1. Don’t spend your precious time asking

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    Don’t spend your precious time asking
    “Why isn’t the world a better place?”
    It will only be time wasted.
    The question to ask is
    “How can I make it better?”
    To that there is an answer.

    ― Leo Buscaglia

    Buddha

  2. Anger and intolerance

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    Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. ~Mahatma Gandhi

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  3. Buddhist Teachings and Practice Paths

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    The Triple Gem

    1. The Buddha — The self awakened one. The original nature of the Heart;
    2. The Dhamma — The Teaching. The nature of reality;
    3. The Sangha — a. The Awakened Community. b. Any harmonious assembly. c. All Beings.

    The Four Noble Truths

    1. The Noble Truth of Dukkha – stress, unsatisfactoriness, suffering;
    2. The Noble Truth of the causal arising of Dukkha, which is grasping, clinging and wanting;
    3. The Noble Truth of Nirvana, The ending of Dukkha. Awakening, Enlightenment. “Mind like fire unbound”;
    4. The Noble Truth of the Path leading to Nirvana or Awakening.

    All Buddhist teachings flow from the Four Noble Truths. Particularly emphasised in the Theravada.

    The Four Bodhisattva Vows

    1. I vow to rescue the boundless living beings from suffering; (Link to 1st Truth)
    2. I vow to put an end to the infinite afflictions of living beings; (Link to 2nd Truth)
    3. I vow to learn the measureless Dharma-doors; (Link to 4th Truth)
    4. I vow to realise the unsurpassed path of the Buddha. (Link to 3th Truth)

    Foundation of the Mahayana Path, these vows say. ‘Whatever the highest perfection of the human heart-mind may I realise it for the benefit of all that lives!’

    The Eight Fold-Path

    Right, Integral, Complete, Perfected. Continue reading

  4. Everything is impermanent

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    All conditioned things are impermanent. When one see this in Wisdom, then one becomes dispassionate towards the painful.

    Sayings of the Buddha
    ~Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda

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  5. The highest gift

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    The gift of Truth excels all other gifts.

    Sayings of the Buddha
    ~Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda

    Buddha

  6. An artificial tree being carried round by a happy crowd in celebration of a charity, during the days of Myanmar Kings

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    An artificial tree being carried round by a happy crowd in celebration of a charity, during the days of Myanmar Kings

    An artificial tree being carried round by a happy crowd in celebration of a charity, during the days of Myanmar Kings

    65. An artificial tree being carried round by a happy crowd in celebration of a charity, during the days of Myanmar Kings

    In the days of the Myanmar Kings, the rulers were just administrators and most of the ministers also dispensed justice well. Officers under their control were also prevented from doing any injustice or wrong. The people were law abiding and until not very long ago rains were regular, and even in dry zones agricultural land could be cultivated with success. Textiles, consumer goods and fancy goods were not imported into this country from foreign places in these days as at present. Consequently there was no drainage of the country’s resources to foreign lands. Paddy, rice and oil were produced in profusion and there was more than enough for local consumption. Scarcity of thefts and robberies kept the people happy and contented. They celebrated pagoda festivals and other charitable functions, and used to go round with an artificial tree laden with native cakes, sweet meats and fruits, such as plantains and coconuts, in a carefree and joyous mood of charitable display.

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

  7. Take Heart…

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    Ananda and grandma

    TAKE HEART
    But also
    take comfort, healing, rest and love
    Leave sorrow
    amongst the rocks and woods who most of the time
    are far stronger
    better able to handle such loads
    Take courage
    But also,
    take honesty, courtesy, empathy and patience
    Leave doubt
    amidst the deep ocean waters
    watch it sink there
    until you cannot cling to it any longer
    Take faith
    but leave with an open mind, an open hand, open arms
    Take whatever you need to make it through
    leave what keeps you from going on
    Tears only go so far
    Fear only holds so long
    Though your feet may bleed and your hands, tremble
    Take deep compassion for the suffering of another
    and journey on

    ~by Jennifer Edwards

  8. Doing what you know is right

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    That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. ~William J. H. Boetcker

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  9. Dedication prayers

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    Through the virtues I have collected
    By practising the stages of the path,
    May all living beings find the opportunity
    To practise in the same way.

    May everyone experience
    The happiness of humans and gods,
    And quickly attain enlightenment,
    So that samsara is finally extinguished.

    Source: kadampa.org
    Compiled from traditional sources by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

     

  10. To bring true happiness to one’s family

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    To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. ~Buddha

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  11. Stone inscriptions of King Mindon

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    Stone inscriptions of King Mindon

    Stone inscriptions of King Mindon

    64. Stone inscriptions of King Mindon

    King Mindon, who founded the city and the palace of Mandalay, was a great supporter of the Buddhist religion. He used to confer titles upon, and offer the four necessities of monks to venerable monks distinguished for their learning in the Scriptures. He built huge monasteries in the eastern part of the city and donated them for occupation by large numbers of monks.
    He was not satisfied with such measures taken by him in support of the religion. He, therefore, had the Scriptures of the Buddha inscribed on stone slabs under the direct supervision of Maha Theras who were the most learned of the lot of ecclesiastical dignitaries on whom titles had been conferred for proficiency in the Scriptures. With reference to this act of having the Scriptures inscribed on stone slabs, King Mindon is known today as the “Royal Convener of the Fifth Buddhist Council”.

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

  12. Learn this from water

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    Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm. ~Unknown

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  13. Kalyani Ordination Hall, Pegu

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    Kalyani Ordination Hall, Pegu

    Kalyani Ordination Hall, Pegu

    63. Kalyani Ordination Hall, Pegu

    In olden days the monks of Burma, both in Burma proper and in Mon territory belonged to different sects and held different views. The practice of Buddhism could not therefore be preserved in its pristine purity. Dhammaceti, King of Hanthawaddy sent a religious mission consisting of forty four monks to Sri Lanka in 837 Burmese Era. (1476 C.E.) with a view to purifying the religious system in Myanmar. The monks on arrival in Sri Lanka had to be re-ordained in the Sima (place for ordination) in the Kalyani river. On return of these monks to Myanmar, the King had a new Ordination Hall consecrated in Pegu with their assistance and revived Buddhism on proper lines. This new Ordination was named ‘Kalyani Ordination Hall’ after the name of the Kalyani river in Sri Lanka. The Religious Chronicle and the historical account of this Ordination Hall have been inscribed on stone slabs which have been preserved to this day.

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

  14. Giving up the bad, practicing the good…

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    RFA photo

    by Ajahn Chah

    Giving up the bad, practicing the good… this is the heart of Buddhism. Sabba-pāpassa akaranam – Not committing any wrongdoing, either through body, speech or mind. That’s the right practice, the teaching of the Buddhas. Now ”our cloth” is clean.

    Then we have kusalassūpasampadā – making the mind virtuous and skillful. If the mind is virtuous and skillful we don’t have to take a bus all over the countryside looking for merit. Even sitting at home we can attain to merit. But most people just go looking for merit all over the countryside without giving up their vices. When they return home it’s empty-handed they go, back to their old sour faces. There they are washing the dishes with a sour face, so intent on cleaning the dishes. This is where people don’t look, they’re far away from merit.

    We may know of these things, but we don’t really know if we don’t know within our own minds. Buddhism doesn’t enter our heart. If our mind is good and virtuous it is happy. There’s a smile in our heart. But most of us can hardly find time to smile, can we? We can only manage to smile when things go our way. Most people’s happiness depends on having things go to their liking. They have to have everybody in the world say only pleasant things. Is that how you find happiness? Is it possible to have everybody in the world say only pleasant things? If that’s how it is when will you ever find happiness?

    We must use Dhamma to find happiness. Whatever it may be, whether right or wrong, don’t blindly cling to it. Just notice it then lay it down. When the mind is at ease then you can smile. The minute you become averse to something the mind goes bad. Then nothing is good at all.

    Sacittapariyodapanam: Having cleared away impurities the mind is free of worries… peaceful, kind and virtuous. When the mind is radiant and has given up evil, there is ease at all times. The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement.

    When others say things to our liking, we smile. If they say things that displease us we frown. How can we ever get others to say things only to our liking every single day? Is it possible? Even your own children… have they ever said things that displease you? Have you ever upset your parents? Not only other people, but even our own minds can upset us. Sometimes the things we ourselves think of are not pleasant. What can you do? You might be walking along and suddenly kick a tree stump… Thud!… ”Ouch!”… Where’s the problem? Who kicked who anyway? Who are you going to blame? It’s your own fault. Even our own mind can be displeasing to us. If you think about it, you’ll see that this is true. Sometimes we do things that even we don’t like. All you can say is ”Damn!”, there’s no-one else to blame.

  15. Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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    Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

    Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

    62. Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

    Centuries ago Tapussa and Bhallika, two merchants from Ukkala brought the sacred hairs given to them by the Buddha from (the Middle Districts of) India and enshrined them at the foot of a wood-oil tree on Singuttara Hill where the sacred relics of the former three Buddhas had already been enshrined. This pagoda is called “The Shrine of the Sacred Relics of Four Buddhas”, because it contains, enshrined within it, the sacred relics of the three Buddhas (namely, Kakusandha, Konagamana and Kassapa) as well as those of Gotama Buddha. It also takes the name “Shwedagon Pagoda” after the name of the town, Tigumba or Dagon (i.e., Yangon or Rangoon).

    Successive Mon Kings and Myanmar Kings vied with one another in maintaining and improving the Shwedagon which has thus been brought to its present condition and appearance. Shinsawbu, Queen Regent of Hanthawaddy gave up her throne when she grew old and set up a cantonment and palace on a pleasant piece of land to the north-west of the pagoda and resided there in constant veneration of the shrine. She died at the age of 76 in 831 Burmese Era. (1470 C.E.) bowing in reverence to the pagoda. The locality where the Queen lived in her old age is known to this day as Shinsawbu Hill.

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

  16. Always remain cool and unruffled

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    Nothing gives a person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. ~ Thomas Jefferson

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  17. Do not mistake the reflection

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    Understanding things as they really are. Do not mistake the reflection of the moon in the water for the moon.

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  18. Calmness of spirit…

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    There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance. ~Arthur Helps

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  19. Ananda Pagoda, Pagan

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    Ananda Pagoda, Pagan

    Ananda Pagoda, Pagan

    61. Ananda Pagoda, Pagan

    Once upon a time, eight Arahants came to the palace of King Kyanzittha ( also known as Hti-hlaing-shin ) at Pagan and stood for alms. The King took the bowls and offered them meals. He then asked them “Where have you come from, Reverend Sirs?” The Arahants replied. “We have come from Gandamadana Mountain”. The King was very pleased and had great faith in them, and built for them a monastery for their residence during the rainy season. He also invited them to come to the palace every morning and have their meals there during the full three months of the rainy season, and fed them regularly.

    One day, the King asked the Arahants to make a cave, by using their superhuman power, in the likeness of the Nandamula Cave which stands at Gandamadana Mountain in the Himalayas. The Arahants complied with his request and fashioned a cave exactly like the one there. The King built a huge cave-temple in Pagan resembling in appearance the Nandamula Cave, and called it Nanda. It is now known as Ananda Pagoda, built in 452 Burmese Era. (1192 C.E.). It is famous all over the world as the best specimen of Myanmar (Burmese) architecture.

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

  20. Song of the diamond heart

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    The pine tree’s voice is always whispering
    Yet how many pause to listen?
    For when the churning mind is still,
    The Diamond Heart within
    Reflects even the falling dusk that
    Shrouds every eye and branch
    And hears, but listens not.
    Walking then, with Courage and Kindness,
    Never ceasing to walk in Wonder,
    We follow our ancient path.
    For the Way of the sword is folded two;
    Like the rose we have thorns,
    And like the rose, we unfold

    ~By G. Bluestone

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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