1. External events and internal thoughts


    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


  2. As long as you learn


    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

  3. The Thief…Tibetan teaching story



    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

  4. The Rabbit – A Tale of Selfless Generosity



    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

  5. Follow then the shining ones


    Follow then the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving, for they know how to work and forbear. ~Buddha


  6. Those who lead others through nonviolent


    They are not following dharma who resort to violence to achieve their purpose. But those who lead others through nonviolent means, knowing right and wrong, may be called guardians of the dharma. ~Buddha

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  7. The Story of Ananda, the Rich Man



    Verse 62: “I have sons, I have wealth”; with this (feeling of attachment) the fool is afflicted. Indeed, he himself is not his own, how can sons and wealth be his?

    1. putta: sons also means both son and daughter.

    The Story of Ananda, the Rich Man

    While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (62) of this book, with reference to a miserly rich man, named Ananda.

    There was once a very wealthy man named Ananda in Savatthi. Although he possessed eighty crores, he was very reluctant to give anything in charity. To his son, Mulasiri, he used to say, “Don’t think the wealth we have now is very much. Do not give away anything from what you have, for you must make it grow. Otherwise your wealth will dwindle away.” This rich man had five pots of gold buried in his house and he died without revealing their location to his son.

    Ananda, the rich man, was reborn in a village of beggars, not far from Savatthi. From the time his mother was pregnant, the income of the beggars decreased; the villagers thought there must be a wicked and unlucky one amongst them. By dividing themselves up into groups and by the process of elimination, they came to the conclusion that the pregnant beggar woman must be the unfortunate one. Thus, she was driven out of the village. When her son was born, the son proved to be extremely ugly and repulsive. If she went out begging by herself, she would get as before, but if she went out with her son she would get nothing. So, when the boy could go out by himself, his mother placed a plate in his hand and left him. As he wandered about in Savatthi, he remembered his old house and his past existence. So he went into the house. When the sons of his son Mulasiri saw him, they were frightened by his ugly looks and began to cry. The servants then beat him and threw him out of the house.

    The Buddha who was on his alms-round saw the incident and asked the Venerable Ananda to fetch Mulasiri. When Mulasiri came, the Buddha told him that the young beggar was his own father in his previous existence. But Mulasiri could not believe it. So, the Buddha directed the beggar boy to show where he had buried his five pots of gold. Then only, Mulasiri accepted the truth and from that time he became a devoted lay-disciple of the Buddha.

    Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

    Verse 62: “I have sons, I have wealth”; with this (feeling of attachment) the fool is afflicted. Indeed, he himself is not his own, how can sons and wealth be his?

    Dhammapada Verse 62
    Anandasetthi Vatthu

    Putta1 ma’tthi dhanam ma’ tthi
    iti balo vihannati
    atta hi attano natthi
    kuto putta kuto dhanam.

    Source: Tipitaka

  8. knowing that the other person is angry


    Knowing that the other person is angry, one who remains mindful and calm acts for his one’s own best interest as well as for the other’s interest. ~ Buddha


  9. The Story of a Resident Pupil of Thera Mahakassapa



    Verse 61: If a person seeking a companion cannot find one who is better than or equal to him, let him resolutely go on alone; there can be no companionship with a fool.

    The Story of a Resident Pupil of Thera Mahakassapa

    While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (61) of this book, with reference to a resident pupil of Thera Mahakassapa.

    When Thera Mahakassapa was residing near Rajagaha, he had two young bhikkhus staying with him. One of them was respectful, obedient and dutiful to the thera, but the other one was not. When the old thera chided the latter for his slackness in his duties, he was very much offended. On one occasion, he went to the house of a lay-disciple of the thera, and lied to them that the thera was ill. Thus, he got some choice food from them for the thera; but he ate the food on the way. When admonished by the thera for this he was extremely angry. The next day, when the thera was out on his alms-round, the young foolish bhikkhu stayed behind, broke the pots and pans and set fire to the monastery.

    When a bhikkhu from Rajagaha told the Buddha about this, the Buddha said that it would have been much better for Thera Mahakassapa to live alone than to live with a foolish companion.

    Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

    Verse 61: If a person seeking a companion cannot find one who is better than or equal to him, let him resolutely go on alone; there can be no companionship with a fool.

    At the end of the discourse, the bhikkhu from Rajagaha attained Sotapatti Fruition.

    Dhammapada Verse 61
    Mahakassapa saddhiviharika Vatthu

    Carance nadhigaccheyya
    seyyam sadisamattano
    ekacariyaram dalham kayira
    natthi bale sahayata.

    Source: Tipitaka

  10. Those who cause me suffering



    Those who cause me suffering
    Are like Buddhas bestowing their blessings.
    Since they lead me to liberating paths,
    Why should I get angry with them?

    “Don’t they obstruct your virtuous practice?”
    No! There is no virtuous practice greater than patience;
    Therefore, I will never get angry
    With those who cause me suffering.

    If, because of my own shortcomings,
    I do not practice patience with my enemy,
    It is not he, but I, who prevents me from practicing patience,
    The cause of accumulating merit.



  11. It’s All Right Here


    Buddha teaching

    The Buddha is the Dhamma; the Dhamma is the Buddha. He didn’t take away the knowledge he awakened to. He left it right here. To put it in simple terms, it’s like the teachers in schools. They haven’t been teachers from birth. They had to study the course of study for teachers before they could be teachers, teaching in school and getting paid. After a while, they’ll die away — away from being teachers. But you can say that in a way the teachers don’t die. The qualities that make people into teachers remain right here. It’s the same with the Buddha. The noble truths that made him the Buddha still remain right here. They haven’t run off anywhere at all. ~Ajahn Chah

    “In Simple Terms: 108 Dhamma Similes”, by Ajahn Chah
    translated from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
    Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 2 November 2013
    Link source



  12. If you develop love truly great


    flowers and coffee animation


    If you develop love truly great,
    rid of the desire to hold and possess.
    That strong, clean love untarnished by lust,
    that love which does not expect to be repayed,
    that love which is firm but not grasping,
    enduring but not tied down,
    gentle and settled,
    diamond-hard but unhurting,
    helpful but not interfering,
    cool and refreshing,
    giving more than taking,
    dignified but not proud,
    soft but not weak,
    that love which leads to Enlightenment,
    then you will be washed of all ill-will.

    Gurulugomi (Buddhist Sage~12th Century AD)

  13. Don’t spend your precious time asking


    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


  14. Anger and intolerance


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

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  15. Buddhist Teachings and Practice Paths


    Buddha walking

    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

  16. Everything is impermanent


    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

    sparkling pink flower

  17. The highest gift


    The gift of Truth excels all other gifts.

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


  18. 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

    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.

    by ASHIN JANAKA BHIVAMSA (Aggamahapandita)
    Artist: U Ba Kyi | Link to this post

  19. Take Heart…


    Ananda and grandma

    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

  20. Doing what you know is right


    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


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.


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.