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Hello - I've only just found this group as I've been interested in secular buddhism for a number of years. I have only now thought about going forwards and reaching it to people about it.
Im a 36 yr old married mother, horticulture student, from the UK

So Hello x

Simply Be

Be in the present moment.

When things come they come.

When things go they go.

Address them as they come and go.

Do not be attached to past nor future.

Do not think to far in the past nor future.

Work on the present moment to change your past and future.

Address life from moment to moment. From breaths, to hours, to days, to weeks, months and years.

Everything should derived from the present moment.

There, in the present moment, beingness is rediscovered.

There, the ego is transcended and dissolves.

There, divinity is beyond the matrix of duality.

"Do not dwell on the past and do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind of the present moment." - Buddha

Simply Be.

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"Donald S. Lopez, Jr. looks at Voltaire’s early reflections on Buddhism and how, in his desire to separate the Buddha’s teachings from the trappings of religion, the French Enlightenment thinker prefigured an approach now familiar in the West."

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Batchelor has a new book out. Did not realize it until today.

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Buddhist Biography

Free Offer Today.
( Good price either way )
Going For Broke: A Western Mans Journey from Materialism to Bhikku

This Anonymous written book, I can attest is the biography of genuine robbed Buddhist Monk. He messaged me in private to offer it Publicly for free, this weekend on Amazon.

I have been told it will inspire many people, on their own journeys.

If you miss the free offer, it's still only a minimum of 99 cents, which goes to charity. If you accept the free offer, please offer a review on Amazon.

#Dharma #SacredSunday #Buddhism

Book Description

Going for Broke” consists of letters written by a young American who quit his lucrative job to travel the world on a spiritual quest. It tells the story of a man who took to heart Thoreau’s urging to “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams” and “Live the life you’ve imagined.”

The author worked as a programmer during the technology boom of the late 1990s. Although seemingly content with his life, he had long harbored a desire to become a Buddhist monk.

When he learned that one of his computer programs was being used for animal testing, he gave up his job and apartment and sold his car, using the money to finance a back-packing trip -- to see the world and see if he could renounce it and become a monk.

His journey takes him across the Pacific, from Buddhist monasteries in California, to Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Thailand and finally to Myanmar. Along the way he works, surfs, camps, hikes, walks over a lava flow, extreme bungee-jumps, climbs a glacier, rides a camel on a safari, visits meditation centers and spiritual sites, and treks in Nepal. In Fiji he finds himself in the middle of a coup and has to be evacuated. 

Throughout the trip he sends detailed accounts of his adventures to a growing list of friends. He writes with joy and humor about what he sees and does and about the people he meets. He ponders his future, questioning whether he has the resolve to become a monk. One morning, in a magical moment on the shore of an island, he makes a discovery that convinces him of his true destiny. His resolve to ordain is later tested in Nepal when he falls in love with a German woman.

The second half of the book consists of notes sent from monasteries in Thailand and Myanmar describing the process of becoming a monk and his first years living as a monk, first a forest monastery in Thailand, and then at the Pa-Auk Forest Monastery in Myanmar, where he studies under the Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw. He describes daily life in detail, his monk’s vows, and the basics of samatha (concentration) meditation.

The final account narrates a visit to his home state of Connecticut seven years after his trek began, where his family sees him in his robes for the first time, and he sees them and the United States from a new perspective. 

What is a Buddhist's ultimate goal?
Is it nirvana, commonly understood as an extinguishing of the individual self and complete extinction of all suffering?

What is a secular Buddhist's ultimate goal? The same?

I don't presume to think that there is any kind of uniformity as to what a secular Buddhist's ultimate goal might be. Almost by definition a self-described secular Buddhist will probably have his or her own highly individualistic idea of what the goal is or might be.

But there is probably something shared, or otherwise why even bother with the "Buddhist" part? Why not just stick to some secular code or set of values that will suffice as a path to live by?

For myself, I call myself a secular Buddhist not so much as a Buddhist but because I think Gautama's restatement of the Dharma is a code I can live by.

But I also have my own restatement of that Dharma that I have boiled down from primarily Buddhist readings, particularly the Eight-fold path, and with a great appreciation for the works of Stephen Batchelor. My restatement is highly secular, by design and intent stripped of all that smacks of metaphysics, supernaturalism or any spiritual ism of any kind.

Here it is for your consideration:

The Dharma Restated: A Path To Live By

Ground yourself in the natural world,
Guided by the light of reason,
Abide in emptiness.

Watching, understanding cause and effect, contingency, and conditioned arising,
Let go of fixations and reactions,
And see how they ease, slow, and stop.

Grasp the liberation in this.

Cultivate your path,
Your view expansive and inclusive -- mindful -- focused,
Watchful of thoughts, speech, and acts,
Live your life responsibly, with diligence and care.


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