1. Even so shall I endure abuse

    Comment

    As an elephant in the battlefield withstands arrows shot from bows all around, even so shall I endure abuse. ~Buddha

    Heaven Buddha

  2. The Story of Two Pick-Pockets

    Comment

    Buddha

    Verse 63: The fool who knows that he is a fool can, for that reason, be a wise man; but the fool who thinks that he is wise is, indeed, called a fool.

    The Story of Two Pick-Pockets

    While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (63) of this book, with reference to two pick-pockets.

    On one occasion, two pick-pockets joined a group of lay-disciples going to the Jetavana monastery, where the Buddha was giving a discourse. One of them listened attentively to the discourse and soon attained Sotapatti Fruition. However, the second thief did not attend to the discourse as he was bent on stealing only; and he managed to snatch a small sum of money from one of the lay-disciples. After the discourse they went back and cooked their meal at the house of the second thief, the one who managed to get some money. The wife of the second thief taunted the first thief, “You are so wise, you don’t even have anything to cook at your house.” Hearing this remark, the first thief thought to himself, “This one is so foolish that she thinks she is being very smart.” Then, together with some relatives, he went to the Buddha and related the matter to him.

    To the man, the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

    Verse 63: The fool who knows that he is a fool can, for that reason, be a wise man; but the fool who thinks that he is wise is, indeed, called a fool.

    At the end of the discourse, all the relatives of the man attained Sotapatti Fruition.

    Dhammapada Verse 63
    Ganthibhedakacora Vatthu

    Ya balo mannati balyam
    panditovapi tena so
    balo ca panditamani
    sa ve baloti vuccati.

    Source: Tipitaka

  3. Never forget where you came from

    Comment

    No matter how high up you get, never forget where you came from. ~Beeru Singh

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  4. Speak well of others

    Comment

    Speak well of others, not of their faults. ~Buddha

    Buddha

  5. Unshakable joy

    Comment

    The greatest thing that will please God is that you maintain an attitude of unshakable joy. ~Swami Kriyananda

    Jendhamuni in the wood pink scarf

  6. Avoid speaking negative things

    Comment

    Avoid speaking negative things. If we concentrate on the bad side, we lose sight of the good. When we concentrate on the good. We take on goodness. ~Paramhansa Yogananda

    yellow lotus flower in water

     

  7. Throughout immeasurable eons

    Comment

    Time has no beginning;
    it has no end.
    Throughout immeasurable eons,
    violence and conflict have abounded,
    and body and spirit deeply wounded.
    May the time for healing begin now.
    May universal peace be ours.

    ~amtbweb

    Buddha

  8. In the eyes of others

    Comment

    Do not seek
    the measure of your true worth
    in the eyes of others.

    Search instead
    within your own heart.

    ~amtbweb

    white-lotus-animation

  9. Faith Mind

    Comment

    Buddhameditating

    The Third Patriarch of Zen
    Hsin Hsin Ming by Seng-T’san

    The Great Way is not difficult
    for those who have no preferences.
    When love and hate are both absent
    everything becomes clear and undisguised.
    Make the smallest distinction, however,
    and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.

    If you wish to see the truth
    then hold no opinions for or against anything.
    To set up what you like against what you dislike
    is the disease of the mind.
    When the deep meaning of things is not understood,
    the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail.

    The Way is perfect like vast space
    where nothing is lacking and nothing in excess.
    Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
    that we do not see the true nature of things.

    Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,
    nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
    Be serene in the oneness of things and such
    erroneous views will disappear by themselves.

    When you try to stop activity by passivity
    your very effort fills you with activity.
    As long as you remain in one extreme or the other
    you will never know Oneness.

    Those who do not live in the single Way
    fail in both activity and passivity,
    assertion and denial.
    To deny the reality of things
    is to miss their reality;
    To assert the emptiness of things
    is to miss their reality.

    The more you talk and think about it,
    the further astray you wander from the truth.
    Stop talking and thinking,
    and there is nothing you will not be able to know.

    To return to the root is to find meaning,
    but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.
    At the moment of inner enlightenment
    there is a going beyond appearance and emptiness.
    The changes that appear to occur in the empty world
    we call real only because of our ignorance.

    Ananda and master

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  10. The Time of Death is Uncertain So Practice Now

    Comment

    Buddha passed away

    2 December, 2014, Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya

    Gyalwang Karmapa continued the section in the text on the theme of death and impermanence, the second contemplation of the four common preliminaries. Today’s transmission began with a powerful evocation of the moment of death. Death is inevitable and cannot be escaped, however wealthy or powerful we are. Life is short and the time of death is uncertain, what can we have confidence in? Only the Dharma.

    The text continues with various meditations on death and impermanence, followed by examples from different Buddhist texts and namthar which reinforce this view.

    Life is like people meeting at a weekly market; the next day everyone is gone. The only thing which will accompany us at death is the Dharma. Thus we need to supplicate the Gurus, be diligent in our dharma practice, and devote our lives to virtue, as a matter of urgency.

    A story from the life of the 11th century Kadampa master and meditator, Kharak Gomchung, provides an example of the attitude a dharma practitioner should adopt. Kharakpa gave many teachings on how to overcome attachment to mundane concerns, and he himself was renowned for his renunciation.

    Once a tea merchant came to Kharakpa’s cave and left an offering of a brick of tea. Three years later the merchant returned to make another offering, but he found the first brick of tea untouched and gathering dust. Puzzled, he asked the meditator why he had not used the tea and Kharakpa replied, “I didn’t know whether I would boil the tea or the tea would boil me, and so I had no time! Take them both and go!” So the merchant picked up the two bricks of tea and left. Such is the urgency he felt of dharma practice. Continue reading

  11. Understanding and loving kindness

    Comment

    A community practicing understanding and loving kindness may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

    Jendhamuni holding flower bw

  12. Do not fight against pain

    Comment

    Do not fight against pain; do not fight against irritation or jealousy. Embrace them with great tenderness, as though you were embracing a little baby. Your anger is yourself, and you should not be violent toward it. The same thing goes for all your emotions. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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  13. Renunciation mind is very simple in a way

    Comment

    Renunciation mind is very simple in a way: we have renunciation mind when we realise that all this is not a big deal. Somebody steps on your toe – what’s the big deal? The more we get used to this notion, the more we have renunciation mind. Renunciation somehow has this connotation of giving something up. But it is like the example of the mirage. You can’t give up the water because there is none; it is only a mirage. Moreover, you don’t have to give up a mirage, because what is the point of giving up a mirage? One need simply know that it is a mirage. Such understanding is a big renunciation. The moment you know that it is a mirage, most likely you will not even go there because you know it is fake. Or even if you do go, there is no disappointment because you already know what is there. At the very least you will only have a little disappointment. ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

    little monk Ananda

  14. Bright Moon

    Comment

    Someone who has acted carelessly,
    But later becomes careful and attentive,
    Is as beautiful as the bright moon emerging from the clouds.

    ~ Nagarjuna

    flower

  15. What more enlightenment do you want

    Comment

    nature

    When you don’t have obsession,
    When you don’t have hang-ups,
    when you don’t have inhibition,
    When you are not afraid,
    You will be breaking certain rules.
    When you are not afraid
    You will not fulfill somebody’s expectations.
    What more enlightenment do you want.

    That’s it. ~Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

  16. No matter how old they get

    Comment

    Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Freshmorningquotes

    Anandalight

  17. External events and internal thoughts

    Comment

    Our misery or happiness depends on how we react to external events and internal thoughts. We judge and label everything based on our reactions. Sometimes our reactions are so strong that they destroy us. But the real problem is in not understanding that reactions themselves come and go based on ever-changing circumstances. ~ 17th Karmapa

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  18. As long as you learn

    Comment

    To live as equals with others requires a wide range of experience. The wise have much experience and fools have little. To gain experience, you need to go through good and bad times. How can you grow if your experiences are always the same? Anything that happens, good or bad, can be constructive in the end — as long as you learn something useful from it. So when you face difficulties, don’t feel too bad! ~17th Karmapa

    Buddha sitting

  19. The Thief…Tibetan teaching story

    Comment

    Buddha-Teaching-the-Five-Ascetics_sculpture-in-wat-ounalom

    Tibetan teaching story

    ‘The 12th century master Geshe Ben was renowned for his goodness and integrity.

    Once, while begging for alms, a family of devout Buddhists invited him to their home to be fed. He was so hungry that he found it difficult to wait while his hosts were elsewhere preparing the meal. To his complete shock he found himself stealing food from a jar when no-one was looking. Geshe Ben suddenly burst into loud cries of “Thief! Thief! I’ve caught you red-handed.”

    His hosts rushed into the room to find him berating himself and threatening his hand with being cut off it ever behaved like that again.’

    Source: viewonbuddhism.org

  20. The Rabbit – A Tale of Selfless Generosity

    Comment

    Rabbit

    Buddha used to be a rabbit in one of his previous lifetimes

    A Tale of Selfless Generosity.

    In this lifetime the Bodhisattva was born as an animal, a rabbit. Yet even as a rabbit, he possessed incredible virtue, goodness, beauty, and vigor; so much so that the other animals viewed him as their king. None feared him and none caused him fear. Among his devoted following, three animals in particular became his closest students and companions. They were an otter, a jackal, and a monkey, who through the Bodhisattva’s teaching, forgot their lower animal nature and became infinitely compassionate themselves.

    As instructed by the rabbit in a teaching one night, it was customary that on the next day, a holy day, to offer alms to anyone who passes through their forest. Later that night, the rabbit was distraught as he realized he had nothing to offer. His three companions had ample means to feed a guest, but the rabbit had nothing but the meager blades of grass he ate to sustain himself, which were far too bitter to offer a visitor. Then he realized he could offer his own flesh as food and without hesitation, decided this was what he would do.

    Hearing this, Shakra, the lord of gods, went to test the animals and disguised himself as a weary traveler who had lost his way. Hungry, thirsty, and crying with despair, the four beasts rushed to his aid. The otter was able to supply the man with seven fish, the jackal a lizard and some sour milk, and the monkey some soft ripe mangoes. Seeing that the man had built a fire, the rabbit explained that he was offering his own body and then, without hesitation, lept into the hot coals and swirling flames.

    Shakra rejoiced, reached into the fire and pulled out the rabbit and then lifted him up into the heavens and displayed him before the gods. Continue reading

Khmer Tipitaka 1 – 110

Khmer Tipitaka 1 – 110

The Tipitaka or Pali canon, is the collection of primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. The three divisions of the Tipitaka are: Vinaya Pitaka, Sutta Pitaka, Abhidhamma Pitaka. ព្រះត្រៃបិដក ប្រែថា កញ្រ្ចែង ឬ ល្អី​ ៣ សម្រាប់ដាក់ផ្ទុកពាក្យពេចន៍នៃព្រះសម្មាសម្ពុទ្ធ

Listen to Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism.

Jendhamuni

As a solid rock is not shaken by the wind, so the wise are not shaken by blame and praise. As a deep lake is clear and calm, so the wise become tranquil after they listened to the truth... Good people walk on regardless of what happens to them. Good people do not babble on about their desires. Whether touched by happiness or by sorrow, the wise never appear elated or depressed… ~The Dhammapada

Should anyone wish to ridicule me and make me an object of jest and scorn why should I possibly care if I have dedicated myself to others?

Let them do as they wish with me so long as it does not harm them. May no one who encounters me ever have an insignificant contact.

Regardless whether those whom I meet respond towards me with anger or faith, may the mere fact of our meeting contribute to the fulfilment of their wishes.

May the slander, harm and all forms of abuse that anyone should direct towards me act as a cause of their enlightenment.

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