Discourses on Buddhist Theory

Thursdays starting February 6th, 2020

7 PM to 8:45 PM

Series of discourses/discussion following meditation (Two rounds of 25 minutes with 5 minutes walking)

Held at North Presbyterian Church in the Chapel

Donation Based

Suggested Donation:

5$-10$

No pre-registration required


Topics of Discourse

February 6th, 2020: Suffering, Dependent Origination, Reincarnation

February 13th, 2020: Dana

February 20th, 2020: Karma

February 27th, 2020: Non-self


Schedule:

7 PM Sitting Round 1

7:25 PM Walking Meditation

7:30 PM Sitting Round 2

7:55 PM Walking Meditation

8:00 PM Talk/Group discussion


Frequently Asked Questions

1) I am interesting in hearing about Buddhism, should I come?

Yes! If you are just starting out, you are welcome to join us for just the talk/discussion at 8 PM. If you have meditated before, you are more than welcome to join us for one round of meditation (starting at 7:30 PM), or two rounds (starting at 7:00 PM). These will be silent unguided meditation sessions.


2) I am Christian/Atheist/Jewish/Muslim/Hindu/Spiritual, should I attend this?

Yes! There is the philosophy/life approach of Buddhism, the wisdom of Buddhism, and the religion of Buddhism. Most of the talks will deal with the first two, but on occasion will dip into the third. The usage of the word "theory" is to denote aspects of Buddhism which cannot be proven by science. These talks are not meant to convert but to open minds and perspectives and to think about things in different ways, which might lessen everyday suffering.


3) What it the difference between this and the mindfulness talks?

This will delve deeper into theory of how things work and into wisdom more specific from Buddhism/Hinduism.


4)What do I bring?

Nothing really. Chairs will be provided. You may bring your own Zabuton, Zafu, Wooden Bench, Yoga Block, Bolster, etc. if you wish. The church may be cold in the winter, dress appropriately.


5) What's the deal with the donations?

Traditionally speaking, spiritual teachings cannot be offered in exchange for money, and ought to be offered freely. Donations are our way of allowing people to contribute to the costs of holding these talks in a building sheltered from the elements. The donations will be given to the North Church and any excess to a local charity. The speaker's time and knowledge are his donation.


6) I can only attend one talk and not the others, should I still come?

Yes! Each talk is separate and while the doctrine builds on each other, should still make sense on its own.


7) Despite your amazing FAQ, I still have unanswered questions.

wnymeditation@gmail.com