Lion's Roar Mandala Tibetan Buddhist Meditation & Dharma Center

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Lion’s Roar Mandala Tibetan Buddhist Meditation & Dharma Center meets at the Do Nga Dhargey Temple, meaning “Sutra and Tantra Flourishing” (Location). Sutra means “a collection of aphorisms relating to some aspect of the conduct of life” (Sutra). In other words, they are sayings that are meant to help you to reflect on life and how we should all act. Tantra is when you try to make a connection with the Buddha(s) through yoga and meditations. Upon approaching the temple, one cannot help, but to notice how clean their temple is from outside; the lawn is mowed, the path is swept, the building is without stains or damages, the bushes and trees are pruned, even the gate looks nice!
Arriving a few minutes early to the “Mindful Meditation for
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The interactive segment was short since hardly anyone had a question, or pitching in their two cents. The meeting concluded with another prayer.
According to in-class lectures, Buddhists are not polytheistic, nor monotheistic. Their ultimate goal is Nirvana, or being liberated from the physical world, reaching enlightenment. Originating with Siddartha Gautama, “after experiencing a life of extreme self-pleasure, followed by extreme restraint from pleasure, the way between both worlds is discovered” (class notes). That “middle path” would be the dharma in order to reach enlightenment.
The middle path is generally achieved by understanding the Four Noble Truths and applying the EightFold Path. “The first truth is that suffering is bound to happen” (class notes). The second truth is that “Dukkha (suffering) is caused by grasping, clinging, or aversion” (Buddhist Studies). Until we realize that everything in this world is temporary and not ours, we will not get rid of suffering. The third truth is that Nirvana ends Dukkha. You are “liberated” (class notes). The fourth truth is called “Awakening”. The middle path is used to “condition us to be un-conditioned… and realize our true nature since we’ve added limitations” (Buddhist Studies). In my opinion, the fourth truth is the most intriguing, not because it is a paradox, but because we can all agree we unconsciously set limitations to ourselves, and it is interesting to think about what are true nature is.
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