Posted on 9 December 2013 by Buddhism Now
Sometimes we persist in a course of action although it ought to be perfectly clear that it will lead to a disaster. Afterwards in the memory of the event we unconsciously persuade ourselves that our action was not really so stupid.
There are situations where both cause and effect are visible at the same time which brings out the idiocy before our very eyes. One instance would be in an aircraft where a film is being shown to passengers in one section and another copy of the same film is projected to passengers in another section. In a seat from which both screens are visible one can see the same film being run at the same time. The two films are about a minute out of sync with each other and result in us seeing the actors in one scene vigorously playing their part whilst on the other we see the consequences of what they were doing the previous minute. (more…)
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Posted on 3 December 2013 by Buddhism Now
Virtue-parami, which in the Theravada tradition is called nekkhamma, usually translates as ‘renunciation’. Nekkhamma is one of the ten paramis, one of the ten virtues. The other nine are—generosity (dana), morality (sila), wisdom or discernment (panna), energy or right effort (viriya), patience (khanti), truthfulness (sacca), resolute determination (adhitthana), loving-kindness (metta), and equanimity (upekkha).
On the one hand we have meditation practice—the need to cultivate sitting and walking practice in its strictest form—and on the other hand we have the manifestation of dharma. The ten virtues (paramis) are related to manifesting peace, understanding and loving-kindness. So, there is the formal sitting and walking practice, and through these ten avenues (ten paramis) there is also the cultivation and manifestation of what is of value. I mention the ten paramis, but we are going to talk about only one of them—renunciation (nekkhamma). (more…)
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Posted on 20 November 2013 by Buddhism Now
I would like each of you to individually investigate and thoroughly study the Self. And then, I would like you to awaken to the essential true Self that is, in other words, Emptiness—a condition that transcends the comparison between true form and formlessness. I would like you to realise this and that is why I have come to Europe. I would like each of you to awaken to your unlimited, big Self and attain great peace of mind. (more…)
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Posted on 4 November 2013 by Buddhism Now
If you never awaken the mind, but merely live a perfunctory life based on the momentum of your habits acquired when young, then as you get older, those habits become less vital but more entrenched. The force of habit is like a cage; it is something that imprisons you. People talk a lot about freedom in the sense of being physically able to do what one wants. And yet that kind of freedom can lead to slavery—we can become addicted, habituated, to various unskilful actions, attitudes, and tendencies that we never see through or get beyond. (more…)
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Posted on 26 October 2013 by Buddhism Now
Found this wonderful picture of Meditation huts while looking at these old photos from #Mongolia now online at #endangeredarchives, British Library.
It’s better to live alone; there’s no friendship with a fool. Live alone and skilfully, carefree like an elephant in the forest.
Images of monasteries once standing in Ulaanbaatar and religious rituals taking place in Ulaanbaatar and its proximity [1930s]. You can see more photos from the British Library endangered archives project by clicking here.
With thanks to @bl_eap
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Posted on 20 October 2013 by Buddhism Now
A Japanese poem—
Iwa ni shimiiru
Semi no koe
The translation could be—
Oh, the quietness.
The shrill voice of the cicada
Is soaked up by the stones.’
This is a temple scene. Suddenly in the quiet there is the bursting force of the shrill note of the cicada. It’s ear piercing while it lasts then it stops, and there is the moment when that shrillness is soaked up, soaks away into the stillness of the rocks, the stones, of the temple. (more…)
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