Society for Existential Buddhism

Buddhism has a very long history of philosophy, practice and cosmology.
Like many religions attempting to answer life’s existential questions ( Who am I? Why and I here? etc), it can become a combination of rituals and dogma, rather than assisting the individual to find the answer for themselves (a central tenant of the Buddha).
Buddhism can provide a way to seek these answers through experience rather than relying on dogma, creed, or other people’s experiences. 
The answers are found by living in the present, meditation practice, and training the mind (Lojong practice) in ways that bring us back to self-responsibility and compassion.

A central proposition of existentialism is that existence precedes essence, which means that the actual life of the individual is what constitutes what could be called his or her "essence" instead of there being a predetermined essence that defines what it is to be a human. Human beings , through their own experience, create their own values and determine a meaning to their life.

Both Buddhism and Existentialism focus on subjective experiences and both discuss the 'self' as not being a separate individual entity, but as being interconnected with the world and with other people.
Our mission is simplicity. We are not concerned with figuring out "why"?

Our goals are:
Teach mindfulness, presence, and awareness of the moment.
Develop  a mediation practice that assists us to become aware of the impermanenence of our experience.
In post-meditation, maintain awareness throughout the day, moment by moment.
Practice Lojong, taking and sending, and the mind training slogans.
Practice compassion towards all sentient beings.
Develop a socially engaged practice.
Be aware that existential buddist practice, since it is not a religion, can be incorporated into all falith paths and practices

 Join us
   Rev. Ed Geraty
   The Society for Existential Buddhism