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2017年 春季週日英文學佛班 課程表

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2017 SPRING ENGLISH CLASS

Time:      January 15, 2017 - May 21, 2017

               Every Sunday 10:00am - 12:00 noon

Where:  438 Apollo Rd, Richardson, TX 75081

Tel:        (972) 234-4401     

This spring we will continue to look at the practical application of the Buddha's teachings in daily life.  In addition to detailed class teachings, we will watch video teachings from monastics including  Ayya Khema, the Dalai Lama, Bhante Vimilaramsi, Ven. Guan Cheng , Ajahn Brahm, Ven. Thubten Chodron and others.  Classes consist of meditation, teachings and discussion.  They are casual, free and open to anyone interested in the Buddha's teachings.  Everyone is welcome.

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Date

Topic

January 15

Essentials of Buddhism -  We will look at how Buddhism has changed  during its 2600 year history, and how the original teachings are the thread that connects all the traditions.  

January 22

Happiness and Compassion - Video teachings by Hong Ci which examine what happiness really is and developing compassion towards ourselves. and others. 

January 29

Overcoming problems and difficulties - Video teaching by Ven Mahinda  on dealing with our afflicted emotions.  

February 5

Working with Anger - We will look at some of the Buddha's teachings on anger and the antidotes he gave to overcome it. 

February 12

The Worldly Winds - The Buddha taught we get entangled in 8 worldly concerns.  We will explore how these worldly winds impact our lives.

February 19

Developing the Kind Heart - Video teaching by Bhante Vimilaramsi in which he shows how to develop a strong metta meditation practice. Buddha encouraged the practice of metta in meditation and in daily life

February 26

The Ten Wholesome Actions - A look at the wholesome actions that we should cultivate in daily life

March 5

Working with Depression, Apathy and Jealousy - Video teachings by Bhante Vimilaramsi and Ven. Thubten Chodron.  

March 12

The Bodhi mind - Cultivating Bodhicitta and the mind of awakening.

March 19

The Perfections - The six qualities that are necessary to develop on the Bodhisattva path

March 26

No Class - Amitabha Buddha chanting retreat.

April 2

No Class - Amitabha Buddha chanting retreat.

April 9

The Pureland - DVD teaching  by Ajahn Brahm which provides another understanding of the Pureland. 

April 16

No Class - Easter.

April 23

Understanding Death - Buddha talked about the importance of coming to terms with death and we will examine this in detail for the next few classes.  There will be a short DVD teaching with the Dalai Lama, Ribur Rinpoche and Ven. Karin  Valham.

April 30

Becoming familiar with death - Buddha taught ways to overcome our fear of death so we can die well. The class includes the  five recollections and nine point death meditation  Video teaching on death by Ayya Khema

May 7

What happens when we die - We will look at various teachings on this processes .   Video documentary on The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

May 14

Exploring consciousness and meditation - Video teachings by Ven. Guan Cheng.

May 21

Exploring consciousness and meditation - Video teachings by Ven. Guan Cheng. 

 

THE TEACHINGS THAT ARE A PART OF ALL TRUE BUDDHIST PRACTICE

 

The Triple Gem

Buddha - the historical Buddha Shakyumuni /Gotama and one's own potential for awakening

Dharma - the teachings of the Buddha; the truth of the way things are

Sangha - 4 fold sangha of monks, nuns, lay women, lay men 

These are also referred to as The Three Refuges: Taking refuge

"I take refuge in: the Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha"

The Five Precepts - these keep us from harming our self and others 

To refrain from taking life this includes humans and other living beings

To refrain from taking that which is not freely given/ stealing

To refrain from sexual misconduct - adultery and sexual activities that harm others 

To refrain from unwholesome/unskillful speech

To refrain from using intoxicants - no drinking/ drugs 

Buddha's teachings must first be learned through listening to them or reading them, then thinking about them/ discussing them so they are understood, and then practiced in daily life. Without putting them into practice there is no benefit from them. It is just an intellectual exercise/ entertainment. If they are practiced, there will be more happiness, kindness, honesty, compassion, calmness/ ease and wisdom in one's life. It is important to practice the teachings of the historic Buddha instead of focusing on teachers/ teachings from later Buddhist traditions/ schools.  These teachings may be beneficial, but should accord with the original teachings. Chanting, prostrations, mantras, rituals can be helpful, but should never be substituted for learning the original teachings and daily practice. Only practice will lead to on-going happiness and liberation. Practicing the teachings makes one move away from greed, aversion and delusion/wrong views. Buddha said to come see for yourself. By following the path he laid out, we can see the truth.  No one else can do this for us and he said we can do it.  Buddhism is not about belief, but living the teachings.   Buddha's path is transformational and transcendent. 

Tripitika/Tipitika  - all Buddhist traditions accept the Tripitika (Pali Canon) - 3 baskets- the Sutras- the Vinaya - and the Abhidhamma).  They agree that these are the  actual teachings given by Shakyamuni Buddha

The Four Noble Truths  ( this is the foundation of all Buddhism)

There is dukkha- that which is hard to bear - also translated - unsatisfactoriness/ suffering/ stress

The origin of dukkha is craving/ desire/ wanting - rooted in ignorance - not knowing reality

There is an end to dukkha - nirvana 

The way to the end of suffering is the Noble Eightfold Path  - this is the path of practice

 

The Noble Eightfold Path - all factors are to be practiced together 

Wisdom (panna- Pali)( prajna - Sanskrit) Factors:

Right Understanding (or view) - understanding causality/ karma- wholesome/ unwholesome actions and ultimately insight into the nature of reality and penetration of the Noble Truths

Right Thought (or intention) 1. renunciation/letting go of finding lasting happiness through sense pleasures/ practicing generosity  2. to develop loving kindness/ friendliness ( metta). 3.  to have the intention of compassion/ harmlessness.  Good karma making starts with these intentions.

 

Ethical Conduct ( sila - Pali  shila- Sanskrit) Factors: 

Right Speech -1. not lying, 2, not using hurtful/ angry harsh speech, 3. not using divisive speech, 4. no idle talk/gossip

Right Action not killing living beings, not stealing, no sexual misconduct

Right Livelihood - not dealing in weapons, living beings, meat, poison, intoxicants  

 

Concentration (sati / samadhi) Factors:

Right Effort - allowing wholesome thoughts to arise and continue - getting rid of unwholesome thoughts and not allowing them to arise or continue

Right Mindfulness 4 foundations  - (see below)

Right Concentration first four jhanas (Pali)/ dyanas * Sanskrit)- deep states of meditation 

 

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Mindfulness of the body in the body   breath, elements, foulness of the body etc. 

Mindfulness of sensations/ feelings ( pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral)

Mindfulness of the mind with awareness of lust, greed, anger, pride etc. in the mind

Mindfulness of objects of the mind includes the five hindrances, sense bases. Noble Truths etc. 

The 3 main cravings 

 1. Sensual pleasures--- this includes not just food, sex, desire for comfort and nice things, but for power, material items, fame, praise etc.  ( wanting - attachment aspect of craving )

 2. Craving to exist - we are always creating a sense of self through satisfying our desires, and we want to continue existence/ becoming.  ( wanting - attachment aspect of craving )

3. Craving to not exist - we do not want to continue to be - states of mind like depression/ suicidal mind states/   ( aversion- not wanting - dislike of self/situations/ others )

 

Two main kinds of craving 

1. Attachment- wanting or desire - lust/ greed/covetousness  

2. Aversion - not wanting something  - pushing it away unwanted people, things or situations- ill- will, anger - hatred, grudge, fear, depression, pride, arrogance 

 

The three poisons 

1. greed/ covetousness --  opposite is generosity/ letting go/ renunciation 2. anger/ ill will - opposite is loving - kindness,  compassion, non- harming 3. delusion/ ignorance/wrong views -  opposite is wisdom seeing things as they really are

The Three Marks of Existence -insight into one = insight into all of them

Impermanence (anicca) everything is in a constant state of arising / ceasing, flow/ flux

Suffering (dukkha) - due to impermanence, we have dukkha. We never can keep what we gain/ have or find lasting pleasure through the senses/ sense world 

Non Self (anatta) because of impermanence there is no unchanging self/ or core to any conditioned phenomena.  We/the self, and everything exists differently from how we see it.

 

The Five Hindrances 

Sensual Desire    - lust - covetousness - wanting  - attachment

Anger or ill will  - aversion -  dislike/ hatred  

 3. Sloth and torpor-- dullness and laziness 

 4. Restlessness / anxiety - guilt/ regret for past actions- worry, fantasy about the future

 5. Doubt  in the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and doubt that one can follow the path

Karma -- is intention the Buddha said (good intentions - second factor of the 8 fold path)  The three doors of karma are thought speech and action. Mindfulness keeps guard over these so that we can have wholesome thoughts, speech and actions.  Karma - thoughts/speech/ action coming from greed, hatred, delusion/wrong views is unwholesome, and causes suffering especially in the  mind. Wholesome karma comes from intentions of  letting go, loving-kindness/ compassion and wisdom and brings happiness.  Karma is not fate or something to be endured or payback. Buddha did NOT teach this although it is a popular misunderstanding of karma. He said karma can be changed. It is not fate or determinism. Karma also is not tit for tat/identical results for actions done, although unwholesome actions bring mental suffering, while wholesome actions bring mental happiness. Karma should not be measured by worldly preferences, but by the happiness or suffering one has in one's mind.  Today, many monastics refer to karma as habit energies/tendencies. These habit energies come from wholesome/ unwholesome roots and become our habitual ways of thinking, acting and speaking.  Karma starts with thoughts, manifests in speech/ actions with results of happiness/ suffering.   Karma resultants are mostly mental happiness / mental suffering in our mind and also it plays out in other ways in the world and in our daily lives. Our thoughts, speech and actions also affect the happiness and well being of others.  We often confuse karma and results.  Buddha said only a Buddha can understand the intricacies of karma, so it is foolish for us to think we know how karmic resultants  play out in worldly circumstances since other things are also at play (5 laws of cause/effect) and karma is only one factor. Only our karma/ habit energies move with us from life to life.  

 

The Four Brahma-Viharas (Heavenly Abodes) these are the highest emotions according to the Buddha Also called the 4 Immeasurables

Loving-kindness (metta - Pali, maitri - Sanskrit) wishing our self and others happiness/well - being/ peace

Compassion (karuna) feeling the pain and suffering of others

Empathetic Joy (mudita) feeling joy at others goodness, well being and wholesome successes 

Equanimity (upekkha) giving one's loving kindness, compassion, joy to all beings without discrimination/bias and steadiness in all situations due to  insight/ wisdom

 

The Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Mindfulness (sati) - ongoing awareness/ clear comprehension of what is going on in body/ mind

Investigation of the dharma (dhammavicaya) penetrating/ knowing the nature of reality

Energy (viriya) mental effort of  constant mindfulness

Joy (piti) joy/ rapture/ happiness in meditation / jhanas and also joy in dharma practice

Tranquility (passaddhi) - mental and bodily calmness

Concentration (samadhi) - deep,  states of meditation

Equanimity (upekkha) - no bias/preferences  towards other beings or situations 

 

The Five Aggregates - this is what we take to be our self - they arise together when one of the senses ( eye, ear, nose, tongue, body- tactile, mind) contact an object. 

1. Form - body  2. Sensations/ feelings - pleasant, unpleasant - neutral 3. Perception how we see, view/ understand something 4. Mental formations/ karmic formations. 5.Consciousness /awareness  

6 Paramitas (perfections) - Mahayana 1. Giving/  generosity - 3 major types- a. material goods/services -b. freedom from fear by living harmlessly/keeping precepts, helping the fearful c.   giving dharma - starting/supporting centers/ publishing books, teaching dharma /teaching beneficial skills  2. Virtue keeping precepts/ 10 wholesome actions ( not killing, stealing, no sexual misconduct, not lying, no harsh speech/ divisive speech/ gossip, not acting out of covetousness/ greed, ill- will and delusion/wrong views.  3. Patience  with angry/difficult people/situations.  4. Effort - making time for meditation and study  5. Concentration  attaining deep states of meditation  and practicing mindfulness at all times 6. Wisdom - insight into the nature of reality  understanding for oneself through direct insight impermanence/ dukkha/ nonself,/dependent origination. 

10 Theravada Paramitas ( Sanskrit)/ Paramis ( Pali)

Generosity (dana)

Moral conduct (sila)

Renunciation (nekkhamma) - not seeking happiness through the senses

Wisdom (paññā) 

Energy (viriya) not falling into laziness

Patience (khanti)

Truthfulness (sacca) - honesty in all things

Determination (adhitthana) to practice the teachings and move towards liberation

Loving-kindness (metta)

Equanimity (upekkha) - even-mindedness/ no bias towards others and situations 

12 Links of Dependent Origination 

This is how we come to be in samsara and in moment to  moment existence. 

1. because of  ignorance 2. there are karmic/ volitional formations  condition  3 the arising of  consciousness - 4. nama/rupa (mental/ physical) - 5. sense faculties ( eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, mind) because of these there is  - 6. contact of senses and objects - 7  then arises sensations/feeling - 8.  which bring about craving ( attachment/ aversion) 9. that brings about clinging/ grasping 10. becoming ( a sense of self/ desire for continued existence)- 11 conditions birth  12 then aging and death 

Samsara  the endless cycle of birth life, death and rebirth due to our ignorance/  karma / craving. 

Realms of existence-  these are mental states which can have dimensional aspects and which exist in our minds at various times in life - lowest -  1. hell realms- intense suffering  due to strong habit energies of anger, hatred, grudge, cruelty, harming other beings etc  2. preta  - hungry ghost realm - states of strong unsatisfied desire - great hunger/ thirst  3. animals- birth here is due to fear, stupidity living for very base pleasures   4. asuras-- these do not appear in the Pali Canon, however, they are taught in Theravaden and Mahayana Buddhism - Theravda puts them below humans due to their negative mind states/ actions- Mahayana puts them higher because they are generally wealthy/attractive. Asuras are highly competitive, warlike, like chaos, power. 5. Humans have enough intelligence/conditions for dharma practice .  6. Devas- there are many deva/ heavenly realms some have form beings with radiant bodies - some formless- mental states.  Good meditation - giving,  strong metta, virtuous conduct - not being angry - will get rebirth here.  Even in this life, we can be in these realms. We do not have to wait until the next life to experience these states of mind. Wholesome karma leads to happiness  now, in the future/ good rebirth, and liberation. Buddha urged us to not waste this precious human life.  Learn, practice, cultivate good mental states now.  

 

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