Dharma Talk

Recently I attended a Dharma talk at the Zen Buddhist center near my home. Dharma is the doctrine, or universal truth stated by Buddha, and discussed by his followers. There were about thirty people present, most of whom were kneeling barefoot on small cushions scattered around a raised central mat. When the Dharma speaker entered, everyone bowed three times. He talked for about an hour, mainly about the concept of“continuous practice.” Continuous practice, he said, is a fundamental aspect to attaining enlightenment, and ultimately, Nirvana. Consequentially, however, the speaker also emphasized that Nirvana, or even enlightenment, can not be earned from a week, or even a year, of focused meditation. Rather, the practice, must be a constant and continuous consideration in ones life.

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