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PAST – Skype Lecture: Live Buddhism Lecture in Skype (June 03, 2017)

Buddhist teacher Alice will give a live lesson on Buddhism via Skype. The topic is about the 4 and 8 kinds of suffering.The 4 and 8 Sufferings

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: musr4326hx6)

When: June 3, 2017 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm


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What is Buddhism?

Buddhism is a religion and a philosophy taught by Sakyamuni Buddha or Gautama Buddha in the 6th century B.C. (around 2,600 years ago). He left us with 7,000 sutras.

Today there are two major schools of Buddhism, the Theravada and the Mahayana. Despite the variety, these two schools still share the common elements of tradition, attitude, and core teachings of Buddhism. Like a deeply rooted tree that have developed branches.

Theravada, the oldest surviving form of Buddhism, is largely practiced in the Southern Asian countries of Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, and Thailand. This maybe the most orthodox school of Buddhism as it holds the earliest teachings of the Buddha. It places little or no emphasis to deities. The goal of its teachings is to achieve Nirvana or a state of bliss free from the bonds of the never ending cycle of rebirth.

Mahayana is practiced in different forms mostly in Japan, Korea, China and Tibet. We say different forms because Mahayana is not a single group but a variety of schools such as Zen, Pureland and Tibetan, to name a few. Several Mahayana schools honor a variety of Buddhas.

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PAST – Lecture: The Life of Buddha (Apr. 16, 2017)

Buddhist teacher Sumie will give a lecture about The Life of Buddha. Sakyamuni Buddha was born on April 8, 2,600 years ago as Siddharta Gautama.
Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: musr4326hx6)
When: April 16, 2017 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

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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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PAST – Meetup/Film Showing: Animated movie event (Feb. 19, 2017)

“The Tragedy at Osha Castle” is an animated movie based on true events that happened during the time of the Buddha, Sakyamuni, 2600 years ago in India.
The movie tells the story of a King and Queen who were unable to conceive. After consulting a fortune teller they had the notion to kill an ascetic doing practices in the mountains believing that he would be reborn as a son to the royal couple. The murder of the ascetic caused a series of tragic events to occur that ended with the intervention of the Buddha and one very unexpected person attaining supreme happiness. Find out how this story unfolded in this 90 minute movie.
Discussion to follow after the movie.

When: 19 February 2017 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: The Columns 1 Ayala Avenue, Makati, Philippines


Photo Credit: Pureland Buddhism Center of the Philippines

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