Talks addressing the most commonly asked questions about the essence of the Buddha’s teachings, based on the book “Buddhism for Beginners.”
Series: Buddhism for Beginners (SDD 2012)
Talks given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day from March to December 2012.
The difference between love and attachment, expanding our love and compassion for others, and the dangers of pity, burnout, and personal distress.
An overview of the different types of Buddhist meditation and how they are practiced.
How to contemplate impermanence and suffering, the reality of our situation in samsara, and the unsatisfactoriness that pervades all experience.
The problems with creating personal identities and how we benefit from questioning whether we are perceiving things accurately in any given situation.
An explanation of the Buddhist view of karma and rebirth; and a discussion of the similarities and differences in Buddhist and scientific views of the mind.
A discussion on karma, what it is and what it isn’t, and how our actions create the causes for our experiences.
An overview of the different Buddhist traditions, their similarities and differences, and some common misperceptions regarding what is and is not Buddhism.