Buddhism in a Nutshell - Introduction to Buddhism with Lama Zangmo
WhoTeacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
This is a day of Introduction to Buddhism where we will look at the famous verse from the Dhammapada, the words of the Buddha, which summarises Buddhism in a nutshell:
'Not to do any harm; to cultivate good; to tame one's mind - this is the teaching of all the Buddhas.'
We will also look at the emotions as described in the Buddha's "Great Fire Sermon":
'Your house is on fire, burns with the Three Fires; there is no dwelling in it'.
The house he speaks of is the human body; the three fires that burn it are Desire/Thirst, Anger and Delusion. They are called 'fires' because, untamed, they can rage through us and hurt us and others too. Properly calmed through spiritual training, however, they can be transformed into genuine warmth of real humanity.
The idea of ahimsa or non-harming is very closely connected with compassion, the compassionate intention to cause no harm to all beings including animals and the world in general. Buddhism places great stress on self-reliance and helping beings to live their lives peacefully. The Buddha himself told his followers not to believe without questioning, but to test his words for themselves.
This day can be attended as a course on its own or as a part of a longer monthly Introduction to Buddhism series.
The other courses in this series are:
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