1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

     

  5. Forgive…

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    The noblest revenge is to forgive. ~Thomas Fuller

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  6. 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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  7. 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

  8. Stop killing!

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    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)

  9. 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

     

  10. Meditate daily

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

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  11. 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

     

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

     

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Do good deeds

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

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  18. Do not be affraid

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    Do not be affraid of too much work’but of meddling too much in others business. ~Master Cheng Yen

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  19. Little acts of kindness are huge

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    Little acts of kindness are huge. They make both you and others very happy. These are what we call: instant karmic rewards. ~Ajahn Brahm

    Little acts of kindness are huge-Ajahn Brahm

  20. King Ajatasattu coming out to pay his respects to the Buddha

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    King Ajatasattu coming out to pay his respects to the Buddha and his disciples

    King Ajatasattu coming out to pay his respects to the Buddha and his disciples

    50. King Ajatasattu coming out to pay his respects to the Buddha and his disciples

    After the death of his father, King Bimbisara, King Ajatasattu could not sleep well and used to wake up with a start. He wanted to go to the Buddha so as to get some mental relief, but he dared not go because he had done the most heinous act of patricide. On the night of the full noon day in the month of Tazaungmon (November) he murmured in the presence of his courtiers as follows:- “Whom shall I approach on such a pleasant night in order to have a clear and peaceful mind?”

    The courtiers made several suggestions to him but he did not accept any of them. He took the suggestion of the Physician Jivaka, and left the city with a procession of five hundred female elephants, fully bedecked and caparisoned, and mounted by five hundred women disguised in the dress of soldiers; and accompanied by torch-bearers to show the way. When he arrived at the Mango Park of Jivaka, he saw the Blessed One and over one thousand holy monks so quiet and peaceful that the sight at once filled his mind with peace and hope.

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

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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