Dharma Day

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:

  1. Suffering exists
  2. Suffering arises from attachment to desires
  3. Suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases
  4. Freedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path

The Eightfold Path is:

  1. Right view
  2. Right intention
  3. Right speech
  4. Right action
  5. Right livelihood
  6. Right effort
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. 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.

Video: Pema Chödrön: This Lousy World 

Video: Little Buddha

Video: Eastern Philosophy