This will be a celebration of Dharma Day – the day dedicated to the Buddha’s first teachings (after his enlightenment) The service will cover the Four Noble Truths which form the basis of Buddhism:
- Suffering exists
- Suffering arises from attachment to desires
- Suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases
- Freedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path
The Eightfold Path is:
- Right view
- Right intention
- Right speech
- Right action
- Right livelihood
- Right effort
- Right mindfulness
- Right concentration
The word ‘right’ can be defined in many ways, but most of them boil down to awareness and compassion.
There will be Buddhist songs, a Buddhist speaker or two, and a few guided meditations.
Books mentioned during today’s Dharma Day service:
Who Dies? by Steven Levine
A Gradual Awakening by Steven Levine
Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh
Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chödrön.