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PAST – Skype Lecture: The Purpose of Life in Buddhism (June 22, 2017 | Thursday)

Buddhist teacher Frank will give a live lesson on Buddhism via Skype on the topic: The Purpose of Life

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: frank.costelloe)

When: June 22, 2017 | 8:00pm – 8:45pm (Philippine Time)

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The Law of Cause and Effect 2 (CONDITION)

The Law of Cause and Effect is actually The Law of Cause, Condition and Effect (Read here first about The Law of Cause and Effect for its detailed discussion). It states that for every Cause (action or deed) – regardless of its nature, there will be a corresponding inescapable Effect (result), and that our Own Causes will only give us our Own Effects.

Good Fate/Destiny < Good Actions | Bad Fate/Destiny < Bad Actions | Own Fate/Destiny < Own Actions

The CONDITION is what happens in between the Cause and Effect. This cannot eliminate the Effect but only affect the manner it is manifested. So the complete chart will be like something below:

Law of Cause Condition Effect

Take for example the cherry blossoms, they blossom every spring but during winter you see nothing but withered-looking trees. The tree has that energy or ability (CAUSE) to produce flowers (EFFECT) but this depends on the weather (CONDITION).

In our lives, our parents and partners are examples of Conditions that brings out the Effect of a past Cause. Living as a cruel and violent person in the past may birth us into an unloving and poor family but there are many such families out there why were you born into that specific family?

CAUSE: Living as a cruel and violent person in the past
EFFECT: Born into an unloving and poor family
CONDITION: Your parents / family

You could have been born to different parents where the Bad Effect is worse. Maybe aside from being an unloving and poor family they also live in a country at war.

The Law of Cause (,Condition) and Effect is also called The Law of Karma. It is inescapable. No Condition will make us escape our Karma, it only affects the manner of its manifestation.


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PAST – Skype Lecture: Life and Death are One (June 15, 2017 | Thursday)

Buddhist teacher Frank will give a live lesson on Buddhism via Skype on the topic: Life and Death are One.

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: frank.costelloe)

When: June 15, 2017 | 8:00pm – 9:00pm (Philippine Time)

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PAST – Skype Lecture: Live Buddhism Lecture in Skype (June 08, 2017)

2017-06-08 Frank Talk - Gratitude to Parents

In the sutra, “On The Debt of Gratitude Towards Parents” Sakyamuni Buddha taught about the 10 Debts of Gratitude that is owed to our parents.
To know gratitude is to feel happiness.
Why did Buddha teach about this most profound debt children owe to their parents? Find out in this lecture.

Skype name is frank.costelloe
Friends and newcomers are welcomed.

April 30, 2017 Lecture/Meetup of Pureland Buddhism Center of the Philippines


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PAST – Lecture/Meetup: Buddhism and The Purpose of Life (Apr. 30, 2017)

Teacher Masaki will discuss Buddhism and the true purpose of life in this meetup lecture.

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: The Columns Ayala Avenue Tower 1, Makati City, Philippines

When: April 30, 2017 | 3:30pm – 6:30pm

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

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The 3 Mirrors

When we think of mirrors only one thing comes into mind and that is that thing that reflects our image back to us. Mirrors in Buddhism serve the same function, it helps us see ourselves. In Buddhism there are 3 Mirrors that reflect ourselves, the Mirror of self, Mirror of Others and Mirror of Dharma. We will talk about each one below.

The 3 Mirrors in Buddhism

  1. Mirror of Others
    This is our reflected image in the eyes of others. This mirror does not reflect our true selves, it shows a distorted image of it. Why? Because we do things so others will approve of us. Because this is based on people’s biased evaluation of us, depending on how beneficial or convenient we are to them. So it’s futile to rejoice or get depressed over other people’s opinion of you because these opinions are mostly biased.
  2. Mirror of Self
    The Mirror of Self is self-reflection. While self-reflection is good as we mentioned that is it one of the 6 Good Deeds this kind of mirror tends to be biased too. This mind of conceit cannot see our shortcomings. It’s easy to see our good qualities but hard to accept our faults. Because of this it is impossible to see our true self through this mirror.7 kinds of Conceit

    1. Pride over inferiors . Looking down on someone in a lower position than me or someone who has lesser than me (school, job or society).

    2. Pride over equals. Finding something we are superior at or better at over people who are our equals.

    3. Stubborn pride. Even when we know we are in the wrong we still can’t admit it. In Buddhism we are encouraged to admit our mistakes immediately. “Don’t take pride in not making mistakes, but instead take pride in correcting mistakes immediately.” Every mistake is an opportunity to do better.

    4. Pride over superiors. Finding something we are better at over our superiors.

    5. Pride in thinking that one knows the truth, also known as Grandiose Pride. (Also pride in the belief of having attained enlightenment). One thinks that they are an enlightened being or they have a certain kind of wisdom, they are a spiritual leader, they are buddha. Conceit makes us deluded and self-righteous.

    6. Conceit in ones humility. Pride in ones humbleness. If we try to accept that we have failings, then we take pride that we are able to be humble. Even our humility is tainted with pride.

    7. Pride in the wrong. Pride in doing something bad. For example, a thief taking pride in their agility or someone who commits murder and take pride in their cruelty.

  3. Mirror of Dharma
    This is our image reflected in the eyes of the Buddha or the teachings of the Buddha. To seek Buddhism is to see the true image of yourself or to be aware of yourself.  It doesn’t distort anything and shows us everything exactly as it is. Buddhism goes beneath our tangible exterior and places our actions in 3 categories. Buddhism places emphasis on the actions of the mind because it is the source. Conceit is the hardest obstacle when seeking for the true nature of ourselves.

 

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The 3 Worlds and the 10 Directions

Before reading this please read: The Law of Cause and Effect

We have discussed about the Law of Cause and Effect and how it is the core of Buddhist teachings.  How is the Law of Effect related to the 3 Worlds and 10 Directions? Before we get to that let us first identify what are the 3 Worlds and the 10 Directions.

The 3 Worlds are:

  1. The Past
  2. The Present
  3. The Future

and the 10 Directions are:

  1. North
  2. South
  3. East
  4. West
  5. North East
  6. South East
  7. North West
  8. South West
  9. Up
  10. Down

We can say that the 3 Worlds means anytime and the 10 Directions means anywhere. The Law of Cause and Effect encompasses the 3 Worlds and the 10 Directions. It means the Law of Cause and Effect holds true anytime and anywhere.

We said that the Law of Cause and effect states that for every Cause there is corresponding Effect. Since the Law of Cause and Effect encompasses the 3 Worlds, a Cause (deeds or actions) we planted on the Past may manifest its Effect (result) not only in the Past, but also in the Present or Future.

Take for example a child born with handicap. It would make living more challenging. What did a newly born child do to deserve to be born in such a condition? Our birth is determined of how we are in our past life. By looking at the state of how we are born or the state of our current life, we can determine what seeds or deeds we planted in our past life. Same thing with the future, we can know how our future will play out by looking at the seeds we plant in this present life. Are we planting good seeds or bad?

The 10 Directions show that the Law of Cause and Effect applies to all places. No corner left out.

Always plant good seeds then you can have good results in the future. We can’t change the actions we did in our past but we can still do something with how our future will turn out.