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FIRST ANNUAL
WALKING THE PATH
WITH THE BUDDHA
RETREAT

(WASHINGTON, DC)


HARMONY IN RELATIONSHIPS
26 JUNE 2022 - 1 JULY 2022

 

You are invited to attend the First Annual - Walking The Path with The Buddha Retreat held in Washington, DC to learn and practice The Teachings of The Buddha on The Path to Enlightenment through interactive group discussions, guided meditations, and excursions to integrate these Teachings into your life practice.

(All events during the retreat are offered openly and freely to any and all participants, including children and families, at no cost. Students are welcome to attend events during the retreat based on their own needs and interests.)


Each day, the retreat will start with the opportunity for you to participate in an innovative alignment yoga class preparing the body and mind for the day ahead.


Then, guided meditation instruction will be offered to learn Breathing Mindfulness Meditation and Loving-kindness Meditation in the seated and walking positions.


A morning session will offer in-depth talks on The Path to Enlightenment based on The Teachings of The Buddha to guide you to learn how to develop your life practice towards the attainment of Enlightenment where the mind will be peaceful, calm, serene, and content with joy - permanently.


Daily excursions will be offered to visit locations such as the National Air & Space Museum, United States Botanical Garden, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and a guided tour of a local Thai Buddhist Temple. It is suggested that Students integrate The Teachings from the morning session into their day through practicing The Teachings throughout the day.


An evening session will offer guided meditations with an opportunity to discuss and clarify Teachings from the morning session while exploring additional topics on The Path to Enlightenment.

The retreat is offered at no cost to all those with a sincere interest to learn and practice The Teachings of The Buddha on The Path to Enlightenment.


In order to offer this event at no cost, donations are needed to support the cost of hosting our Teacher to travel to the USA from Thailand. Donations are needed for airfare, lodging, food, and the cost of renting the venue for the event. Students will be able to make offerings at the retreat for a modest gift to the Teachers for their generosity to travel and share these Teachings with us, if you would like.

Travel and Lodging


The retreat will be held just outside of Washington DC in Arlington, VA at the Arlington Court Suites. You are welcome to reserve a room at this hotel at the group rate or stay at any location that is accessible to the retreat venue. Those local to the Washington, DC area are also invited and welcome to attend, please be sure to register each participant for the retreat. 

Arlington VA is an inviting and welcoming metropolitan area with all products and services easily accessible by walking or public transportation - no rental car is needed. The retreat location is accessible by Ronald Reagan International Airport (DCA) (10-15 minutes), Dulles International Airport (IAD) (30-45 minutes), or Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) (45-60 minutes).

Hotel Reservations - Click Here

Ongoing Support


Continued support and guidance is available to all Students beyond this retreat through books, audiobooks, videos, podcasts, online classes, online community, and personal guidance - offered openly and freely to all. You can gain access to these resources using this link.

https://www.buddhadailywisdom.com/

Donations

If you’d like to support this event, you are welcome to make your donations using this link. Your kind support is highly appreciated.

https://bit.ly/AnnualRetreatUSA-Donations

 
 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR TEACHER

 
 

RETREAT SCHEDULE

 

Sunday - 26 June 2022


3:00 PM - Welcome & Registration / Retreat Schedule and Plan - Open Discussion

5:00 PM - Spa World & Dinner


Monday - 27 June 2022


6:00 AM - Innovative Alignment Yoga with Sararut (Sara) Pilakun


7:30 AM - Breakfast - (Free Breakfast for Hotel Guests)


8:30 AM - Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation (Seated)


9:00 AM - Enlightenment: What is “Enlightenment”?


10:30 AM - The Four Noble Truths: Establishing Right View


12:00 PM - Lunch


Excursions / Free Time


National Air and Space Museum - (Free Entry)


Dinner


7:00 PM - Buddhist Chanting & Breathing Mindfulness Meditation Guidance (Seated)


7:30 PM - Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers


The Three Poisons: Craving, Anger, and Ignorance


9:00 PM - Free Time

Tuesday - 28 June 2022


6:00 AM - Innovative Alignment Yoga with Sararut (Sara) Pilakun


7:30 AM - Breakfast - (Free Breakfast for Hotel Guests)


8:30 AM - Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation (Seated)


9:00 AM - The Eight Fold Path: The Path for All Humans to Enlightenment


10:30 AM - The Five Precepts: A Householder's Guide to Daily Practice


12:00 PM - Lunch


Excursions / Free Time


United States Botanical Garden - (Free Entry)


Dinner


7:00 PM - Buddhist Chanting & Loving-kindness Meditation Guidance (Seated)


7:30 PM - Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers


Practicing in a World of the Unknowing: Relationships with Non-Practitioners


9:00 PM - Free Time


Wednesday - 29 June 2022


6:00 AM - Innovative Alignment Yoga with Sararut (Sara) Pilakun


7:30 AM - Breakfast - (Free Breakfast for Hotel Guests)


8:30 AM - Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation (Walking)


9:30 AM - True Love: Love Without Attachment


11:00 AM - Sharing The Path to Enlightenment: How to Guide Children Along The Path?


12:30 PM - Lunch


Excursions / Free Time


Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - (Free Entry)


Dinner


7:00 PM - Buddhist Chanting & Loving-kindness Meditation Guidance (Seated)


7:30 PM - Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers


Practicing Non-Attachment: How to Eliminate Attachment to Those Who Are Closest to Us?


9:00 PM - Free Time


Thursday - 30 June 2022


6:00 AM - Innovative Alignment Yoga with Sararut (Sara) Pilakun


7:30 AM - Breakfast - (Free Breakfast for Hotel Guests)


8:30 AM - Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation (Walking)


9:00 AM - Training The Mind to Acquire Concentration: Developing Singleness of Mind in a Distracting World


10:30 AM - Developing & Maintaining Relationships: Choosing Wholesome Friends and a Life Partner


12:00 PM - Lunch


Excursions / Free Time


Thai Buddhist Temple - Wat Thai DC - (Silver Spring, MD) - (Free Entry)


Dinner


7:00 PM - Chanting & Loving-kindness Meditation Guidance (Seated)


7:30 PM - Group Discussion/Open Discussion with Questions & Answers


The Path to Enlightenment: Practicing “The Path” in the Workplace


9:00 PM - Free Time


Friday - 1 July 2022


6:00 AM - Innovative Alignment Yoga with Sararut (Sara) Pilakun


7:30 AM - Breakfast - (Free Breakfast for Hotel Guests)


8:30 AM - Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation (Walking)


9:00 AM - Eliminating Personal Existence View: Getting “The Self” Out of The Way

10:30 AM - Eradicating Pollution of The Mind: Eliminating The Ten Fetters


12:00 PM - Lunch


1:30 PM - Chanting & Meditation Guidance to Realize Non-Self (Seated)


2:00 PM - Closing Group Discussion with Questions & Answers

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Students are welcome to attend events during the retreat based on their own needs and interests.


You are welcome to participate in as many or as few of the events during the retreat as you would like. All events during the retreat are offered openly and freely to any and all participants, including children and families, at no cost. Children are welcome to attend all events and activities. During select days/times, there will be activities available specifically for children.

All instruction during the retreat is provided openly and freely by our Teachers. Each Student will need to cover the cost of their travel, lodging, and meals.

David Roylance will provide all talks on The Teachings of The Buddha and meditation instruction.

Sararut (Sara) Pilakun will provide all yoga instruction.


Begin Your Learning

Students are encouraged to use the book “Developing a Life Practice: The Path That Leads to Enlightenment” (Volume 1) by David Roylance as a source text for this retreat. Reading this book prior to the retreat can provide Students advance learning in preparation to gain the most benefit from the retreat.

The book can be accessed using this link. https://www.buddhadailywisdom.com/freebuddhabooks

 

OUR TEACHERS

 

David Roylance


David Roylance is a dedicated Practitioner and Teacher of Gotama Buddha’s Teachings who has been part of the Thai community since 2001. He visited Thailand for the first time in 2002 and brought the Traditional Thai Healing Arts back to the United States of America to share with people in the Western World.


His Traditional Thai Healing Arts centers, located in the Washington DC area, provided traditional Thai healing arts to clients and educational opportunities to Students to explore the Thai healing arts, Thai culture, and The Teachings of Gotama Buddha. David is a published author with books on the topics of Traditional Thai Healing Arts and The Path That Leads to Enlightenment.


David has taught Gotama Buddha’s Teachings since 2005 in the United States of America. In 2015, he closed his businesses and relocated to Chiang Mai, Thailand to be closer to the Thai culture and the Thai Community of Buddhist Practitioners.


David shares Gotama Buddha’s Teachings with Household Practitioners and Ordained Practitioners in Chiang Mai, Thailand and around the world through courses, retreats, and special events providing guidance to help people attain Enlightenment - a peaceful, calm, serene, and content mind with joy.


Sararut (Sara) Pilakun


Sara is a native Thai with 35+ years of experience in the health and wellness field. She started learning massage at the age of 9 with her mom in their remote village in Thailand. She learned in the traditional style as an apprentice. She studied Thai folk healing, Thai massage, and related healing arts.


She soon realized her way of life would blossom into a healthy career. Sara applied herself in formal education studying massage and bodywork through multiple schools. She started in the beginner classes of 3 separate schools and advanced through to instructor level of each program. She is an approved instructor for the Union of Traditional Thai Medicine Society.


In 2007, Sara relocated to the USA were she was employed at the most well known and highly reputable Thai massage school. She worked as a senior therapist and senior instructor until, in 2015, she moved back to Chiang Mai, Thailand with her family.

While in the USA she specialized in treating clients with significant medical concerns left untreated by western medicine. While in the USA, she perfected her countless years of training and education into a successful massage therapy practice.


Sara teaches the healing arts of Thailand to 1000’s of yoga instructors, pilate instructors, massage therapists, physical therapists, personal trainers, doctors, nurses, and those looking to change careers by jump starting their wellness education.


Sara continued her education by completing a 200-hour yoga teacher training program with teachers from India and Thailand. Sara has been highly influenced by the teachings of Gotama Buddha through her personal journey with these teachings throughout her entire life. Sara has lived at several temples throughout Thailand for temporary stays as a Buddhist Household Practitioner.

 
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David Roylance

Sararut (Sara) Pilakun

 

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

 

Welcome & Registration / Retreat Schedule and Plan - Open Discussion


Students will register for the retreat and participate in a welcome from our Teachers, David Roylance and Sararut (Sara) Pilakun. David will lead an open discussion to provide Students with an overview of the retreat schedule and plan so that Students can get acquainted with the retreat activities and each other.


This is the perfect opportunity to connect with Students who will participate in the retreat and meet new friends while gaining insight into all the retreat events and activities.

Spa World

You are invited to relax and settle in from the travel by joining The Community of Students and Teachers for a peaceful experience at Spa World. Enjoy this communal spa experience benefiting from saunas, massages, food, and fresh natural drinks to nourish the body along with warm conversations getting to know your fellow Students and Teachers all in a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Start the retreat with a calm and peaceful mind.

Spa World Website
http://www.spaworldusa.com/photo.html

Innovative Alignment Yoga with Sararut (Sara) Pilakun


Specially designed yoga program that ensures you enter, hold, and exit each yoga pose with correct body alignment. Sara will dedicate significant time to assist and support each Student’s individual practice so that you can realize the most benefits of each pose preparing the body and mind for the day ahead.


Meditation Instruction: Breathing Mindfulness Meditation (Seated & Walking)


Learn Breathing Mindfulness Meditation in the seated and walking positions to train the mind to cultivate mindfulness and concentration to attain Enlightenment through The Teachings of Gotama Buddha on The Path to Enlightenment.


David will guide you in understanding Breathing Mindfulness Meditation, how to do Breathing Mindfulness Meditation, guide you in doing Breathing Mindfulness Meditation during a group meditation session, and will accept questions from students to help you develop your "life practice”.


Meditation Instruction: Loving-kindness Meditation (Seated)


Learn Loving-kindness Meditation to eliminate anger, hatred, ill will, resentment, negative self talk, and other discontent feelings associated with the unEnlightened mind.


David will help you understand "What is Loving-kindness Meditation", how it can help you, and how to do Loving-kindness Meditation during guided group meditation sessions of Loving-kindness Meditation.


Buddhist Chanting


Buddhist chanting has been used throughout multiple generations to orally remember The Teachings of The Buddha. Each generation of Practitioners have learned specific chants and practiced those in the Pāli language as a way of sharing The Teachings of The Buddha with the next generation through the oral tradition.


Today, these Teachings are in the English language in multiple formats including written format so there is no need to learn chanting as a way to remember The Teachings in the Pāli language. But, Practitioners can still learn these traditional chants as a way to develop mindfulness, concentration, memory, and to ease the mind in and out of meditation sessions gaining more benefit in each meditation.


David will help you develop your Buddhist chanting practice through group chanting prior to and after each meditation session.


Enlightenment: What is “Enlightenment”?


Enlightenment is attained gradually over time through learning and practicing The Buddha’s Teachings so that you can observe truth that will allow you to acquire wisdom. 


But what is Enlightenment?


David will help you to understand the mental state of Enlightenment, how to progress on The Path to Enlightenment, and how to attain Enlightenment.

The Four Noble Truths: Establishing Right View


For anyone interested to explore and study The Path of Enlightenment, one must begin with a deep understanding of The Four Noble Truths.


The Four Noble Truths is the first discourse offered by The Buddha as his very first Teaching upon him attaining Enlightenment as The Fully Perfectly Enlightened Buddha.


The Four Noble Truths is the core understanding required to establish “Right View”. Right View gives a Practitioner’s mind the foundation in which to apply all the other Teachings and practices taught by The Buddha. A Practitioner would have no ability to attain Enlightenment unless they learned, reflected, and practiced The Four Noble Truths to establish “Right View”.


David will share The Four Noble Truths explaining the noble truth of discontentedness, the noble truth of the cause of discontentedness, the noble truth of the elimination of discontentedness, the noble truth of the way leading to the elimination of discontentedness to help you establish Right View.


The Three Poisons: Craving, Anger, and Ignorance


The Buddha’s Teachings to eliminate, craving, anger, and ignorance (unknowing of true reality) are known, for good reason, as The Three Poisons, The Three Unwholesome Roots, and The Three Fires. Also known as, greed, hatred, and delusion.


These are The Three Poisons that exist and are present in the mind as part of rebirth into the human realm. It is our goal, through these Teachings, to eliminate these Three Poisons through practice of non-craving or generosity, non-anger or loving-kindness, and non-ignorance or wisdom. To attain Enlightenment, one would need to completely eliminate The Three Poisons.


David will help you understand The Three Poisons, how they cause you problems in life, and how to eliminate them from the mind.


The Eight Fold Path: The Path for All Humans to Enlightenment


The Buddha gave us “The Path” forward to pursuing our own Enlightenment as The Eight Fold Path. In his explanation of The Eight Fold Path, we learn exactly how to attain Enlightenment through a life practice or a better way of life.


The Eight Fold Path is the way to completely eliminate all discontentedness from the mind. You will need a detailed and thorough understanding and practice of The Eight Fold Path to attain Enlightenment.


David will share The Eight Fold Path in detail helping you to deeply understand each individual step to develop your life practice and progress towards Enlightenment.

The Five Precepts: A Householder's Guide to Daily Practice


The Buddha gave us guidance to conduct life without harm to other beings or ourselves. This is titled “The Five Precepts”.


These are not commandments nor rules to follow, rather how to ensure you are not causing harm to others or yourself. By causing harm to others, we cause harm to ourselves by The Natural Law of Kamma. Through practice of these precepts, you will drastically eliminate unwholesome Kamma production and, thus, experience a more peaceful and content existence. 


The Buddha’s Teachings are not to control an individual nor dictate what they should or should not do. But instead, provide guidance that when practiced will lead to Enlightenment, liberation of the mind, a peaceful and content mind and, thus, a peaceful and content life.


David will help you understand what The Buddha taught regarding The Five Precepts and how to apply them to your daily life in modern times.


Practicing in a World of the Unknowing: Relationships with Non-Practitioners 


Practitioners may encounter challenges of how to practice The Path to Enlightenment while surrounded by individuals who are not practicing these Teachings. This talk will focus on sharing Teachings that guide you in how to practice these Teachings when surrounded by family, friends, and associates who are not practicing these Teachings.


True Love: Love Without Attachment


Love and relationships are one of the most challenging aspects of life. We oftentimes sabotage our relationships without even knowing it.  In the unEnlightened state, we misunderstand "What is True Love?" and how to love in relationships.


David will teach you how we misunderstand "love" and "what is true love" providing you guidance to develop relationships that are lasting, fulfilling, and full of "true love”.


Sharing The Path to Enlightenment: How to Guide Children Along The Path?


During the lifetime of The Buddha, children were known to attain Enlightenment as young as age 7. A child who is progressing on The Path to Enlightenment from early in life will find that the struggles and difficulties of life can be completely eliminated through acquiring the wisdom of these Teachings.


A household that is learning and practicing these Teachings as individuals but yet are able to provide support to each other along The Path to Enlightenment, will be able to experience improved results through mutual support and encouragement.


David will help you understand how to gradually introduce these Teachings to children starting as early as when they are in the mother’s womb or at any time throughout their life journey helping you to create a peaceful, calm, serene, and content home life with joy where all members of the family can support each other on The Path to Enlightenment.


Practicing Non-Attachment: How to Eliminate Attachment to Those Who Are Closest to Us?


Eliminating the mental longing with a strong eagerness to have our family, friends, and associates be a certain way comes with great challenges. The unEnlightened mind feels “it knows best” and “what is best” for everyone around us. But the inner struggle to get others to do as we want causes the mind to be discontent when others do not do as we want them to do.


The problem is not that others do not do what we want, it is that the mind wants everyone to be a certain way attempting to convince others to do things we expect. The mind needs to be trained to “let go” no longer pushing others to be a certain way.


David will share guidance that helps you understand how to actively eliminate attachments to those that are closest to us so that the mind can find peace and joy through harmony in personal and professional relationships.


Training The Mind to Acquire Concentration: Developing Singleness of Mind in a Distracting World


The advantages of attaining Enlightenment include increased and high degrees of focus, memory, clarity of thought, and concentration. But to achieve this goal, a Practitioner will need to gradually develop the mind through ongoing practice of these Teachings.


David will teach you how to develop deep concentration while living in a world that can be highly distracting that tests your will and resolve to develop the mind on The Path to Enlightenment.


Developing & Maintaining Relationships: Choosing Wholesome Friends and a Life Partner


The Buddha guides Students to cultivate wholesome friendships as part of The Path to Enlightenment. But, how do you accomplish this goal without judging others and continuous conflict?


David will help you understand how wholesome friends and life partners are a key factor of success in your development on The Path to Enlightenment. He will guide you in developing and maintaining vibrant personal relationships that are fulfilling and provide an opportunity for all individuals to prosper without any conflicts or discontentedness that creates heartache and separation.


The Path to Enlightenment: Practicing “The Path” in the Workplace


The work environment is a place that one spends an enormous amount of time. A Practitioner will need to learn how to practice these Teachings not only in your personal life but also in your professional life.


David will provide guidance that helps you understand how to practice these Teachings within a professional environment ensuring that you can develop healthy relationships and success in the workplace.


Eradicating Pollution of The Mind: Eliminating The Ten Fetters


In order to attain Enlightenment through The Buddha's Teachings, a Practitioner will need to eliminate The Ten Fetters from the mind. But what are The Ten Fetters and how do you eliminate them?


David will share what are The Ten Fetters and how to eliminate them. He will then discuss The Four Stages of Enlightenment and how eliminating The Ten Fetters leads to The Four Stages of Enlightenment on our journey to the Enlightened mind.


Eliminating Personal Existence View: Getting “The Self” Out of The Way


To attain the first Stage of Enlightenment, a Practitioner will need to eliminate the fetter/taint/pollution of mind described as “personal existence view”. The Buddha provided Teachings on The Universal Truth of Non-self to guide Practitioners to eliminate “personal existence view”.


David will teach you what is “personal existence view”, how it is complicating your interactions with others inhibit harmony in relationships, and how by eliminating it one can reside more peaceful.


Meditation Guidance to Realize Non-Self


Learn Meditation to Realize Non-self to train the mind to eliminate “personal existence view” and realize non-self.


David will guide you in understanding Meditation to Realize Non-self, how to do Meditation to Realize Non-self, guide you in doing Meditation to Realize Non-self during a group meditation session, and will accept questions from students to help you develop your "life practice”.


Excursions / Free Time


There are five (5) excursions and free time built into the retreat plan where you are welcome to enjoy an activity with other retreat participants or plan your own activities during the free time.


Excursions will include SpaWorld (Sunday), National Air & Space Museum (Monday), United States Botanical Garden (Tuesday), Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (Wednesday), and a guided tour of a local Thai Buddhist Temple (Thursday). You and your family are welcome to join these activities or plan your own events during this time. We will travel by the Washington Area Metro Public Transportation System during all excursions except for Spa World.


Lunch & Dinners


Students will have a full range of restaurants to eat meals within walking distance to the retreat venue and activities. Students will need to support the cost of their own meals. If you are choosing to stay at the selected hotel for this retreat, Arlington Court Suites (Arlington, VA), there is a free breakfast buffet and a full kitchen in each room.



Closing Group Discussion with Questions & Answers


David will lead a closing group discussion providing the opportunity for Students to ask any remaining questions from all the talks in the retreat receiving answers to any questions that still remain while providing "next steps" for you on the journey to Enlightenment.

 

RESTORATION OF
THE BUDDHA'S TEACHINGS
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THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT

 

The Buddha taught over 2,500 years ago. He taught The Path to Enlightenment guiding countless beings to a mental state that is peaceful, calm, serene, and content with joy that is permanent, where the mind has eliminated 100% of all discontent feelings such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, annoyance, guilt, shame, fears, boredom, loneliness, shyness, jealousy, resentment, stress, anxiety, etc.


Immediately following the death of The Buddha (i.e. Gotama Buddha), The Teachings were shining in the world continuing to guide countless people to Enlightenment. But, over the course of many generations, just as Gotama Buddha predicted, people’s understanding of his Teachings gradually diminished due to modifications and adjustments made by people after him. The modifications made to his Teachings, handed down through oral transmission, have made it increasingly difficult for human beings to attain Enlightenment.


The goal of David’s Teachings is to root the learning and practice he shares in “The Words of The Buddha” based on The Teachings that existed during the lifetime of Gotama Buddha, so that countless beings can now attain Enlightenment based on the original Path to Enlightenment discovered and declared by Gotama Buddha.


David does this through connecting what he teaches to the largest most complete source of Teachings from Gotama Buddha - The Pāli Canon. The Pāli Canon is the original source text of The Teachings from Gotama Buddha as spoken by him during his lifetime.


David has spent countless hours dedicated to restoring The Words of The Buddha by updating a significant portion of the translations of Gotama Buddha’s Teachings from The Pāli Canon. He now offers several resources for Students to learn, reflect, and practice The Path to Enlightenment to experience the results of an Enlightened mind.


David offers books, audiobooks, videos, podcasts, online learning programs, personal guidance, and retreats without any requirement for financial support. All the work that is being done is offered openly and freely for all beings without any requirement to provide any financial support. David accepts donations but Students are not required to provide donations for any work that he does in supporting them on The Path to Enlightenment. David does not request donations and instead, just accepts whatever is offered to him, if anything at all.


His dedication to sharing these Teachings is not motivated by finances. He shares openly and freely with everyone who has a sincere interest in learning and practicing The Path to Enlightenment.


Ultimately, David plans to preserve The Teachings of The Buddha in a format that is easily, readily, and openly accessible to anyone in the world while offering support to learn, reflect, and practice to experience the results of the Enlightened mind.


His plan is to guide countless people to Enlightenment during his lifetime and leave a Community of Enlightened beings who can continue to share The Teachings long after his death. Through developing a Community of Enlightened beings and preserving The Path to Enlightenment in resources that are easily, readily, and openly accessible to anyone in the world, David is revealing the hidden Teachings of Gotama Buddha and doing the best he can to remove any obstacles one might have to learn, reflect, and practice these Teachings, allowing countless people to experience the results of an Enlightened mind.


Upon his death, David predicts that his closest Student, his son and a continued lineage of Teachers, will share these same Teachings continuing to support and grow The Community of Enlightened beings long into the future - for the next 1000 years.


These efforts will culminate into restoring The Path to Enlightenment back into the world so that all of humanity can experience Enlightenment evolving the human species to one where every being has the opportunity to attain Enlightenment creating “heaven on earth”.

 

THE GOAL
AN ENTIRE SPECIES OF ENLIGHTENED BEINGS

 

Having experienced Enlightenment and knowing the peace, calm, serenity, and contentedness with joy that comes with having attained Enlightenment, a Buddha’s goal is to share his Teachings worldwide so that “all beings” can experience Enlightenment.


The Enlightened mind no longer experiences any discontent feelings such as sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, annoyance, guilt, shame, fears, boredom, loneliness, shyness, jealousy, resentment, anxiety, stress, etc.


All discontent feelings have been eliminated 100% from the Enlightened mind (i.e. all suffering is eliminated).


An Enlightened mind will have loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and generosity among many other wholesome qualities.


Can you imagine an entire world where all human beings have liberated their mind to no longer experience these discontent feelings and are practicing wholesome qualities of mind at all times?


With “The Buddha” (Gotama Buddha) having attained this permanent mental state of Enlightenment on his own as The Perfectly Enlightened Buddha, he would have known that through his dedicated and persistent pursuit to Enlightenment, he had acquired the wisdom needed to guide “all beings” to this same mental state.


However, his teaching career of 45 years would not be enough time to share his Teachings worldwide. He knew, that it would require many centuries for his Teachings to reach all parts of the world. During his lifetime, travel of people and information was limited based on several constraints.


Today, we are in a unique time in history where these same constraints have been eliminated. A time when people and information are able to travel around the world in an instant.


Not only can information travel quickly but all of humanity is slowly coming to the point where there is a common language spoken around the world - the English language.


Criteria exist today that did not exist during Gotama Buddha’s lifetime that make now the perfect time for all of humanity to gradually attain Enlightenment realizing a better existence.


  • People can travel worldwide.

  • Information can be shared worldwide in an instant.

  • Commonly spoken language among a large percentage of the worldwide population and this is only growing.


These criteria did not exist during the lifetime of Gotama Buddha and it is only now that the world has come into an age where his original goal is realistically possible.


But, during Gotama Buddha’s lifetime it seems they had something that we may not have….


The people during Gotama Buddha’s lifetime had perseverance and dedication to learning, reflecting, and practicing The Teachings to realize the results of experiencing the Enlightened mind. They were not afraid of hard work.


With our modern day conveniences, I am unsure how many people are willing to apply their determination, dedication, and diligence with time, effort, energy, and resources towards The Path to Enlightenment with the goal to experience the Enlightened mind.


When a being decides they are finished with the sadness, anger, frustration, irritation, annoyance, guilt, shame, fear, boredom, loneliness, shyness, jealousy, resentment, etc., that is the time when one can turn towards The Teachings and goal of experiencing Enlightenment.


Through each individual deciding to learn and practice The Teachings of Gotama Buddha, as a collective world, our species will gradually evolve. We evolve to a higher consciousness where we train the mind to not harm others through our intentions, speech, nor actions.


Through each individual deciding to learn, reflect, and practice The Teachings of Gotama Buddha, each person benefits and we all benefit as there will be less and less harm in the world.


Through individuals deciding to focus on developing a comprehensive approach to learning and practicing The Teachings of Gotama Buddha with guidance from a Teacher, your life drastically improves and the entire world improves essentially creating “heaven on earth”.


We do not need to “fix” the world. That is not the problem. The problem is the unEnlightened mind does not understand The Natural Laws of Existence and it is quite a struggle to live in a world that one does not understand.


Through learning and practicing The Teachings of Gotama Buddha, a Practitioner comes to deeply understand The Natural Laws of Existence to acquire wisdom that will end the struggles and misery one may face on a regular basis.


Are you ready to apply determination, dedication, and diligence with time, effort, energy, and resources towards The Path to Enlightenment with the goal to experience Enlightenment?


If one enjoys anger, sadness, boredom, loneliness, resentment, etc., there is nothing to do.


But, if you are interested to eliminate these unwelcomed feelings from the mind, then I suggest you turn towards The Path to Enlightenment and apply your dedication and diligence to learning, reflecting, and practicing The Teachings of Gotama Buddha.


And then, as all of humanity gradually experiences Enlightenment we will have accomplished “the goal”.


“An entire species of Enlightened beings”.