With Ramadan and Khao Phansa coinciding this year, Southeast Asians have had a rare chance to celebrate two great religious festivals at the same time
“I do not say you can attain purity by views, traditions, morality or conventions, nor will you gain purity without these. But by using them for abandonment rather than as positions to hold on to, you will come to be at peace without the need to be anything.” – Buddha
The nucleus of the present book is a medieval compendium of Buddhist philosophy entitled the Abhidhammattha Sangaha.
This work is ascribed to Acariya Anuruddha, a Buddhist savant about
whom so little is known that even his country of origin and the exact
century in which he lived remain in question. Nevertheless, despite the
personal obscurity that surrounds the author, his little manual has
become one of the most important and influential textbooks of Theravada
One of the most important questions we come to in spiritual practice is how to reconcile service and responsible action with a meditative life based on nonattachment, letting go, and coming to understand the ultimate emptiness of all conditioned things. Do the values that lead us to actively give, serve, and care for one another differ from the values that lead us deep within ourselves on a journey of liberation and awakening? To consider this question, we must first learn to distinguish among four qualities central to spiritual practice--love, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity--and what might be called their "near enemies." Near enemies may seem to be very close to these qualities and may even be mistaken for them, but they are not fundamentally alike.
Ajahn Brahm: For those abused and wronged is happiness actually
possible? Attachment to painful emotions, such as grief, anger,
bitterness, the notion of a wounded self with a distinct identity: all
these can become a perpetual prison...
From beginningless time we have been building, reinforcing and storing these habits in the alaya consciousness. They can be broken through, however, by getting used to positive habits in the practice of meditation. This will allow us to experience the nature of our mind, our Buddhanature, which has always been pure.
This work on Vietnamese Buddhism from its beginnings through the 20th
century provides much evidence requiring Western Buddhologists to
radically revise their heretofore accepted time-table for the arrival
and development of Buddhism in Vietnam. It provides previously unknown
data, detailed in nomenclature, time, and place, scrupulously gathered
from archeological finds and ancient archival records by Vietnamese
research-teams. Providing much historical analysis and cultural
interpretation along the way, this work carries its project forward
through the various royal dynasties and the French colonial period.
fundamental ability of a common person cannot see into his/her previous
or future lives. Only the upper-level meditation practitioners, who are
able to go deep into their own inner mind, who have attained many
meditative stages, or who have acquired the divine celestial eye (s.
Divyacaksus) and the divine transcendental knowledge (s.
Purvanivasanusmrti), can see into their numerous previous and future
Newman Robert Glass describes his ambitious and intriguingfirst
book, Working Emptiness: Toward a Third Reading ofEmptiness in
Buddhism and Postmodern Thought, as an exercisein "postmodern
theology" whose ultimate purpose is to helpdevelop a "Buddhist
constructive philosophy" out of a newreading of Buddhist discourse
about emptiness (suunyataa)(pp. 4-5). In the service of this new
reading, Class deploysa staggering array of thinkers, texts, and
topics, bothWestern and Asian.
practice of mindfulness/awareness meditation is common to all Buddhist
traditions. Beyond that, it is common to, inherent in, all human beings.
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