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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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The following is taken directly from http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/8foldpath.htm

The Path

1. Samma-Ditthi — Complete or Perfect Vision, also translated as right view or understanding. Vision of the nature of reality and the path of transformation.

2.      Samma-Sankappa — Perfected Emotion or Aspiration, also translated as right thought or attitude.  Liberating     emotional intelligence in your life and acting from love and compassion. An informed heart and feeling mind that are free to practice letting go.

3.      Samma-Vaca — Perfected or whole Speech. Also called right speech. Clear, truthful, uplifting and non-harmful communication.

4.      Samma-Kammanta — Integral Action. Also called right action. An ethical foundation for life based on the principle of non-exploitation of oneself and others. The five precepts.

5.      Samma-Ajiva — Proper Livelihood. Also called right livelihood. This is a livelihood based on correct action the ethical principal of non-exploitation. The basis of an Ideal society.

6.      Samma-Vayama —  Complete or Full Effort, Energy or Vitality. Also called right effort or diligence.  Consciously directing our life energy to the transformative path of creative and healing action that fosters wholeness. Conscious evolution.

7.      Samma-Sati —  Complete or Thorough Awareness. Also called "right mindfulness". Developing awareness, "if you hold yourself dear watch yourself well". Levels of Awareness and mindfulness - of things,  oneself, feelings, thought, people and Reality.

8.      Samma-Samadhi — Full, Integral or Holistic Samadhi. This is often translated as concentration,  meditation, absorption or one-pointedness of mind. None of these translations is adequate. Samadhi literally means to be fixed, absorbed in or established at one point, thus the first level         of meaning is concentration when the mind is fixed on a single object. The second level of meaning  goes further and represents the establishment, not just of the mind, but also of the whole being in various levels or modes of consciousness and awareness. This is Samadhi in the sense of  enlightenment or Buddhahood. The word Samma means 'proper', 'whole', 'thorough', 'integral',  'complete', and 'perfect' - related to English 'summit' - It does not necessarily mean 'right',  as opposed to 'wrong'. However it is often translated as "right" which can send a less than  accurate message. For instance the opposite of 'Right Awareness' is not necessarily 'Wrong".   Awareness'. It may simply be incomplete. Use of the word 'right' may make for a neat or consistent list of qualities in translations. The down side is that it can give the impression  that the Path is a narrow and moralistic approach to the spiritual life. I use variant interpretations so you consider the depth of meanings. What do these things mean in your life right now?

-  John Allan   

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