Sun, 4 January 2009
Reflections on the New Year - Sensei Siebuhr delivers the first dharma talk of the New Year reflecting upon the impermanance of life and the human condition of unhappiness. Henry Adams, a student of the Buddhist Churches of America, is visiting today. Sensei recalls the many funerals he has presided over the years of his ministry, funerals ranging from the very young to the very old. From this duty of his ministry he is reminded of the impermanence of life. Sensei also touches upon the human condition of unhappiness. You may have heard of the global survey of happiness. Here is a link to the website of the foundation that conducts this annual poll http://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/. The organization does quite an academic survey of the citizens of the world. You may find it interesting to examine the results in the survey PDF found on the website. Survey results can be found in the appendices.