(Monthly) Dharma Bites – ASK … Who is a Buddhist?

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

    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

    ASK …

    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.

     

    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.