Monday, August 31, 2015
Buddha Vani

Mind precedes all phenomena, mind matters most, everything is mind-made.

buddha vani

Manopubbaṅgamā dhammā, manoseṭṭhā manomayā. Manasā ce paduṭṭhena bhāsati vā karoti vā, tato naṃ dukkhamanveti cakkaṃva vahato padaṃ. Manopubbaṅgamā dhammā, manoseṭṭhā manomayā. Manasā ce pasannena bhāsati vā karoti vā, tato naṃ sukhamanveti chāyāva anapāyinī. Listen Mind precedes all phenomena, mind matters most, everything is mind-made. If with an impure mind one performs any action of speech or body, then suffering will ... Read More »

Ven. Ajahn Sumedho

Ven. Ajahn Sumedho

Ajahn Sumedho is abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Centre and senior most Western disciple of the late Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah. Amaravati is affiliated with the Forest Sangha: a world-wide community following Chah’s Thai Forest tradition. See www.forestsangha.org and www.abm.ndirect.co.uk/fsn/. Sumedho has worked closely with lay organizations, notably the English Sangha Trust and with his disciples to set up a British Theravadin monastic ... Read More »

The Four Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths

That both I and you have had to travel and trudge through this long round is owing to our not discovering, not penetrating four truths. What four? They are: The Noble Truth of Suffering, The Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering, The Noble Truth of the Cessation of Suffering, and the Noble Truth of the Way Leading to the ... Read More »

Introduction to Buddhism

Introduction to buddhism

• What is Buddhism? Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from ‘budhi’, ‘to awaken’. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35. • Is Buddhism a Religion? To many, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more ... Read More »

What the Buddha Said About Eating Meat

What the Buddha Said About Eating Meat

Since the very beginning of Buddhism over 2500 years ago, Buddhist monks and nuns have depended on almsfood. They were, and still are, prohibited from growing their own food, storing their own provisions or cooking their own meals. Instead, every morning they would make their day’s meal out of whatever was freely given to them by lay supporters. Whether it ... Read More »

Dependent Arising

Dependent Arising

Upon the Full Moon of the month of Visakha, now more than two thousand five hundred years ago, the religious wanderer known as Gotama, formerly Prince Siddhartha and heir to the throne of the Sakiyan peoples, by his full insight into the Truth called Dharma which is this mind and body, became the One Perfectly Enlightened by himself. His Enlightenment ... Read More »

What is the First Step in Buddhist Practice?

Noble Eightfold Path

I was asked recently, “How do I develop a Buddhist practice?” Most Buddhists practitioners are aware of the Noble Eightfold Path (Understanding, Intention, Speech, Action, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness and Concentration). Each one of these qualities are not developed in sequence but in tandem with each other. The Noble Eightfold Path develops the three characteristics needed for liberation: Wisdom (panna), Ethics (sila), and ... Read More »

The Rains Retreat

The Rains Retreat

The vassa Vaasa or the Rains Retreat Today starts the Vassa or the Rains Retreat for the Buddhist Monks of the Theravada Tradition. It can also be said it is the start of the Buddhist Lent. It starts on the Full Moon of July or Asalha Purnima (Ashari Prunima or Guru Purnima). On this day the Buddha gave his first ... Read More »