Meditate after Work: Nov 20 Teachings Recap

In the last few week’s folks learned five things to be recollected throughout the day and as long as life lasts till we attain Nibbana

These are the five factors
Memorize them and recollect them

(1) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to old age; I am not exempt from old age.’
(2) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to illness; I am not exempt from illness.’
(3) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to death; I am not exempt from death.’
(4) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I must be parted and separated from everyone and everything dear and agreeable to me.’
(5) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am the owner of my kamma, the heir of my kamma; I have kamma as my origin, kamma as my relative, kamma as my resort; I will be the heir of whatever kamma, good or bad, that I do.’

Learn the full sutta – AN 5:50 Themes

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AN 5:50 Themes

The Buddha gave us a set of five recollections for everyone to practice. He teaches us the benefit that comes from this recollection, and he explains how it leads directly to Nibbana.

Reading Time: 6 minutes

“Bhikkhus, there are these five themes that should often be reflected upon by a woman or a man, by a householder or one gone forth. What five?
(1) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to old age; I am not exempt from old age.’
(2) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to illness; I am not exempt from illness.’
(3) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to death; I am not exempt from death.’
(4) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I must be parted and separated from everyone and everything dear and agreeable to me.’
(5) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am the owner of my kamma, the heir of my kamma; I have kamma as my origin, kamma as my relative, kamma as my resort; I will be the heir of whatever kamma, good or bad, that I do.’

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Evening Buddha Vandana

Join with the Evening Chanting

Every evening the monks get together, usually around 7 pm, to have a chanting service. Often local people will join in and you are welcome as well. This is a great way to get an experience of authentic Buddhist culture. It will usually begin by placing some items on the shrine. You may be invited to place some or just touch them as they are being carried.

There may be a chanting book in English for you to follow along with. You are also welcome to just listen. Below is a recording as well as the text of the first part of the service.

After the service, you are welcome to stay and speak with monks

Meditate after Work: Oct 16 Teachings Recap

We learned how to see good in others using similes from an amazing discourse taught by Arahant Sariputta, Dutiyaāghātapaṭivinaya Sutta.

Then the devotees were reminded to control the internal sense faculties rather controlling external sense faculties from the Chacakka Sutta

A new meditation technique was taught to overcome lust, anger and delusion. That was the contemplation of our own skeleton.

Dear Dhamma friends read Karaneeyametta Sutta and try to practice those good qualities to the greatest extent possible while your at work or home for as long as life lasts.

Usually people runaway from problems leaving jobs or even leaving countries when they experience difficulties at the workplace. To overcome that problem we learned a nice story related to a woman killed in the Jetavana monastery and later how Buddha deal with it without running away even when people stopped giving Dana and kept on accusing monks.

Therefore do not to runaway from problems but instead deal with them with a confident mind. Lets continue learning & practicing at Meditate after Work.

Join us on Wednesdays @ 6.30pm to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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Meditate after Work: Oct 9 Teachings Recap

In the last program the way to act & think wisely when experiencing any kind of feeling was taught.

When you experience a pleasant feeling, if you don’t delight, praise, and keep clinging to it, will the underlying tendency to greed lie within you? No

Therefore remember stress, anxiety, depression all come together with unwise thinking but wise thinking gives you happiness, it finally gives you the blissful state of Nibbana. Read the Full Sutta Chacakka Sutta

Join us today Wednesday October 16th to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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Meditate after Work: September 25 Teachings

Dear Dhamma friends, The Buddha taught us that we are attached and bound to the people around us, and the cause for any suffering that we experience in life is due to bonds and attachment. Without overcoming the bonds and attachments, we seek & apply solutions that leads to great sorrow and could harm our life in many ways. Therefore, to overcome bonds and to live life in a peaceful way amidst many obstacles we learned how to handle things in wise way.

Join us today Wednesday October 2nd to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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Meditate after Work: September 18 Teachings

Pemato jāyatī soko,
pemato jāyatī bhayaṃ;
Pemato vippamuttassa,
natthi soko kuto bhayaṃ.

213. Affection gives rise to sorrow; affection gives rise to fear. For
someone released from affection, there is no sorrow; so, from what would
fear arise?

Ratiyā jāyatī soko,
ratiyā jāyatī bhayaṃ;
Ratiyā vippamuttassa,
natthi soko kuto bhayaṃ.

214. Desire gives rise to sorrow; desire gives rise to fear. For someone released from desire, there is no sorrow; so, from what would fear arise?

These two Dhammapada stanzas and Piyajataka sutta were taught to explain the Chachakka Sutta. Mainly the combination of three things, that is the contact that leads us to feel pleasant, unpleasant and neither unpleasant feelings. You can read the Piyajataka Sutta here and the Chachakka Sutta here.

With these things, the participants were able to learn how to deal when experiencing pleasant, unpleasant and neither unpleasant feelings.

Join us for the next program on Wednesday September 25th to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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MN 148 Chachakka Sutta: Six Sets of Six

In this sutta, the supreme Buddha explains the detailed analysis of our experiences through the six sense bases.

So I have heard. At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. There the Buddha addressed the monks, “Monks!”

“Venerable sir,” they replied. The Buddha said this:

“Monks, I shall teach you the Dhamma that’s good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end, meaningful and well-phrased. And I shall reveal a spiritual practice that’s entirely full and pure, namely, the six sets of six. Listen and pay close attention, I will speak.”

“Yes, sir,” they replied. The Buddha said this:

“The six internal sense faculties should be understood. The six external sense faculties should be understood. The six classes of consciousness should be understood. The six classes of contact should be understood. The six classes of feeling should be understood. The six classes of craving should be understood.

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Meditate after Work: August 28 Teachings

Usually there is a way that people see and recognize the things that they see, hear, smell, taste, feel, and think. Unknowingly people take these things as things that could remain without changing and will remain in the same way. And people get angry and upset when things change.

Therefore to have a confident mind to be detached and maintain a mind that is not agitated some wonderful teachings were taught.

1) The three characteristics of the impermanent nature.
2) Understanding the disgusting, or the false, nature of the body
3) Seeing good in others

These techniques were taught to develop a mind like the earth when you’re criticized by the society and the when you experience unexpected miserable incidents that upsets you in life.

The impermanence mediation was practiced.

Download the Impermanence meditation on the six sense faculties and practice at home.

We mix with the world with the help of out internal sense faculties. Once you have realised the true nature, you wont get attached, nor opposed nor deceived.

Therefore read this suttas and come for the next program to learn the Shantivada Jathaka. To learn how Buddha practiced patience.

Chachakka Sutta

Join us for the next program on Wednesday September 4th to learn shanti vada Jathaka, discuss Kakacupama Sutta and ways to build a strong mind that is unaffected by criticism.

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