Bhikkhu Bodhi discusses the Five Spiritual Faculties, the ascending factors that lead toward enlightment and the Four Brahma Viharas, the descending factors that lead toward engagement in the world.
Following the dharma talk, Kim Behan, Executive Director of Buddhist Global Relief, gives a presentation on the founding, goals, and projects of the organization. Buddhist Global Relief is a Buddhist organization dedicated to providing relief from poverty and hunger among impoverished communities worldwide. Read Bhikkhu Bodhi's provocative essay that led to the founding of BGR: “A Challenge to Buddhists”
How to work with self-loathing and doubt. How the Noble truths lead to freedom. How the Buddha guides us on the eight-fold steps on how to live our lives, train our minds and grow in wisdom. The Dhamma is most excellent in the beginning, middle, and end.
The contemplation of vedana, the Second Foundation of Mindfulness, provides a powerful tool to dismantle suffering; it can also reveal surprising and profoundly liberating truths about the nature of reality.
It is clear that spiritual practice is aimed towards the development of wholesome states. Yet our mind-streams have currents of greed, hatred and delusion - how can we use these very states to our own benefit?