The end of sufferings
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.
Samanera Pañha — The Novice’s Questions
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.”

End of cravings
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.
If You Love your Kids
23/06/2013 10:25 (GMT+7)
If we teach our kids dharma when they are young, it means we love them. If we don’t , when they grow up they will be uncontrollable because the world and media is not getting better. And it influences them terribly…

The Hallucinating Mind
28/06/2013 20:11 (GMT+7)
The wisdom that perceives the object in a way completely opposed to ignorance is not just any wisdom. It perceives the ultimate nature of phenomena, that which is emptiness, the absence of inherent existence; that things are devoid of, or empty of, existing from their own side. 
Beyond McMindfulness
03/07/2013 15:46 (GMT+7)
July 1-- Suddenly mindfulness meditation has become mainstream, making its way into schools, corporations, prisons, and government agencies including the U.S. military. Millions of people are receiving tangible benefits from their mindfulness practice: less stress, better concentration, perhaps a little more empathy. Needless to say, this is an important development to be welcomed -- but it has a shadow.

Right Thought
09/07/2013 15:27 (GMT+7)
Our life is what we make it by our own thoughts and deeds, thus it is thoughts that a man rises or falls.
Right Speech
10/07/2013 18:14 (GMT+7)
Right speech is abstaining from lying from talebearing, from harsh language from vain talk. The man who obtain from lying, who always speaks the truth, is reliable, worthy of confidence. Neither for his own advantage, nor for the advantage of another, or for any advantage at all will he knowingly tell a lie.

Duty & Behaviour
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.
Habits & Practice
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.

Right Attention & Resolution
15/07/2013 09:33 (GMT+7)
The Practice of perfect attention is a means of learning to know oneself, to know the world in which one lives, and consequently to acquire right understanding.
Patience
16/07/2013 12:06 (GMT+7)
Patience means endurance, the highest form of endurance in the face of suffering which may be inflicted upon oneself by others; and it means forbearance of others’ wrongs. A Bodhisatta practices patience to the extent that not even when his hands or feet are cut off will he become provoked.

The truth is always stronger than a lie
16/07/2013 16:49 (GMT+7)
Once upon a time, the King of Benares went on a picnic in the forest. The beautiful flowers and trees and fruits made him very happy. As he was enjoying their beauty, he slowly went deeper and deeper into the forest. Before long, he became separated from his companions and realized that he was all alone.
A Happy Married Life
16/07/2013 17:30 (GMT+7)
From the Buddhist point of view, marriage is neither holy nor unholy. Buddhism does not regard marriage as a religious duty nor as a sacrament that is ordained in heaven. A cynic has said that while some people believe that marriage is planned in heaven, others say that it is recorded in hell also! Marriage is basically a personal and social obligation, it is not compulsory.

Loving-Kindness & Compassion
17/07/2013 08:48 (GMT+7)
Metta, loving-kindness, is to be started within ourselves. If we can say that we love ourselves, can we harm ourselves by having angry thoughts within ourselves? If we love a person, will we do harm to him? to love the self means to be free from selfishness, hatred, anger, etc.; and unless we ourselves possess metta within, we cannot share or radiate, we cannot send this metta to others.
Compassion as Training
17/07/2013 08:53 (GMT+7)
In Buddhism, the ideal of practice is to selflessly act to alleviate suffering wherever it appears. You may argue it is impossible to elminate suffering, and maybe it is, yet we’re to respond anyway.

Generosity
18/07/2013 11:59 (GMT+7)
A Bodhisatta, a Buddha in the making, Is always ready to oblige others, but he will never stoop to beg a favour for himself. In abundance he gives, irrespective of caste, creed or colour, but selfishly he seeks nothing, for he is neither selfish nor self-possessive.
Conquer pain
18/07/2013 12:02 (GMT+7)
An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.

Happiness
19/07/2013 11:46 (GMT+7)
The ultimate source of all happiness or misery is the individual mind. Individual happiness is essential for the happiness of society, and the happiness of society means the happiness of the nation; happiness of nations, in turn, leads to the happiness of the world.
The Sixth Patriarch's Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra
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.

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