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April 4, 2017 Lecture/Meetup of Pureland Buddhism Center of the Philippines


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PAST – Lecture/Meetup: The Foundation of Buddhism (Apr. 2, 2017)

A lecture about the foundation of Buddhism – the law of Karma by teacher Masaki. This is a great opportunity to learn about the wisdom of Buddha.

Where: The Columns Ayala Avenue Tower 1, Makati City, Philippines
When: April 2, 2017 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

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Photo Credit: Pureland Buddhism Center of the Philippines

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Sakyamuni Buddha

The Enlightened One, Pure, Teacher… we all have heard these monikers given to Sakyamuni Buddha. But before he was Buddha he was Prince Siddharta Gautama. Born in Lumbini (modern day Nepal) on April 8th, 2600 years ago. His parents were King Jobon and Queen Maya. He lived in Kapila-Vastu and at the age of 19 he married Yasodhara. They had one child, a son. At 29 on February 8th, he left the castle and lived as an ascetic but found that this too can’t bring him true happiness. At 35 on December 8th, he achieved enlightenment after learning that a middle way between extravagance and extreme ascetism is the way to true happiness. He taught Buddhism for 45 years, providing us with 7,000 Sutras. He passed away at the age of 80 on February 15.

Quick reference:

  • Apr.  8: Born as Prince Siddharta Gautama in Lumbini
  • Feb.  8: Left the castle to become an ascetic at the age of 29
  • Dec.  8: Achieved Enlightenment at the age of 35
  • Feb. 15: Died at the age of 80
  • Wife: Yasodhara, 1 son
  • Parents: King Jobon and Queen Maya
  • 7,000 Sutras
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The Law of Cause and Effect

The Law of Cause and Effect states that for every cause there is an equivalent inescapable effect. It is also called the Law of Karma. But first let us define the terms “cause” and “effect”. Cause is an action or a deed. Effect is a result. We can therefore say that base on the law of cause and effect; our actions will have an unavoidable result. That’s why it is important to always keep in mind the 3 principles of the law of cause and effect. They are:

  1. Good causes produce good effects.
  2. Bad causes produce bad effects.
  3. Own cause will produce your own effect.

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This first principle states that GOOD ACTIONS produce GOOD RESULTS. If you do good unto others you will receive good effects in return.

The second principle is the opposite of the first. BAD ACTIONS will produce BAD RESULTS.

The final principle is OWN ACTIONS will produce OWN EFFECT, this means that the actions you do will only bring results to you. To show this let’s look at 2 people in a table. One is drinking lots of beer and the other is not drinking any beer at all. The one who keeps drinking beer only makes himself drunk and not the other person. Same thing when I study for an exam. When I study well I will get a good mark on the exam as a result of my studying. My classmate won’t get a good mark on the exam because I studied well.

To learn the law of cause and effect by heart you must always remember its 3 principles. Always consciously make effort to do good so the future will bring good results.

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Part 2: The Law of Cause and Effect 2 (CONDITION)

Read The 3 Worlds and the 10 Directions after reading this, so you will know how it is related to The Law of Cause and Effect


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PAST – Lecture: The Law of Cause and Effect (Mar. 26, 2017)

Listen to a live lecture on Buddhism about the law of cause and effect. Buddhist teacher Sumie will be the lecturer. Participation does not require you to talk, just listening is okay. However, everyone will be glad to hear your questions and ideas.

WHERE: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: musr4326hx6)
WHEN: Mar. 26, 2017 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

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March 13, 2017 Lecture/Meetup of Pureland Buddhism Center of the Philippines


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PAST – Lecture/Meetup: Buddhism and True Happiness (Mar. 19, 2017)

A lecture about the basic of Buddhism by Teacher Masaki. This is a great opportunity to learn about the wisdom of Buddha. Lecture is free and new comers are welcome. Ask questions and share your ideas, everyone would love to hear it.

When: 2017 March 19 // 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Where: The Columns Ayala Avenue Tower 1, Makati

Please send a message to  0998-566-2533 if you would like to join.

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Photo Credit: Filipino Pureland Buddhism | Masaki Usumoto| En-En Usumoto

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