Buddhism For the Human World is about what it means to practice Buddhism, not as disciplined ascetic yogi on a remote mountain but in the context of the modern world with its pressures and concerns.
This talk will be based on the writings of the esteemed Soto Zen master, Gudo Nishijima Roshi (deceased 2012), whose book To Meet the Real Dragon, distills the wisdom of Soto Zen for living in the modern world.
Nishijima-roshi, who spent decades translating and commenting on the writings of Dogen, founder of Soto, lays out a clear path of practice ideally suitable for life in the modern world, while still keeping a connection with the depths of the Zen tradition.
Jonathan Shearman’s journey with Dharma goes back to a visit to Sri Lanka as a child in the 1960’s where an encounter with Buddhist monastics left a strong impression. At University he studied Philosophy, Anthropology, Comparative Religion and Sanskrit, and discovered Vipassana Meditation. He attended several retreats at Wat Buddha Dhamma, formally took refuge in July 2007 and went on his first 10-day Vipassana Retreat in early 2008. In years past he has given courses in Buddhism at Warringah and Mosman Evening College. He has completed the Master of Buddhist Studies course at the University of Sydney. Jonathan works as a technical writer and instructional designer for a professional services company on the North Shore.
All Sessions by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?” This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course.