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Sunday, March 31, 2013

March 2013- 1-Day Meditation & Dana Offerings

1-Day Meditation Retreat March 23rd, 2013

Beautiful day at the American Bodhi Center (ABC), with more than 20 yogis practiced meditation under the guidance of Ven. Katapunno started 9:00am.  The day ended with a Dharma talk based on the book "In This Very Life" by Sayādaw U Pandita and Metta Sutta chant.

One of the many lessons from Sayādaw U Pandita's book is about happiness in letting go or simply living a simple contented life.

The story:
"... of a man who worked as a basket weaver. He was a simple man who enjoyed weaving his baskets. He whistled and sang and passed the day happily as he worked. At night he retired to his little hut and slept well. One day a wealthy
man passed by and saw this poor wretched basket weaver. He was filled with compassion and gave him a thousand dollars. “Take this,” he said, and go enjoy yourself.”


The basket weaver took the money with much appreciation. He had never seen a thousand dollars in his life. He took it back to his ramshackle hut and was wondering where he could keep it. But his hut was not very secure.
 

He could not sleep all night because he was worrying about robbers, or even rats nibbling at his cash. The next day he took his thousand dollars to work, but he did not sing or whistle because he was worrying so much about his money again. Once more, that night he did not sleep, and in the morning he returned the thousand dollars to the wealthy man, saying, “Give me back my happiness.”"


Dana Offerings and VenK's Birthday March 25th 2013

The event took place in a U Shi Grill & Sushi restaurant at the corner of FM1960 and Jones road, 10892 FM 1960 West.  The owners of the restaurant generously provide a wonderful venue for the special offerings of 9 monks and a nun.







After eating the wonderful food, Venerable Katapunno gave a brief Dharma talk reminding us of the inevitability of sickness, old age and death.  What we take with us is karma.

A discourse in the Anguttara Nikaya (AN.1.249) indicates this conditionality:
"A certain person has not properly cultivated his body, behaviour, thought and intelligence, is inferior and insignificant and his life is short and miserable; of such a person ... even a trifling evil action done leads him to hell. In the case of a person who has proper culture of the body, behaviour, thought and intelligence, who is superior and not insignificant, and who is endowed with long life, the consequences of a similar evil action are to be experienced in this very life, and sometimes may not appear at all."




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Note
  1. There is no April 1-dat retreat
  2. Basic Buddhism classes at Jade Buddha Temple starting 4/13/13 at 10AM.