Dharma Talks

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What Exactly is Happiness?

Presented by: 
Ken Mondal

Buddhism talks a lot about Happiness and Suffering. The Buddha’s first teaching was on the subject of Suffering. When he became enlightened he discovered the truth of our existence which became The Four Noble Truths. He began teaching that life has suffering, there are specific causes, these causes can be abated and there is a clear pathway. The Pali/Sanskrit word Dukkha has been loosely translated as Suffering. I like to think of it more as our life is unsatisfactory. As if our life is like a wheel that is out of balance.

What Brought Me to Buddhism?

Presented by: 
Ken Mondal

I would like to read to you several excerpts from the Dalai Lama’s book entitled “Ethics for the New Millennium.”

“It is a sad fact of human history that religion has been a major source of conflict. Even today, individuals are killed, communities destroyed, and societies destabilized as a result of religious bigotry and hatred. It is no wonder that many question the place of religion in human society.”

“religious belief is not a pre-condition either of ethical conduct or of happiness itself.”

Bring Me to My Senses

Artist: 
Ilene Tanaka

Be There for the Right Reasons

Presented by:
Ken Mondal

Artist: 
Ken Mondal

The Kindness of Others: Friends, Enemies and Strangers

Presented by: 
Ken Mondal

There is a concept in Buddhism that is pivotal to understanding the Dharma. It is called “dependent arising or dependent origination.” The term “dependent arising” is used in different ways in Buddha’s teachings. It can describe how we take rebirth in cyclic existence. Dependent arising also indicates that things depend on causes and conditions, all the essential parts that make up phenomena (including us), and the concepts and labels that we apply to those phenomena. Everything arises in dependence on other factors.

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