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PAST – Meetup/Lecture: The Law of Karma (Nov. 12, 2017 | 3:30pm-4:30pm Sunday)

Please join us for a meetup and lecture about the Law of Karma from Teacher Masaki. Contact 0998-566-2533 or leave a message at the Contact Us page if you want to join.

This lecture is free.

When: Nov. 12, 2017, Sunday
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: @ The Columns1 Ayala Makati

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PAST – Lecture/Meetup: The Purpose of Life (Aug. 06, 2017 | Sunday)

Buddhist teacher Maeda from Japan will conduct a lecture on the Purpose of Life

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

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

When:Aug. 06, 2017 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm

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

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PAST – Skype Lecture: The Purpose of Life, part 2: Understanding the Root of Suffering (July 06, 2017 | Thursday)

Buddhist teacher Frank will give a live lesson on Buddhism via Skype on the topic: The Purpose of Life – Understanding the Root Cause of Suffering.

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

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

When: July 06, 2017 | 8:00pm –  9:00pm (Philippine Time)

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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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What is our purpose in life? (and the 2 categories of Happiness)

The question answered many times over but has never been really answered.  Maybe because each person has their own idea of what their purpose in life is. This question will all come to us. Early to some and late for others but it will come.

Buddhism teaches that the purpose of life is to be happy. Pretty simple, ey? Is it? We may even doubt the sensibility of this statement to some extent. But if we look beyond the simplicity of this sentence we will learn that it is telling us something deeper. Isn’t it that everything we do, we do it so we can feel happy – feel better, be satisfied, be fulfilled, feel contented, be free of worries, be free of troubles, be free of doubts, etc… I suspect there is anyone who would make effort to do things to make them feel miserable. Happiness is a means of living and we need it in our lives.

Sakyamuni Buddha taught that there are 2 categories of Happiness. They are listed below with a description of each

2 Categories of Happiness

1. Relative Happiness

This is the kind of happiness that we need to live, a means of living. It has 3 characteristics. It is temporary, no completion, and is destroyed by death. This kind of happiness stems from human desire (the need to acquire or do something), and human desire is limitless – money, partner, hobbies, good health, entertainment, the list goes on. However, when the novelty wears off the burse of pleasure that was so intense at the beginning will start to fade away. Like in the law of diminishing marginal utility, everything that we do wears off with repetition. Everything is temporary. Our youthful face fades overtime, our strong body will eventually become frail – this is the reality of life. The things that once brought us joy will lose its glow. That’s why it’s better to look at things in the long term because then we know when we get there, it has already diminished

2. Absolute Happiness

This kind of happiness is our purpose for living. This is a kind of happiness will never collapse and will never abandon us. This can be achieved by listening and practicing the teachings of Buddhism. The Law of Cause and Effect and The Six Good Deeds is a good place to start to learn the wisdom of Buddhism.