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Are you curious about Buddhism?

Are You Curious About Buddhism? 

Buddhism has deep roots in Indian and Tibetan  cultures, emerging from the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as the Buddha. His insights into the nature of suffering and the path to enlightenment have profoundly influenced millions of people across the globe.
 

The core beliefs of Buddhism, including the concept of suffering (samsara) and the pursuit of freedom from suffering (nirvana), resonate with many individuals seeking spiritual fulfillment. The emphasis on ethical conduct, mental discipline through meditation, and the cultivation of compassion and wisdom are central tenets in the journey towards enlightenment.

Buddhism offers a rich tapestry of practices aimed at transforming the mind and heart. The Middle Way, which advocates for balance and moderation in all things, is a guiding principle that encourages practitioners to avoid extremes.

I would like to start learning about Buddhism. Where do I start?

  • Read a book about the tenets of Buddhism - One suggestion is a book written by our own teachers. It is called Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha: The Path to Freedom. Our teachers write:  "What is the Buddha’s teaching really? What we’re really talking about is love. We’re talking about kindness and compassion, and about how to remove and release the grasping of duality. This isn’t only taught in Buddhism. The nature isn’t dominated by any one tradition. The nature is free, open, and relaxed.  The Buddha simply pointed out the way the nature is. His actions followed his words. He was humble and simple, and walked with bare feet, holding an alms bowl, picking up his own food along with his students. Love and compassion have no boundaries. 

Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

  • Join Us for Sunday morning Meditation -  PBDC offers a morning practice every Sunday.  It is called "calm, abiding meditation" because it is simple, relaxed, and easy. This is a practice in calming the mind through shamatha meditation, or “peaceful abiding.” Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche says, “It is the most important thing we can do. Through peaceful abiding, we learn to rest fearlessly in our natural state.” These instructions guide us in the ancient technique to reveal the true nature of mind, wherein lies peace and happiness. What could be more needed and helpful in our lives today? 

Listening to a teaching at PBDC
  • Come to one of our social events and get to know others who are on this path. We're a friendly bunch! Don't be shy - ask around for someone with whom you can discuss the basics. We'd love to get to know you!

Kriya yoga participants
flower design from the PBC temple
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