Share Your Wisdom” by Rev. Domyo Burk. Pausing to remind […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Wisdom (Part 2)

Last Saturday, on August 10, 2019, we dived deeper into our study for The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Prajñā (Wisdom / Insight). We first read a few excerpts that describe the concept of “emptiness” with different emphases, and we discussed which of those resonated the most for each person. We then watched a […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Wisdom (Part 1)

Last Saturday, on August 3, 2019, we studied The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Prajñā (Wisdom / Insight). Following meditation, we started Dharma learning session with a quick overview on the definition of the Sanskrit word: Prajñā (wisdom) and Śūnyatā (emptiness), and their meanings in Mahayana Buddhism.  We then shared an passage from the […]

Dhyana Paramita by Lama Shenpen Hookham

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Meditative Absorption

Last Saturday, on July 13, 2019, we studied The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Dhyāna (Meditative Absorption / Stability of the Mind). Following meditation, we started Dharma learning session with a quick discussion on last week’s “homework” — generating energy in thinking of others’ good qualities.  Then, we shared two Dharma talks on the […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Energy/Diligence (Part 2)

Last Saturday, on July 6, 2019, we continued our study in The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Vīrya (Energy / Enthusiasm). Following meditation, we first shared observations from last month’s “homework” on paying attention to moments when our energy and desire to practice are low.  Then, we watched portions of a Dharma lecture by Lama […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Energy/Diligence (Part 1)

Last Saturday, on June 08, 2019, we studied the fourth of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Vīrya (Energy / Diligence / Effort / Exertion). We started our Dharma learning session with Belinda sharing what she learned from the homework assignment last week. We then read the article Virya Paramita by Barbara O’Brien, and […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Patience/Forbearance (part 2)

Last Saturday, on June 1, 2019, we returned to the third of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Kshanti (Patience / Forbearance). Following the wonderful talk on Patience by visiting teacher, Rev. Eishin Nancy Easton a couple of weeks ago, we realize what a profound topic it is. Thus, we devoted another session to […]

Rev. Eishin Nancy Easton

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Patience (with Rev. Easton)

We are very excited to report that last Saturday, on May 11, 2019, we welcomed our very first guest teacher, Rev. Eishin Nancy Easton! Rev. Easton joined us in group meditation and gave a Dharma talk on the third of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Kshanti / Kṣānti (Patience). Rev. Easton came early […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Ethics/Morality

Last Saturday, on May 4, 2019, we studied the second of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Śīla (Ethics/Morality). We first read the article “The Buddhist Precepts” to get an idea of the content of Buddhist Precepts. Then we listened to a Dharma talk recording titled “Sila Paramita: Being a Good Non-Person“. During group […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Generosity (Part 2)

Last Saturday, on April 13, 2019, we continued our study in the first of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Dāna (Generosity). We read the article “Joyful Receiving” and listened to a short recording titled “No Labels in Reality“. After group discussion, we wrapped up our session with an excrept from the Diamond Sutra. […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Generosity (Part 1)

Last Saturday, on April 6, 2019, we began learning more about the first of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Dāna (Generosity). We briefly discussed the “Three Kinds of Gifts” as outlined in the Maha-Prajnaparamita Sastra. We watched a Dharma talk on Dāna, followed by a group discussion facilitated by the questions Belinda posted for […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : What is a Bodhisattva?

Last Saturday, on March 9, 2019, we continued our introduction to The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism with a focus on the question “What is Bodhisattva?”. We explored the meaning of the word “Bodhisattva” in its original Sanskrit form. We listen to a Dharma lecture: “The Bodhisattva Ideal” by Ven. Lawrence Dōan Grecco (Do’an Grecco). Then […]

The Ten (6 + 4) Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Introduction

Last Saturday, on March 2, 2019, we kicked off our 2019 Dharma Learning topic — The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism. We shared a print out of Barbara O’Brien’s article: Paramitas: The Ten Perfections of Mahayana Buddhism. We introduced everyone to bits of extract we found from the Sandhinirmochana Sutra (“Scripture Unlocking the Mysteries”), which […]