Next meeting: 26 June
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 fourth Friday, 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 so we can email you the Zoom link before the meeting.
The book for May: The Four Noble Truths, by Ajahn Sumedho
The group started discussing this book at the May meeting, covering the first three of the Noble Truths. We will continue the discussion at our June meeting. focusing on the fourth Noble Truth, dealing with the Eightfold Path. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t attend the May meeting; read the book, be sure to register, and then join us for the conversation.
The Four Noble Truths is widely accepted as the first teaching by the Buddha after his enlightenment. It is known as the “Discourse that set the Wheel of Teaching in Motion”, and it laid the foundation of his Dharma. The simple yet profound aspects of his words in this teaching provide practitioners with ongoing lifelong guidance to learn and reflect on the path towards realisation of peaceful and harmonious living.
The beauty of the teaching enables each reader to relate the scenarios to their own experience. As the Buddha noted, “I cannot walk for you, nor in front or behind. I will walk beside you as your guide.”
Ajahn Sumedho’s short book on this teaching will let readers share their perspectives and learn from each other about their understanding of the Buddha’s Dharma. 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.
All Sessions are 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 Library offers events and classes without requesting a fee and it’s up to each person to determine the amount of dana they’d like to offer. We understand that this is a difficult time financially for many, and people will give what they can. An appropriate dana can’t be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and to the individual’s own situation, as well as awareness of the cost of organising events and supporting teachers to spread the Dhamma.