|29/05/2013 20:08 (GMT+7)|
Of the thirty-four discourses (suttas) that make up the Digha Nikaya (Collection of Long Discourses), ours, the sixteenth, is the longest, and so altogether maintains the first place where length is concerned. It preserves the principal feature of the Buddhist sutta, insofar as it is, like others, a rehearsal of events as they have been witnessed. On account of its unique composition, however, it is, more than other suttas, capable not only of winning the affection of the pious Buddhist, as it naturally does, but also of attracting the general reader, since it is indeed a fine specimen of sacred universal literature. It gives a good general idea of the Buddha's Teaching, too, even though it hardly offers anything that is not found -- and often more extensively dealt with -- in other suttas.
|01/06/2013 21:21 (GMT+7)|
A Dhamma Good Morning wishes to you and Homage to Triple Gems..Buddha, Dharma and Sangha! “Buddha Dharma is meant for everyone…not to oneself only” … if you wish to share you may ..and you are always welcome to share it for your friends and for the good dhamma cause. As you may be aware that we were having a Dhamma Tour since a sometime and we are in Dhammachakrappavattana Sutta ..Wheel of Dhamma courtesy from Most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu!
|10/06/2013 19:47 (GMT+7)|
The world is like a burning house that is forever being destroyed and rebuilt. People, being confused by the darkness of their ignorance, lose their minds in anger, displeasure, jealousy, prejudice and worldly passion. They are like babies in need of a mother; everyone must be dependent upon Buddha’s mercy and compassion.
|10/06/2013 19:54 (GMT+7)|
What is one?All beings subsist on food.“There are these four nutriments for the establishing of beings who have taken birth or for the support of those in search of a place to be born. Which four? Physical food, gross or refined; contact as the second, intellectual intention the third, and consciousness the fourth.”
|15/06/2013 19:53 (GMT+7)|
Just as a tree with roots undamaged and firm grows again even though cut down, so also, if latent craving is not rooted out, this dukkha (of birth, ageing and death) arises again and again.
|28/06/2013 11:44 (GMT+7)|
When a man has learned how to live as a real human being without disturbing others, he can live peacefully without any fear in his heart.
|30/06/2013 10:37 (GMT+7)|
We can experience these truths, which lie at the heart of the Buddha’s teachings, through direct experience. They can be viewed as(1) Diagnosis of an illness;(2) Prognosis;(3) Recovery; and(4) Medicine to cure the disease.
|13/07/2013 10:27 (GMT+7)|
The ideal placed by the Buddha before us is mutual service – men being in need of each other – to help each other bear each other’s burdens. We have three types of work as mentioned in the Nikaya, three codes of conduct for the Buddhist: striving for-development, so that one may attain happiness, self-culture and self-realization; working for the benefit of one’s relatives and friends; working for the benefit of the whole world without making any distinction as regards caste. colour or creed. Therefore our task is to practise these principles laid down by the Buddha.
|13/07/2013 10:39 (GMT+7)|
The task of each and every Buddhist is first to make the Buddha-Dhamma a living reality, by studying it and practicing it in everyday life. When we live in accordance with the Dhamma we can speak about it with authority. Secondly, a Buddhist’s task is to spread the pure Buddha-Dhamma, or to help the Sangha who devote their whole lives to the study, practice and spreading of the pure Dhamma – which is excellent in the beginning, in the middle and in the end. Thereby we become helpers of humanity and messengers of peace and happiness.
|19/07/2013 16:40 (GMT+7)|
The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch is a Buddhist scripture that was composed in China during the 8th to 13th century. The text centers around teachings and stories ascribed to the sixth Chan patriarch Huineng. It contains the well-known story of the contest for the succession of Hongren, and discourses and dialogues attributed to Huineng. The text attributes its recollection to Fa-hai, but was probably written within the so-called Oxhead School, which existed along with the East Mountain School and Shenhui's Southern School. The text attempts to reconcile the so-called Northern School with its alleged gradual enlightenment teachings, and the so-called Southern School with its alleged sudden enlightenment teachings. In effect, the text incorporates the "rhetorical purity" which originated with Shenhui's attack on Shenxiu, while effectively "writing him out of the story". The key topics of the discourse are the direct perception of one's true nature, and the unity in essence of śīla, dhyāna and prajñā.
|20/07/2013 16:13 (GMT+7)|
Mind, the most important part of man, is a complex compound of fleeting mental states, namely: feeling, perception mental concomitants and consciousness. These states constantly change, not remaining for two consecutive moments the same.
|20/07/2013 17:02 (GMT+7)|
The difference between thinking and meditation is that in thinking generally we have no definite object or too many objects, but in meditation we think of a definite object chosen by our will; that is why meditation is a real constructive practice of thinking. It is by meditation that we develop our power of seeing the object as it is, otherwise we many see only the appearance of the object without knowing anything of its nature. That is why meditation is very necessary; it purifies the thoughts, otherwise they are mixed up with many things, especially with ignorance.