ARTICLES ON BUDDHISM

Bliss

There is no fire like lust, no evil like hatred.

There are no disasters equal to the Khandhas.

There is no happiness greater than the peace of Nibbana.

  Dhammapada – 202-4 (Balangoda Ananda Maitreya translation)

Reflections for One Gone Forth

These ten things, monks, should be constantly reflected upon by one gone forth.

“My status has changed” should be reflected upon constantly by one gone forth.

“My very life depends on the gifts of others” should be reflected upon constantly by one gone forth.

“I should behave differently to others” should be reflected upon constantly by one gone forth.

“Do I blame myself for any moral lapses?” should be reflected upon constantly by one gone forth.

“Do my wise fellow monks blame me for moral lapses?” should be reflected upon constantly by one gone forth.

“All that is pleasing to me will decay and disappear” should be reflected upon constantly by one gone forth.

“I am the owner of my kamma, heir to my kamma, born from my kamma, related to my kamma, and have kamma as my refuge, whatever skilful or evil kamma I do, of that I will be the heir” should be reflected upon constantly by one gone forth.

“The days and nights are relentlessly passing, how well am I spending my time” should be reflected upon constantly by one gone forth.

“Do I delight in solitude or not?” should be reflected upon constantly by one gone forth.

“Have I attained any state of superior men so that I will not be embarrassed if questioned on my deathbed by my fellow monks? should be reflected upon constantly by one gone forth.

These ten things, monks, should be reflected on constantly by one gone forth.

Heart of a Noble One

The Lord Buddha taught that his Dhamma, when placed in the heart of an ordinary run-of-the-mill person, is bound to be thoroughly corrupted, but if placed in the heart of a Noble One, it is bound to be genuinely pure & authentic, something that at the same time can be neither effaced nor obscured.

So as long as we are devoting ourselves merely to the theoretical study of the Dhamma, it can't serve us well. Only when we have trained our hearts to eliminate their 'chameleons'—their defilements—will it benefit us in full measure. And only then will the true Dhamma be kept pure, free from distortions & deviations from its original principles.

  Phra Ajaan Mun Bhūridatto

Care for Your Own Heart

The practice of the Dhamma in keeping with the Dhamma that he gave with utter compassion unequalled by that of anyone else in the world: This is the true homage to the Buddha. The seeing of the truth that lies within you, using discernment step by step at all times: This is the seeing of the Buddha step by step. The seeing of the truth with the full heart using discernment: This is the seeing of the Buddha in full. The true Buddha, the true Dhamma, lie within the heart. To attend to your own heart is to attend to the Buddha. To watch over your own heart with mindfullness & discernment is to see the Buddha, Dhamma, & Saṅgha in a genuine way.

Phra Ajaan Maha Boowa Ñāṇasampanno

The Vital Link by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The foundation and basis for claiming to live the life and extend the right effort of the Buddhist path cannot easily weather the effect of the unsatisfactory, excessive desire for those other attainables that the ordinary life holds high. But anyone of us might be just treading water, projecting the image of one exposed to awakening. It is especially important that the next generation see and experience the reality that is necessary on this path. Desire and greed, hunger and violence to achieve what isn't fruitful, needs to be seen clearly and dealt with carefully. This article, The Vital Link, by Bhikkhu Bodhi is an excellent jumping off point. Be encouraged and commit to striving for what really matters.

The Vital Link - Bhikkhu Bodhi - Vipassana Fellowship Ltd.