Why Do We Meditate? Public lecture with Phil Carlisle
Tuesday October 23
Meditation is the most important part of our practice. The methods we use for development help us identify with our own enlightened nature. Through these methods, we plant good impressions in our minds, removing the veils that prevent us from recognizing our true essence. Instead of being caught up in personal interests, we learn to think of others. We wish for all beings to realize the nature of mind, the source for happiness, and we cannot benefit others while confused or disturbed ourselves. When we are dedicated to our practice, on the cushion as well as out in the world, we become more and more unshakeable, with well-balanced compassion and wisdom. Duality melts away and we begin to truly relax. Body, speech and actions are tools which we use to be most useful in every situation. Our highest goal is to reach enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
“Meditation is mind’s gift to itself.”
-Lama Ole Nydahl
Join us for a lecture with Diamond Way teacher Phil Carlisle from Austrailia. Lecture will be followed by question and answer and a short meditation.
Phil Carlisle met Lama Ole Nydahl in 1995 and became one of the founding members of the Diamond Way Buddhist Centre in Sydney. Phil is married with a young daughter and integrates his Buddhist meditation practice with everyday life in the inner suburbs of Sydney. He has run his own multimedia business for the last 20 years. In 2007 Lama Ole asked Phil to teach Diamond Way Buddhism and help spread the precious teachings to idealistic, clear-thinking Westerners. Phil delivers Buddha’s teachings in a relaxed and understandable style.