1. Anawratha of Pagan conveying the Buddhist scriptures

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    Anawratha of Pagan conveying the Buddhist scriptures

    Anawratha of Pagan conveying the Buddhist scriptures

    60. Anawratha of Pagan conveying the Buddhist scriptures

    King Anawratha of Pagan conveyed the Buddhist scriptures from Thaton to Pagan for the benefit of all beings. He then removed the frontal bone, sacred relic of the Buddha, from Kaung-hmu-daw pagoda at Prome built by King Dutta-baung and took it also to Pagan. On arrival there he built a pagoda on the sand-bank of the Irrawaddy river near Pagan and enshrined the frontal bone of the Buddha, there. When the third terrace of this pagoda was constructed, he brought a replica of the Buddha’s tooth from Sri Lanka and enshrined it also in this pagoda. Before the construction of this pagoda was completed King Anawratha died.

    When Kyanzittha became King of Pagan in succession to Anawratha, he continued to build this pagoda as advised by the Venerable Arahan. This pagoda was known as Shwezigon (Golden Sandbank) pagoda because it stands upon a strip of sand bank. King Anawratha started its construction in 393 Burmese Era. (1033 C.E.) and Kyanzittha continued to build it and hoisted a golden hti(crown) on it in 452 Burmese Era. (1192 C.E.).

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

  2. Kindness which you give out into this world

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    The selfless giving, the service, the kindness which you give out into this world that is the currency of (the) meaning (of life). ~Ajahn Brahm

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  3. Wisdom is finding solutions

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    Complaining is finding faults, wisdom is finding solutions. ~Ajahn Chah

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  4. Mindfulness is life

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    Mindfulness is life. Whenever we don’t have mindfulness, when we are heedless, it’s as if we are dead. ~Ajahn Chah

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  5. The Tipitaka being committed to writing on ola (palm) leaves during the reign of King Vattagamani Abhaya

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    The Tipitaka being committed to writing on ola (palm) leaves during the reign of King Vattagamani Abhaya

    The Tipitaka being committed to writing on ola (palm) leaves during the reign of King Vattagamani Abhaya

    59. The Tipitaka being committed to writing on ola (palm) leaves during the reign of King Vattagamani Abhaya

    From the time of Buddha’s life down to the time of King Vattagamani’s reign, the Tipitaka forming the teachings of the Blessed One were handed down from generation to generation of monks by word of mouth, by being learnt by heart. During the reign of King Vattagamani, however, trouble was given by Brahmana Tissa, who rose up in arms and there was also inference from Kings who were disbelievers in the Buddhist religion. The monks could not get enough food for their meals and had to make extraordinary efforts to retain in memory whatever parts of the Buddhist scriptures they had already learnt by heart.

    This was a matter for anxiety as, if the monks in future could not commit the Tipitaka scriptures to memory and recite them, the scriptures might disappear altogether. They therefore sought the assistance of King Vattagamani and held the Fourth Buddhist Council by committing the Tipitaka to writing on ola (palm) leaves.

    The expression “Writing committed to palm leaves” has come into usage with reference to this first act of the letters of the alphabet being written down on ola (palm) leaves.

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

  6. Poisonous

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    Why cling to the arrows shot at you?
    Insults
    Wounds
    Time heals you see.
    Why hold so tightly
    Do these things define you?
    Do these things set you free?
    Why inject yourself with these poisons of the mind
    Anxiety
    Greed
    Anger
    Despair
    Why not let them go
    Set them free.
    Accept the choices you have
    And your responsibilities.
    Accept all that is, rather than “as it should be”
    For what does define “you”
    What will set you free
    What if you never find great meaning
    What if, in not clinging,
    You find stillness
    Calm
    Honesty
    Health
    Peace

    ~By Jeniffer Edwards

  7. The Power of Judgment

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    Buddha with Rahula

    by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

    When the Buddha told Ananda that the entirety of the practice lies in having an admirable friend, he wasn’t saying something warm and reassuring about the compassion of others. He was pointing out three uncomfortable truths — about delusion and trust — that call for clear powers of judgment.

    The first truth is that you can’t really trust yourself to see through your delusion on your own. When you’re deluded, you don’t know you’re deluded. You need some trustworthy outside help to point it out to you. This is why, when the Buddha advised the Kalamas to know for themselves, one of the things he told them to know for themselves was how wise people would judge their behavior. When he advised his son, Rahula, to examine his own actions as he would his face in a mirror, he said that if Rahula saw that his actions had caused any harm, he should talk it over with a knowledgeable friend on the path. That way he could learn how to be open with others — and himself — about his mistakes, and at the same time tap into the knowledge that his friend had gained. He wouldn’t have to keep reinventing the dharma wheel on his own.

    So if you really want to become skillful in your thoughts, words, and deeds, you need a trustworthy friend or teacher to point out your blind spots. And because those spots are blindest around your unskillful habits, the primary duty of a trustworthy friend is to point out your faults — for only when you see your faults can you correct them; only when you correct them are you benefiting from your friend’s compassion in pointing them out.

    Regard him as one who
    points out
    treasure,
    the wise one who
    seeing your faults
    rebukes you.

    Stay with this sort of sage.

    For the one who stays
    with a sage of this sort,
    things get better,
    not worse.
    — Dhp 76 Continue reading

  8. King Vattagamani Abhaya being accompanied by monks in marching out with his army to the battle-front

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    King Vattagamani Abhaya being accompanied by monks in marching out with his army to the battle-front

    King Vattagamani Abhaya being accompanied by monks in marching out with his army to the battle-front

    58. King Vattagamani Abhaya being accompanied by monks in marching out with his army to the battle-front

    King Vattagamani Abhaya was a staunch supporter and defender of the Buddhist religion in the island of Lanka (Ceylon). One day when he was about to go out to fight the Tamil Kings, the King went to the monastery and said to the Mahatheras, “Venerable Sirs, I shall have to go across the Ganga (the river) to promote the cause of Buddhism, and wish the Theras to accompany me on my journeys so that I can pay my respects to them at all times.”

    The Mahatheras selected 500 monks who were in their prime of life and sent them to accompany the King. King Vattagamani carried on battle while at the same time attending to the personal needs of the Theras in his company with regard to their food, medicine, etc. The spear used by the King contained a sacred relic of the Buddha embedded in it at its end. His motto runs thus:—”I have been doing my best to make Buddhism last long and not for my own personal gain”.

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

  9. Speaking truth

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    Buddha statue

    It is possible to speak truth in anger.
    When so done, people tend to hear the anger and not the truth.

    It is possible to speak truth in arrogance.
    When so done, people tend to hear the arrogance
    and not the truth.

    It is possible to speak truth in deceitful ways.
    When so done, people tend to sense the deceit
    and take the truth for more deceit.

    It is possible to speak truth in loving kindness.
    When so done, people tend to hear the love and the truth.

    Or so it seems in my experience.

    ~By Jesa MacBeth

  10. Discipline — a difficult word for most of us

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    “Discipline” is a difficult word for most of us. It conjures up images of somebody standing over you with a stick, telling you that you’re wrong. But self-discipline is different. It’s the skill of seeing through the hollow shouting of your own impulses and piercing their secret. They have no power over you. It’s all a show, a deception. Your urges scream and bluster at you; they cajole; they coax; they threaten; but they really carry no stick at all. You give in out of habit. You give in because you never really bother to look beyond the threat. It is all empty back there. There is only one way to learn this lesson, though. The words on this page won’t do it. But look within and watch the stuff coming up-restlessness, anxiety, impatience, pain-just watch it come up and don’t get involved. Much to your surprise, it will simply go away. It rises, it passes away. As simple as that. There is another word for self-discipline. It is patience. ? Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

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  11. The third Buddhist Council being held with the Venerable Moggaliputta Tissa as the presiding Thera

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    The third Buddhist Council being held with the Venerable Moggaliputta Tissa as the presiding Thera

    The third Buddhist Council being held with the Venerable Moggaliputta Tissa as the presiding Thera

    57. The third Buddhist Council being held with the Venerable Moggaliputta Tissa as the presiding Thera

    King Dhammasoka understood the essence of Buddhism, and gave great support to the cause of Buddhism by erecting rock-edicts in all parts of his territory enjoining upon the subjects to follow the Doctrine in their daily lives. With his royal patronage Buddhism flourished, and the Sasana gradually grew in importance and numbers. Tempted by worldly gain, many undesirables of alien sects joined the Order and polluted the Sasana by their corrupt lives and heretical views which they taught.

    Good monks could not live together with these sham monks and there was trouble. The King consulted the Venerable Moggaliputta Tissa to protect the Sasana. The King tested the monks and disrobed the undesirables to purify the Sasana. The Third Buddhist Council was then held by 1000 Arahants. with the Venerable Moggaliputta Tissa as the presiding Thera.

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

  12. Preconceptions

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    Just as fog is dispelled by the strength of the sun
    and is dispelled no other way,
    preconception is cleared by the strength of realization.
    There’s no other way of clearing preconceptions.
    Experience them as baseless dreams.
    Experience them as ephemeral bubbles.
    Experience them as insubstantial rainbows.
    Experience them as indivisible space.

    ~by Milarepa

  13. 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

  14. Spiritual life is a life of search

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    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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. Love…

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    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

     

  20. Forgive…

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    The noblest revenge is to forgive. ~Thomas Fuller

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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.

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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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