Posted on 19 October 2013 by Buddhism Now
I have noticed that, regardless of how the subject is explained, there are many aspects of the teaching that the majority of people do not understand. Why is this? Most of us are familiar only with one kind of language, ordinary worldly language, and we fail to recognise the existence of another quite different and special language—the language of dhamma [of spiritual or religious truth].
Dhamma language has to do with the mental, intangible, nonphysical world. In order to be able to speak and understand this language, it is necessary to have insight into that world. If we know only everyday language, we are in no position to understand true dhamma when we hear it, the supramundane truth that could liberate us from this unsatisfactory worldly condition (dukkha). (more…)
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Posted on 24 September 2013 by Buddhism Now
Some people die because of their desires; others nearly do—that’s how to be stuck in the way of the world. Worldly wisdom seeks after the senses and their objects. However wise the search may be, it’s wise only in a worldly sense. No matter how appealing the object, it’s appealing only in a worldly sense. It isn’t the happiness of liberation; it won’t free you from the world. (more…)
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Posted on 12 September 2013 by Buddhism Now
by Bhante Bodhidhamma
Observing the Breath at the Abdomen
We observe the breath, or rather the sensations caused by breathing, in order to bring a moment-to-moment concentration. This calms the heart-mind because it is a neutral object. There are various places where people feel the sensations of breathing more acutely—at the nostrils or upper lip, at the rising and falling of the chest, and in the abdomen. All of these places are valid in terms of vipassana meditation. The Mahasi, however, favoured the abdomen as a place of observation. (more…)
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Posted on 7 August 2013 by Buddhism Now
‘Buddha’ As the years go by, this particular word has become increasingly meaningful and precious to me; it is something that reminds me of the way of mindfulness.
I came to Buddhism as an adult after being brought up in a Christian family where the word ‘buddha’ was never spoken. When I was twenty-one, I deliberately chose Buddhism because of the teachings. The word ‘buddha’ itself, however, still remained a kind of abstraction in my mind. I could be inspired by the idea of a buddha, but it is only after years of practise that the profound meaning has manifested.
I am not saying that I am a buddha because that doesn’t make sense. People have claimed to be buddhas, but that isn’t actually the way it works; it isn’t a question of becoming or personally identifying with the word ‘buddha’. To do that is a sure sign that the person is suffering from an inflated ego or some kind of delusion or misunderstanding. As in any religion, one needs to internalise the conventions that are being used; we need to make them work for us. If religion is no more than a set of symbols and doctrines that are understood intellectually and defined with words but not experienced, I would not regard that as a real path; I would consider that to be more like an ideal, and ideals do not really help us in practical ways. (more…)
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Posted on 14 June 2013 by Buddhism Now
A collection of eight new or significantly revised translations of Ajahn Chah’s Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Two of them have never been translated before into English, and four of them are based on entirely new Thai transcriptions of the best and most complete source recordings available.
Dhamma is a condition that can cut through and reduce the problems and difficulties in the human heart—reducing them, reducing them until they’re gone.
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Posted on 26 July 2012 by Buddhism Now
When I was eighteen years old and at University, I fell in love. I had this powerful experience. For the first time in my life I would do anything for another person. That part was very pure. But, then, being eighteen I didn’t know how to handle the experience; my emotions were still very immature and I ended up being possessive, demanding and jealous. There was no wisdom involved. I thought, ‘If I have this girl, if I possess her, then I’ll get this feeling all the time.’ There was a kind of mystical moment of selflessness, but the emotions were unprepared. I simply reverted to the old habits of grasping, possessing, feeling jealous, making a general nuisance of myself and making myself totally unlovable. This was in about 1952. (more…)
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