ABMT

American Buddhist Meditation Temple

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Saturday, May 25 (10 am to 12:30 pm):

We have decided to restart the Saturday programs we held last summer, though these will be formatted a bit differently than last year. The schedule will go like this:

10:00-10:20 -- General instruction/Dharma talk and a short chanting practice
10:20-10:40 -- Sitting meditation
10:40-11:00 -- Walking meditation
11:00-11:20 -- Sitting meditation
11:20-11:30 -- Alms offering to monks
11:30-12:00 -- Group discussion of the practice
12:00-12:30 -- Group lunch

The alms offering component of the program goes back to the time of the Buddha. Even today, in countries like Thailand, Buddhist monks go on daily alms round to receive food offerings from the community. It is important to recognize that the giving of alms is above all an act of generosity. Participants in this day's program are encouraged to bring a small dish (or perhaps some fruit or other ready-to-eat food items) to ceremonially offer into the alms bowls of 4-5 monks as they come by to receive it. This gesture, when carried out mindfully and with a heart of giving, allows one to begin to let go of greed.

A Thai- or Lao-style lunch will be provided to all participants during this day's program. As such, we need to know how much food should be prepared, so it is respectfully requested that those who are interested RSVP to me at least two days before the event.

This event is free and open to the public.

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American Buddhist Meditation Temple affords a quiet place to practice meditation,
offer food to the monks, attend Buddhist ceremonies, and for interested participants
to attend occasional retreats. The resident monks are also available to those
who wish to learn about the Buddha's teachings, or Dhamma.

วัดพุทธศาสตร์กาญจนารามเป็นศาสนสถานที่ที่เงียบสงบในการฝึกสมาธิ,
มาทำบุญถวายภัตตาหารแด่พระสงฆ์หรือเข้าร่วมพิธีทางศาสนา 
มีการฝึกกรรมฐานสำหรับผู้ที่สนใจในการเจริญภาวนา ฝึกสมาธิเป็นครั้งคราว
และสามารถสนทนาธรรมะกับพระสงฆ์สำหรับผู้ที่ต้องการเรียนรู้
ธรรมะอันเป็นคำสั่งสอนของพระพุทธเจ้า.

Every day evening chanting at 4pm.