Determination and the Promise of Freedom
In this special day course we will see how we can develop powerful determinations to move our mind and actions in the direction of positive outcomes all of the time.
When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Mahakankala Buddhist Ctr., 508 Brinkerhoff Ave, Santa Barbara
Age limit: All ages
Determination and the Promise of Freedom (with Pratimoksha vow ceremony)
Buddha said that we can be our own worst enemy or our own best friend. We see this when we watch the outcomes of our decisions. In this special day course we will see how we can develop powerful determinations to move our mind and actions in the direction of positive outcomes all of the time. We all need a good friend, one that we can rely on, in our life. Learn how to connect with yourself in the best way.
After the teaching is a special vow ceremony available for those who wish to participate. We will have the opportunity to make a determination to avoid actions that do not lead us in positive directions.
"If we take vows all our actions become more powerful...Vows are the basis for accumulating a great amount of merit. If we take a vow and keep it purely, then even when we are asleep we are practising moral discipline." - Joyful Path of Good Fortune
In King of Concentration Sutra Buddha says, "When Buddhadharma is degenerating it is more meritorious to keep moral discipline for one day than to make offerings to thousands and thousands of Buddhas for many aeons during fortunate times." When we make a promise to our Spiritual Guide, as the representative of Buddha in our life, our mind becomes firm, clear, and stable in its determination to practice the pure moral discipline of keeping that promise or vow. The Lay Pratimoksha Vows are a set of promises taken in a traditional ritual ceremony, in which we promise, with the motivation of renunciation, to refrain for the rest of our lives from five particular actions which interfere with our pure spiritual practice: killing, stealing, lying (or cheating), sexual misconduct, and taking intoxicants. If we are ready to take these vows happily and keep them purely, they will be a source of great meaning and joy in our lives.
Event posted Aug. 26, 2013
Last updated Aug. 26, 2013