Dharma Bites – Sharing of Insights
- Location : Buddhist Library
- Start Date and Time : 23/03/2018 12:30 pm
- Finish Date and Time : 23/03/2018 01:30 pm
- Event Speaker : Ana Brandao
- Enquiries or Contact : 0295196054
- Organising Entity : Buddhist Library
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.
March to May Sessions with Ana Brandao
Friday 12:30pm – 1:30pm
March 23rd Session 1: The meaning of mindfulness in Buddhism
The popularization of the use of mindfulness as a self-help tool in the last ten to fifteen years has really broadened the meaning of the word. We will come back to ‘basics’ and explore the meaning of mindfulness from the Buddhist point of view.
April 27th Session 2: Deepening our understanding of the traditional cultivation of metta (loving-kindness) and its benefits
We will talk about the use of metta practice (formal and informal) to purify the mind from anger, frustration or annoyance and other benefits of metta, including as a support to vipassana (insight) meditation.
May 25th Session 3: Lost in translation: exploring the First Noble Truth of
Suffering Many people arrive to Buddhism and can’t really understand why one the first things the Buddha taught was that ‘life is suffering’. Was the Buddha a pessimist?
About the facilitator Ana Brandão:
Ana has participated in several 10 to 28-day intensive meditation retreats in both Theravada and Tibetan traditions since 2004. She started teaching meditation in 2008 and now teaches both mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation to seniors, the elderly and the general public.
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).
- (Weekly) Wednesday Lotus Buds Mindfulness Meditation
- (Weekly) Thursday Mindfulness Meditation Practice
- (Weekly) Thursday Gentle Yoga & Mindfulness
- (1st & 3rd) Sunday Wake Up Mindfulness Meditation
- (Weekly) Saturday Gentle Yoga & Meditation
- (Monthly) Saturday Buddhism Discussion Group
- Dharma Bites - Sharing of Insights