1. Venerable Yasa’s efforts to hold the second Buddhist council for the offense of monks collecting money

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    Venerable Yasa's efforts to hold the second Buddhist council for the offense of monks collecting money

    Venerable Yasa’s efforts to hold the second Buddhist council for the offense of monks collecting money

    55. Venerable Yasa’s efforts to hold the second Buddhist council for the offense of monks collecting money

    About 100 years after the death of the Buddha, monks of the Vajji clan did certain acts which were not becoming of monks. They begged for money, even an anna (a nickel) or two, from lay devotees who came to the monastery on Uposatha days to keep their precepts. The Venerable Yasa then said that it was not fit for monks to handle money. For that reason, they imposed a Vinaya Act on the Venerable Yasa by which it was made obligatory for the person who said so to tender an apology to lay devotees for alleged interference with their charitable motives.

    The Venerable Yasa went to the lay devotees and explained the true purport of the Buddha’s teachings, and when the lay devotees understood it they showed no further respect to monks who begged for alms in cash. The Venerable Yasa approached the distinguished Arahants and asked them to adjudge the matter, and they pronounced that it was not lawful according to the Vinaya for monks to handle money. After which, 700 distinguished Arahants were chosen and the Second Buddhist Council was held to protect the Doctrine.

    THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BUDDHISM
    by ASHIN JANAKA BHIVAMSA (Aggamahapandita)
    Artist: U Ba Kyi | Link to this post

  2. Spiritual life is a life of search

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    Buddha statue

    Spiritual life is a life of search…but a true search.
    Not to investigate and to seek what you hope to discover,
    Not the object of your aspiration,
    But what you are.
    Meditation is just a search for the meditator.
    Enlightenment is to discover…

    To discover that there is no discoverer, and there is nothing to discover…
    Enlightenment is to be.
    To be the most wonderful discovery of what can not be found.
    It is to arrive to no where…
    To meet no one.
    You fail, because of your habit to search only for that which satisfies your needs.

    Get rid of all this need.
    And you will see…
    Get rid of all that you have.
    And you will see…
    Throw away all that can be thrown.
    And you will see…
    Give up these words, and what they make you feel
    And you will see…
    Give up your attempt to give up.
    And you will see…
    Give up your attempt to see.
    Because then you will really see…
    The farther the object you search for, the better eyesight you need.
    That which is closest to you, you have to be.

    ~By Swami Ramakrishnananda

  3. King Asoka offering meal to young novice Nigrodha who sat upon the throne

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    King Asoka offering meal to young novice Nigrodha who sat upon the throne

    King Asoka offering meal to young novice Nigrodha who sat upon the throne

    56. King Asoka offering meal to young novice Nigrodha who sat upon the throne

    King Asoka regularly fed the Brahmin priests, in accordance with the custom of the royal household, before his conversion to Buddhism. But he was not pleased with their demeanour at meal-time, as they were neither clean nor calm. The King thought to himself, “Charity on such a lavish scale should be given in proper quarters”. Later, one day he saw a serene-looking young novice, quietly walking along the street with restrained senses.

    The King was so impressed with the deportment that the novice was invited to the palace at once and requested to occupy a suitable seat ; and the novice went up the throne and sat on it. The King then served him with an excellent meal and asked him to give an exposition of the Doctrine which his Teacher used to preach. The young novice Nigrodha delivered an instructive discourse on the following stanza of the Dhammapada:— “Heedfulness is the path to Deathlessness. Heedlessness is the path to death. The heedful do not die, the heedless are like unto the dead”.

    The word of the Buddha appealed to him and he became a Buddhist and staunch supporter of the religion.

    THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BUDDHISM
    by ASHIN JANAKA BHIVAMSA (Aggamahapandita)
    Artist: U Ba Kyi | Link to this post

  4. I walk down the street…

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    1) I walk down the street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
    I fall in.
    I am lost…
    I am hopeless.
    It isn’t my fault.
    It takes forever to find a way out.

    2) I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I pretend I don’t see it.
    I fall in again.
    I can’t believe I’m in the same place.
    But it isn’t my fault.
    It still takes a long time to get out.

    3) I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I see it is there.
    I still fall in…it’s a habit
    My eyes are open; I know where I am;
    It is my fault.
    I get out immediately.

    4) I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I walk around it.

    5) I walk down another street.

    Poem title: Autobiography in five chapters
    by Portia Nelsony

  5. Better…

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    Better than a thousand
    Hollow words
    Is one word that brings peace.

    Better than a thousand
    Hollow verses
    Is one verse that brings peace.

    Better than a hundred
    Hollow lines
    Is one line of the law, Bringing peace.

    It is better to conquer yourself
    Than to win a thousand battles;
    Then the victory is yours.

    ~From the Dhammapada

  6. The first Buddhist council

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    The first Buddhist council

    The first Buddhist council

    54. The first Buddhist council

    About seven days after the Buddha had passed away, the Venerable Mahakassapa heard of His death, while he was resting on his way from Pava to Kusinara together with 500 Theras. All the junior Theras were plunged in deep grief and were weeping and lamenting. But a monk named Subhadda, who had entered the Order in his old age, was the only one that rejoiced over His death. “Grieve not, brothers,” said he, “weep not, we are now delivered of that Great Ascetic. He constantly worried us, saying ‘This is proper, this is not proper’. Now we are free to do what we like.”

    These unexpected words that fell from the lips of a disciple alarmed the Venerable Mahakassapa who became very concerned about the future of the Buddha’s religious system, but kept quiet. When the Buddha’s relics had been distributed, the Venerable Mahakassapa consulted the other Theras and suggested to them to hold a Council of leading Arahants to collect, classify and rehearse the teachings of the Buddha in order to protect and fortify the Sasana against such attacks as might be expected from monks of the type of Subhadda. They all welcomed the suggestion. King Ajatasattu was informed of the intention of the Samgha, and with his help, the First Buddhist council was held at Rajagaha with 500 Arahants.

    THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BUDDHISM
    by ASHIN JANAKA BHIVAMSA (Aggamahapandita)
    Artist: U Ba Kyi | Link to this post

  7. Love…

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    Ananda practicing

    When your mind becomes motionless
    and the brilliant eyes of the peaceful mind
    take a straight look down into the depth of your heart
    you will see the life-force pulsating and thriving
    in the warmth of pure love.

    As you experience this pure love
    what we all call “heart”
    beams of light will begin to radiate from the center of it
    for heaven is there in eternity.

    If you can release this radiance of love
    and allow it to flow through you,
    your heart will become light.
    The spirit will get liberated into the air
    and then, from a place of inner stillness
    you will know what it would be like
    to be an eagle and soar in the evening skies.

    And most of all,
    you would understand
    what it would be like
    to be perfectly sane.

    ~ By Bhante Wimala

     

  8. Forgive…

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    The noblest revenge is to forgive. ~Thomas Fuller

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  9. Remember, when you forgive, you heal

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    Remember, when you forgive, you heal. And when you let go, you grow. ~Unknown

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  10. Dona, the professor, distributing the sacred relics of the Buddha to the rulers of eight states

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    Dona, the professor, distributing the sacred relics of the Buddha to the rulers of eight states

    Dona, the professor, distributing the sacred relics of the Buddha to the rulers of eight states

    53. Dona, the professor, distributing the sacred relics of the Buddha to the rulers of eight states

    Just before the Buddha passed away, he made a resolute wish that, “the bones of my body may be left over as relics in small bits” so that posterity may reverence them. Ajattasattu and other rulers heard of the Buddha’s death and came out with their own armies to fight for the possession of the sacred relies of the Buddha, if they should fail to get them by peaceful means. Dona the Brahmin was a virtuous professor who happened to have been a teacher of those rulers.

    There was a great excitement and disorder amongst the crowds present who were preparing to loot the relics. Now Professor Dona got up on an eminence and shouted at the crowd in an authoritative tone, when the din was silenced. Then he spoke to the crowd beginning with the words, “Listen to me, your teacher. Our Lord, the Buddha, used to preach on forbearance”. Then as agreed by the rulers of the eight states, the Professor distributed the sacred relics to them. They took the relies away and placed them inside pagodas and shrines and revered them as objects of worship.

    THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BUDDHISM
    by ASHIN JANAKA BHIVAMSA (Aggamahapandita)
    Artist: U Ba Kyi | Link to this post

  11. Stop killing!

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    Buddha statues

    For countless years the bitter stew of hate goes boiling on.
    Its vengeful broth is ocean deep, impossible to calm.
    To learn the cause of all this conflict,
    Terror, bombs and war,
    Listen to the cries at midnight by the butcher’s door.

    ~Chan Master Cloud of Vows (Song Dynasty)

  12. Happiness…

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    Happiness is not to be found with many efforts or will, but is here, nearby, in your relaxing and surrendering.
    Don’t worry, there is nothing to be done.
    Everything that comes up to your mind has no importance because it has no reality.
    Don’t conceive any attachment for it.
    Don’t judge yourself.
    Let it be.
    Let it come up and down without changing a thing.
    It all vanishes and begins again, endlessly.
    Nothing but the quest for happiness prevents us from seeing it.
    It is like a rainbow that one is always chasing without ever reaching it.
    It is because it has no existence.
    It has always been here and goes with you all the time.
    Don’t believe in the reality of experiences, good or bad.
    They are like rainbows.
    Because we want to grasp what is not to be grasped,
    We exhaust our strength in vain.
    As soon as we relinquish our hold, space is here, open, welcoming & comfortable.
    So, do enjoy it.
    Everything is yours already.
    Stop searching.
    Don’t go into the jungle to look for the elephant that is quietly waiting for you at home.
    There is nothing to do.
    There is nothing to force.
    There is nothing to desire.
    And all comes by itself.

    by Lama Gendun Rimpoche

     

  13. Meditate daily

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    Meditate daily, and soon your inner strength and mind power will grow.~Remez Sasson

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  14. Parinibbana (death) of the Buddha in the Sala Grove of Kusinara State

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    Parinibbana (death) of the Buddha in the Sala Grove of Kusinara State

    Parinibbana (death) of the Buddha in the Sala Grove of Kusinara State

    52. Parinibbana (death) of the Buddha in the Sala Grove of Kusinara State

    From His 35th year, the date of His Enlightenment, the Buddha’s successful ministry lasted 45 years. When He attained His 80th year the Buddha had an attack of dysentery and lay down on a couch with its head to the north between twin sal-trees in the Sala Grove of Kusinara State. Men, higher and lower gods and monks were gathered, in large numbers, near the Blessed One in respectful adoration.

    Though he was very weak and weary, the Buddha was still addressing those present with words of exhortation. After addressing them the whole night the Blessed One spoke His last words, when it was nearing dawn, as follows:—”Behold, O disciples, I exhort you. Subject to decay are all conditioned things. Strive on with heedfulness”. The Buddha then attained the Ecstasies and arrived at the cessation of perception and sensation, and finally the Blessed One passed away; and there was an earthquake to mark His death.

    THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BUDDHISM
    by ASHIN JANAKA BHIVAMSA (Aggamahapandita)
    Artist: U Ba Kyi | Link to this post

     

  15. A beautiful source of pure energy

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    Inspiration is a beautiful source of pure energy that uplifts your heart. ~Ajahn Brahm

    Inspiration is a beautiful source of pure energy that uplifts your heart-Ajahn Brahm

  16. Never give up

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    No matter what is going on
    Never give up
    Develop the heart
    Too much energy in your country
    Is spent developing the mind
    Instead of the heart
    Be compassionate
    Not just to your friends
    But to everyone
    Be compassionate
    Work for peace
    In your heart and in the world
    Work for peace
    And I say again
    Never give up
    No matter what is going on around you
    Never give up

    ~Dalai Lama

  17. Seek wisdom and purity

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    Buddha

    Death overtakes the man
    Who, giddy and distracted by the world,
    Cares only for his flocks and his children.
    Death fetches him away
    As a flood carries off a sleeping village.

    His family cannot save him,
    Nor his father nor his sons.

    Know this.
    Seek wisdom, and purity.
    Quickly clear the way.

    ~Dhammapada

     

  18. Venerable Kumara Kassapa explaining to the governor of Payasi

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    Venerable Kumara Kassapa explaining to the governor of Payasi the existence of a future world

    Venerable Kumara Kassapa explaining to the governor of Payasi the existence of a future world

    51. Venerable Kumara Kassapa explaining to the governor of Payasi the existence of a future world

    The Governor of Payasi was of the wrong belief that there was no future world, that there were no such beings as higher and lower gods produced without any apparent cause, that there was no such thing as Hell and that there were no effects of good or bad deeds done. According to his view “if a man dies he is not reborn”. Venerable Kumara Kassapa was an Arahant who could preach well. The Governor of Payasi with a great crowd of men came to the Arahant and stated to him his religious views.
    Venerable Kumara Kassapa pointed out to him the sun and the moon and asked him, “Are the sun and the moon you see over there in this or another world? Are the beings living there human or celestial?” The Governor could not answer that the sun and the moon were in this world ; nor could he say that their inhabitants were human beings. He had, therefore, to admit that “those planets are in another world and their inhabitants are celestial beings”. He was converted from his wrong faith by being asked questions of this nature.

    THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BUDDHISM
    by ASHIN JANAKA BHIVAMSA (Aggamahapandita)
    Artist: U Ba Kyi | Link to this post

  19. Real generosity

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    Real generosity is giving, expecting nothing back in return. ~Ajahn Brahm

    Real generosity is giving, expecting nothing back in return-Ajahn Brahm

  20. Do good deeds

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    Say good words, have good thoughts, and do good deeds. ~Master Cheng Yen

    Buddha

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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