Thinking like a Buddhist

11 August 2010 - 12:24am Comments Off

If you’re tired of the same weekend after mundane weekend, shake your life up a little and join us at the Chinese Simplified Lamrim Class at Kechara House!

One of the topics discussed was His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s Karma Chart. With a very detailed and clear explanation of the chart, class attendees were asked the following 12 questions, to give them something to discuss and contemplate.

  1. What is the Buddhist view of the world?
  2. Why do we pray so much? How does a prayer work?
  3. What are merits? Why do we always talk about merits? (We are taught to do things without thinking about rewards) Why do we need merits? What do you do with them?
  4. What is a blessing? Why do we need blessings?
  5. What is faith? We are taught that the Buddhas only show us the way; we have to depend on ourselves to walk the path. How and where does faith come in ?
  6. Why do we do dedications? What are we dedicating?
  7. What do Buddhists mean when we talk about purification?
  8. Why is Guru Devotion a quick and powerful method to attaining enlightenment?
  9. What is purpose of Buddhist meditation in a nutshell?
  10. What do we mean when we say we are training our mind (in context of Lamrim)?
  11. What is the relationship between our mind and body?
  12. Why do the masters say that if we do not develop resistance to practice its probably not Dharma. Failure is the Path.

This exercise is not just for the class attendees! Try it out for yourself! After you have read the 12 questions, write to us and let us know your answers, we would love to hear from you! Even better, come and share your answers with us at the next Chinese Simplified Lamrim class every alternate Friday!

There is lots to talk about and share at the Chinese Manjushri and Lamrim Classes, where everyone can come and learn together! So please join us and bring Dharma into your life! For more information about the classes, please contact Kok Yek Yee at +6012 388 3390 or Dr Hank at +6017 371 9988. And if you’re interested in more of Rinpoche’s teachings, check out his blog postings!

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