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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Come And See (Ehipassiko)

We were reminded by the monk "Come And See", during the Dhamma Talk and it still resonance after the October 17th 1-day retreat in the loving home of the Nguyen.  It is like a person who has never tasted an orange and keeps saying that orange is very delicious. He will not know the real taste of oragne until he eats it.

"Ehipassiko" is a Pali word used to describe the investigative nature of Buddhism. The Buddha discouraged blind faith and encouraged his disciples to "come and see" his teachings for themselves, to witness the fruits of this practice through direct experience.  What is so impressive is that He proclaimed that "... not even if it's uttered by me ...".  That is a powerful statement possible only coming from an enlightened mind with great compassion.


Venerable Nalaka conducted the meditation and together with Venerable Eindaka shed lights on the practice and the benefits of Insight Meditation.  David was very informative in providing explanation of essential aspects of the meditation practice.  The discussions were both meaningful and encouraging in spurring the yogis onwards towards awakening.  

We were reminded again the three fold aspects of acquiring the full benefiits of meditation: Dāna (generousity), Śīla (morality) and Bhavana (cultivation or sometimes used loosely as meditation).  

Dāna- "And what is the treasure of generosity? There is the case of a disciple of the noble ones, his awareness cleansed of the stain of stinginess, living at home, freely generous, openhanded, delighting in being magnanimous, responsive to requests, delighting in the distribution of alms. This is called the treasure of generosity." — AN 7.6  (

Śīla often time refer to Pañca-Śīla ( or the five precepts for house holders.  This is a code of conduct that embraces a commitment to harmony and self-restraint with the principal motivation being non-violence, or freedom from causing harm. Sīla is an internal, aware, and intentional ethical behavior, of one's commitment to the path of liberation. 

Bhavana- This is the way of training our mind, the way to purifying the mind, and thus the way to change a person. When we realize it and understand it, then we will know and see the world and ourselves as they really are. This practice is a fence to guard our mind. Our happiness or suffering is dependent on the mind. Bhavana is the way for protecting our mind.  (source

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Houston Insight Meditation Group

Our group is primary lead by Venerable Nalaka from Austin Buddhist Vihara. The group practices Insight Meditation taught by Mahasi Sayadaw. 

We meet regularly on the 3rd Saturday of each month at location offer by a host family. The monthly 1-day retreat where "Noble Silence" is observed by everyone, starts at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm.

Lunch is pot-luck and the retreat is free.  Donations of dana to the teacher is encouraged and greatly appreciated.  Generally we suggest $10 or whatever you would like to afford.

1-Day Insight Meditation Schedule
Teacher: Venerable Nalaka
Meditation: Insight (Vipassana) Meditation
Location: host family 
Date: every 3rd Saturday of the month
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Lunch: pot-luck
Cost: Free
Danna to Teacher: Suggested $10.00 or whatever you can afford
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