Starting a Buddhist Practice

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sitagu Buddha Vihara (sitagu.org/austin/)
9001 Honeycomb Dr., Austin, TX

A couple of people who started the Foundations of Buddhism class last weekend have requested some instruction on beginning a Buddhist practice. I am schedulng this event in response.

During this period we will cover basic meditation, including advice on establishing a home practice; the importance of Refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; the practice of the five basic ethical precepts; the practice of generosity; and the role of etiquette and ritual in Buddhism, including things like home altars and Buddhist chants. I can also offer a tour of the monastery, and I will try to get at least one of the Burmese monks to put in an appearance. Please wear loose (and modest) clothing for sitting on the floor comfortably.

Also, you are invited to join us for lunch. A ritual offering is made to the monks at 11:30 and then lay people eat shortly thereafter. You can participate in the offering and then enjoy Burmese cuisine. Please bring something to offer to both monks and lay folks if it is convenient for you; just think potluck. There may be about 20 people there at lunch altogether.

Please RSVP, so that I know how many people will come.

If the time is not convenient, I can meet with anyone one-on-one at your convenience. Just email me at ashin.cintita@sitagutx.org. Also, if anyone is interested in a two or three day retreat at the monastery in the week following this event let me know. This is spring break for some people.

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