July 6 - 12
- Land of Medicine Buddha5800 Prescott Road, Soquel, CA 95073 * (831) 462-8383 * www.landofmedicinebuddha.orgReception Office/ Bookstore Opening Hours: Monday 10-7; Tuesday 10-5; Wednesday-Sunday 10-6In this issue:◆ What's up this week◆ Eight Mahayana Precepts◆ Images of Enlightenment●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●What's up this week!
New! Long life puja for Choden Rinpoche
-- All are welcome!
7 – 9:15pm
The Two Truths: Appearance and Reality / Venerable Steve Carlier
New! Eight Mahayana Precepts – conferred by Choden Rinpoche
5:15 – 6:30pm
7 - 9pm
All about Karma / Jon Landaw
11.30am – 12.30pm
Qigong with Breige Walbreige
7 - 9pm
Wisdom of Emptiness / Venerable Steve Carlier
9:45am – 10:45am
Sunday Morning Meditation / Venerable Drimay
11am – 12noon
New! Images of Enlightenment / Jon Landaw
New! Eight Mahayana Precepts
Given by Choden Rinpoche
Tuesday, July 7, 5.30amMany people ask, What can I do to make my life meaningful?—especially when facing problems and depression. One answer is to take the Eight Mahayana Precepts.These precepts are a set of eight vows that are taken before dawn in a short, simple ceremony and kept for twenty-four hours. No matter whether you are ordained or lay, once you have received the transmission, you can take the precepts at any time for as long as you choose.These Mahayana Precepts enable you to live in the essence of pure moral conduct, and since you take them with the strong motivation of cherishing and wishing to benefit others, their value is immeasurable. Taking these precepts is a powerful and effective way for you to build, maintain and increase deep propensities for spiritual practice and attainment and thus is a profound method for giving meaning to your precious human life.Practicing the eight-limbed Mahayana Method of Restoring and Purifying is the supreme method for avoiding harm to all sentient beings and bringing them happiness and benefit. It is easy to do and has immeasurable benefit. With this fundamental practice of morality— abstaining from harming others—you can help effect world peace.- Lama Zopa RinpocheNote: The first time one takes the precepts, it is taken from a master. Thereafter, one can do the ceremony before a Buddha image by regarding it as the actual Buddha.
The eight precepts are:
1. Avoid killing, directly or indirectly.
2. Avoid stealing and taking things without the permission of their owner.
3. Avoid sexual contact.
4. Avoid lying and deceiving others.
5. Avoid toxicants: alcohol, tobacco and drugs (except for medicinal purposes).
6. Avoid eating more than one meal that day. The meal is taken before noon, and once one has stopped eating for thirty minutes, the meal is considered finished. At other times of the day one can take light drinks, but not undiluted whole milk or fruit joice with pulp. Avoid eating black foods: meat, eggs, onions, garlic and radishes.
7. Avoid sitting on a high, expensive bed or seat with pride. Also avoid sitting on animal skins.
8. Avoid wearing jewellery, perfume, and make-up. Avoid singing, dancing or playing music with attachment.
For a precept to be broken completely, four conditions must be present:
1. The motivation is a negative attitude such as attachment, anger, etc.
2. There is an object of the action, e.g. a being that is killed or an object that is stolen.
3. One does the action. If one tells someone else to kill, steal or lie, it is also a transgression.
4. The action is completed, e.g. the being dies before oneself or one thinks, "This is mine."
New! Images of Enlightenment
By Jon Landaw
Sunday, July 12 / 11am - 12:30pm
Have you ever wondered about all the Tibetan Buddhist holy images you have seen? Are they Gods or Goddesses? Do Tibetan Buddhists worship these images? What part do they play in spiritual practice?
To answer these and other related qustions, Jon Landaw, a student of Buddhism since the early 1970's, wrote the text for Images of Enlightenment: Tibetan Art in Practice, which contains thirty-two paintings by the world-famous artist Andy Weber.
Come and join us as Jon presents an interesting talk and slide show, and learn about the iconographic art of Tibetan Buddhism._______________________________________________