Next meeting: 30 April
Time: 11am – 12pm
Each month, Book Group facilitator KK Lim will choose a book from the Library’s collection of free e-resources. You download the e-book, and read and reflect on it over the month. Then on the last Friday of the month, meet up online via Zoom to exchange ideas and opinions with others who’ve read the book, and expand your understanding of Buddhism.
Please be sure to register each month so we can email you the Zoom link before the meeting.
The reading for April:
“The Eightfold Path for the Householder”, by Jack Kornfield, pp 63-108
Over the previous two months in looking at the Noble Eight Fold Path we discussed the first 5 factors. These form two legs of a Tripod holding up the way towards liberation.
Using the Dhamma as the guide combined with personal experience, Right Understanding and Right Intention provide information for the head to help develop Wisdom for a Buddhist spiritual journey.
Cultivating Right Speech, Right Action and Right Livelihood in our daily lives provide Moral practice, giving the heart attention to skillful outward activities for the benefit of all sentient beings. These external endeavours in the second leg are easier to control than the activities of the mind.
In the Samadhi leg of the Tripod, which we will be discussing this month, Right Effort, Right Concentration and Right Mindfulness help to realise internal mental states. Regular meditation and reflection to explore experiences develop deeper awareness of thoughts and impulses that continually arise.
A holistic view of the mutual support that Wisdom, Morality and Awareness give each other will help further appreciation of the central role this Noble Path has in Buddhist spiritual development.
Metta to all in gratitude for supporting the Book Club.
To download the free e-book, click here.
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 – and past president – of the Association of Engaged Buddhists. Before dedicating himself to social work–related activities, he worked in several countries as a senior banker, then left the profession to run a corporate training business.
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