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1 The Dalai Lama – Essential Writings Session 2 - The Teachings of Buddhism 1. General Introductions 2. Editor Forsthoefel’s introductory points. 3. Break 4. Excerpts from the documentary “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama” By Rick Ray (48 min)

2 General Introductions 1. Opening 2. The plans and hopes of the course. 3. Introductions and expectations. 4. Course Internet Aspects: 1. ASDM website: stdavidscalgary.net 2. The 23 study archives: bookstudies.stdavidscalgary.net 3. This study: dljv.stdavidscalgary.net 4. stdavids forum on yahoo

3 Editor Forsthoefel’s Introductory points. Book’s organization: 1. Introduction to Buddhist Teaching 2. The three pillars of Buddhism 1. Wisdom 2. Morality 3. Meditation 3. Perspectives on the Religions of the World

4 Introduction to Buddhist Teaching Spiritual transformation per Forsthoefel, “isn’t becoming something you are not; it is becoming more who you are.”

5 Introduction to Buddhist Teaching The appeal of Buddhism in the West is due to: The erosion of reason in the postmodern world. The consequence of materialism, war, ideologies and cynicism. Alienation due to religious control, sexism, and patriarchy. That Buddhism is emminently rational and therapeutic. That it strives to see things “as they really are”. That it is focused on the person and resistant to authority. That it is not about “belief” and little to do with “God.” That a key quality of all human beings is a deep “holy longing”. That this impulse finds new expressions continuously in history.

6 The Eightfold Path 1. Right View 2. Right Intention (Wisdom) 3. Right Speech 4. Right Action 5. Right Livelihood (Ethical Conduct) 6. Right Effort 7. Right Mindfulness 8. Right Concentration (Mental Development)

7 The Four Noble Truths 1. Life means suffering. 2. The origin of suffering is attachment. 3. The cessation of suffering is attainable. 4. The path to the cessation of suffering is the eightfold path.

8 Emptiness – each is part of all. Lynn Chazotsang last Monday commented often on the Buddhist concept of Emptiness. The meaning is not nihilism, or that nothing actually exists, but that nothing has meaning by itself, that nobody has meaning my them- self. Each and all have meaning only in their relationship to others.

9 Compassion – our common purpose. Inter-Faith dialogue today is less about belief, and more about sharing our service to humanity. The Dalai Lama is in Vancouver Sep. for the Vancouver Peace Summit. At the “Nobel Laureates in Dialogue – Connecting for Peace”, Karen Armstrong will announce her “The Charter for Compassion” (TED prize project) The Dalai Lama is in Calgary 30 Sep – 2 Oct.

10 The Dalai Lama – Essential Writings Session 2 - The Teachings of Buddhism BREAK – 15 minutes of emptiness Re-discovering we exist only in relationship.

11 The Dalai Lama – Essential Writings Session 2 - The Teachings of Buddhism Excerpts from the documentary “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama” By Rick Ray You may need to click on the image next slide to begin play. This is a low def 48 minutes excerpt from the movie. The full 1.5 hr hi def version is available at Apple itunes for only $10 and is much recommended.

12 The Dalai Lama – Essential Writings Session 2 - The Teachings of Buddhism You may click on the image above to start and pause play. This is a low def 48 minutes excerpt from the movie. The full 1.5 hr hi def version is available at Apple itunes for only $10 and is much recommended.


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