• 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

Human Being: About Being Human and How We Live This Out

  • Location : Buddhist Library
  • Start Date and Time : 10/07/2018 07:00 pm
  • Finish Date and Time : 17/07/2018 09:00 pm
  • Event Speaker : Gawaine Powell Davies
  • Enquiries or Contact : 0295196054
  • Organising Entity : Buddhist Library

Description

Human Being: About Being Human and How We Live This Out

Two-week course with Gawaine Powell

 

10th July – Human being. Going out and coming home

The Buddha put emphasis on ‘going forth’ and ‘going into homelessness’, but also spoke of the bird that is safe in its ancestral place, and in danger in open spaces. We know that we have a need to explore the world, but also for a secure base – usually in people and places – to which we can return. So what sort of home do we need, and how do we balance this with our urge to explore? And how does this fit with the Buddha’s life and teaching?

 

17th July – Human being. Choosing: What shall I do next?

We are constantly faced with the need to make choices, and in a consumer society this is seen as the way we define our identity and exercise our freedom. But how do we really make choices? Are they a boon or a burden? And how do they contribute to the fixed identities that the Buddha warns us against?

 

Speaker’s Profile:

Gawaine Powell Davies has had a lifelong interest in the ideas of Buddhism, starting with a chance encounter at age 13 with Christmas Humphrey’s book on Buddhism. He took up dharma practice seven years ago, since when he has sat regularly with Bluegum sangha. He has been delightfully noticing how mysterious things come to life – and into his life – in very practical ways. He is now exploring how other long term interests such as philosophy and storytelling can be woven into the fabric of the dharma practice.

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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