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How do you learn to be a human being?

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 16 Oct, 2018 - 00:46

How do you learn to be a human being?

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 16 Oct, 2018 - 00:46

If I think back through my own life there have been a few people who have been very influential in shaping who I’ve become. I am also aware that some people have been a fairly unhelpful influence whilst others have been enormously helpful. 

The Buddha said that to be in the company of those who are wise and mature in virtue is critical for both our present and future welfare and to be in the company of the...

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Befriending your Demons

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 9 Oct, 2018 - 11:34

Befriending your Demons

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 9 Oct, 2018 - 11:34

Befriending Our Demons

One of our senior order members named Purna has agreed to come over to Coogee to give a talk on the evening of Friday October 19th. 

BYO Vego dinner 7.30 pm and then talk to follow

He’s going to base it on the story of Padmasambhava taming the demons of Tibet in order to build Samye Monastery - no doubt there’ll be a parallel to the way we can befriend and transform the demons...

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Meditation this Week

Posted by dharmalata on Mon, 14 May, 2018 - 07:14

Meditation this Week

Posted by dharmalata on Mon, 14 May, 2018 - 07:14


The Buddha encouraged us to think of the good things done for us by our parents, by our teachers, friends, whomever; and to do this intentionally, to cultivate it, rather than just letting it happen accidentally.

—Ajahn Sumedho, “The Gift of Gratitude”


Meditation this week:

Tuesday    6.30 - 7.30  pm

Sunday     8 - 9 am


Metta 

Dharmalata and Padmadakini

 

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Why I Keep Meditating

Posted by dharmalata on Mon, 7 May, 2018 - 04:06

Why I Keep Meditating

Posted by dharmalata on Mon, 7 May, 2018 - 04:06

Meditating isn’t exciting. It sometimes feels like hard work, especially as winter approaches and mornings can be cold and bed is so yummy! And yet I’m very committed to it and would hate to be without it. Why?

For me meditation gives me the best chance of finding positive, life giving responses to …. well …. everything. It helps me sort myself out in a very basic, fundamental way. And you’ll probably agree that life regularly throws up situations...

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Changing to Tuesdays ...

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 10 Apr, 2018 - 01:13

Changing to Tuesdays ...

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 10 Apr, 2018 - 01:13

Starting from this week (TODAY!!) our weekly evening meditation is changing to Tuesday evenings

6.30 - 7.30 pm

There will be a delicious cup of tea and cake / biscuits from 6 pm and this will be a regular fixture from now on.

So if you haven’t been along for awhile why not come along and say coo-ee and check in with yourself and others to experience some kindly spaciousness …………

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Don't try to make anything happen

Posted by dharmalata on Wed, 4 Apr, 2018 - 12:28

Don't try to make anything happen

Posted by dharmalata on Wed, 4 Apr, 2018 - 12:28

Dear Coogee Meditator


Most importantly:


NB: From April 10th Thursday nights will be changing to Tuesday nights for our regular weekly meditation

Let go of what has passed.
Let go of what may come.
Let go of what is happening now.
Don’t try to figure anything out.
Don’t try to make anything happen.
Rest, Relax, right now, and rest.

Meditation advice from 10th century Indian master Tilopa

Also to let you all know that The...

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The Bunnings Meet-up

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 20 Mar, 2018 - 06:39

The Bunnings Meet-up

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 20 Mar, 2018 - 06:39

Twice lately I’ve randomly met up with a fella from our Coogee meditation group in the aisles of Randwick Bunnings. It’s not surprising as I practically live there …… always getting odds and sods for the properties I take responsibility for. 

But it’s somehow a bit weird because I’m meeting them in such a different context to the
quiet, friendly oasis where we meditate at the croquet club and it feels as though slightly different rules might apply....

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A Place of Refuge

Posted by dharmalata on Mon, 12 Mar, 2018 - 23:31

A Place of Refuge

Posted by dharmalata on Mon, 12 Mar, 2018 - 23:31

A spiritual practice can be an island, a place where opening to uncertainty and doubt can lead us to a refuge of truth.
—Joan Halifax, “The Lucky Dark”


Last night I rode to the Sydney Buddhist Centre on my motor-bike. My journey there was under clear, benign skies but as I exited the building at the end of Men’s study there was light drizzle. ‘This’ll be okay’ I thought, ‘Nothing much to worry about’. But it quickly turned to rain...

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It's so practical ....

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 6 Mar, 2018 - 01:42

It's so practical ....

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 6 Mar, 2018 - 01:42

Actions have consequences is a very concise way of encapsulating Buddhist teaching. Every thought, every action, every word that we participate in has an effect. It is karma (action) and it has a consequence …..

So when I sit down and deliberately choose to respond to myself and others with kindness I am setting up conditions for future happiness and well being; it’s very practical!

It’s a powerful and challenging idea don’t you think, to really take...

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How we respond ...

Posted by dharmalata on Wed, 7 Feb, 2018 - 01:26

How we respond ...

Posted by dharmalata on Wed, 7 Feb, 2018 - 01:26


You are constantly creating new karma, and that gives you a golden opportunity. With your reaction to each experience, you create the karma that will color your future.

—Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche, “The Power of the Third Moment”

Hope you can meditate with us this week


Thursday      7 - 8 pm
Sunday        8 - 9 am


Metta
Padmadakini and Dharmalata  

 

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