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Dhamma Articles

Your mind is to fill it with the right view…

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Most Venerable Sung Jin Thero

The phase ‘emptying’ comes off as something as simple as pouring water out of a cup. But doing it with your mind, instead of plain water could make it the most difficult task in the world. The expression has a specific visual, but the content itself is psychological, and that could render the actual practice very abstract. Also, we are very self-centered, only used to holding onto something we want or like, and not very familiar with letting things go. Consequently, there’s a tendency to perceive ‘emptying one’s mind’ as passive and trivial...

Edible Food……

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Sugath Rajapakse

All beings depend on food for their life. Enlightened One said “All beings subsist on nutriment”. As taught by Buddha there are these four types of foods namely Edible Food coarse and fine, Sense-Impression Food, Volitional-Thought Food and Consciousness Food. Of these four foods, our focus here is on edible food...

Buddhism in China...

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Prof. Hao Weimin

Buddhism is China's oldest foreign religion. It merged with native Taoism and folk religion. Ancient Hindu Buddhism taught by Buddha involved reaching Enlightenment through meditation. How to go about this and what it means is open to interpretation. When early Buddhist scriptures were translated into Chinese, Taoist terminology based on native religion was often used. People interpreted the scripture in their own ways...

The Vortex (Diya Suliya)...

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Sugath Rajapakse

A vortex or a whirlpool is formed in a river or in the sea when a current flowing at high velocity comes against fluid that is stationary. One can see these in the sea or in any river that is flowing down. There is visible rotation in the whirlpool or the vortex. Increase in speed of the current results in the increasing of centrifugal force and thus suction and the downward spiral motion of the whirlpool...

Forget the past... Live in the present...

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Most Venerable Bhikkhuni Dr. Ming Yu

One who truly seeks one’s spiritual well-being and welfare should put “metta” into action in all spheres of life. First of all, he should develop the skill of properly managing, with full awareness, every aspect and every moment of his life, from the time he gets up in the morning till he retires at night...

The Birthday Gift...

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Sugath Rajapakse

In today’s society birthday parties are a frequent occurrence. These days’ birthday parties are held, be it at home or in restaurants, hotels, floating restaurants, cruise ships etc. The traditional gifts given could be cloths, perfumes, gift vouchers, foreign trips and may even be motor cars with the affluent section of the society. There are still others who might serve alms to Bhikkus, to elders or even to beggars on the birthday, while still others may resort to sponsor broadcasting of Dharma Discourses on TV and Radio...

The beginning of meditation...

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Most Venerable Hsin Ting Thero

Why do we sit in meditation? Why do you go on meditation retreats? We do these things so that we can focus the mind and deepen our practice. We develop meditation to brighten the mind and see our true nature...

Maha Mangala Sutta...

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Sugath Rajapakse

Mangala Sutta is recited by Bhikkus in temples as well as in Pirith Ceremonies and also by lay people at marriage ceremonies, laying foundation stones, taking office by political personage etc. Often it is recited to bestow happiness and contentment to all people and even the deities. But was this discourse expounded by the Enlightened One purely for such purposes or for greater sublime super mundane objectives?...

Meditation And It's Benefits...


Andrew. J. Williams

Imagine if the whole world practiced meditation. If everybody in the world had the opportunity to get to know their mind. To clearly perceive the wholesome mental qualities that need to be adopted, nurtured and perfected, as well as the unwholesome mental afflictions that need to be relinquished and eradicated, and then implemented the invaluable meditation methods taught by the Buddha...

The seven weeks after Enlightenment...

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Sugath Rajapakse

All Buddhists as well as others are aware that after enlightenment Buddha spent the next seven weeks at seven different places. Pilgrims from all over the world come to Bodh Gaya and venerate the seven places by offering flowers, lighting oil lamps, incense sticks and reciting stanzas. Yet how many are aware of the inner true meaning of the seven weeks the Enlightened One spent after enlightenment? The stanza says...

Living in peace, unity & harmony...

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Most Venerable Meegahakumbure Dhammagavesi Thero

I would like to commence this essay with a question “Can we live a normal life in society whilst practicing as true Buddhists?” There is a misconception in some people that Buddhism is something only meant for the next life. Therefore, they think that Buddhism should be practiced in the last days of their lives...

Kamman Keththan Vinganan...

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Sugath Rajapakse

Karma is the field, consciousness the seed and craving the moisture. Kisa Gothami a young lady got married at an early age, yet for quite some time was not blessed with a child. After few years she was blessed with the good news and gave birth to a boy. She was quite attached to the son and adored him. Unfortunately after a short period of time the child fell sick and despite the treatments died. The young mother refused to believe that her child was dead as she had never come across an instance of death before...

Buddhist Meditation or Bhavana...

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Most Venerable Galayaye Piyadassi Thero

“Sududdasam sunipunam - yaatthakamanipatinam
Cittam rakkhetha medhavi - cittam guttam sukhavaham”
(The mind is very hard to perceive, is extremely subtle, flits wherever it listed. Let the wise person guard it; a guarded mind is conducive to happiness.) - (Dph)

The Mind Olympics...

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Sugath Rajapakse

The Olympic Games 2016 are due to take place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from 5 to 21 August 2016. Thousands of competitors who qualified for the games will compete for the medals. In athletics, few hundred competitors will compete for 100 meters, yet only one will be able to win the Gold Medal. After the games, those who won the medals will receive accolades from various sections of society...

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