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March 6, 2007 > Compassion At Home: A Buddhist Approach to Understanding Relationships

Compassion At Home: A Buddhist Approach to Understanding Relationships

Reverend Heng Sure is BACK!! Last time he talked about his three year pilgrimage from Pasadena to Northern California. And it was a smash hit.

This time, he will be addressing relationships. Come get awakened to better relationships in life with us!

In this lecture and slide show, Rev. Heng Sure, PhD, will describe the Buddha's teachings on building wholesome relationships with the people closest to us, our parents, siblings, and spouses/partners, and how applying mindful awareness to our network of human relations brings us closer to the Buddha's path of awakening.

People often assume that Buddhism is about meditation and emptiness. In fact the Buddha did teach about meditation, but that's not where real Buddhist practice begins. The Buddha taught that developing a wholesome character is the place where we begin practice towards awakening. Since character is shaped by our closest relationships, the Buddhist goals of wisdom and compassion are based upon learning how to become the best possible person. As the Avatamsaka Sutra says,

"If there were no living beings, no Bodhisattva would ever accomplish the highest awakening."

Rev. Heng Sure was ordained as a Buddhist Bhikshu (monk) at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, in Talmage, California, in 1976. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Heng Sure met his teacher in religion, the late Venerable Master Hsan Hua, while finishing an M.A. in Oriental Languages at the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving full ordination in the Mahayana tradition of Chinese Buddhism he commenced a "three steps, one bow" pilgrimage.

With a fellow monk, he traveled up the California Coastal Highway from South Pasadena to Ukiah, a distance of more than six hundred miles, making a full prostration to the ground every three steps. The two closed each day of their pilgrimage with a dedication of their efforts to world peace. The spiritual journey took over two years and nine months to complete, as the two monks arrived at their destination in Northern California in November of 1979. Throughout the pilgrimage and for two years following, he observed a practice of total silence.

Reverend Heng Sure
Saturday, March 17
1:30 p.m.
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 745-1401.
An ASL interpreter will be made available with 7 days notice.

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