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Excerpt: Venerable Acariya Mun Bhuridatta Thera is a towering figure in contemporary Thai Buddhism.
Excerpt: Venerable Acariya Mun Bhurridatta Thera is a towring figare in contemporary Thai Buddhism.
Excerpt: It's a strange phenomenon how difficult people find it to love themselves. One would think it is the easiest thing in the world, because we're constantly concerned with ourselves. We're always interested in how much we can get, how well we can perform, how comfortable we can be. The Buddha mentioned in a discourse that oneself is dearest to oneself. So with all that, why is it so difficult to actually love oneself?
Excerpt: Although the earliest evidence of Buddhist influence in Australia is shrouded in mystery, Paul Croucher (1) suggests that the most likely arrival of the first Buddhists in this continent may have been with the armada of Cheng Ho in the 15th century. The Ming dynasty emperors took a keen interest in exploration and several of their ships are known to have been in the vicinity of Arnhem land around the early 1400's. In 1879, a statuette of a soapstone image was un...
Excerpt: This text is a gift of Dhamma. You may print this file for your personal use, and you may make and distribute unaltered copies of this file, provided that you charge no fees of any kind for its distribution. Otherwise, all rights reserved.
Excerpt: At one time, in a conversation with a horse-trainer named Kesi, the Buddha asked him how he trained his horses. Kesi replied that he used mildness, harshness, and a combination of the two. Next, the Buddha asked what Kesi did with a horse that would not submit to his training. I destroy him, Kesi answered, explaining that he did not wish for such a horse to be a discredit to his teacher's clan.
Excerpt: The Lama yeshe Wisdom Archive is delifhted to collaborated with the International Mahayana Intitute in the production of this small collection of talks by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche to their ord ordainde stuents, the monks and nuns of the Foundation for thePresevation of theMahayana Tradition.
Excerpt: Therefore this does not necessarily carry with it the renunciation complexion generally associated with the shaven-headed, dyed-robed monk. Nevertheless, it would ultimately lead to the highest achievements of Buddhist religious living which both converge in and are gathered at the perfect state of ego-lessness required of the recluse, often described as a state of dignified detachment.
Excerpt: Small is beautiful, E.F. Schumacher said, but it was not merely size that concerned him: Buddhist economics must be very different from the economics of modern materialism, he said. The Buddhist sees the essence of civilization not in a multiplication of wants but in the purification of human character. (1)
Excerpt: This text addresses some of the most fundamental and delicate religious issues. Therefore, it should be read, quoted and analyzed in a mindful way.
Excerpt: I have set forth my views about Zen teaching in a general way over the years. In this essay, I present them as succinctly as I can in a single document.
Excerpt: I have been commissioned to do a paper for the forthcoming (July, '87) conference on World Buddhism in North America that will be titled, The Zen Buddhist Movement in North America: Retrospect and Prospect. I have the first draft finished, and here are some excerpts. (The conference will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is sponsored by the Zen Lotus Society under the direction of the Korean teacher Samu Sunim.)
Excerpt: Shila is the mnemonic listing of precepts, and by extension it is Vinaya, the moral way. Vinaya is the first of the Three Baskets or Tripitaka, the Buddhist canon, the others being Sutra and Abhidharma, the teachings and the commentaries. Formally becoming a Buddhist is a matter of accepting the precepts in the ceremony called Jukai. To understand how morality and Buddhism go together, it is probably best to review the Buddhist teaching itself briefly:
Excerpt: A part of the electronic Coombspapers Social Sciences Research Data Bank at the Australian National University [coombspapers/otherarchives subdirectory], accessible via the anonymous FTP & COOMBSQUEST gopher on the node coombs.anu.edu.au.
Excerpt: Anything fashioned by conditions, whether physical or mental, is called a Sankhara. All Sankharas are unsteady and inconstant (anicca) because they are continually moving and changing about. All Sankharas are incapable of maintaining a lasting oneness: This is why they are said to be stressful (dukkha). No Sankharas lie under anyone?s control. They keep changing continually, and no one can prevent them from doing so, which is why they are said to be not-self (an...
Excerpt: 3. Observe the breath as it goes in and out, noticing whether it's comfortable or uncomfortable, broad or narrow, obstructed or free-flowing, fast or slow, short or long, warm or cool. If the breath doesn't feel comfortable, change it until it does. For instance, if breathing in long and out long is uncomfortable, try breathing in short and out short. As soon as you find that your breathing feels comfortable, let this comfortable breath sensation spread to the d...
Excerpt: There are the five physical senses that are traditionally described - as sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. To these the eminent anatomist of last century, Charles Bell, added a Sixth (Physical) Sense; that of the sense of limb and body position (proprioception) and movement (Kinaesthesia) - referred to below as the muscle sense.(2)
Excerpt: This book is dedicated to all devotees of The Venerable Acara Suvanno Mahathera.
Excerpt: The Sayadaw was born in New Towqnship, Myanmar in 1921. He Became a Samanera at the age of nine at Waw Monastery.