Starting with the “avoidance of bad company” which is basic to all moral and spiritual progress, the discourse culminates in the achievement of a passion-free mind, unshakeable in its serenity. The Mangala Sutta also reveals that the Buddha’s instructions do not always take negative forms nor are they exclusively concerned with monastic morality. Here in this beautiful discourse from the Pali Canon we find family morality expressed in the most elegant verses. We can imagine the happy blissful state household life attained as a result of following these injunctions, which truly gives us real blessings in life.
Benny Liow is the editor of Eastern Horizon Journal. He was the Editorial Consultant and contributor to the “Religions and Beliefs” volume of The Encyclopaedia of Malaysia. His writings have appeared in the Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Kajian Malaysia, and in “Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World's Religious Traditions published in the US. To date he has edited eight books on Buddhism, including his most recent, One Dharma: Many Buddhist Traditions.
Benny will facilitate this one day workshop by explaining the background, contemporary relevance and applications of the 38 guidelines in our everyday life as lay Buddhists.
9.00 am : Puja
9.30 am : Introduction, Background & Structure
10.00am: Session 1- Essential Blessings
10.30am: Session 2 – Supporting Blessings
11.00am: Tea Break
11.15am: Session 3 – Personal Blessings
11.45am: Session 4 – Higher Blessings
12.15pm: Q & A
12.45pm: Lunch (provided)
2.00pm: Session 5 – Supreme Blessings
3.30pm: Tea Break
3.45pm: Presentation of Workshop
4.45pm: Wrap Up
5.00pm: End of Program and Photo session