Dhammapalooza in 1 hour

at 8pm Eastern(1 Hour) join the Maggasekha community for an evening of Dhamma, with chanting, Dhamma talks, Q&A, Meditation, and Kalyana Mittas.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHwziiXBvfiBB0sBhBiRjxg/live

Dhammapalooza In One Hour

at 8pm Eastern(1 Hour) join the Maggasekha community for an evening of Dhamma, with chanting, Dhamma talks, Q&A, Meditation, and Kalyana Mittas.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHwziiXBvfiBB0sBhBiRjxg/live

Weekly Session in Second Life Returns Thursday 8pm Est

I’ve been doing sessions on Second Life, Saturday at 5pm, for about 5 years now and they were put on hold during my vassa travels. Now I’m back to a weekly session but with a time change that I think will be more conducive to attendance and one I had many years back, Thursday at 8pm Eastern(5pm slt)

come join me , if you’ve not come before, it’s easy simple and free to do so, I made a post with instructions a while back – https://maggasekha.org/2021/01/02/the-buddha-center-on-second-lifehow-to-join/

Dhammapalooza in One Hour

at 8pm join the Maggasekha community for an evening of Dhamma, with chanting, Dhamma talks, Q&A, Meditation, and Kalyana Mittas.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHwziiXBvfiBB0sBhBiRjxg/live

A Question on Anger and Socio-Political Engagement

“In “Engaged Buddhism”, how do you deal with anger? As an Atheist, I appreciate a lot of the Buddhist message, and have found that there is a strain of Buddhism, known as “Engaged Buddhism”, that resonates most with me. In this school of thought, there is a lot of focus on engaging politically in issue you think are important, bringing to fruit the positive qualities you’ve developed through Buddhist teachings. My doubt is that, choosing to engage politically, you’ll find injustice everywhere and anger will go with it. How do we deal with this strong, ever-present anger?”

answer :

I’ve seen many activists say these days to keep building up their anger, to not let it go, and these people should not be listened to, ever, spiritually and physically(they have studies that show people in continuous anxiety/anger states literally wear down their hearts by having what should be a temporary state be constant).

The Buddha in the earliest texts does not focus too much on what specific actions you take in life, he focuses more on HOW you should act, and that is always with mindfulness and skillfulness.

The Buddha uses a simile when dealing with mindstates like anger. It is as if a person with good eyesight were to look in a pot of water to see their reflection, but they could not because the water is boiling. Because of this the person cannot know what is good for them, good for others, or good for both.

In Buddhism we do not suppress our emotions, but nor do we let them rule our actions. The trick is to understand why they have arisen, to question whether they have arisen for a justified reason, and then if you need to act, to do so after mindful reflection and investigation, not impulsively.

The Buddha was asked in a sutta if there was anything he approved of killing. He responded ” yes, the killing of anger, with its honeyed crest and poisoned root”. The Buddha is telling us that anger may feel “right”, “justified” , “powerful”, etc, but if you act out of that anger you are acting with poison, better to act out of mindfulness and clear comprehension.

Dhammapalooza in 1 Hour!


at 8pm join the Maggasekha community for an evening of Dhamma, with chanting, Dhamma talks, Q&A, Meditation, and Kalyana Mittas.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHwziiXBvfiBB0sBhBiRjxg/live

Dhammapalooza Tonight

Dhammapalooza is back in full swing, Join the Maggasekha community in one hour on youtube livestream for an evening of Dhamma. 8pm -10pm Eastern.
http://youtube.com/studentofthepath/live

Online Zoom Retreat – Metta

I’ve set the first online zoom retreat to be on January 21-23, topic is metta. I’m testing out eventbrite as a way to collect registrant info as it appears to be used by many Buddhist organizations. If you’d like to spend the weekend learning about and practicing metta, sign up and join me in January. Other topics coming up in future months include Mindfulness of Death, How to Read the Suttas, and other Buddhist topics.

Dhammapalooza in One Hour

Dhammapalooza returns in one hour!Join us on zoom or youtube live for the first Dhammapalooza in almost half a year. Since Maggasekha has an official zoom now I’m going to test doing both at the same time and see if its worth it. You can join in an hour at either place :

youtube : https://www.youtube.com/studentofthepath/live

zoom : Topic: Dhammapalooza 12-6-21 : Dhammapalooza ReturnsTime: Dec 6, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84829474821…Meeting ID: 848 2947 4821Passcode: 526336

Morning Monastery Experience starts in 30 minutes- 8am

today is the first day back to MME after five months! come join me on youtube.

Back East

Today is my last day in Colorado and the end of a four and a half month journey. I take a red eye flight(11:30pm) tonight to florida and a morning flight back to New Jersey.

Colorado was great, made some friends, learned a lot, got to go into the mountains, and discuss my vision with a few people.

In a week all my livestream stuff will be back, Monday night Dhammapalooza, Morning Monastery Experience, etc.

I also have some videos to make for the channel, explaining just exactly my vision and plans for Maggasekha as an organization and setting roots in Colorado.

It will be good to get back to “regular” nomadic monk life, and Its time to start looking into where ill be staying month to month in 2022.

Im also open to start sharing Dhamma again, I have multiple zoom sessions with various Buddhist groups already scheduled, so if you have a group and would like me to do an event with you, just send me a pm.

Not-Soul Mates

from an old facebook post:

Lately I’ve been getting a bunch of questions on my old tumblr account, not sure why, but I figured my response to this question about soulmates might be helpful or insightful to some :

Does Buddhism have anything similar to soulmates/ spiritual partners/companions? I’ve heard about the idea of “khu barami” in Thailand, but I’m not sure if this is a cultural or a Buddhist idea?

Since there is no soul in Buddhism, the concept of soul mates cannot exist within it’s framework. There is a sutta where a married couple comes up to the Buddha and asks how they can be together in a future life, and he said that if they practice dhamma together this can be possible.

What he doesn’t mention though is that, since each person’s kamma is their own, you may have some contact in a future life, but you will most likely be different beings with a different relationship, and it’s not like you will have a recollection that you were in love with this person in a past life, etc.

There is the concept of a kammic connection though, and in later Buddhist stories you see the buddha and his disciples being relatives in the past, one time Buddha was the mother, and Sariputta was the father, others were their children, one time Buddha was the son, etc etc. As far as I have seen the Buddha never speaks about this in the Early Buddhist Texts, his accounts of his own past lives are fairly rare, most were later additions(aka Jataka Tales).

What the Buddha DOES say however, in the context of developing goodwill and compassion to all beings, is that you’d be hard pressed to find any being who at one point wasn’t your mother, father, or relative. All of us have had these relative connections at some time in the past.

it is a comfort people want, to be able to know they can be with loved ones again after death, it can even be a romantic thing “ throughout the ages and rebirths, I will always have your in my heart” etc etc, but the Buddha did not offer any easy pleasant answers or comforts in this regard like you would find in a Christian Heaven kind of scenario.

There are no guarantees, so practice well in this life, and live with gratitude for the loved ones in your life who help to shape who you are and who you will become, you never know how long your time with them will be.

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