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The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma - with Lama Zangmo

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Teacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
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This is a day of introduction to Buddhism through focusing on impermanence, the preciousness of our life, karma, cause and effect and the general dissatisfaction of samsara. There will be time for contemplation and questions and answers.

The point of meditating on the meaning of our precious human birth is so that we make use of it and that we don't waste it. A precious human life in the Buddhist sense has eight freedoms and ten fortunes that give us the opportunity to practice the Dharma.

Meditating on impermanence is something people need to do before they turn their minds to the Dharma, because it inspires and moves one to seek the Dharma. Meditating on impermanence while practicing the Dharma increases ones’ ability to be diligent, and finally it enables practitioners to realize the Dharma fully.

Karma, cause and effect should be considered in a broad way. As we all are interdependent, everything we do not only affects ourselves, our family, or people close to us, but has an effect on the whole world. It is very important, therefore, that we all take responsibility for our actions.

Considering the defects of samsara, fundamentally all beings want to be happy; no one wants to suffer. However, when we ask ourselves what real happiness is, some of the things we wish for are counterproductive.

Buddhism defines true happiness as liberation from negative actions, afflictions and mental obscurations.

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly Introduction to Buddhism series which comprises 5 one day teachings:

  1. Introduction to Buddhism - 8th February
  2. The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma - 7th March
  3. Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path - 11th April
  4. The Spiritual Friend - 9th May
  5. Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion - 13th June 

Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.

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