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The Twelve Links – Part 7

Posted by on Jul 28, 2018 in Tibetan Buddhism | 0 comments

“I now know many things about suffering in Samsara,” he thought. “I know that if I am suffering I can’t be happy, that there is a cause to suffering and that suffering can end. It is impermanent. So if there is a cause to suffering, then what is it? The cause of most of my suffering is other people,” he thought. “But if suffering is impermanent then all people would have to start being a lot nicer to me or everyone would have to die. Or maybe I would have to die.” None of those options seemed very realistic or particularly noble. There must...

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The Twelve Links – Part 6

Posted by on Jul 28, 2018 in Tibetan Buddhism | 0 comments

Nap was beginning to think that he was the only human who hadn’t heard of the Four Noble Truths, for it was all that people would talk about. Wanting to change the subject for a while, Nap asked Tara Yellow what she was doing in this deserted town. The answer he received was not what he wanted to hear. She told him that Tara Green had sent her to tell him of the 2nd Noble Truth. Even though he was interested in this stuff he wouldn’t have minded a night off. Nap promised himself then and there that he would let his hair down in the next town....

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The Twelve Links – Part 5

Posted by on Jul 28, 2018 in Tibetan Buddhism | 0 comments

After dinner they continued their talk. Nap, wanting to show off his new found wisdom began to tell Cohen of the 1st Noble Truth, the truth of suffering. He told him of the function and the nature, but he had to stop at the completed effect for that he wasn’t sure of. Cohen wasn’t one to interrupt so he let Nap finish before telling him that he knew of true suffering and what’s more not only did he know the completed effect but he also knew the definition of true suffering. Nap felt rather foolish to have tried to impress Cohen but his thirst...

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The Twelve Links – Part 4

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Tibetan Buddhism | 0 comments

Consciousness was a strange town, the streets were lined with fruit trees and the fruit trees were lined with monkeys. They were swinging from tree to tree with one hand and holding fruit in the other. Not far into the town Nap came to a crossroad. On each corner of the crossroad was a pub. He’d had a long ride and the thought of a bath and a night in a proper bed was most appealing. A beer in each one would help him to decide which one to bunk at. He chose the Hotel Impermanent for his first ale. It was a friendly atmosphere with lots of...

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An Evening With Green Tara

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Discussion Group | 0 comments

We had such a lovely get together on Tuesday night. We departed from the usual format of reading and discussing Geshe-la’s text for a little visit with Green Tara, The Mother of All Buddhas. I had been feeling exhausted all day – well for the past couple of weeks actually! – and thought to myself that I really needed some Tara help to get some energy in, so I thought “Why not make tonight’s gathering a little impromptu class and meditation on Green Tara”? As Tara is the compassionate activity of all the Buddhas she is the ultimate...

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The Twelve Links – Part 3

Posted by on Feb 24, 2018 in Tibetan Buddhism | 0 comments

Not far from the bazaar he found a quiet spot beside a river, the perfect place to tend to Karma and Delusion. He had just finished lighting the fire when he heard the sound of oars hitting the water. He looked out onto the river and saw a woman approaching in a small rowboat. Wondering where she was headed he walked down to the rivers edge to help her from the boat. She had long brown hair and beautiful river green eyes and when she looked at him he felt like he’d known her forever. Her name was Tara Green. Nap offered her tea and a seat by...

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The Twelve Links – Part 2

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in Tibetan Buddhism | 1 comment

Nap thought it strange that he had never heard of Karmic Action. But when living in Ignorance it was easy to become blind to what lay beyond. There was so much happening in Ignorance that you barely had time to contemplate other places. As Nap rode farther on he came across a bazaar filled with people displaying their art and craft. It was bright and colourful and Nap thought it might be a chance to see what went on in Karmic Action. He noticed a crowd gathering so he wandered over to take a look. They were gathered around a young man selling...

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The Twelve Links – Part 1

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in Tibetan Buddhism | 0 comments

Jordan Zea a student at Langri Tangpa Buddhist Centre in Brisbane wrote the following story as an assignment for the Discovering Buddhism course in 2004, it outlines The Twelve Links of Interpendent Origination or The law of Dependent Origination, The Four Truths and a few other Buddhist teachings as experienced by a character named Nap. It is a rather long story so we have divided it up into parts for ease of reading. “It is because of the mystery of birth, old age and death that Buddhas arise in the world. There is no realm of existence in...

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Six Perfections

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in Discussion Group | 0 comments

Tuesday night was our first gathering for 2018 and what a lovely gathering it was! Thank you all for coming along, it was great to see everyone after the long holiday season and felt terrific to be cracking on with Dharma studies together. We took up where we left off last year in Geshe Tenzin Zopa’s text “Buddha Nature and Preliminary Prayers and their Explanations” (page 39 for those of you who have the book) at the section outlining The Six Perfections. Geshe-la gave explanations of the different perfections we aim to...

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In the beginning……

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in Welcome | 2 comments

Hello and welcome to LTC Gold Coast Buddhist Group, the FPMT hotspot on the Gold Coast! FPMT stands for the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Teachings, and we are thrilled to be able to make our contribution to this inspiring goal. See our page about FPMT for more information about this incredible global organisation. The group started out when we, Pearly and Jordan, long-time members of FPMT’s Langri Tangpa Centre in Brisbane, were driving back to our new Gold Coast home after an amazing evening of teachings with the...

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