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Greetings UBA minions. How many times a day do you search stuff in your online browser? 100? 1000? I guess it depends on how bored you are or whether you have a test soon or not. But anyway. How would you like your searching to do some good?

Goodsearch is a verified search engine that allows you to earn money for charities of your choice as you search. It is powered by Yahoo! So your search results will still be fairly good. Check out the site if you have time, it takes just a few minutes to register and soon you’ll be doing good while doing your usual thing. Set it as your default search engine if you want to make the most impact.

UCSD’s very own UBA is also a registered org on Goodsearch so if you wanna help us out feel free to set UCSD University Buddhist Association as your charity, if not, you can still do some good for the world if you pick another charity. Happy searching folks! :D Just a few minutes registering can make a big difference overtime for a charity somewhere, big or small. 

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Greetings UBAers. Sorry for not updating the tumblr about GBM 1. But for those who missed it, it was an informal introduction to our club and getting to know each other more about why we joined and how we got interested in Buddhism. We also had a fun game of lazer eye and hung at Tapex later for our after gbm social.

Student Sangha, the word Sangha means “community” in Pali and Sanskrit. Sangha was originally used in Buddhism for 3 different communities in Buddhism, the Bhikkhu Sangha or monastic community of monks, the Bhikkhuni Sangha or the monastic community of nuns, and the Ariyo Sangha, or the sangha of the enlightened disciples of the Buddha, ordained or unordained. Today, in some sects of Buddhism. Sangha has been used more broadly to refer to the general community of Buddhist practitioners. 

Join UBA in our student Sangha Wednesday at 7pm where we meditate, read buddhist texts and discuss Buddhist topics in an informal setting. The location will be in a BML room 203. 

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Hi there UBAers!! Sorry for the spam, but some news! Southern California University Buddhist Associations (SCUBA) will be having our annual inter school retreat at Wat Metta. Come join UBA as well as the Buddhist orgs of UCLA UCI and Dharma Seals for an amazing event!!

The event takes place in celebration of Kathina, a tradition celebrated in Buddhism since the time of the Lord Buddha Himself. Kathina refers to the embroidery frame that monks used to sow their robes. When the Sangha started out, monks were only permitted to used the cloth remaining on cadavers to make their robes. However, as the number of monks increased, it became increasingly difficult to locate abandoned cloth. As a result, faithful laypeople sought to offer new robes to the monks. This led the Lord Buddha to establish the Kathina ceremony. The ceremony takes place at the end of Buddhist lent, and is restricted by time, making the offering of robes an ever more significant act of generosity. 

SCUBA makes the trip to Wat Metta so we can practice generosity and learn Buddhism from the temple’s world famous monks and Pali experts as well as bond with our fellow club members and sister clubs. 

If you want to attend contact our officers through the FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/ucsdUBA/

or through our contact info available on our website http://uba.ucsd.edu/contact.html

or through any officers you may know to get info about rides and such for the event. 

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Greetings UBA members far and wide!!! Welcome back y’all!! Hope your week 1 is going well and your adjusting to school well. But anyways, some important news.

UBA will be hosting our annual beginning of the school year social soon!!!! The social will be on Wednesday October 8th at 8pm at Tapioca express in PC. You are free to get food (or not :p) anywhere in PC but that will just be our meeting spot. We will do our best to make ourselves noticeable, so don’t give up if you can’t find us. Feel free to contact us on FB or such if you can’t find us. 

Come meet and mingle with our renowned officers and get to know your future club family at the social. There will be games, excitement, and lots more! Hope to see you all there!!! :D 

Heres a link to our FB event if you would like to see: https://www.facebook.com/events/551521284977987/

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Can meditation really slow aging?

Hello again UBA minions!!!! As you all know school starts soon and most likely you guys will be going back to your schedule of stress and all nighters. While birth, aging, sickness and death is a normal part of life that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to slow it down. Check out this article about meditation and its anti-aging/life extending benefits :)

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Greetings UBA minions and groupies! Hope your summer has been great so far!!! :D 

Anyways, heres a little Buddhist knowledge for you all. Today is actually a Buddhist Holiday!!!! Today is Asalha Puja, one of the 3 major holidays in Theravada Buddhism (along with Vesak and Magha Puja Day). 

Following the Lord Buddha’s enlightenment on His 35th birthday, the full moon day of the 6th lunar month, the now Fully Self-Enlightened One sat at His enlightenment seat in awe and disbelief, hardly able to believe He had attained supreme enlightenment. Unsure if there was anyone in the world capable of understanding the profound truth, or Dhamma, He discovered, the Lord Buddha stayed at the location of His enlightenment for 49 days, wondering whether or not He should bother trying to teach others the truth He discovered. 

Eventually, the Lord Buddha concluded that He would try to teach the Dhamma, for the benefit of all living beings, for there were indeed some people capable of understanding it. The Lord Buddha concluded that the best students to teach His first Dhamma sermon were His own meditation masters from when He first left the palace, but after a quick scan of the world with His enlightenment eye, The Lord Buddha saw that His masters had already passed on. He then decided that He would teach the 5 ascetics who practiced extreme asceticism with Him before His enlightenment and set off to a Deer Park in Sarnath to teach them.

On the full moon day of the 8th lunar month, The Lord Buddha met the 5 ascetics and gave His first Dhamma sermon, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, or the Turning of the Wheel of the Dhamma Sutra/discourse in which He outlined the Middle Way, the Four Noble Truths, and the Noble Eightfold Path. This day was also the day that constitutes the first Buddhist monks, when the 5 ascetics become the Lord Buddha’s first disciples following the sermon. This day is the day the Triple Gem/Three Jewels became complete, the Buddha emerged 2 months earlier, the Dhamma/truth is forever, and on this day the Sangha came to be. This day is known as Asalha Puja Day. 

In addition to this holiday, it is also the eve of Buddhist Lent. Due to the nature of things during the Indian rainy season, when monks travelled during the rainy season they would accidentally damage crops or step on insects. As a result, the Lord Buddha decreed that monks shall not travel much and must stay overnight at a single location during the rainy season unless absolutely necessary. Instead of travelling to spread the Dhamma, the rainy season was to be used for spiritual development by the Buddhist clergy. Buddhist Lent starts the day after Asalha Puja Day, or tomorrow and lasts 3 months, the whole Indian rainy season. 

Asalha Puja Day and Buddhist Lent are of major importance in Theravada Buddhism, but isnt celebrated as much in other sects. Buddhist Lent particularly, is about the rainy season, so mainly Mahayana Buddhists from countries with a rainy season, such as Vietnam, even recognize the period.

Hope you guys enjoyed the lesson. Till next time.

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Hey, UBA-ers! Today’s Independence Day, so why don’t you liberate your mind from the oppression of stress, negativity, and bothersome things by meditating for a while today? Here’s a PSA for starting your 4th:

Wake up and enjoy the sunshine! Feel the heat and hear the birds sing! Now, meditate for a while, enjoying the calm of the beginning of your day. Allow yourself to mentally relax so that you can face today with a clear, cool mind, ready to have fun and be happy :)!

Then, mindfully dress and whatnot because today’s the day you should eat like there’s no tomorrow! Whether it’s traditional American BBQ or a nice meal at a Chinese Restaurant, remember that today’s a day of celebration and bonding. Just remember to eat mindfully so that you can savor every bite and won’t eat so much that you get sick.

Lastly, for those of you who will be out and about throughout the day, be wary of drunk drivers! For you drunk drivers to come, don’t drive—find a designated driver and keep everyone, including yourself, safe! Be responsible and mindful of exactly what you consume, ladies and gentlemen. The consequences of bad actions cannot easily be reversed.

Be safe and have fun! Happy Birthday, America!
Much Love,
UBA of SD <3

( Photo from: http://media.blog.petsforpatriots.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Dog-Fourth-of-July.jpg )

Hey, UBA-ers! Today’s Independence Day, so why don’t you liberate your mind from the oppression of stress, negativity, and bothersome things by meditating for a while today? Here’s a PSA for starting your 4th:

Wake up and enjoy the sunshine! Feel the heat and hear the birds sing! Now, meditate for a while, enjoying the calm of the beginning of your day. Allow yourself to mentally relax so that you can face today with a clear, cool mind, ready to have fun and be happy :)!

Then, mindfully dress and whatnot because today’s the day you should eat like there’s no tomorrow! Whether it’s traditional American BBQ or a nice meal at a Chinese Restaurant, remember that today’s a day of celebration and bonding. Just remember to eat mindfully so that you can savor every bite and won’t eat so much that you get sick.

Lastly, for those of you who will be out and about throughout the day, be wary of drunk drivers! For you drunk drivers to come, don’t drive—find a designated driver and keep everyone, including yourself, safe! Be responsible and mindful of exactly what you consume, ladies and gentlemen. The consequences of bad actions cannot easily be reversed.

Be safe and have fun! Happy Birthday, America!
Much Love,
UBA of SD <3

( Photo from: http://media.blog.petsforpatriots.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Dog-Fourth-of-July.jpg )

Hey folks!!! well, its that time of year again. The end of the year!! Last friday was UBA’s end of the year banquet, for those of you who missed it, we went to Shabu World and Tea station for some UBA fun and last minute bonding. We also had a pleasant surprise for UBA’s summer bday folks and graduating seniors!!! After an awesome senior gifts display and a touching farewell speech from our graduating founder, I say the banquet was quite the success. If you missed out on the fun and joy dont worry. We’ll be here next school year :)

On a side note, finals is coming up!! dont give up or give in, if your under too much stress, just calm your mind and meditate the stress away. You can do it folks!!! Thats all for this school year :,)

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Who likes shabu shabu? Come join UBA this Friday for yummy food at Shabu World! We’ll be meeting at 5pm at Peterson Loop. Get to know the other club members and bid farewell to our graduating seniors. Hope to see you there ~

Contact an officer for details if you wanna come. 

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Hi UBA-ers! (:So it&#8217;s week 9 and finals are coming up, but you don&#8217;t have to be too bummed out just yet! Instead of having a Student Sangha this week, we&#8217;re going to the movies. The best part is, we&#8217;ll be watching the 8:15PM showing of X-Men: Days of Future Past at the Arclight La Jolla! Aren&#8217;t you stoked? We can meditate on Wolverine&#8217;s passage through time to save the mutants. Interesting, right? So if you&#8217;re interested, join us! Get to know the Cab or just enjoy a good film. We&#8217;ll be busing at 7:30PM. See you there!~

Hi UBA-ers! (:

So it’s week 9 and finals are coming up, but you don’t have to be too bummed out just yet! Instead of having a Student Sangha this week, we’re going to the movies. The best part is, we’ll be watching the 8:15PM showing of X-Men: Days of Future Past at the Arclight La Jolla! Aren’t you stoked? We can meditate on Wolverine’s passage through time to save the mutants. Interesting, right? So if you’re interested, join us! Get to know the Cab or just enjoy a good film. We’ll be busing at 7:30PM. See you there!~

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