Category Archives: Engaged Buddhism

The Four Immeasurables

Equanimity     Loving Kindness     Compassion     Sympathetic Joy A Two-Day Practice Workshop Sunday Jan. 21 and Jan 28, 9:30-4:00 The Four Immeasurables  is an important practice of the Mahayana path. Its objective is to train our minds in the four qualities of loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity in order to […]

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Shakyamuni Festival

Saturday May 21 at 11:00am Nalandabodhi Halifax marks the Shakyamuni Festival (also known as Saka Dawa Düchen and Vaishak)  with shamatha meditation and auspicious chants, followed by a potluck reception. It was through the diligence and kindness of a young prince, Siddhartha Gautama, that we have a path to find enlightenment for ourselves and thus be […]

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Compassion and Altruism

Are compassion and altruism different? From a Buddhist point of view they are the same. Technically, however, altruism seems to mean that our sense of compassion expands to the point where we become devoted to the welfare of others. That doesn’t mean we don’t care for ourselves at the same time, but in practice we […]

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Get Unreal: The Two Realities in Buddhism

With Mitra Karl Brunnholzl May 23-25 It is said that many of the problems and misconceptions we face on the Buddhist path have their root in not fully understanding the two realities and how we distinguish between them. During this weekend, we will explore the basic teachings about the two realities — relative reality and […]

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Lojong: Training for a Courageous Heart in the 21st Century

Friday Jan. 24 evening and Saturday Jan. 25 all day When the Bengali sage Atisha journeyed to Tibet in the 12th century, he discovered that Tibetans were far from the peaceful folk he had anticipated meeting. The practical slogan practice he designed has as much relevance for today’s world as for that ancient kingdom. Applying […]

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