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Dogs are welcome at the Sunday Market but please don't bring them onto the deck where the food is served.

The Sunday Market is held every Sunday, come rain or shine, from about 8:30am until 1:00 pm. Some booths may run out of food earlier. Come join us for great food & view in a family friendly setting!

Interested in meditation workshop? Open the Meditation menu and select 2017 Meditation Workshops for a list of dates. Signup forms are available in the Temple. You can also sign-up at the workshop.

Click here to learn more about the Buddha Learning Group. The discussion group meets every Sunday in the main Temple between 11:30am and 12:30pm. On the second Sunday of each month we have a more formal session on Buddhism.

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How should one live the Buddhist way of life?

To live the Buddhist way of life one should avoid doing evil, perform wholesome acts and purify one’s own mind.

The “don’t and do” moral principles of the Buddhist way of life are as follows:
 1. To abstain from killing, and develop loving-kindness and compassion to all living beings.
 2. To abstain from stealing, and develop right means of livelihood.
 3. To abstain from sexual misconduct, and develop restraint of the senses.
 4. To abstain from lying, and develop truthful speech.
 5. To abstain from intoxicants, and develop restraint and mindfulness.

The more one can observe the above Five Precepts and Five Virtues, the more happy and peaceful life one will achieve.

Furthermore, trying to purify one’s own mind from greed, hatred, and delusion step-by-step in daily life is the ideal way for all Buddhists.
 

What are the results of the practice of the Five Precepts?

 The Five Precepts are not laws but self-training rules that lead to moral practices and right behaviour. Since one does not live alone, living in society requires self-awareness, self-control, adaptability, non-violent attitude and good-will.

 The Five Precepts are to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, false speech, and intoxicants which carelessness. One should be kind, honest and mindful. Then our society will reach the goal that persons can live together peacefully and in mutual trust.
 

Is there any particular form of practice in Buddhism?

According to Buddhism, everyone is free to consider and investigate Buddhist teaching before acceptance. Even after acceptance one is free to select any particular part of the teaching to put into practice.

 The Buddha has given various practical formats suitable to the people of different tastes and tendencies.

1. Avoidance all evils, fulfillment of good and purification one’s own mind.
2. Generosity, morality and mind development (development of tranquillity and insight.)
3. Morality, concentration and wisdom. (A brief form of the noble path leading to the cessation of suffering.)

Could we live happily without believing in any religion?

Yes, we can. If happiness means physical well-being, then a person can be happy without believing in any particular religion. A human being consists of two major aspects: body and mind. To have a fully developed and happy life, one needs to nourish both body and mind. In this case religion can provide the guidance and the path to develop the mind and spirit along with the body.

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