Wednesday, September 23, 2009

2009 September Announcements

2009 September Announcements

Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center

Ask Sue Yen Sunim what the stone says!


Please note that the Temple is hoping to plan a retreat day field trip to Chuan Yen Temple in Carmel, NY. Visit their website at to learn about the Chen Yen Temple. One possible date is Saturday, October 10, 2009. We will keep you posted!

The Dharma School Series

Chanting & Meditation 7 pm - 7:30 pm

Dae Yen Sa Dharma School & Tea 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

We welcome individuals of all paths and understandings to participate in weekly gatherings consisting of meditation, meditative reading and review along with group reflection on Buddhist principles and practices or Dharma. The only requirement is an open mind and open heart.

Study Topic for Wednesday, September 23, 2009:


The Four Noble Truths represent the very first sermon of the Buddha after he attained enlightenment. Paradoxically these fundamental teachings are simple and at the same time profound. They are teachings on both theory and practice. They are teachings on 1. Suffering, 2. the Cause of Suffering, 3. The End to Suffering, and 4. The Way to End Suffering.

We will be continuing the second set of 3 principles under the category of Mental Development of Noble Truth 4 - The Way to End Suffering. This segment includes
Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.

Last week we learned about Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood as the principles denoting morality and good conduct. These are the foundation of the practice. But good conduct alone is not enough without mental development. It is easy to practice good conduct when things are going our way, but when they aren't we can lose our peaceful intention and slip into greed, anger and ignorance.

Developing the mind through these 3 principles helps strengthen our conduct during the tough times. All 8 principles of the 8-fold path are interdependent and necessary to cultivate a proper mindset and to move on the path of wisdom from delusion toward clarity and happiness.

For our study of the Four Noble Truths we will be accessing the home page - may want to bookmark and then click and print the link "MENTAL DEVELOPMENT" .

Please read these commentaries and bring your insights, reflections and questions to Sangha.It will be good to be with you again. As always the Temple and Sangha is open to all who come seeking freedom from greed, anger and ignorance through wisdom and peace.


"The point of Buddhist meditation is not to stop thinking, for cultivation of insight clearly requires intelligent use of thought and discrimination. What needs to be stopped is conceptualization that is compulsive, mechanical and unintelligent, that is, activity that is always fatiguing, usually pointless, and at times seriously harmful"

--Allan Wallace

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