Next meeting: 26 August
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.
Our August Book Group Discussion – The Teaching on Dependent Origination
In August, the group will look at an introduction to a fundamental teaching of The Buddha covering conditions of all phenomena in this natural world. It is said that this topic is so deep and profound that ‘whoever sees Dependent Origination sees the Dhamma; whoever sees the Dhamma sees Dependent Origination’.
Things arise caused by various interdependent conditions as explained by the twelve factors of the wheel, tying people into the cycle of suffering. The arisen can cease through getting rid of the causal relationships between the factors. Investigation of suitable life choices help cultivate detachment and identify the appropriate pathway towards liberation.
Reading for this month is:
‘The Doctrine of Dependent Origination’
Adapted from Piyadassi’s Spectrum of Buddhism.
The abbreviated version is as prefaced, a brief introduction. Participants are invited to explore this topic further with the Buddhist Library’s resources.
To access this month’s reading 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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Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The dana you give helps to maintain the Library and allows it to offer more teachings on the Dhamma so that others may benefit in the future. It is 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 who spread the Dhamma.