I’m receiving conflicting reports about the new google calendar, some people can see the schedule, for others it’s blank. What is it like for you? please provide feedback.
I’ve integrated the Google Calendar on to the website. From now on you can click the menu option on the top right.
here is also the permalink – https://maggasekha.org/calendar/
I’ve started up a Google Calendar for keeping all Maggasekha events easily accessible in one place. ‘
here is the direct link if you’d like to add it to your calendar – https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/2?cid=bWFnZ2FzZWtoYUBnbWFpbC5jb20
i’m also working on ways to add it more easily to the website
Dhammapalooza, Mondays at 8 pm est, is a weekly two-hour Livestream event of Dhamma. It often includes chanting, sutta readings, Q&A, Dhamma talks, and guided meditations.
It is community-guided, so the topics and flow of each Dhammapalooza is different while maintaining the same basic core aspects mentioned above.
I updated the about page, took out a lot of old info and streamlined it. I also added a basic Maggasekha Mission Statement :
Maggasekha(Student of the Path) is a Buddhist organization being built by Bhikkhu Jayasara and friends. The main mission of Maggasekha is Dhammaduta(propagation and growth of Dhamma) in the Americas. Long-term plans include the development of a Forest Monastery(s), Retreat Center(s), distribution of free EBT Dhamma teachings, both in print and digital, regular online teachings, as well as Buddhist outreach to the greater culture and population of the various countries of the Americas.
spots are still available, come join me for a weekend retreat.
Every once in a while I remember I have dozens of Q&A Excerpts I uploaded but never released on my youtube channel , going back to 2017. Going to try and make it a habit to release one a day until they are all out. I won’t post each one on facebook, but every once in a while I may.
New Maggasekha Retreat coming in August , developing it from scratch, First Glimpse :
The Suttas: Framework for Study and Practice
The Suttas are the collection of the earliest teachings of the Buddha. They contain ageless wisdom and, and are a basis for study and practice.
They are also repetitive, hard to get into, and contain a cultural context that can be at times confusing and alien to us in the modern world. These and other factors can act as a barrier to entry and a place of confusion for many people new to Buddhism, and experienced meditators alike.
Join Bhante J for a weekend of understanding the purpose and place of the Suttas on our Buddhist path.
recently I had a comment on one of my posts:
” Thank you so much for remaining steadfast in sharing dhamma. I fall short so often in my practice, and this reminder helps so much.”
My response was swift, but actually a good reminder :
“Falling short is ok, so long as you are falling forward “
For most of us the practice call feel like falling, all of the time, but so long as you are falling in the right direction, ie “falling forward” then you are making progress.
This reminds me of one of my favorite encapsulations of the path :
“The true Middle Way is not a comfortable highway built out of easy compromises, but a lonely, steep ascent, which requires the renunciation of craving and the ability to endure hardship and discomfort.”
if the path is easy, you probably aren’t doing the path
“But this path, Blessed One, is rough and hard to travel.”
“Though it’s rough, hard to travel,
the noble ones, Kāmada, go on their way.
The ignoble fall headfirst on a rough path.
But the path of the noble ones is smooth,
for the noble ones are smooth amid the rough.”
we are not arahants yet, we fall headfirst on the rough path, but keep falling forward and then eventually you too can be smooth amid the rough.