• May all sentient beings have happy minds!

Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.
-The Buddha

Dharma Bites (Feb 2018) Love Letters to Self and the World

  • Location : Buddhist Library
  • Start Date and Time : 23/02/2018 12:30 pm
  • Finish Date and Time : 23/02/2018 01:30 pm
  • Event Speaker : Gus Reale
  • Enquiries or Contact : 0295196054
  • Organising Entity : Buddhist Library

Description

This event is now moved to 23rd February.

 

Dharma Bites is formerly known as Book Club – once a month event on the last Friday afternoon every month.

 

Dharma Bites: another way of approaching the Dharma

This monthly gathering will replace the Book Club we had previously.

Discussion will be based on the Buddha’s teachings, but the format will have a new look.

 

The facilitators will have a more flexible choice of formats to base their themes – either a you-tube episode, an audio selection or a physical object; an article etc.

 

There will be no required reading and participants will be invited to share their thoughts and experiences through a facilitated discussion. This is aimed at allowing the group to look at the Dharma and how it can be applied to their daily practice.

 

We hope this new format opens up new ideas and sharing of insights into the Dharma with each person taking away little bites of the Dharma.

 

At times the facilitator may continue to the next meeting to give a greater in-depth discussion.

 

February Session

Friday 23rd February

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Love Letters to Self and the World : Exploring relationship using Imagination to deepen Metta practice.

The session is an exploration in how to find depth in metta practice, to bring appreciation, joy and gratitude more fully into our life off the meditation cushion. Please bring an object, image, photo or Buddha statue you hold precious associate with your Dharma practice. We will dialogue with this object you value, using “free writing and or a brief meditation period to see how this relationship may be a bridge to a more expansive and inclusive metta practice. The intention is to bring the well being, the appreciation and acceptance of metta to enliven   our sense of community.

 

Session Facilitator:

About Gus Reale

Who am I? A story I tell myself that changes, keeps being rewritten by myself and others. I don’t care to be pinned down, put in a box, and yet I keep doing that. A man of contradictions, followed by Mara and past ghosts. Saving graces include, Dharma practice, love of Poetry and writing, singing, reading books, my friends and family, affinity with Nature and the Arts. A student of Buddhism for over half my life and often mix it with Psychology.

Gus is a long time practitioner of the Dharma – and a person of interesting practices as he says above. He is also a life long student of the Dharma and will have an interesting take in the Dharma Bites session.

 

All Sessions by Dana (donation).

Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The teachings flourish in an atmosphere of generosity and gratitude, and these qualities in turn support the growth of wisdom and compassion in the practitioner. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a specified 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 (e.g., administrative & venue costs).

 

 

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