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 28 November 2013 by Buddhism Now
We are asked not to become identified with passing moods, which are to be treated like clothes. Whether we are wearing bright clothes or dark clothes we have still to do what is before us, unaffected by the clothes we happen to be wearing at the time. In the same way, we must become independent of moods; although moods of depression or elation may come over us from time to time the important thing is to be entirely independent of them.
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Posted on 23 November 2013 by Buddhism Now
One wonders how people can commit genocide! How can one group slaughter another group of people? When one gets into cultural habits and ethnic biases, then those things can easily take over the mind. If one is not reflective and has no understanding of the way things are, one is easily pulled into the prejudices of one’s particular ethnic background. Identifying as an American and growing up during the Second World War, my childhood was influenced by propaganda against the Germans and Japanese. They were the enemy! The Russians were allies until 1945, so they were the good guys. Propaganda is instilled in the mind so that you hate the enemy. After all, if you are going to kill somebody, you first have to hate them. You cannot think of them as nice people; they are monsters and demons. We used to have lurid posters in Seattle of barbed wire and swastikas and Nazi-like figures dragging women down dark alleyways. I remember looking at those posters as a child and thinking that if they came to America, they were going to do that to my mother. There was, therefore, a sense of horror, fear, and dread of the enemy. Propaganda demonises; it is a conditioning process. Propaganda is not the way things are; it is encouraging people to attach to certain views. (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 13 November 2013 by Buddhism Now
Dhamma [Truth, reality, the Buddha's teaching; dharma (Sanskrit).] allows us to respect all life itself. We recognise that animals have the same pain that we have. Some people think that a dog’s experience of pain—of being kicked, for example—is different from their own. Contemplate that! I don’t really know, not being a dog, but how could it be different? The dog is a conscious and sensitive being. It feels, not only pain, but also the nastiness of that state of mind which just sees a dog as something to abuse. A dog will pick that up along with the physical pain. I’m reflecting now; just contemplating pain and suffering. When you contemplate like this, then you feel an empathy for the suffering of creatures—not just human beings, or not just nice people that you get along with, but even the horrible ones. (more…)
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Posted on 8 November 2013 by Buddhism Now
A man vaguely interested in yoga, but who could not bring himself to go under a teacher, used sometimes to repeat the sacred word ‘Om’ when he was drunk.
A friend who did actually practise yoga told him it was a mistake to do this.
‘Why?’ he said defiantly, ‘Surely it is better to say the sacred Name, even if one is a bit drunk, than not to say it at all.’
No, his friend told him. You would be like a man who has been told that to cure his diabetes he should avoid sweet things, and take some insulin every day. Now if he takes the insulin, and at the same time eats a sweet to take his mind off the initial discomfort of the little prick of the needle, then he is nullifying the effect of the medicine he needs. (more…)
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