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‘The question now arises of where we can find lasting satisfaction and happiness in this obviously unreliable situation. No doubt there is fantastic thrill in riding the glittering surf of our good fortune, while it lasts, or in abandoning ourselves to the intoxication of the cosmic dance. Life can sometimes seem amazing. But things go wrong because nothing lasts, and in any case life is not in our control. However, the Buddha’s teaching points to a different kind of happiness and satisfaction that comes from a calm insight into the working of things.’
This Being That Becomes - Dhivan
Buddhism teaches that absolutely everything comes into being dependent on certain conditions being present. It’s quite scientific really. And if these conditions cease then these same things also cease to arise.
If we can start to really get this then it has profound significance to every facet of our lives. Our quality of life is increasingly seen as something entirely malleable and dependent on our choices and our attitude. We can begin to plot a course toward increasing freedom.
Our next focus for bi-weekly, Sunday morning dharma study is this teaching and it’s known as ‘Pratitya Samutpada’ or ‘This Being, That Becomes’
If you’d like to join us let me know and I’ll send you more details. It starts this Sunday and runs from 9 am until 10.30 am at the Coogee Croquet Club.
Regular meditation this week:
Thursday 7 - 8.30 pm
Sunday 8 - 8.50 am
and you are warmly invited to come on a weekend retreat with us on the weekend of October 14 - 16
You can book on this link:
Dharmalata and Padmadakini