Sermons

"Why Does the Buddha Smile?"

Preacher: Rev. Amy Freedman
Date: February 9, 2014
 
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Amy writes..."As it is told in the tradition of Zen Buddhism, one day the Buddha silently held up a flower in front of his disciples and one of them smiled. Through this simple act, what is known as the Flower Sermon the disciple became enlightened. There was a transmission of all the Buddha’s teachings.

Even though I am a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, I have always been drawn to the teachings of Buddhism. This service will explore Sunyata or Emptiness, a foundational Buddhist principle. Why does this teaching matter? The Buddha means the Awakened One. How can we wake up to the true nature of existence?"