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Master ji ru

Master Ji Ru –

Malaysian-born, received higher ordination as a Bhikkhu in both the Theravada and Chan traditions, and is an internationally renowned monk and dharma author. He is abbot for MABA, IBFA, and the North Shore Meditation Center. He resides at the Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA) in Augusta, Missouri.


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His preaching sites –

  • Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA) in Augusta Missouri

    http://www.maba-usa.org/

  • International Buddhism Friendship Association (IBFA) in Chinatown Chicago

  • 2754 S. Central Park http://littlevillagebuddhistmeditation.wordpress.com/


Why learn about buddhism
Why learn about Buddhism?

Birth

Aging

Sickness

Death

Separation from the love ones

Union with the ones we hate

Do not get what we want


Buddha shakyamuni
Buddha Shakyamuni

  • He discovered the path to Buddhahood and got enlightened.

  • He showed us the path so that we can also get enlightened.

  • After 2500 years, there have been lots of different schools and sects formed. How do we choose which teachings to follow?


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Goal

To gain the right view, right understanding in the course of studying Buddhism 每個人能夠得到正見的熏習

To build solid foundation 把基礎打好

To learn how to assess various Dharma teachings 法的抉擇


Benefits
Benefits

Not to pursue an impractical and overly ambitious goal不會好高騖遠

Not to discuss the profound and the esoteric不會談玄說妙, 在一種圓融神話裡

Not to become an ideology,不會只有理想化, 圓滿的想像中

Not to speculate about the future? 不會想像於未來如何如何? Where to be in the future? 未來要到哪裡去?

Not to deify the Buddha as a god or heavenly being不會把佛神化了,天化了


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Will improve in every moment of our lives through right view 會在我們生命的每個當下依正見而昇華而提升, change ourselves 改造自己, be able to get rid of greed, hatred and delusion 真正的能夠脫離貪瞋癡煩惱的束縳.

Ekottara Agama states:增壹阿含經說: “All Buddhas came from the human realm 諸佛皆出人間 and are not enlightened in Heaven" 終不在天上成佛也

Return to our human realm回到人的本位來, return to our daily life 回到生活中, return to our present state of the body and mind 回到當前的身心狀態來


Something special about buddhism
Something Special about Buddhism 會在我們生命的每個當下依正見而昇華而提升, change ourselves 改造自己, be able to get rid of greed, hatred and delusion 真正的能夠脫離貪瞋癡煩惱的束縳.

  • Not culture bound, not bound to any particular society, race or ethnic group

  • Practical oriented. Not interested in metaphysical theories or academic questions.

  • Emphasize on internal practice rather than external forms of religious behavior.

  • Emphasize on developing wisdom.


Priority
Priority 會在我們生命的每個當下依正見而昇華而提升, change ourselves 改造自己, be able to get rid of greed, hatred and delusion 真正的能夠脫離貪瞋癡煩惱的束縳.

a man wounded by an arrow wishes to know followings before he will let the arrow be removed:

  • who shot the arrow

  • the direction from which it came

  • whether the arrowhead is bone or iron

  • whether the shaft is one kind of wood or another


Such people will die before they ever have the answers to all their irrelevant questions
Such people will die before they ever have the answers to all their irrelevant questions

People who want to know about the origin of the universe

  • Is it eternal or not?

  • Finite in space or not?


What are the unique characteristics of the dharma not found in any other religions
What are the unique characteristics of the Dharma not found in any other religions 與外道, 世俗不共的特質是什麼?


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Centered on the in any other religions Three Universal Characteristics 三法印為中心的思想:

Impermanence 無常

Non-self 無我

Nirvana 涅槃寂靜


Major tenet
Major Tenet in any other religions

Interdependent Rising

  • an idea of cause and effect which is at the heart of the Buddha’s teachings

    Four Noble Truths

  • Concrete teaching of interdependent rising


Avoid 3 faults
Avoid 3 faults: in any other religions

  • A container covered with a lid - listens to the teachings with a closed mind, a mind that is already made up. The Dharma cannot enter, fill the container.



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3. A dirty container - listen to the teachings with an impure mind, with impure attitudes, with selfish attitudes or desires.



Not to accept anything
Not to accept anything various religious teachers?

  • merely on the basis of purported authority

  • because it is contained in sacred (宗教性的) text

  • on the basis of common opinion

  • because it seems reasonable

  • because of reverence (尊敬) for a teacher

  • Even with Buddha’s teaching, you must verify its truth


To test whatever you might hear in the light of your own experience
to test whatever you might hear in the light of your own experience

  • Things were harmful, should seek to abandon them.

  • Things were beneficial, conducive (有益於..的) to peace and tranquility (平靜), -- should seek to cultivate them.


Self reliance
Self-reliance experience

use our own minds as a kind of private test tube


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when experiencegreed and anger are present in our minds, they lead to disquiet and suffering


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when experiencegreed and anger are absent from our minds, it results in tranquility and happiness.


What to be on the look out
What to be on the look out? experience

As Buddhism became widespread所有的佛法的推廣越來越廣, culture and custom differs in every region每個地區,每個文化,每個習俗都不同, Buddhism had to adapt itself需要很多的適應. Such adaptions are not to deviate from the original teachings適應跟方便是不能離開純正的佛法.


What to learn to start
What to Learn to Start? experience

  • Right Views /

    Right Understanding

    - Sets direction to one’s path

  • Our Body and Mind

    - Makes up our world


What needs to know
What Needs to Know? experience

Sangha People

  • Those who renounced the household life, seeking enlightenment, spreading the Buddha’s teachings.

  • We need to show respect and support


What needs to know1
What Needs to Know? experience

  • Lay Persons

    Those who are looking for the truth of reality thru Buddhism.

  • Be humble, eager to learn, and follow the teachings