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<ul><li> 1. Buddhist Association of Canada<br />Cham Shan Temple<br /><br />Introduction to <br />Buddhism and Meditation<br />2011/02/26<br /></li></ul> <p> 2. Buddhist Association of Canada<br />Cham Shan Temple<br />nmftu<br /><br />Namo Buddha<br />nmdm <br /><br />Namo Dharma<br />nmsngqi<br /><br />Namo Sangha<br /> 3. Meditation<br />Towards a Liberated and Enlightened Life<br /><br /> 4. Lotus Flower Blossoms From Your Footstep <br />When you are walking, you are aware of that:<br />Your heal is up.<br />You are lifting your foot.<br />Your body is moving forward.<br />You are lowering your foot.<br />Youare touching the floor with your toes.<br />You are pressing your foot on floor. <br /> 5. The Miracle of Mindfulness in Your Walking<br />Breathing<br />Walking<br />Counting<br />Keeping a half-smile<br />This can generate:<br />Mindfulness<br />Concentration <br />One-pointedness<br />Peace<br />Happiness and Appreciation.<br /> 6. Walking with Appreciation<br />The miracle is to walk on the earth<br />The miracle is to walk on empty space.<br />The miracle is to walk on empty space with energy balance.<br />The miracle is you are walking and breathing.<br /> 7. Walking Meditation<br />You are walking in the moon<br />Walking with one foot on the ground.<br />You are landing on earth with another foot.<br />You re-gain your freedom.<br />Your foot is a kings seal.<br />A lotus flower blossoms from each footstep<br />The earth emerges.<br /> 8. Sitting 7 Postures:<br /> Full/half lotus/free seat <br /> Spine and neck straight, back flat <br /> Left palm below abdomen, right palm on the left palm, thumbs touching each other <br /> shoulder upright and head top Chin withdrawn<br /> Head upright and neck straight <br /> Tongue on upper jaw <br /> Eyes level and natural , <br /> 9. Observing Your Mind<br />Aware of breathing, counting, sensing, and smiling.<br />Observing your thoughts without commenting.<br />Always bring your consciousness back to the present of moment if your mind is wandering.<br />Keep yourself always calm, relax but focusing on what you are doing.<br />Appreciate your breathing, counting, sensing and smiling.<br /> 10. Counting Breaths<br />Very relaxingly and unconcernedly count from 1 to 10.<br />Count your breaths, calling one exhalation and inhalation just on breath.<br />When you have reached ten, resume counting from 1 again.<br />As your skill develops, you will be able to count to 100 in 10 groups of ten, without having your mind wander and without dropping off to sleep.<br /> 11. Achievements in Counting Breaths<br />Your breath is slowing down.<br />Your mind is becoming more peaceful.<br />Confusion and sleepiness decrease.<br />You trace your breath as if the breath is felt to enter and leave through your pores.<br />You experience yourself dissipating like a cloud and melting away like a fog.<br /> 12. Chapter One The meaning of Buddha<br />What does Buddha mean?<br />Who is Tathagata?<br />What is the difference between awareness and enlightenment?<br />What is ignorance?<br />Do you know how many levels of awakening?<br />Is Buddha a human being?<br /> 13. Chapter One The meaning of Buddha<br />The term Buddha means "Awakened". As he fully comprehended theFour Noble Truthsand as he arose from the slumbers of ignorance he is called a Buddha. Since he not only comprehends but also expounds the doctrine and enlightens others, He is called a Samma-Sambuddha --a Fully Enlightened One.<br /> 14. Chapter One The meaning of Buddha<br />Buddha means awakened one.<br /><br />Awakening includes awareness and enlightenment. <br /><br /> 15. Chapter One The meaning of Buddha<br />There are three levels of awakening:<br />Eliminate all the hindrance of seeing and thinking ()<br />Able to enlighten others ()<br />Eliminate all ignorance () <br /> 16. Chapter Two Gautama Buddhas Life (1)<br />Siddhartha Gautama, Known as the Buddha, was born in the sixth century B.C. in what is now modern Nepal. His father, Suddhodana, was the ruler of the Sakya people and Siddhartha grew up living the extravagant life ofa young prince. According to custom, he married at the age of 16 with a young girl named Yasodhara. His father had ordered that he live a life of total seclusion, but one day Siddhartha ventured out into the world and was confronted with the reality of the inevitable suffering of life. The next day, at the age of 29, he left his kingdom and newborn son to lead an ascetic life and determine a way to relieve universal suffering.<br /> 17. Chapter Two Gautama Buddhas Life (1)<br />For six years, Siddhartha submitted himself to rigorous ascetic practices, studying and following different methods of meditation with various religious teachers. But he was never fully satisfied. One day, however, he was offered a bowl of rice and milk from a young girl and he accepted it. In that moment, he realized that physical austerities were not the means to achieve liberation. From then on, he encouraged people to follow a path of balance rather than extremism. He called this The Middle Way.<br /> 18. Chapter Two Gautama Buddhas Life (1)<br />That night Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree, and meditated until dawn. He purified his mind of all defilements and attained enlightenment at the age of thirty-five, thus earning the title Buddha, or Fully Enlightened One. For the remainder of his eighty years, the Buddha preached the Dharma in an effort to help other sentient beings reach enlightenment.<br /> 19. Questions and Comments <br />www.ChamShanTemple.org<br />www.shengguangshi.blogspot.com<br />ShengguangShi@hotmail.com<br />Shengguang Shi <br />Tom Cheung <br />Kam Cheung <br />Dennis Yap <br /></p>

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