INTRODUCTORY: Open to all — no prior knowledge or experience required; no registration required however please see prerequisite information
WHEN: Usually twice a month on Sundays through Spring 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; please check Calendar to confirm
• SCHEDULED: April 16th and 30th, 2017
WHERE: The Guhyasamaja Center, Professional Center of Fairfax Building, 10875 Main Street, Unit 108, Fairfax, VA
FACILITATOR: Ven. Tendrol
Many wonder how to apply the Buddha's profound teachings on ideas such as universal love, karma, and wisdom in our daily lives. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says, first we need to develop a clear understanding of the teachings, and next we need to make a difference by applying them to our personal circumstances. The Buddha's teachings are intended to be practical guidance for living — they are the means by which we free ourselves from suffering and find ultimate happiness.
This series focuses on putting the teachings into practice. How do we cope with the wide range of challenges that life poses — from endless 'to-do lists', unkind co-workers, disrespectful kids, and health issues? We often feel stressed, unappreciated and overwhelmed. Life may seem to lack meaning and direction.
But we don't have to live like this. Our exploration begins by assessing who we are now. We then identify the positive qualities that we wish to cultivate. Finally, step by step, we lay down the path to attain our spiritual goals.
Drop-ins welcome but please try to do the readings; see below.
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The class centers around a set of selected readings. Ven. Tendrol will guide the discussion and meditations. Students are invited to give short presentations on a topic of interest. In addition, optional writing assignments or quizzes will be offered as a learning aid. NOTE: There is no reading assignment for the first class.
In chronological order:
• The first book by the Dalai Lama contain succinct explanations of core principles such as karma, how to cultivate calm abiding, compassion, and wisdom.
An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion In Everyday Life (His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Little Brown and Company. 2001)
• Beginning in March, we will discuss the second book in our series. It is based on a captivating conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu which centered around a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (Douglas Abrams editor, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Avery. 2016)
• The next book by Venerable Matthieu Ricard offers a wealth of insight and advice on how we can use the Buddha's teachings to create a happiness that persists even in difficult circumstances.
Happiness: A Guide To Developing Life's Most Important Skill (Matthieu Ricard. Little Brown and Company. 2007)
• The final book by Thupten Jinpa is an in-depth examination of the nature of compassion. Drawing on both Western research and Buddhist teachings, Jinpa shows us how compassion is the secret key to happiness. The book is based on Stanford University's compassion training, a course that Jinpa helped design. It includes meditation instructions.
A Fearless Heart: How The Courage To Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives (Thupten Jinpa. Hudson Street Press. 2015)
Please purchase these books on your own; they are not available at the center. Consider purchasing from Amazon Smile! By selecting "Guhyasamaja Center" as your charity, a portion of your purchase will be donated to the center.
Students who have not attended Buddhism in a Nutshell or lamrim classes should please read:
Buddhism in a Nutshell by Ven. Amy Miller (editor). Copies are available at the center.
We humbly offer you the opportunity to practice generosity by helping to make the Buddha's teachings available in our community. If you're able, please make a donation for classes and other events — it's even tax deductible!
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Don't forget to rejoice in your good deeds and dedicate the positive potential generated to the completion of something spiritually meaningful to you!
If you'd like to contribute but are unable to make a financial donation, please don't worry — no one will ever be turned away for financial reasons! And there are many other ways you can help support the teachings.
For more information about all our funds and special projects in need of financial support, the center's donation policy, tax deductible information, membership details, volunteer opportunities and other ways you can support the center, please visit our Practicing Generosity page.