Saturday Morning (online)
Dharma Discourses and Meditation
By Donation 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
10:00 am Dharma Discourses
12:00pm Refreshment Break
Verses for week 13 (Saturday 28 March 2020):
Chapter 6: Perfection of Patience, 35 – 41
Yet carelessly, all unaware,
They tear themselves on thorns and briars;
And ardent in pursuit of wives and goods,
They starve themselves of nourishment.
Some hang themselves or leap into the void,
Or eat bad food or swallow deadly poison,
Or by their evil conduct
Bring destruction on themselves.
For when affliction seizes them,
They kill themselves, the selves they love so much.
So how could they not be the cause
Of pain and suffering for others?
And when, as victims of defilement,
Beings even cause their own destruction,
Even if compassion does not rise in us,
We can at least refrain from being angry.
If those who are like wanton children
Are by nature prone to injure others,
What point is there in being angry—
Like resenting fire for its heat?
And if their faults are fleeting and contingent,
If living beings are by nature wholesome,
It’s likewise senseless to resent them—
As well be angry at the sky for having clouds!
Although indeed it is the stick that hurts me,
I am angry at the one who wields it, striking me.
But he is driven and impelled by anger—
So it is his wrath I should resent.
About Dharma Discourses:
Dharma Discourses is a unique class where students take turns speaking on a Dharma topic for eight minutes. We are currently working our way through Shantideva’s text “the Way of the Bodhisattva”. Each week students study and prepare to speak on 7 verses. We have found this class to be a highly effective way to learn about the Dharma. Students are therefore encouraged to participate, though newcomers are welcome to observe.
Discounts for the Saturday Program and teachings apply for Mandala Members as follows:
Non-Mandala Members: $20
Silver Mandala Members: $18
Gold Mandala Members: $15
Diamond Mandala Members: $10
To participate in the Saturday program, please take the following steps:
1. Transfer the amount according to your membership category to the following account and include your name and DD as the reference.
Name: AIVBI BSB: 633 000 Account number: 120 528 641
2. Send an email to email@example.com by 9:30am Saturday morning so we can send you a link to the online Zoom meeting room.
3. Download Zoom to your device.
4. Click on the link at 10am Saturday to join the program meeting.
Please contact us to find out more about the program.