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PAST – Meetup & Lecture: The Basics of Buddhism (Nov. 05, 2017 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm)

Please join us for a meetup and lecture about the Basics of Buddhism from Teacher Masaki.

This lecture is free.

When: Nov. 05, 2017, Sunday
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: Starbucks @ The Columns 3 Ayala Makati

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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.

Siddharta Gautama (Sakyamuni Buddha’s real name) discovered truths through reasoning rather than divine revelation.He achieved enlightenment not by concerning himself with entities beyond our experience but by finding our purpose in life, which involves true happiness. Having lived a life of extravagance and a life of extreme asceticism, and still not finding true happiness, he concluded that there must be a middle path between these 2. From there the core teachings of Buddhism started. In a nutshell, Buddhism advises us to do things the right way, and that is we should do good deeds so we will reap good results.
“The kind of seed sown  will produce that kind of fruit.  Those who do good will reap good results.  Those who do evil will reap evil results.  If you carefully plant a good seed,  You will joyfully gather good fruit.”                                    

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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 asceticism 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