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Sakyadhita Newsletter 023                      August 20th 2013

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The Meaning of the Sakyadhita Logo  
 The Sakyadhita logo is a combination of several important Buddhist symbols. The Dharma wheel in the centre symbolizes the Buddhist teachings. The lotus is the symbol of purity and human potential, and is also associated with women. Taken together, the logo represents women's ability to purify their minds and realize their full human potential through the teachings of the Buddha. 

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Sati Saraniya building
New Building at Sati Saraniya Hermitage
Perth Ontario
Sakyadhita Canada, this year, has offered donations (Dana) to two developing nunneries (monasteries) in Canada, one in Ontario the other in British Columbia.                                    Sati Saraniya Hermitage says: "With so many kind and wholesome intentions reaching us from near and far, we are reminded that this is more than just a temple for nuns. The new Dhamma Hall is a spiritual sanctuary for this and generations to come."
 Please check out the project at: 
www.satisaraniya.ca
PoLam
PoLam Nunnery
Chilliwack British Columbia
The second donation was given to the PoLam Nunnery to help with the extensive building of a Meditation Vihara which: "will help to bring spiritual growth to individuals who pursue in such path which in turn will benefit the community in a harmonious and peaceful way." For more details:
                                www.polam.ca

 Sakyadhita Canada is very happy to help with these two very worthwhile & beneficial projects, and we are grateful for the donations and support from our members.

A Teacher of Action and Inaction
Buddha-lotus

....Buddha..... There is a way that one can rightly say of me that I am a teacher of inaction;
I do teach people to be inactive in regard to evil conduct in deeds, words and thoughts: I teach inaction in regard to the multitude of evil, unwholesome qualities.

But, I also teach people to be active by way of good conduct in deeds, words and thoughts; I teach action in regard to the multitude of wholesome Qualities.

There is also a way in which one can say that I am an annihilationist. For I teach the annihilation of greed, hatred and delusion; I teach the annihilation of the multitude of evil, unwholesome qualities.
Anguttara Nikaya VIII, 12 (excerpt)


To follow the Buddha's teaching at times flies in the face of many modern teachings. Often these teachings ask one to just experience what is happening now. To give all "duel" thinking a pass. The Buddha, however, asks us to wake up through a deep understanding of experience itself. He taught a path of discernment --- a very active path. We establish intention to end suffering and act on that intention, both mentally and physically, by using awareness and choice.

This can be confusing if we don't make a clear distinction between discernment and judgment. Discernment is the process of seeing the difference between things. Judgment is the act of assigning guilt or innocence. When discernment and the understanding of the dependent nature of all occurrences, be they mental or physical, are combined, choice becomes much less complicated. Is greed, hatred or delusion being weakened or strengthened? Weakened, act. Strengthened, don't act. Is loving kindness, compassion and equanimity being weakened or strengthened? Strengthened, act. Weakened, don't act. Evaluate and act in accordance with your goal. The Buddha tells us that choice is what he calls Karma, so, as we choose to strengthen the multitude of wholesome qualities we choose a future that brings us closer to peace.

Note: When making choices, it can be useful to think in terms of helpful and unhelpful, instead of good and bad or positive and negative. When tempted to judge it can be useful to think in terms of skillful and unskillful instead of right or wrong. As we do this the mind becomes less cluttered with thoughts and emotions, awareness is there and mindfulness is there. What needs to get done gets done ---- Skillfully.

Sārani

                      

  
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