Dharma Bites – another way of approaching the Dharma
Once a month, a facilitator will choose a theme, and participants can share their thoughts and experiences through a facilitated discussion of the theme. The aim is to look at the Dharma and how it can be applied to daily practice; to open up new ideas and share insights, with each person taking away little bites of the Dharma. At times the facilitator may continue the theme at the next meeting, to allow for a more in-depth discussion.
You’re very welcome to bring along a bite of lunch to eat during the discussion.
Wednesday, 26 June, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Who is a Buddhist?
We continue our journey to discover the path of the Buddha. After understanding the nature of this world, the teachings guide us on how to manage well in our daily lives. Pursuit of a spiritual path helps to ease the ceaseless agitations that plague people. In Buddhism, solutions are unique to each person, linked to past and current experiences. The world around us is created internally in our minds and we have to work to seek contentment.
We use the acronym ASK to help remind us of work we need to do and as a reflection of the Buddhist ethical roadmap that can be followed.
ATTITUDE – It is essential to maintain appropriate good moral views, with intention to diligently keep to this direction. Aiming to cultivate wisdom through the Dharma would set us on the path to true happiness.
SKILFUL PRACTICE – The manner of our speech and actions should not create offence to others, so that interactions are peaceful and harmonious. Moral choices made should reflect the way we care about ourselves, other beings and the environment.
KNOWLEDGE – As in all things, disciplined effort must be made to keep learning through others, matched to our own experiences. Regular mindfulness meditation on right practices, supported by contemplation, will assist our journey through this life.
“When you read or are Taught, You gain Knowledge
When you take Action, You gain Experience
When you Reflect, You gain Understanding.”
About the facilitator:
KK Lim is a Buddhist practitioner focused on learning more and working on Engaged Buddhism. He is involved in various initiatives to alleviate the suffering in disadvantaged communities both in Australia and overseas. He is a member of – and past president of – the Association of Engaged Buddhists.
Prior to dedicating his work to social work-related activities, he worked in several countries as a senior banker before he decided to leave the profession. He started business in corporate training to assist companies improve internal staff communication and appropriate leadership coaching skills.