Dhammapalooza

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

Mahamangala Talk Collection

8am eastern Monday-Friday on youtube is Morning Monastery Experience, the last 5-7 minutes of which are a short Dhamma talk and commentary on the section of the suttas we are reading that day. This is a collection of my commentary and discussion on the MahaMangala sutta ( discourse on blessings), each video 5-7 minutes long. You can find MahaMangala in the Maggasekha chanting book here – https://bhikkhujayasara.files.wordpress.com/…/maggasekh…https://youtu.be/505OGAVKgFI

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

Second Maggasekha Retreat Scheduled and Up

First Maggasekha Retreat begins this weekend, it’s almost full at 25 retreatants out of 30.
Second retreat eventbrite is up for February, Mindfulness of Death.. and Life

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maggasekha-retreat-mindfulness-of-death-and-life-tickets-249252911167

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.

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