Sakyadhita Newsletter 30                    
Full Moon March, 2014
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14th Sakyadhita International Conference

June 23-30th, 2015

A Call for Papers for the 14th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women, in Yogyakarta, Indonsesia.

The conference theme: "Compassion and Social Justice".

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 In April of this year new board members will be appointed to the Board of Directors for Sakyadhita Canada.
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Mavis Fenn, a SC Board Member has published a research report on Sakyadhita Canada. The article appeared originally in the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies 2013 and is reproduced here with permission. 

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Whatever an enemy might do
To an enemy,
Or a foe to a foe,                            
The ill-directed mind
Can do to you
           Even worse.
Whatever a mother, father
Or other kinsman
Might do for you
The well-directed mind
Can do for you
               Even better.
                                 Dhp III 42 - 43

The Importance of the way that we understand and use our minds can't be underestimated when we embark upon the path laid down by the Buddha. Often it seems more like we are directed by our mind than that we direct it, but the Buddha knew better and he devised a way to teach us how to realize this. He formulated his teaching as the Four Noble Truths, the fourth of which is The Noble Eightfold Path. This is further divided into three sections, Wisdom, Ethics and Concentration. It makes sense that this profound teaching starts with Wisdom --- The Wisdom of Right View; the understanding that what we think of as life is impermanent, unsatisfactory and not-self. And, the Wisdom of Right Intention; the intention of harmlessness, non-ill will and renunciation. These two principles are so essential to the Buddha's Path that without them it cannot be followed, but with them the following six principles fit seamlessly together.
The division of these factors is purely a teaching tool, for in practice trying to separate them would be a hopeless endeavor. However, due to the current secular popularity of mindfulness and concentration, it is useful for those seeking release from Samsara to note the difference between the practice of mindfulness and concentration for stress reduction, and mindfulness as an aspect of the Buddha's teaching. To realize Nibbana, the Awakened state, mindfulness must be synchronized with Wisdom. It is necessary to see the impermanent, unsatisfactory and selfless nature of all things and to subsequently loose interest in them; to become disenchanted with them enough to lose all attachment to the delusional mind. The Buddha said that it is not necessary to become a disciple of his to arrive at this place, but it is necessary to see the way that "all things" are, and to release the mind from attachment to their false construct. Many Beings have achieved high ethical standards, and many have achieved deep levels of concentration, but without seeing the dependent nature of "all things" they stay firmly rooted in the ignorance of Being --- firmly rooted in Samsara. Mindfulness, joined with Wisdom, is the way out. As we walk the path to freedom from the impermanent and unsatisfactory nature of Samsara, the mind, once an enemy to peace is cultivated to become the greatest friend we could possibly have. It takes us from the realm of Death to the Deathless.