It’s like growing lotus flowers. You cannot grow lotus flowers on marble. You have to grow them on the mud. Without mud you cannot have lotus flowers. Without suffering, you have no way to learn how to be understanding and compassionate.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
Question: How can we overcome lust in our practice?
Answer: Lust should be balanced by contemplation of loathesomeness. Attachment to bodily form is one extreme and one should keep in mind the opposite. Examine the body as a corpse and see the process of decay or think of the parts of the body such as the lungs, spleen, fat, feces, and so forth. Remember these and visualize this loathesome aspect of the body when lust arises. This will free you from lust. ~Ajahn Chah
ពិធីបុណ្យឈាបនកិច្ចលោក ពិន លួន ជន្មាយុ ៧៥ឆ្នាំ Funeral Service of the late Mr. Lornn Pinn, age 75
Two-seat Dhamma talk by Bhikkhu Brahmaviriyo Phally Prak and Bhikkhu Pannapadipo Leang Cheng
Sophorn Nou (1981 – 2015) of Lowell, MA died November 11, 2015. Buddhist funeral services for Sophorn Nou at Glory Buddhist temple in Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.A. on November 16-17, 2015. Two-seat Dhamma talk by Ven. Dhammapanno Chhom Savoeun and Ven. Vimulapanno Noeun Morn.
Kathina Dana ceremony at H.H. Maha Ghosananda’s International Community of Khmer Buddhist Monks Center in Pelham, Massachusetts. Dhamma Talk by Ven. Vimulapanno Noeun Morn of the Glory Buddhist temple in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Fundraising ceremony at Wat Dhammikaram in Providence, Rhode Island on August 8, 2015
One Pacifying Word Is Noble
Through a thousand speeches be
composed of meaningless lines,
better the single meaningful line
one hears, then comes to calm.
Explanation: Expressions replete with thousands of words are of no value. One single meaningful word is more valuable, if hearing it one is pacified. Source: Buddhanet
Juleeya B. Kong, 15, Sophomore at Lowell High School passed a way on January 1, 2015. This is her funeral service at the Glory Buddhist Temple, in Lowell, Massachusetts on January 10, 2015.
Kathina Dana ceremony at Wat Kirivongsa Bopharam on October 19, 2014.
Buddhism offers a vision of radical inter-identification. A vision where all living beings are identified with all other entities. This vision does not merely teach that we are all in this together, but that we all are this, “rising and falling as one living body” (Cook 229). Thich Nhat Hanh writes:
A human being is an animal, a part of nature. But we single ourselves out from the rest of nature. We classify other animals and living beings as nature, as if we ourselves are not part of it. Then we pose the question, “How should I deal with Nature?” We should deal with nature the way we deal with ourselves. . . ! Harming nature is harming ourselves, and vice versa. (Hanh 41)
Radical Buddhist interdependence does not allow for an independent entity, action, word, or thought; all things influence all other things. Each being, each act, is critical to every other being and every other act. To cause suffering to a dog or pig is to cause suffering to oneself. The idea of radical interdependence led some Buddhists to conclude that all things are one another in their very essence. Source: All creatures
Buddhist nun and visitors at Wat Kirivongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts.
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. ~Dhammapada
Buddhist ceremony at Wat Kirivongsa Bopharam, Buddhist Meditation Center in Leverett, Massachusetts in USA on June 29, 2014.