(Monthly) Dharma Bites – Who Is a Buddhist?

29 May 2019 - 26 June 2019
  • Day:Wednesday
  • Time:12.30PM - 1.30PM
  • No of Sessions:1
  • Duration:1 hour
  • Organising Entity:Buddhist Library
  • Event Speaker:KK Lim
  • Enquiries:info@buddhistlibrary.org.au or (02) 9519 6054
  • Location:Buddhist Library
  • Contribution:By donation
  • Dharma Bites – another way of approaching the Dharma

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

    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.

     

    Wednesday, 29th May, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

    Who Is a Buddhist?

    Many people are interested in Buddhism but what makes you a Buddhist? This is a religion that does not baptise nor require doctrinal faith. The Buddha shared his teachings for people from all backgrounds and beliefs to use their own life experiences for more meaningful lives.

    A Buddhist is not one who has to withdraw from society to meditate. Flexibility provided the opportunity for Buddhism to evolve to meet the needs of modern life. The core dharma focus on embracing good, renouncing evil and purification of the mind is a beacon for those who seek balance in tumultuous times. Driven increasingly by worldly monks and lay teachers, the popularity of mindfulness meditation with widening political and social engagement, well informed people have found better understanding of human existence.

    To help us explore the ways the Buddha’s teachings can guide us to live more ethically and meaningfully, we will look at sayings in the Dhammapada for constant reflections.

    The first writing we review is:

     

                            Thoughts manifests into Words

                            Words into Action

                            Action becomes Habit

                            Habit develops into Character

     

    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.

    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.

    KK is current President of the Association of Engaged Buddhists.

     

     

    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.