In preparation for the Dec 5th class, please do the following:
1. Read the Golden Light Sutra (my personal favorites for those of you new to reading the sutra: Chapters 1, 5 (Confession), and 6 (Emptiness). For a related blog article regarding an upcoming animal sacrifice in Nepal and Lama Zopa’s request that we read the sutra, click here. Please complete the reading by Nov 24th. The main Golden Light sutra website is: http://www.fpmt.org/golden_light_sutra/.
2. Finish reading the Wishfulfilling Golden Sun and other required readings.
3. On Nov 25th and Dec 2, please take the Eight Mahayana Precepts, make the commitment to keep the precepts realistic, even a few hours is a good start. The latest version of Direct and Unmistaken Method — Lama Zopa’s advice on taking the precepts is available from the FPMT store, and it contains the practice itself. The original version published by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive is out of print, however, it’s available online.
4. Try doing the Food Offering Prayer. If you can do it at every meal, that’s great. If not, maybe just pick one meal a day. Get your family involved — be creative, make it secular if you feel more comfortable.
Question: please share a few ideas on how you’ve incorporated Buddhism into your daily life — whether it’s a special thought you have when you’re cooking for your family, or a new attentiveness to a particular relationship, maybe a mantra or saying that you’re practicing in your mind when you’re out walking your dog.
The Dec 5th class, the last in this series, will focus on over coming obstacles, death and dying practices, and the Confession to the 35 Buddhas prayer. We will mostly likely hold an optional group reading of the Golden Light Sutra from 12:15 – 1:00 pm. More information will be available soon.
For students who attended the Nov 21 class and will come to the Dec 5th class, please email Rebecca Freeman (email@example.com) if you’d like the required readings.