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Our Body – Our Companion

Dharma Discussion on Saturday 25 Mar 2017

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Thay explained that our body is like our companion. Even though we know that our body is subject to old age and illness, we still need to take care of our body, ensuring that it is healthy and functioning well. Like a companion, a healthy body plays an important supportive role in our spiritual practice.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya

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Motivation

Dharma teachings from the 8 Precepts Retreat 18 – 19 March 2017

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Thay reminded us the importance of examining and understanding the motivation underlying all our actions. Having a selfless intention is essential in the cultivation of bodhicitta, the altruistic aspiration to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya

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Ceremonies

Dharma teachings from the 8 Precepts Retreat 18 – 19 February 2017

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Thay taught that we do not participate in ceremonies to acquire merits. Rather, we participate in ceremonies to allow the positive energies (generated in the ceremonies) to purify the negative energies in us.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya

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Protecting Our Mind

Dharma Discussion on Saturday 21 Jan 2017

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Thay taught that we need to be mindful of our thoughts, emotions and feelings in whatever we are doing. We should be careful not to allow illwill,  anger or hatred to always arise in our mind even when we are doing things do not like or when we are in an unpleasant situation. This is because the seeds of these negative energies, if not carefully dealt with, will transform into habitual and uncontrollable anger.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya

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Dharma Protectors

Dharma discussion on Saturday 26 November 2016

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Thay explained that dharma protectors actually protect the practitioners. We carry a dharma protector on each of our shoulders.

The kind-looking dharma protector looks after us so that:
when good things have not happened to us, we make opportunities or conditions for them to happen; and
when good things have happened or are happening to us, we make efforts to promote them and to share the good results with everyone.

The fierce-looking dharma protector looks after us so that:
when bad things have not happened to us, we do not make opportunities or conditions for them to happen; and
when bad things have happened or are happening to us, we make efforts to stop them or prevent them from becoming worse, as well as not to react adversely to them.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya

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Repentance

Dharma teachings from the 8 Precepts Retreat 12-13 November 2016 (2)

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Thay explained that repentance is an integral part of our spiritual practice. By confessing our wrongdoings in the presence of our fellow practitioners, we release from our mind the negative energies associated with the wrongdoings. This helps to clear the obstacles for us to begin anew in our practice.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya

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Coming Out of Meditation

Dharma teachings from the 8 Precepts Retreat 12-13 November 2016 (1)

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Thay explained the importance of massaging our body at the end of our sitting meditation, a practice only to be found in our tradition (steps to massage our body can be found here: Meditation and Chanting Guide). Massaging our body helps to relieve the tension and soreness in our body due to the long sitting. By doing so, we keep our body in a good condition for continual sitting meditation practice. The tension and soreness is also a reminder that our body is impermanent and subject to pain and decay. We can still enjoy our sitting meditation despite the soreness and numbness.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya