Story: The Story of Buddha
Release desires/wants and concentrate on love of yourself and others. We celebrate Buddha’s life this month on Nirvana Day (February 8 or 15). Nirvana is the idyllic spiritual condition, the ultimate goal of a Buddhist.
- Who was Buddha?
- What did Buddha teach?
Story: The Most Important Thing
We focus on the basics of the teachings of Buddha, the master teacher of the Buddhist faith. This week’s story is ‘The Most Important Thing’, a tale of a man who travelled many miles to hear from Buddha the key to the most important thing in life.
- Buddha believed that selfishness is the cause of the world’s woes
- Being kind to self and others brings happiness
Story: A Heavy Load
This week’s story, “A Heavy Load”, has been told by Zen Buddhists for hundreds of years. It is a classic story of how our minds and thoughts are within our control. We control how we feel, how we react and the circumstances of our life. Buddhists believe that the best way to exercise this practice of mindfulness is through the practice of meditation. Through meditation, we gain control of our mind and how we think and act.
- Meditation is a way to exercise your power to manage your thoughts.
- You have control over how you think and act
Story: The Farmer's Luck
Feel compassion with a generous heart, kind speech and a life of service. “The Farmer’s Luck”, which has roots in Taoism, going back several thousand years. It is a wonderful illustration of how the value that we attach to events in our lives can affect our peace of mind. By having compassion for others in all circumstances, we can stay present to the current moment.
- Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.
- He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.