Buddhism

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The Maha Vairocana Dharma King, the Great Enlightener.
Master Dechan Jueren 49th Lineage Holder of Hanmi Esoteric Buddhism and 47th Lineage holder of Linji Chan (Zen) School.


The Dalai Lama

 

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of life. Buddhist practices such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path — a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.

Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god, some people do not see it as a religion in the normal, Western sense. The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. Thus Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, or gender. It teaches practical methods (such as meditation) which enable people to realise and utilise its teachings in order to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives and to develop the qualities of Wisdom and Compassion.

There are around 350 million Buddhists and a growing number of them are Westerners. They follow many different forms of Buddhism, but all traditions are characterised by non-violence, lack of dogma, tolerance of differences, and the practice of meditation.

Many of the Buddhist meditations taught at the Brentwood Buddhist Centre are from the School of Hanmi Esoteric Buddhism.

Hanmi esoteric practice involves the use of mantras (empowered syllable sounds), mudras (hand or body gestures), and visualizations, for the purpose of reaching one’s full human potential. These three simple elements form a profoundly effective synergy that can immediately and positively influence one’s daily life. Through the practice of these techniques, one can purify personal karma, calm the body and mind, and thereby attain higher levels of consciousness.

Through the cultivation of raised consciousness, the individual can begin to understand the right way for them to live. Such realisation brings true health, vitality and happiness. It is only from this point of departure that one can genuinely help others.

General breathing and loving kindness practices are also taught at the centre, however the union of the three mysteries is found by most to be the most profound way of entering a deep meditation state. There are hundreds of meditation practices from this tradition, Medicine Buddha Dharma, Four foundations, Prajna Akasagarbha - Movement Meditation and many more.