ORUCC Java & Jesus, March 27th, 11:45 am

Java & Jesus
March 27th, at 11:45 am, by Zoom
Dan Rossmiller facilitating
All are welcome!
Please join us even if this is your first time!
At its core Buddhism is a path of peace, compassion, and loving kindness. It is not so much a philosophy of the head but rather of the heart. Founded on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who was born into a noble family in northeast India near Nepal nearly 2,600 years ago, and who became known as the Buddha or “the awakened one.” Siddhartha lived a sheltered palace life until at age 29 he experienced a series of events that catapulted him onto an intense path of spiritual awakening that lasted for six years. At its peak he achieved enlightenment, or Nirvana. Knowing one day he would die, the Buddha exhaustively explained every minute detail of achieving enlightenment, breaking down every concept into categories and subcategories.
Buddhism is a philosophy of living consciously in this life in order to live forever in another life. Meditation goes hand in hand with mindfulness and is an important part of the Buddhist’s path. Buddhists see mindfulness meditation—a type of meditation that follows the breath through the body while at the same time developing an awareness of the body in general—as a means of reaching enlightenment.
Thich Nhat Hahn, who died in January of this year at the age of 95, was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who became a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, renowned for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings. He was also considered a
Zen Master.
This week’s reading explores The Last Supper through the eyes of Thich Nhat Hahn. It is Chapter 3 from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book Living Buddha, Living Christ, entitled “The First Supper.” It offers a Buddhist perspective on the Eucharist or Holy Communion.
Dan Rossmiller chose this reading because of the season of Lent and in recognition of the church youth learning about other religions and Buddhism in particular.
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