Temple Schedule for 2019

Created: Monday, 17 December 2018

January to June 2019, Dinh Quang Temple:

Saturday, January 12, 9 am to 3 pm – Day of Mindfulness

Monday, February 4, 9 pm to February 5, 12 am – Lunar New Year gathering

Sunday, February 10, 10:30 am – Community celebration of Lunar New Year

Saturday, March 23, 9 am to 3 pm – Day of Mindfulness, dedicated to Avalokiteshvara

Saturday, April 13, 9 am to 3 pm – Day of Mindfulness

Saturday,  May 4th through Sunday, May 5th: Regional Vesak Celebration in Little Rock, AR (this is an overnight trip)

Sunday, May 19, 10:30 am – Community Vesak celebration

Saturday, June 8, 9 am to 3 pm  - Day of Mindfulness

*These dates and times may change depending on the circumstances. Please check back here or on our Facebook page for any alterations.

Aspirations for 2019 and Beyond Dinh Quang Buddhist Temple December 8, 2018 The Buddha offered us a threefold training:

1. Sila: This is training in virtue, learning to interact with ourselves, others, and the world in ways that don’t cause harm, but make wisdom, joy, and kindness possible. So we work with the mindfulness trainings/precepts, and we practice both renunciation/restraint and generosity. In terms of the Eightfold Path, we work with Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood.

2. Samadhi: This is training the mind, practicing in such a way that the mind can become concentrated. So we work with the four foundations of mindfulness and meditate in the four postures. In terms of the Eightfold Path, we work with Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.

3. Panna: This is training in insight, relating to our experience in such a way that wisdom can arise. It is the cultivation of wisdom. So we study the Buddha’s teachings and live with awareness, so that understanding of how suffering arises and ceases. In terms of the Eightfold Path, we work with Right View and Right Intention.

The threefold training is mutually supportive. A virtuous, generous life prepares the mind for concentration, because we are less likely to experience remorse, and there is a restraint that protects us from the extreme forms of greed, aversion, and delusion. Sila also prepares our minds for wisdom, because we learn to observe the nature of our experiences, the role of kamma, the way all experience is conditional, etc.

A concentrated mind empowers us to study and apply the Buddha’s teachings more consistently and effectively. It also supports practicing the precepts, being less distracted and more diligent, and better able to notice how we are relating to experience and what the impacts of our actions are. Wisdom helps us navigate through life with increasing skillfulness in all things. This gives us a nice framework for reflecting on our aspirations for 2019 and beyond.