Loving oneself and others

Excerpts from teachings given at a youth camp at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore on November 10, 2002.

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  • Purpose of meditation (download)

    Understanding ourselves and becoming friends with ourselves. Dealing with our afflictive emotions.

    Topics raised by the audience (download)

    • Separating Buddhist practice and Chinese culture/ tradition
    • The characteristics of a Buddha
    • Buddha potential
    • The meaning of taking refuge
    • The Three Jewels
    • Differences and similarities between Buddhism and Christianity

    Questions & answers part 1 (download)

    • On the existence of consciousness without a body
    • Belief in rebirth
    • Whether thoughts create karma
    • How quickly karma ripens

    Ten virtuous and non-virtuous actions (download)

    The actions the Buddha advised us to practice and refrain from. The benefits of Dharma practice.

    Meditation (download)

    How to go about meditation as a beginner.

    Questions & answers part 2 (download)

    • Meaning of life
    • Various Buddhist traditions
    • Responding to Buddhist practices we don’t understand
    • Types of meditation

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