The Shorter Exposition of Kamma (Karma)

POSTED June 11:  Unfortunately Bhante Wanarathana is not feeling well enough to commit to teaching this Friday.

Hopefully he can take the next planned session on SAT JUNE 28, 4 PM.

POSTED June 9:  The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Washington DC Buddhist Studies Group is planned for this FRIDAY JUNE 13, 7 – 8:45 PM.

The meditation monk at the Vihara, Bhante Wanarathana has been sick but thinks he will be able to lead. He is planning to teach on the Cula-Kamma-Vibhanga Sutta (MN 135). Please review the first three paragraphs and read the next few. Here are sources:

Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s translation:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.135.than.html

Nanamoli Thera’s translation with brief introduction by Bhikkhu Khantipalo:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.135.nymo.html

Bhante will recap the last discussion for those who did not have the privilege of participating.

Please do not miss this as Bhante Wanarathana can only teach once a month.

If there are any changes in this plan, I will send another email.

Also please keep watching our website — https://dcbuddhiststudies.wordpress.com/ — for updates, postings and news.

(Note that because of this the Pali class will not meet. Also note that Bhante Dhammasiri told me it was fine to meet on this Friday even though it is a Full Moon night. The Vihara plans the Full Moon service in Sinhala on Sunday).

This SAT, DEC 21, 4 – 5:40 PM

Because of the holiday our next session is this Saturday 4 PM.
We will continue our plan and discuss one of the great tools for liberating ourselves — “knowing and seeing.”

Previous discussions will be recapped for those who have missed them.

Since the Vihara sponsors the Studies Group and is completely dependent on donations, please consider contributing this Saturday when we pass around an envelope.

Please continue to check  here for more information.

Hope to see you SATURDAY!!!

Keeping Our Path Vibrant, Joyful, Effective

This Friday 7 PM 2013 December 13th we will continue our plan and discuss ways to be motivated to walk the spiritual path and keep it vibrant, joyful, and effective.

Previous discussions will be recapped for those who have missed them.

Since the Vihara sponsors the Studies Group and is completely dependent on donations, please consider contributing this Friday when we pass around an envelope.

Hope to see you FRIDAY!!!

Next Meeting Washington D.C. Buddhist Studies Group — This FRI, NOV 8, 7 – 8:45 PM

The Studies Group realized that there is a wide range of experience in our meetings.

This can make the study of suttas (discourses, generally by the Buddha) and their vital topics inefficient.

We determined that a common foundation in the Dhamma (the teachings of the Buddha) was needed.
We are discussing topics in a plan that is building an effective and solid foundation.

For those who did not participate in previous sessions, key concepts will be reviewed.

The learning objectives of the next session are to help you:
— Understand the last two Daily Recollections; and why the Buddha wants us to reflect on them.

— Define Kamma (or Karma) and how it directly affects the Recollections and how to develop good Kamma and good results here and now.

— Understand causative factors beyond Kamma and how the spiritual path brings happiness (here and now) even in these cases.

Limited hardcopies will be provided for newcomers.

Please join us Friday!

Our group’s goal — To support and enhance participants’ practice and knowledge of Buddhism

Next Meeting This FRI JULY 12, 7 PM — What Does NY Times Mean to MY Practice?

Our next meeting is this FRI JULY 12 at 7 PM.

For those who did not attend  last session, we will recap the discussion on the disturbing article on the front page of  New York Times. — Extremism Rises Among Myanmar Buddhists and in   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/killing-with-kindness-burmas-religious-battleground–and-the-monks-at-the-heart-of-it-8627571.html

The discussion will continue with emphasis on what does this mean to me?

AND, what does the Buddha want US to do?

If you do not have them, could you please print, read and bring:

– The articles.

– The attached Monk in Burma Discussion

– If possible pages 91 – 108 of Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness by Bhante Gunaratana.

Hope to see you there!

DC Dana Village Events — Especially the film this Saturday night!

I wanted everyone to see two emails from Diane about the wonderful new organization, DC Dana Village.  With Metta, Jim
Email One:
Would you be able to forward this list of DC Dana Village events to the DC Buddhist Studies group?  In particular, I wanted to highlight that this Saturday evening, June 8th, is movie night at the Washington Buddhist Vihara.  At 7pm (or shortly after the 1-hour 6pm meditation sit), we’ll be showing a documentary called “Doing Time, Doing Vipassana”.  Its about a 10-day vipassana meditation retreat in a high security prison.  It has become a classic and should be motivating and inspiring.  For more info about the documentary, please go to:  http://www.dhamma.org/en/av/dtdv.shtml.  Tea and dessert will follow.
Our community site is at https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/702102/ for those who wish to register and receive announcements directly.
 
Email Two:
Here is a summary of upcoming events shared on DC Dana Village’s calendar or announcements page as of the posting of this message.Saturday, June 8th, 7 PM – showing “Doing Time, Doing Vipassana” at the Washington Buddhist Vihara. It’s a documentary on a 10-day meditation retreat in a high security prison in India. Tea and dessert to be served. Come early at 6pm for silent meditation before the movie! View calendar details for June 8th for more info.

Sunday, June 9th – Myamar/Burmese new year celebration with ethnic cuisine at the Mingalarama Vihara (see announcements for more details).

Saturday, June 15th – planting a tree at Bhavana Society to honor Bhante G’s sister. View details on calendar.

Sunday, June 16th – The Core – the first meeting of a basics to Buddhism class from 2-3 pm at the Washington Buddhist Vihara by Robert Rhyne. Come for the class at 2 pm and stay for the guided medit ation sit at 3pm followed by tea and Q&A at 4pm. View details on the calendar posting for June 16th.

Monday, June 17th – Food and Friends – another opportunity to give of ourselves through serving others by packing meals for those in need. 6-8pm. For more Information on Food & Friends, please click: http://www.foodandfriends.org/site/pp.asp?c=ckLSI8NNIdJ2G&b=7565475. We need 8 people; so if you can help, please contact the coordinator for the event, Su Nu at suhlaing.winnu@gmail.com or view the calendar posting for June 17th.

Friday, June 21st to Sunday, June 23rd – we’re headed back to Forest Dhamma Monastery for volunteer work, meditation and Dhamma. The tentative schedule is to depart at 3pm and return Sunday evening. See forestdhamma.org. Please contact Diane Nguyen at dn.personal@gmail.com if you’d like to join (please note that I’ll be on retreat from 6/6 until 6/16 and will respond upon my return). You may also contact Robert Rhyne at robert.m.rhyne@gmail.com.

Friday, September 6th to Sunday, September 8th – we’re headed to the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (affiliated with IMS) for Joseph Goldstein’s day-long event. Please view details on the calendar posting for September 6th if you’re interested. Early registration highly recommended.

Come join!

Foundation for Calm, Concentration, Insight on Cushion and in World

The Washington D.C. Buddhist Studies Group will hold its bi-weekly meeting FRI, JUNE 14, 7 – 8:40 PM.

For those who did not participate in previous sessions, key concepts will be reviewed.

Then the series — on “Developing the Moral Foundation for Calm, Concentration and Insight on the Cushion and in the World” — will be concluded.

The goals are to help you:

  • Understand the relationships between the Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path, Generosity and the (Moral) Precepts for lay followers.
  • Explore questions such as — Why? Are these realistic? Are they relevant today, burdensome, liberating? Do they work?
  • Decide best approach for you to create a “living, breathing practice in the here and now.”

Hardcopies will be provided.

For those who want to (and are able to) practice generosity (Dana), a collection is taken about three times per year for the Vihara.

One will be taken at this session.

Please join us!

Our group’s goal — To support and enhance participants’ practice and knowledge of Buddhism.