Sun@BGF – The Buddhist Path of Abundance: Money and Happiness
In today’s modern society, money is essential for living. Bro Benny Liow will be sharing what the Buddha taught about money from several Suttas, Ayida Sutta A5.41 (Discourse on Wealth), Anana Sutta A4.62 (Discourse on Debtlessness), and the Dana Sutta A7.49 (Discourse on Giving).
[Cancelled] Harmony & Human Conflict: Lessons from the Pali Suttas
All human beings want to live in harmony but yet they are beset with conflict. Conflict exists even during the time of the Buddha, the most famous being the quarrel that divided the monks of Kosambi along with their lay followers into two hostile camps whose mutual animosity was so strong that they even rejected the Buddha’s efforts to intercede. Eventually, the Buddha taught the reluctant monks to develop love and harmony, reminding them of the state of peace that they sought.
In this program, besides the focus on the Kosambiya Sutta, MN 48 and Araṇavibhanga Sutta, MN 139, we will also explore other related suttas in the Pāli Nikāyas where the topic of harmony and disputes are also mentioned. Overall, in all these suttas, the Buddha spoke about how to be more peaceful through cultivating a wholesome character that involves discipline, a measured speech, patience rather than anger, and consideration for others.
Sun@BGF – Why Buddhism is True by Benny Liow
In a book entitled Why Buddhism is True, Robert Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. Combining evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true—which is to say, a way out of our delusion—but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals.
Sutta Workshop on Wise Reflection by Bro Benny Liow
It is not often that a jet-setting vice-president of a global conglomerate descends on BGF to spend the day with its “worldlings” (“uninstructed” or otherwise). When he does, the occasion calls for much bustle for this worldling who would clear her topsy-turvy retiree-calendar to attend the workshop as well as scrounge for first right to report about it here.