1. 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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  2. 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

  3. 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)

  4. 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

     

  5. Meditate daily

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

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  6. 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

     

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

     

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Do good deeds

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

    Buddha

  13. 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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  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Merit is not something you store up

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    Merit is not something you store up for a future life, it’s what you put into your heart for now. ~Ajahn Brahm

    Merit is not something you store up for a future life, it’s what you put into your heart for now-Ajahn Brahm

  17. Happiness and joy…

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    Always put happiness and joy into whatever you are doing. ~Ajahn Brahm

    Always put happiness and joy into whatever you are doing-Ajahn Brahm

     

     

  18. The Blessed one taming Nalagiri elephant which was sent to crush him

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    The Blessed one taming Nalagiri elephant which was sent to crush him

    The Blessed one taming Nalagiri elephant which was sent to crush him

    49. The Blessed one taming Nalagiri elephant which was sent to crush him

    After the death of King Bimbisara, Devadatta made several attempts to kill the Buddha, but he was not successful. So he went to the elephant-keepers and said to them. “Venerable Theras like us who are recognized by the King can use our influence to get you promotion in your service. Therefore, you had better carry out my instructions. If the Venerable Gotama should pass this way, set the full grown male elephant, Nalagiri, upon Him”.

    Nalagiri was a very ferocious elephant which used to gore men to death. The Blessed One, with his retinue of holy monks, was coming into the city of Rajagaha on his alms-round, when the elephant-keepers, desirous of gaining promotion in service, set the full-grown elephant in the direction of the Buddha. The Blessed One stood where he was and sent out his thought of loving-kindness towards the elephant Nalagiri, which was running towards him to crush him down. When the elephant came near the Buddha, it stood quietly before Him listening to the words of advice uttered by Him.

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

  19. Buddhist Perspective on Time and Space

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    A dharma talk from the Hsi Lai Temple

    Dear Venerables and Dharma Friends,

    I am very grateful for the guidance of the Buddha which enables us to have such an outstanding cause and condition to listen to the Dharma in this time and space. Today, the topic that I will discuss is “the Buddhist perspective on time and space.”

    Time travels from the past to the present; it spans the past, present, and future. Likewise, space covers hundreds and thousands of realms; it spreads across all ten directions. For most living beings, time and space are just like the act of breathing: we breathe every moment yet are not conscious of this action. Depending on our individual make-up, we all have different understandings about time and space. For example, certain insects live for a day and are contented; humans live to seventy and are still not satisfied. We all confine ourselves to our own limited slice of time and space. From the Buddhist perspective of samsara, the cycles of rebirth, the life span of all sentient beings is limitless. Not only is space without bounds, time is also endless and cannot be measured. If we penetrate the ultimate truth of time and space, we can be liberated from the space defined by the four directions of north, east, south, and west and emerge from the time cocoon of seconds, minutes, days, and months. We then will be in the dimension of total freedom, and we will be able to experience what is described in the saying, “Clear cool water everywhere; Prajna flowers every moment.”

    I will now discuss the Buddhist perspective on time and space in four points.

    I. The Time and Space for All Living Beings

    The term “all living beings” includes not only human beings but also encompasses beings in the other five realms of existence: celestial beings, asuras, animals, hungry ghosts, and beings in the hell realm. What is the time and space for all living beings within the six realms of existence?

    We will first talk about time. Continue reading

  20. King Ajatasattu asking his mother whether his father loved him

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    King Ajatasattu asking his mother whether his father loved him

    King Ajatasattu asking his mother whether his father loved him

    48. King Ajatasattu asking his mother whether his father loved him

    King Bimbisara died soon after the soles of his feet had been cut open with a knife. At the same time a son had been born to King Ajatasattu. The courtiers brought two messages: one, about the death of his father and the other about the birth of his son. They first presented him the message about the birth of his son. Love sprang in his heart upon his new-born son, right from the very marrow of his bones. He then began to have sympathy for his father, placing himself in the position of his father with regard to himself when he was a baby.

    He, therefore, gave the order :- “Set free my father at once”. But the courtiers presented to him the message of his father’s death, and he regretted very much for his hasty action. He, therefore, went to his mother and asked her, “Mother, did my father love me when I was a baby?” The Queen Mother then said, “What a question you have asked’?” When you were young and had a sore called willow in your finger, your father kept it inside his mouth. The sore burst inside his mouth and pus came out ; even then instead of spitting the matter out he swallowed it lest it would cause you pain by taking the finger out”. When she said this, both the mother and the son wept together.

    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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