1. Buddha taming Ala Vaka, the demon-god

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    The Buddha taming Ala Vaka, the demon-god with a sermon on loving-kindness

    The Buddha taming Ala Vaka, the demon-god with a sermon on loving-kindness

    44. The Buddha taming Ala Vaka, the demon-god, with a sermon on loving-kindness

    There stood a giant banyan tree at a distance of a little more than three miles from Alavi city. Alavaka, the demon-god had his dwelling in that tree. One night Alavaka was attending a meeting of gods at the Himalayas, when the Buddha entered his dwelling in order to tame this cruel monster. The door-keeper of the dwelling, a deity, paying homage to the Buddha, said, “May I go and seek permission from Alavaka for you to enter his dwelling?” So saying, he went to the meeting of gods to get the permission. At that moment, Alavaka who had to keep his anger in check became furious when he heard from other gods about the arrival of the Buddha at his dwelling. He left the meeting at once and jumped on to the dizzy heights of Kelasa Mountain, and shouted out this challenge:

    “Alavaka am I!” Then throughout the night he flung all sorts of weapons at the Blessed One who was not hurt at all because of his infinite power of loving-kindness. Then Alavaka approached the Buddha who tamed him peacefully with a sermon on Loving-Kindness.

    THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BUDDHISM
    by ASHIN JANAKA BHIVAMSA (Aggamahapandita)
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  2. We are in this together

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    It’s never his problem, her problem or my problem, it’s always our problem. We are in this together. That’s how you solve the problem. ~Ajahn Brahm

    It’s never his problem, her problem or my problem, it’s always our problem. We are in this together. That’s how you solve the problem-Ajahn Brahm

  3. Respect yourself

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    Respect yourself, so you can love all those on earth. ~ Master Cheng Yen

    Buddha in heaven

  4. Buddha preaching to Kisa Gotami

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    The Buddha preaching to Kisa Gotami asking for medicine for her dead son

    The Buddha preaching to Kisa Gotami asking for medicine for her dead son

    43. The Buddha preaching to Kisa Gotami asking for medicine for her dead son

    Kisa Gotami was the wife of a wealthy man of Savatthi worth 40 crores. She had an only son who died when he was just able to run about. She had never seen any death and, thinking that her son was only ill, did not cremate him. In her distress she took him in her arms and went about asking for medicine.

    One wise man thought that no one but the Buddha would know of any, and sent her to Him. Kisa Gotami showed her dead son and asked the Buddha to give the medicine that would cure her boy. The Buddha answered: ” I shall cure your boy if you get some mustard seeds from a house where no one has died”. Carrying her dead son, she wondered from door to door. But she could not find any house where no death had occurred. At last she began to learn the truth, “No house is free from death”. She went to a wood, laid her child there and returned to the Buddha, who comforted her by preaching to her the truth. She was established in the first holy stage of the Aryan

    Path, and was admitted into the Order of Nuns. She eventually became an Arahant.

    Rohini river lying between Kapilavatthu and Koliya was the main source of water supply for these two cities to irrigate their lands for growing crops.

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

  5. What’s more important

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    What’s more important, being right or living in harmony together? ~Ajahn Brahm

    What’s more important, being right or living in harmony together-Ajahn Brahm

  6. Difference Without Division

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    Diversity within a society does not have to be problematic; it can be a source of richness and enjoyment. We can recognize and enjoy differences, but we must be careful not to exaggerate their importance or solidify our differences. When we do, we easily lose sight of our shared humanity, and divide ourselves up into categories of us and them, higher and lower, better and worse. ~ 17th Karmapa

    flowers-and-butterflies

  7. Buddha preaching the sermon of peace

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    The Buddha preaching the sermon of peace from the air to prevent war between Kapila and Koliya

    The Buddha preaching the sermon of peace from the air to prevent war between Kapila and Koliya

    42. The Buddha preaching the sermon of peace from the air to prevent war between Kapila and Koliya

    Rohini river lying between Kapilavatthu and Koliya was the main source of water supply for these two cities to irrigate their lands for growing crops. At one time, when the crops became dry, the farmers from both cities went to draw water from the river when there was very little water and just enough left for them to take once only. A quarrel arose over it and there was an exchange of hot words touching the fair name of the Sakya clan. The Ministers including the one in charge of agriculture became so angry that they decided to settle this matter by battle and both sides sallied forth for a fight.

    The Buddha saw, with the eye of a Buddha, that there would be much blood-shed if the relatives of both sides engaged in battle. He, therefore, went alone and sat cross-legged in the air midway between the armed forces of both sides. When they saw the Blessed One in the air, the armed forces of both sides, who were all kinsmen, laid down their arms and paid homage to Him. The Buddha then admonished them by preaching a sermon of peace saying, “Are you going to destroy your priceless lives for the sake of a little bit of worthless water?”

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

  8. A lot of anger comes from…

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    A lot of anger comes from not seeing the full picture, from not understanding the truth of the matter. ~Ajahn Brahm

    A lot of anger comes from not seeing the full picture, from not understanding the truth of the matter-Ajahn Brahm

     

  9. You will not be punished for your anger

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    You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger. ~Master Nan-sen

    Meditating Buddha

  10. Buddha preaching to Khema, queen of King Bimbisara

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    The Buddha preaching to Khema, queen of King Bimbisara

    The Buddha preaching to Khema, queen of King Bimbisara

    41. The Buddha preaching to Khema, queen of King Bimbisara

    The daughter of King Maddaraja of Sagala State, by the name of Khema, was one of the queens of King Bimbisara. She was very pretty and being proud of her own beauty, had no wish to go to the Buddha, who was in the habit of preaching that “beauty is but skin deep”. But she heard that Veluvana Park had been greatly improved and was looking so picturesque and pleasant that even gods were attracted by it. She therefore had a strong wish to visit it and went to the park where the Buddha was then in residence. King Bimbisara had told the attendants to see that the Queen should not come back without paying her respects to the Buddha. She dared not disobey the King and approached the Buddha before she left the Park. The Blessed One, with his superhuman power created a scene in which a woman, more handsome than the queen, was fanning him. The woman then becoming older and older, fell down through infirmity and began to moan. The queen was very much startled by the sight. The Buddha then preached a sermon to her, and she became an Arahant and was admitted into the Holy Order of Nuns.

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

  11. Don’t worry too much

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    Don’t worry too much about what goes into your mouth. It’s much more important to worry about what comes out of it. ~Ajahn Brahm

    Don't worry too much about what goes into your mouth. It’s much more important to worry about what comes out of it-Ajahn Brahm

  12. Each morning when I open my eyes

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    Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. ~ Groucho Marx

    yellow leaves floating in a creek

  13. If I keep on saying to myself

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    Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

    blue flower animation

  14. Create a life worth living, a noble life

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    We can’t escape pain; we can’t escape the essential nature of our lives. But we do have a choice. We can give in and relent, or we can fight, persevere, and create a life worth living, a noble life. Pain is a fact; our evaluation of it is a choice. ~ Jacob Held

    Leaf in Stream

  15. Cinca-Manavika making a false accusation against the Buddha

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    Cinca-Manavika, a female ascetic, making a false accusation against the Buddha

    40. Cinca-Manavika, a female ascetic, making a false accusation against the Buddha

    There dwelt in Savatthi city, a female ascetic called Cinca-manavika, who was as pretty as a goddess. The heretical teachers, who did not get enough alms and were envious of the Buddha attempted to destroy His reputation by setting her to make a false accusation against Him. She wrapped a scarlet shawl round her and pretended to pay visits to the Buddha at Jetavana Monastery at nightfall, though, as a matter of fact, she slept at the monastery of the heretical teachers, and at day break she entered the city as if she was coming back from the Buddha at Jetavana Monastery. In this way she caused doubts to arise in the minds of devotees returning in the evening from the monastery after hearing a sermon from the Buddha, and those who were going there early in the morning to pay their respects to the Buddha. After a period of about nine months she placed a wooden knob against her stomach and tied it with an apron round her body to make it appear that she was big with child. Then she approached the Buddha who was preaching and made a false and wicked accusation thus: “Why have you not prepared my confinement room?” The gods appeared as mice and bit loose the apron round her body, when the knob of wood fell before the audience, and she was given a sound beating and driven away.

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

  16. What you see in others

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    What you see in others, that’s what they will show you back. ~Ajahn Brahm

    What you see in others, that's what they will show you back-Ajahn Brahm

  17. It’s a habit…

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    Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours. ~ Tom Hopkins

    meadow-flowers-swaying-win-wind-animated

  18. Water the flowers in your garden

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    Water the flowers in your garden, don’t wa, ter the weeds. ~Ajahn Brahm

    Water the flowers in your garden,dont water the weeds-Ajahn Brahm

  19. Angulimala reciting a Paritta blessing

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    Angulimala reciting a Paritta blessing for a woman in the throes of childbirth

    39. Angulimala reciting a Paritta blessing for a woman in the throes of childbirth

    Angulimala led a peaceful life after he had become a monk. But most of the people were still scared of him and dared not approach him on his alms-round. He therefore found it difficult to get enough food for his meals. One day as he went on his alms-round, he saw a woman in the throes of childbirth. Moved by compassion, he reported this pathetic case to the Buddha who then taught him the Angulimala Paritta in Pali which means:—” Sister, from the day I was born of the Noble Birth, (i.e., since my Ordination), I have not consciously deprived any living being of life. By this truth may health be to thee and thy unborn child”. He studied this Paritta, and going to the presence of the suffering sister sat on a seat separated from her by a screen and made this asseveration by reciting the Paritta in Pali. Instantly she was delivered of the child with great ease. After that he had enough food on his alms-rounds and was contented and happy.

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

  20. Whatever you value

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    Whatever you value, whatever you think is really important, that is what will develop and grow. ~Ajahn Brahm

    Whatever you value, whatever you think is really important, that is what will develop and grow-Ajahn Brahm

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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