Dharma Talk to Young People

pagoda-buddhha1Last month I gave a 20 minute Dharma talk to 11th graders from the Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Kanata.  Nothing like a short time-frame to focus the mind! The talk covered the 4 Noble Truths, the 3 pillars (sila, samadhi, panna) and the 5 precepts.  I said that I thought the core of the Buddha’s teaching was:

Do no harm, do good, purify the mind

There are many paths to this, but I like the precepts (aka “mindfulness trainings”), especially the way Thich Nhat Hanh has formulated them: they are beautifully appropriate and relevant to today’s society. In his book entitled “For a Future to be Possible“, Thich Nhat Hanh describes in detail how the Five Wonderful Mindfulness Trainings can be used by anyone in today’s world to create a more harmonious and peaceful life.

I didn’t mention:

No Self – No Problem

But that’s a pretty good starting point also.


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