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Dharma talks presented by the International Buddhist Society, featuring Venerable Guan Cheng and Venerable Hong Ci.

Dharma talks presented by the International Buddhist Society, featuring Venerable Guan Cheng and Venerable Hong Ci.
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Canada

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Dharma talks presented by the International Buddhist Society, featuring Venerable Guan Cheng and Venerable Hong Ci.

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English


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Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 13)

9/19/2019
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In this episode, the Venerable addressed the following questions from the audience, 1. How do we know if reincarnation exists? Are concepts like reincarnation and Karma similar to Heaven and Hell in Christianity as moral guidance? 2. Can you explain the difference between Pure Land and Nirvana? 3. Can you please explain the meaning of "Om Mani Padme Hum"? 4. Is it possible for beings in the animal realm to go up to Nirvana? Or must they go to the human realm first? 5. What kind of help...

Duration:00:35:04

Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 12)

9/15/2019
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The following questions were addressed in this episode by the Venerable, 1. I read in the book you handed out a few weeks ago, that the Buddha Conservation Sutra has stated that a student of Buddhism should not start to learn Mahayana Buddhism without learning Theravada Buddhism. What do you think? 2. Besides the Ego, what else is reincarnated with us? Is Ego our essence and identity? 3. Venerable, you are teaching us concepts like non-ego, non-passion, but when we go outside to the...

Duration:00:29:34

Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 11)

9/12/2019
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In this episode, the Venerable addressed the following questions raised from the audience, 1. Can you explain what the Bodhisattva's precepts are? 2. How does Buddhism explain the origin of life? In other religions, they explain God created all humans and living things. 3. When we talk about ten kinds of wrongdoing, three with the body, four with the speech, and three with the mind, we mention frivolous speech. What is this? And how does it generate bad Karma? 4. What is the difference...

Duration:00:35:32

Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 10)

9/8/2019
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The Venerable addressed the following thoughts raised by the audience, 1. My daughter is suffering from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), and the doctor told her that the day will come that she will be trapped in her own body. As parents, we've found out that she has asked her doctor if he will assist her with euthanasia. He refused. What can we do to talk her out of it? And how can we find out why we have all this suffering? 2. Speaking of sacrifices and the practice of charity, what...

Duration:00:33:20

Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 9)

9/4/2019
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In this episode, the Venerable addressed the following questions raised by the audience: 1. In our efforts to let go our ego and leave our self-centredness behind, do we risk losing also the good aspects of ourselves, such as our morals that have been firmly rooted in our ego, self, and personality through our upbringing? 2. I want to achieve the wisdom of the Third Eye like Subhudi did. What is the Third Eye? How many lifetimes will this take me? 3. What's the meaning of the very last...

Duration:00:25:13

Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 8)

8/31/2019
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In this episode, the Venerable addressed the following questions raised by the audience: 1. What is the difference between wisdom and intelligence? 2. If nothing is real, then why should we still pay respect to Buddha's lectures? 3. Does all Karma cause us to reincarnate, including good Karma? 4. If we perform good deeds but without attachments, can we avoid accumulating Karma? 5. Is intention important when giving, or is that just Ego attaching to expectations? 6. Buddhism teaches...

Duration:00:29:24

Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 7)

8/27/2019
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The Venerable addressed the following questions raised by the audience in this episode: 1. Is there any beginner's guide to the school of the study of the consciousness? 2. Please explain non-conceptualization. 3. It is difficult for ordinary people to achieve the purity of the six senses. But the 6th patriarch Dharma master of the Chinese Zen (Hui-Neng) said, "You already have that Buddha-nature in you, just go and become a Buddha." Why is that? 4. The Buddha said that all things are...

Duration:00:39:00

Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 6)

8/21/2019
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In this episode, the Venerable answered the following question raised by the audience: I know the talk and the theory are true, but practice is so difficult that when I come back to the real society, I am not getting rid of all the worries and sufferings. He also shared and explained a famous poem written by the Zen Master Shan-Tao: "One day, when death arrives, Then I know, life is but a dream; Nothing can be carried with the journey, Only Karma follows wherever you go."

Duration:00:24:53

Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 5)

8/18/2019
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In this episode, the Venerable explained the disintegration of the human body and consciousness at the time of death, and the Buddhist view towards birthmarks and reincarnation. He further illustrated the definition and characteristics of Emptiness (i.e., Śūnyatā), and the Buddha's view towards impermanence. Finally, he answered the questions of how one should start about making positive impacts to the world, as well as ways of handling sleepiness during meditation.

Duration:00:36:28

Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 4)

8/11/2019
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In this episode, Venerable Guan Cheng discussed his attachments and non-attachments to the temple he built, and answered the following questions: Should one attach to Dharma? How do we know there is reincarnation and karma? Why does the sutra suggest to offer alms to one who does nothing, thinks nothing, practices nothing and manifests nothing? Does one need to become a monk or nun to stop reincarnation? Since Arya Avalokiteshvara said he won't rest until everyone is saved, does that mean we...

Duration:00:42:22

Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 3)

8/7/2019
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In this episode, the Venerable examined the concepts of suffering and happiness, mindfulness and the method of meditation through chanting Amitabha's name in Buddhism. He also explained the origin of human desires, and the path to cultivating a good life.

Duration:00:28:13

Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 2)

8/3/2019
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In this episode, the Venerable addressed the following questions raised by the audience: What is the significance of floor hitting before a meditation session? How do we know if there is a place called "Pure Land"? What does "transferring merit" mean in Samantabhadra's 10 vows? Why does one put the tip of the tongue on the roof of one's mouth during meditation? Why should Buddhist practitioners avoid eating garlic and onions?

Duration:00:29:47

Dharma Q&A with Venerable Guan Cheng (Episode 1)

7/31/2019
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In this episode, the Venerable told the story of the old Mrs. Chu, who had been a volunteer at the temple for 23 years, and how she passed away peacefully at the temple two days prior to this talk.

Duration:00:27:35