Reading Material : Buddha & His Teachings – Narada pdf
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|Teoh Tue 180529||Wesak is a Thrice sacred Day to commemorate Buddha’s birth, enlightenment n parinibanna.Significance of Wesak. An auspicious day and an occasion for a lot of wholesomeness, generosity and joy by people all over the world.
Chanted Dhammacakkappavattana sutta (1st Sermon of the Buddha).
Significance of this sutta to set the Dhamma wheel in motion.
Sharing by kalyanamittas on how they spend their Wesak Day.
(Outline prepared by Yoon Chun)
|Teoh Tue 180522||Recap of 1st May 2018 Tuesday class short notes.5 great universal laws of nature (2 scientific + 3 spiritual)
Buddhism (Teaching of the Buddha) = Dhamma = Truth. The essence of the Buddha’s teaching is the Four Noble Truths. Noble Truths are truths that can make you noble ones or enlightened ones when you had understood (awakened to) them.
Bro Teoh’s sharing from the Book, “The Buddha and His Teachings” – Chapter 17 – The 4 Noble Truths, until page 321 ‘….Insatiate are all desires.’
The 3 Lokas (31 planes of existence)
Why is your form and mind (the human being) so important?
The MISCONCEPTION of defining the 1st Noble Truth of dukkha as – “life is suffering”
3 types of craving/tanha
Ambition is not a craving
(Outline prepared by Sis Teoh Soo Yee)
|Teoh Tue 180515||1) Short talk by Bro Teoh on the recently concluded GE14 (9th May 2018):Bro Teoh expressed his great respect for Tun Mahathir’s extraordinary feat and ability to pull off the greatest upset win despite his age of 92+. His great will-power, foresight and strategy had enabled him to lead the opposition front to break the incumbent government of 61 years to give new hope to the people of Malaysia – a new Malaysia is born. The fall of BN (Najib’s National Front) was expected because all the signs, causes and conditions were there. We can learn from this great event of true change for our beloved nation and we are all indeed very blessed and proud to be part of the change. Kamma has taken place following dhammapada verses 119 and 120:
verse 119: Even an evil person may still find happiness so long as his evil deed does not bear fruit; but when his evil deed does bear fruit will meet with evil consequences.
Verse 120: Even a good person may still meet with suffering as long as his good deed does not bear fruit; but when it does bear fruit he will enjoy the benefits of his good deed.
2) The Buddha and his Teachings (Chapter 16 page 306 – 318):
– Buddhism is nothing mysterious nor is it mystical
3) Buddhism and Caste system
In conclusion the Buddha commented – birth makes no Brahmin, nor non-Brahmin; it is life doing that makes a true Brahmin and their life moulds farmers, tradesmen, merchants and serfs or moulds robbers, soldiers, chaplains, kings, etc.
(Note: Above draft outline was prepared by Sister Quinni)
|Teoh Tue 180508||Topic discussed – The Buddha and his Teachings – from page 299 to 303 covering the following:
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Bro Teoh’s sharing from the Book – “The Buddha and His Teachings” (Chapter 16, Page 298):
3 Universal Characteristics of life
Final summary of the 1st Noble truth: When you deludedly grasp onto the 5 aggregates of form and mind as “I” / “Me” and “Mine”, you will be afflicted and suffering will arise.
1st aspect of the 5 aggregates of form and mind (as a human being)
2nd aspect of the 5 aggregates of form and mind (as a mental 5 aggregates)
This so-called living being (5 aggregates of Form and Mind – 1st aspect) is just a karmically conditioned ‘vehicle and tool’ for us to come to this existential world to develop the cultivation and experience all of thepristine beauty and wonders of life. So, use it with wisdom to arise theappropriate right thoughts, right speeches and right actions to be a blessing to all and not to be deluded by it.
5 DAILY CONTEMPLATION: Old age, Sickness/Disease, Death, Separation from loved ones and prized possessions; we are all born of our karma, heir to our karma, conditioned and supported by our karma and we are what we are because of our Karma.
4 NOBLE TRUTHS: Essence of the Buddha’s teaching (Dhamma) – When you understand the Dhamma, you understand the secret of life…
1st Noble Truth – THE REALITIES OF LIFE AND EXISTENCE (the 8 realities)
2th Noble Truth – cause of suffering which is Craving borne of self-delusion
3th Noble Truth – Nibbana or ENLIGHTENMENT in the here and the now can be realised (is possible).
4th Noble Truth – CULTIVATING THE NOBLE 8 FOLD PATH leading to the end of all suffering/Enlightenment (Realisation of Nibbana).
– Cessation of form and mind leading to the realisation of Nibbana liberates completely.
(Note: Above outline short notes are prepared by Teoh Soo Yee)
|Teoh Tue 180424||Announcement of forthcoming Sunday’s Dana at Sister Hui Rong’s house.
Bro Teoh’s sharing from the Book – “The Buddha and His Teachings” (Chapter 15, Page 281):
Difference between blind faith and true faith
Reference of “oneself” in Dhammapa v145
Paying respect with understanding is NOT idol worshiping. Its benefits are :
Noble 8-fold path
Buddhism – Teachings of the Buddha is the Dharma which is the Truth
Nature’s universal laws – first 2 are scientific laws
Nature’s universal laws – next 3 are spiritual laws
Sis Soo asks – if it is “not via memorizing” the teachings then does it means, it is kept in the subconscious?
Bro Teoh’s answer: No it is not via memory. The key to understanding the Buddha teaching is via the 4 noble truths which is the essence of the Buddha’s teaching and all his other teachings (the essential Dharma) springs off from there:
Sis Soo shares her personal real life experience concerning her relationship with her son and how she was able to overcome it amicablyvia having right view.
(Note: Above draft is prepared by Sister Soo Yee.)
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|Teoh Tue 180410||Dharma sharing base on the Book: The Buddha and His Teachings, Chp. 15, pages (270 – 294) “The Dhamma” by Sister Alicia.Sis Alicia shares 6 definitions for the word “Dharma” before proceeding with the text.Tipitaka (3 baskets or sections of the teaching):
1)Vinaya pitaka (Section on discipline, precepts, rules and regulations, equivalent to the democratic constitution of the Sangha)
2)Sutta pitaka (Section on discourses expounded by the Buddha to the Sangha and lay persons on diverse occasions with messages tailored to the various recipients, e.g. Sigalovada sutta – on duties of a layman; Dhammapada – way of truth (sayings of the Buddha); the Jataka stories of the Bodhisattva) etc.
3)Abhidhamma pitaka – the ultimate or higher teaching of the Buddha covering his profound definition of consciousness and its content, the 2 aspects of form and mind – i.e. the composite factors of the so-called living being, the true mind and the unconditioned (Nibbana).
The teachings of the Buddha, the Dharma is to be investigated and realized by the wise each for themselves viameditation.
Buddhists are not idol worshipers (expecting worldly or spiritual favours), but instead pay their homage and reverential salutation to what it represents via recalling the 9 great virtues of the Buddha – Embodiment of his great compassion, virtues and wisdom. A Buddhist offers clear water, fruits, flowers and incense, etc. as a mark of respect and gratitude towards the Buddha. Also to cultivate generosity, rejoicing, etc. and to recall to mind their great dharma significant to help them develop their cultivation. Just like reflecting on the transiency of the flowers offering, etc.
The Buddha said: “He who sees the Dharma sees me.” The Buddha is the embodiment of his perfection, virtue and wisdom from cultivating the Dharma over long period of time. Reason why the Mahayana has this saying 依法为师 (Taking the Dharma to be your teacher.) Hence the rupa or images is never the Buddha. It is just for us Buddhists to recall to mind the Buddha’s 9 great qualities (wisdom and virtues) to develop the unwavering faith, respect and gratitude towards the Buddha.
The segmented life’s form and mind that Sakyamuni took to come to this conditioned world 2600+ years ago is not him but just his Karmically conditioned functional body that allow him to perform the function of the Buddha then.
Buddhism does not claim to monopolize truth because the Buddha said this truth or Dharma that he had come to realize was already there before he realizes it. The Buddhist teaching also does not condemn any other religion. It only advise its followers to investigate all things because according to the Buddha if it is the Truth it will standup to investigation and this Truth can only be realized by the wise each for himself.
Sharing by Sis Alicia – even after 5 years of studying Buddhism under Bro Teoh she is still using her present understanding to reflect deeper on what Buddhism is, who the Buddha is, understanding his teaching and constantly reflecting on the repeated reminder by Bro Teoh on ‘what are you doing in the name of meditation’. She finally comes to understand why Bro Teoh always said, ‘Meditation is to be done with understanding’ and
‘Life it self is the Meditation’, even while performing our worldly daily duties.
When mindfulness of the 4 foundations ( kaya-, vedana-, citta-, dhammanupassana) of mindfulness are correctly cultivated wisdom will arise via clearly comprehending the 12 links with wisdom. That is: Heedfulness leads to ==> right view (wisdom) then it leads to ==> less mental hindrances and sankhara activities leads to ==> more clarity of mind, peaceful mind, silence, stillness and tranquility then ==> 7 factors of enlightenment will keep arising.
Bro Teoh shared some of Sister Poh Lai’s rather good sharing from her recent March 2018 Cameron retreat.
Bro Teoh said, he will use the next Tuesday class to personally explained in more detail the true beauty and marvel of the Buddha’s teaching (Dharma). The reason being according to Bro Teoh – ‘despite the author’s good intent to promote the good points of the dharma yet the text has failed to give proper justice to the Buddha’s True and wonderful teaching. The Buddha’s teaching is so unique and complete that it can summarizes all of life and existence (covering both the mundane and supra mundane aspects of life) into just Four rather beautiful Noble Truths (Essence of the Buddha’s teaching).
Stay tune next week for a full session’s continuation on this topic!
(The Above draft outline pointers were prepared by Soo Yee and Yoon Chun)
|Teoh Tue 180403|| Sis PG sharing on The Buddha and His teaching page 249 to 269.‘Behold Bhikkhus now I speak to you. Transient are all conditioned dhamma (things). Therefore do Strive on with Heedfulness. The passing way of the Tathāgata will take place before long’. The are the last words or advice of the Thathagata.
“Ripe is my age. Short is my life. Leaving you I shall depart.
I have made myself my refuge. O Bhikkhus, be diligent,
Subhadda exchanged friendly greetings with the Buddha
“Let it be, O Subhadda! Trouble not yourself as to whether
all or some have realized it or not. I shall teach the doctrine to
(Notes: The draft short notes was prepare by Sister Yoon Chun)
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|Teoh Tue 180306||Sister Mimi shared her meditative experience at an earlier self-retreat (last month) in Ajahn Anan’s way place in Rayong, Thailand. On the 3rd days of the retreat onwards, she experienced calmness, spiritual joy & the blissful state of mind. Then later on she experienced the continuous mindfulness leading to the silent mind to realize the pure awareness mind which she realize is different from the mundane perceiving and thinking mind. She also said, she later after contemplation came to understand what non-attainment and the unreality of form and mind is and she also shared how she went into a blank state and manage to get a glimpse of what the cessation of mind…nirodha samapatti (extinction of feeling and perception) is. Sadhu! x 3.Sister Anne Choong covered chapter 13 of ‘The life of the Buddha and his teaching’ on the topic ‘The Buddha’s Daily routine’. The Buddha’s daily routine is really extraordinary which no ordinary human beingcan do. His is full of love, compassion, wisdom and selfless sacrifices.
Sister Han reintroduce the topic shared by Sister Huol Rung (earlier on), on the importance of cultivating Sila for discussion again. She said, Sila or precepts are related to the following essential dharma as taught by the Buddha: Dana, Sila and Bhavana and Sila, Samadhi and Pannaof the Noble 8-Fold Path. Bro Teoh then re explained the importance of keeping precepts or Sila via quoting the Buddha’s advice as given in his chanting stating that: Precept is the source of spiritual happiness; Precept is the source of spiritual wealth and Precept is the source of spiritual peacefulness of mind. Bro Teoh also advocate the use of power of truth via Sila and aspiration to help us overcome our life difficulties, just like Venerable Angulimala’s case.
Sister Huol Rung’s sharing: From the sharing given by Sister Anne she came to understand that the Buddha is very clear of his unselfish mission to benefit others and the world. Asked if we know our own present life’s spiritual mission or not?
(Notes: The draft short notes was prepare by Sister Yoon Chun)
|Teoh Tue 180227||Chinese New Year Bro Teoh’s house gathering|
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|Teoh Tue 180130||The Surangama Sutra special notes12 3 2013 pdf|
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|Teoh Tue 180116||Bro. Teoh gave a Guided meditation on how to train one’s mind to be mindful to develop the meditation as taught by the Buddha.Nature’s Universal laws or orders ….. This whole universe is governed by these 5 natural universal laws (Panca nyamas) or orders: they are Nature’s physical order (utu niyama), biological order (Bija niyama), law of karma (karma niyama) , law of mind (citta niyama) and law of truth(dhamma niyama). Hence All beings are also subject to these laws. The 1st two are scientific laws and the last three are spiritual laws.
Mindfulness will arise when our mind is not crowded with thoughts, for mindfulness is awareness before the knowing or the arising of thought. When we are mindful we will be more aware of our own mental and physical movements and our environment and surroundings. We will also be more sensitive to our feelings and emotions including the emotions of others around us – we can feel and sense their fear, worry, anxiety and sadness etc. The problem is most people can’t cut off their heedless thinking, mental chattering and inquisitiveness. Such mental activities (which are our thinking and emotions) uses up a lot of our life force energy.
Bro. Teoh did a detailed review of our previous 9th Jan 2018 Tuesday class sharing by going through its printed short notes. These review and short notes will help kalyanamittas (especially the newer ones) to better understand all that were shared during the classes.
(Note: The above draft short notes was prepared by Sister Hooi Yoon Chun)
|Teoh Tue 180109||Session 1: Puja and Meditation1.1 Puja (Buddhist devotional practices)The main purpose of Puja chanting is to develop the following:
To cultivate Faith (saddha) in the Buddha and his Teaching;
To cultivate the spiritual zeal (viriya) to learn the Dharma after seeingthe importance of learning such teaching;
To develop mindfulness (sati) and cultivate wholesomeness like generosity, paying respect to great beings and rejoicing (in the goodness, kindness and generosity of others) during puja;
To renew our 5 precepts and the taking of refuges in the Triple Gems;
Making of puja aspirations (via understanding the significance of all our puja offerings) to help us progress along the path of Dharma;
Puja can help us calm and compose our mind to develop the Faith andwisdom.
The main purpose of Meditation is to train the heedless thinking mindto be peaceful, calm and aware within (the silent mind) to see things clearly (or as they are) to develop the wisdom to liberate our mind.
Important Meditative instructions were given to help yogi understand what they are doing in the name of meditation.
Always remember to Relax body and mind to experience the silenceand the Just Feel with the silent mind and relax.
The purpose of mind sweeping method is to de condition the heedless thinking; then combining with metta to bring about inner peace and inner well-being (positive energy field) and Anapanasati training is to stabilize the sati (silent mind).
A well trained mind listens to you and can serve you well.
Mind experiencing piti, sukha, tranquility and stillness (passadhi).
What are methods, techniques and objects of meditationfor? They are only skillful means to train the mind to be in sati and in the state of heedfulness.
One only need to train the mindwhen the 5 spiritual faculties are not stable yet.
Without the spiritual faculties the opposite 5 mental hindrances will be there to make one heedless and think a lot – reason why these people need methods and techniques and object of meditation to anchor their mind so that it does not wanders off and become
If you do this type of meditative training via just relaxing and silencing your mind, your mindfulness can become very sensitive and it can even detect your heart beator pounding of your heart withoutthe need of a stethoscope. Then as you silent your mind and relax into it more and more, the pounding will slow down.
‘…Then you move your attention back to your chest or heart This is a very important location within your body. This is where your life-forcearises and passes away. This is where the seat of consciousnessresides and how you become conscious – from there it arises. This is also where your heart beat is; your life-force pumps your heart beat. Your life-force comes from your supportive karma that you inherit. If this supportive karma or life-force energy does not come then your heart will stop it will not beat.
So we have to silent our mind and just feel our heart area, feel it soothingly relax and silent everything. If you can detect whatever vibration or your heart beat, you just silent everything and stay thereto develop the stability of your silent If you do this type of meditation or meditative training… (Normally as doctors they need the stethoscope to magnify the heart beat pulse so that they can feel it)…but if you can meditate to be mindful and very aware you don’t needany stethoscope. You can just relax and silent your mind then u can feel and be aware of your own heart beat very clearly including its pounding etc. Then as you silent your mind more and more, the pounding will slow down until it becomes very quiet and very still. Then you don’t need to do anything but just stay there and silent everything to meditate because this is the silent mind which is also the meditative mind.‘
Continuous mindfulness leading to absorption of mind …..
Uppacara and appana Samadhi …..
Relax into every mind state that arise and let the mind return to its original state of stillness, tranquility and silence.
Session 2 Dharma sharing proper and Q and A
Try to maintain whatever inner peace, inner calmness and inner awareness that you have developed through this meditative training. You need to make use of these trained mind states to live your life then your life will change; your life will become very different. If you can have this type of mind which is always peaceful, calm (with very little or no thinking), constantly aware and sensitive to life; sensitive to your inner thought movements; your emotion and everything else, then you will become a very beautiful being. You will understand many things then you will have no more problems because the slightest movement of your mind towards the 2 extremes you can feel it straight We call this mind the trained thinking mind, the worldly or mundane mind.
There are 2 aspects to our mind; one is your true mind, the silent mindthat can be aware and can understand many things; and the other is the mundane mind, the thinking mind, the worldly mind that thinks a lot and creates a lot of problems and emotions for us because of our lack of understanding. But the moment we understand, this thinking mind becomes different, it understands and it can be trained; and when it is trained it becomes very quiet and still which means – previously it does what it like but now it listen to you and it can servesyou just like a trained dog.
In a similar way if we train our mind, it will listen to us. If you want it to be silent, peaceful it will just do that. You want to be relaxed, at easeand do whatever you want to do, it will just obey you. So this mind will serve you well (be a very good servant to you.)
Meditation is to learn to transform this heedless thinking mind that is full of wrong views and delusion into a mind that has the clarity, the wisdom and the understanding not to be deceived by what you see, hear, smell, tactilely feel and think. This is what the Buddha called wisdom or understanding.
When you understand you are no longer foolish; you won’t get yourself into trouble anymore. The Most important thing one need to do is to meditate to understand clearly what is life all about. All of nature’s laws that govern all of our life and existence need to be understood first. When we understand these laws it is like we understands the secret of life then we will know how to live in accordance with these laws.
Importance of understanding the Law of karma (moral causation) to realize the importance of taking care of karma and how via taking care of karmaone can improve and transform one’s life.
If you take care of karma, karma will take care of your life.
Various types of Dukkha or suffering caused by the 8 realities of life and existence when one confronts them without proper understanding.
Caused of suffering is due to one’s attachment to the 5 aggregates of form & mind via one’s self-delusion.
Nature always gives and Nature is full of Love and compassion.
We should appreciate, have gratitudeand cherish what nature has given to mankind. Man & Nature must harmonize because we come from Nature and we are actually ONE with Nature; if man destroys nature, then nature will destroy the human race. We should live in harmony with Nature then we will not be faced with much nature’s disasters and environmental problems.
Understanding the 5 Aggregates of Form and Mind as taught by the Buddha. Its two aspects: 1st aspect as a physical human being and the 2nd aspect as a mental 5 aggregates via understanding the thought(consciousness and its content).
To understand the 4 aggregates of mind one must inquire – what can your mind do?
Our true mind is just spacious awareness (when the mundane mind is not or ceases to be) – when we are without thoughts, when our views, opinions and the conditioned mind are not interfering with our pure perception.
Thought which is focus awareness and its content is limited, narrowand finite because it is based on the mundane mind’s perception that shrinks our true mind’s spacious awareness into a finite spot where the conditioned mind’s content of consciousness are inputted or deposited.
Enlightened beings act according to understanding n wisdom. They don’t discriminate or act according to memories because ‘acting according to memory is not acting at all’.
This Buddhist teaching is based on Natures lawsand it is experiential and very scientific, not base on tradition,superstitions and beliefs.
Did anyone suffer from depression during Buddha’s time?
There is no such thing as a ‘Problem’ if we do not perceive it with fear and negativity. When we accept what happenedas part of liferealities then we can be at peace. Then our mind will not stir and our thought will not project the fear, worry and anxiety then we can have clarity of mind to make better decision and act with wisdom and understanding following Noble 8-fold path via inquiring further: How can we resolve this amicably and what are our options? How can we resolve issues there and then via making good decisions to move on?
This body of ours is not a permanent unchanging entity hence it is not “Me”. It is makeup of the 4 elementsthat goes the way of nature,subject to old age sickness and
Do not view life through our wrong views, accumulated memories and delusion. No need to arise the fearand worry for they will not help usresolve issues amicably. Will instead cause anxiety and fear leading to depression. It is better to take the necessary steps to address issues via wisdom and accept whatever the outcome via doing what need to be done to take care of karma.
Life can be really meaningfuland beautiful when we have the Dharma understanding. One can then live life to the fullest to experience all the pristine beauty and wonders of life.
(Note: The draft short notes for the above was prepared by Sister Hooi Yoon Chun)
|Teoh Tue 180102||Sis Huol Rung sharing on The Buddha and His teaching Chapter 12 : The Buddha’s Ministry|
|Teoh Tue 171226|| Krishnamurti’s Teachings What is truth
What is thought? The limitation, narrowness and finiteness of thought.
The difference between Lover of Truth and Lover of thought.
|Teoh Tue 171219||Celebrated December kalyanamittas’s birthday
Mrs Teoh’s sharing
Bro Song’s sharing
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|Teoh Tue 171212||Is marriage an Asset or a Liability?
Understanding the importance of Karma.
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|Teoh Tue 171128||Bro Teoh continued sharing on The Buddha and his teaching Chapter 10 page 175 on the story of the strongest lay female/lady supporter of the Buddha, Lady Visakha;
Lady visakha’s great virtues and paramis;
Questions by Sister Yoon Chun and PG;
Sharing by Bro. Song.
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|Teoh Tue 171114||Bro Chin How sharing on The Buddha and His teaching Chapter 10 : The Buddha’s Chief Opponents and Supporters.|
|Teoh Tue 171107||Sister Adeline continue her sharing on The Buddha and His teaching Chapter 9 : The Buddha & his relatives.|
|Teoh Tue 171031||The special puja chanting;
The taking and renewal of our Bodhisattva vows;
The 3 significant milestones achieved for the year 2017 and an introduction to our newly launched broteoh.com website.
|Teoh Tue 171024||Sharing on the newly printed transcript book – ‘The 46th Lesson of the 6th Patriach’s Platform Sutra’ page 36 on defilement and importance of correcting ones faults.
Sister Adeline’s sharing on The Buddha and His teaching Chapter 9 page 139: The Buddha & his relatives. She also shared about her meditation experience at Ajhan Anan’s Wat Marp Jan Rayong Thailand.
|Teoh Tue 171017||Bro Song sharing on The Buddha & his teachings – Chapter 8
The Buddha and his relatives
|Teoh Tue 171010||Significance of our coming 13th anniversary Gathering of Kalyanamittas cum Bro. Teoh’s Birthday celebration dated 22.10.2017.The 3 important milestones achieved for the year 2017.
The Buddha and His teaching (page 109 till 118).
Explanation of Fire sermon (Āditta-Pariyāya Sutta)
If you are mindful, u will be sensitive enough to understand what the Buddha meant when he said in the fire sermon: ‘Everything is burning’. Burning with the fire of Greed, Hatred and Delusion – all the evil roots that will cause you suffering.
Experiencing the good life and craving for the good life are based on totally different understanding. If you have the condition and the understanding to have it, then it is perfectly fine to experience the good things in life. However, when there is no more condition yet you still craving for it, you will suffer and become miserable because that is attachment and clinging.
|Teoh Tue 171003||The Buddha & his teachings Chapter 7 page 103 – 109
4 Noble Truths
1st Noble Truth of Dukkha is not about life is suffering. It explains the prevalence of suffering when one confronts the 8 realities of life and existence without proper understanding.
Have to reflect on the 5 daily contemplations every day
If you don’t react and stir your mind when faced with a situation or when problem arise, you will be at peace.
The cause of suffering is craving borne of self delusion leading to clinging and attachment to the 5 grasping aggregates of Form and Mind.
|Teoh Tue 170926||Guangzhou spiritual trip sharing by Bro Teoh
Alicia sharing on The Buddha & his teachings – Chapter 7
Bro Teoh sharing on Fire Sermon
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|Teoh Tue 170829||Bro. Teoh sharing on The Buddha & his teachings – Chapter 5 & 6
Sati leading to Samadhi
Understanding the difference between Samadhi and concentration
|Teoh Tue 170822||Bro. Tune & Sis. Padmasuri sharing on The Buddha & his teachings – Chapter 6 (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta)|
|Teoh Tue 170815||Sis Yoon Chun sharing on The Buddha & his teachings – Chapter 5 (The Invitation to Expound the Dhamma)|
|Teoh Tue 170808||Sis. Mimi & Bro. Chong Lim sharing on The Buddha & his Teachings Chapter 4 (After the Enlightenment)
What Buddha’s first 7 weeks after his enlightenment.
Nirvana is not a state of being. It is complete cessation of form and mind. The Mundane mind connects to the true nature and realise itself. It is the uncondition hence there is nothing – no movement or mind activity at all. Thus there is no suffering.
The cause of suffering is craving borne of delusion and ignorance. So whether the craving is positive or negative it will still arise suffering.
To break sakkayaditthi one has to awaken to the 12 links.
You have 2 minds ( Mundane mind and super mundane mind)
Sense desire arise from your craving. Only wisdom can free and liberate us from sense desire. Without wisdom you will crave, cling and grasp and want things your way.
If you don’t have wisdom, immediate upon contact not only feeling arise, it will also immediately condition craving. With wisdom – upon contact feeling will be pure feeling .
|Teoh Tue 170801||How do we act? What is true action?
Acting according to memory is not acting at all.
We should act according to wisdom or understanding.
The 12 links or law of dependent origination.
|Teoh Tue 170725||Dependent origination
When this arise that arise, When this ceases that ceases. (Imasmim sati idam hoti; Imasmim asati idam na hoti) – this is how duality and dependent origination manifest.
Cause of suffering is attachment or craving. Attachment/craving arises from self-delusion. Behind self-delusion is ignorance. Only wisdom can cease ignorance and free your mind from all suffering, leading to Enlightenment.
|Teoh Tue 170718||Cultivating the Bodhisattva way – an extract page 33-37
5 Aggregate of form and mind of special beings;
The great compassion and vows of Guan Shi Yin Bodhisattva – The Universal Door Of Guanshiyin Bodhisattva (普门品）
Joyce inquiries on how ones past cultivation could have an effect on ones next rebirth.
|Teoh Tue 170711||Sharing on Cariyapitaka sutra (The 24/28 Buddha) and the Buddhavamsa (Chronicles of the Buddha).
Sis Joyce’s sharing on her spiritual path.
Very good advises from Bro Teoh in the end of the talk
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|Teoh Tue 170530||Krishnamurti’s Quote – When thought has understood its own beginning|
|Teoh Tue 170516||1st class of The Buddha & His Teachings by Narada|
Diamond Sutra (Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra) 10 Mar 2015 – 2 May 2017