However, when I attended Dharma classes during my high school years, I began to learn more about Buddhism and the teachings of Buddha that I can apply in my life.
I started to practise Metta Bhavana every night before I sleep and I’ve found that my mind is at a calm and peaceful state after I meditate.
Besides, whenever I encounter any problems, I tend to confide in Buddha as I know He is always there for me regardless what happens. Several times, he has answered my prayers and I’m really thankful for the blessings He has showered upon me and my loved ones. Comments for Buddha is my teacher, Buddhism is my belief, and Buddha’s teachings are my guide. However, from my own total committment to Buddhism, many other things have filtered in, to impress my studies further. Does it matter what we call this invisible dimension which is all around us as omnipresence. Thanks for the immediate reply, Buddhism, has always been ignored because of it’s non theist beliefs. In actual fact, Buddha, only suggested, that it is impossible for anything to be permanent within an impermanent Universe.
Buddha’s initial statement of, you are what you think, having become what you thought, mindblowing information which lasts an eternity, which could also be true of permanence, yet full of change.
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Mindfulness in all things, which goes to prove how essential it is to remain focused at all times, my mistake proved that very fact. You say that, many people are moving towards Buddhism within the circles you move in, they will have absolutely nothing to lose or compare with. Whatever snippet of information one gives them, they know as we did by awareness, it is right.
All that Buddha is stating, are what the causes of our eternal suffering are, attachment is one, to which, he is absolutely right as we come to find.
No different than our parental advice in our growing years, you will learn by your mistakes they painfully advise, only for us to ignore then find out eventually.
This website sprung primarily from a wish to share the teachings and translations of Venerable Ajahn Payutto (Phra Payutto; Tahn Chao Khun Brahmagunabhorn), one of Thailand’s most respected and revered monks.
The Buddhadhamma Foundation in Bangkok, a non-profit publishing company, has invited me to work for them, with the aim of publishing this translation sometime during 2016.
In addition, I hope this website can be a resource for information on the Buddha’s teachings. While I am not a Buddhist, I find the Tibetan Buddhist teachings on death a source of great wisdom and potential liberation -- particularly for those still under the influence of the death taboo in the west. According to Sogyal Rinpoche, reflections on death and impermanence are the very cornerstone of all spiritual paths. From a Buddhist perspective, the root cause of all our suffering is the fact that we do not take enough time through prayer and meditation to come to know ourselves -- our true nature, our enlightened, "Buddha" mind. Coming to know our true nature requires overcoming our ordinary mind and moving past our ego.
In many Western spiritual traditions, we use the expression "let go and let God." Similarly, the Buddhists teach that the essential path to personal transformation and freedom comes from learning to stop grasping after impermanence, for indeed, everything is in a constant state of change. Rainer Maria Rilke said that our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure.
We come to discover that this understanding about impermanence is really our greatest friend. It is as if all our lives we have been flying in an airplane through dark clouds and turbulence when suddenly the plane soars above these into the clear boundless skies.
He also speaks of death using the analogy of being on a train platform waiting for a train.
Learning to live in the immediacy of death helps us to sort out our priorities and to realize what is truly important in life. I welcome your thoughts on this and encourage you to share them below for the benefit of others. If you would like to suggest a topic for a future blog or ask me to address a particular situation or issue, please email me here.
This desire is different from a desire to consume something or to possess something, which is referred to as ‘craving’ (ta?ha). Take for example a young child who when alone draws a picture in a loving, painstaking way, determined to have this picture be as pretty and perfect as possible, or a child who carefully puts together a model boat or airplane, aiming for precision.

When the task is completed the child may want to show others the finished product so that they can admire the refinement and skill. Children do not only wish to have other people admire the things that they themselves have created; they also want people to admire other things that they encounter, regardless of whether these things are manmade or objects in nature. If one is able to rouse ardent enthusiasm and generate a deep love for the goodness of an object or the fulfilment of a goal, one will devote one’s life to this thing.
The Centre is bringing an ancient tradition alive in the modern world as part of the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly Friends of the Western Buddhist Order).
We are well known for our friendly and informal style of teaching, exploring what Buddhism can teach us in the modern west. The word ‘faith’ elicits powerful responses in people, especially those who have grown up amongst a religious tradition emphasizing this spiritual quality. Throughout my life as an adolescent, I’ve never really understood the teachings of Buddha completely. Being a Buddhist also teaches me to be more compassionate and always think mindfully before carrying out an action. With this goal set in my mind, it really drives me forward because it’s really my wish to gain a total peace of mind and eternal happiness. As you so righty described, you feel in touch with Buddha, when you meditate and silently speak to him, how right you are.
In fact, I respect other religions as well and I’m currently learning more about other religions such as Hindu, Islam and Christianity in my pre-university course.
That lovely statement you made, personifies it all precisely, how good the consequence of feeling is, after a good thought, act or deed.
The practice of meditation along with its endless benefits is ubiquitous regardless of what religions the society is in nowadays. I initially thought it was merely out of religion purposes or as a mantra to bless the people who worship Buddha. My Great pal, my Grandfather, who chose to be an atheist for his own reasons, and I can tell you he never changed even on the edge of transition, or death, what a man. Live you life freely Jassie, you know the rules of engagement, it is the consequences of our thoughts and actions which bring the love heart ache and pain. His monumental work titled Buddhadhamma is considered by many to be one of the most important compendiums of the Buddhist teachings of the modern era. Is there a conflict between insight meditation (vipassana) and concentration meditation (samatha)? Astrology has been a part of Buddhism since Lord Buddha Shakyamuni first taught the Kalachakra Tantras 2,500 years ago.
The message of impermanence is that one of the main causes of suffering is grasping and attachment. Knowing this, one should, from the very first, renounce acquisition and heaping up, and building, and meeting; and faithful to the commands of an eminent guru, set about realizing the Truth (which has no birth or death). When a person recognizes something as valuable and worthy of attainment, if energy has been roused, even if he hears that this thing can only be achieved with extreme difficulty, the path to its fulfilment is fraught with obstacles, or it will require months or years to realize, he is not disheartened; rather, he sees victory and success in this task as a challenge. The desire of enthusiasm generates happiness and delight when a person witnesses that object or that activity reach completion and fulfilment; a person already experiences delight when that object or activity moves in the direction of fulfilment.
Such a child is happy when this act of painting or building proceeds well and gradually reaches completion.
In such a case, if an adult who views the finished object expresses admiration for the accomplishment, expresses a suitable appreciation for the quality of the object, or encourages the child to improve his or her skills, this is an appropriate and adequate response. They wish to share the inherent goodness and perfection that they witness even in such things as rocks and pebbles, leaves, and insects. If one’s love is true one will surrender oneself completely, perhaps even sacrificing one’s life for that thing. Some people will associate this word with positive attributes like devotion, love, dedication, and self-surrender. My love for Buddhism provides me a strong foundation and I’m fascinated by this religion because the Buddhist devotees will not preach devotees of other religions into becoming a Buddhist. The book is titled The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S.Sharma, it gives me a little insight into Buddhism. Excerpts from all of these books are available on this website, along with information on how to acquire the complete volumes.
There are many stories in the scriptures of renunciants in the Buddha’s time who belonged to other sects and who asked for ordination as a bhikkhu after gaining faith in the Buddha’s teachings. When the object or activity reaches its goal, a person experiences deep satisfaction and unbounded joy.

An excessive amount of admiration, however, in which an appreciation for the child’s efforts becomes a form of indulging the child is inappropriate, for this will transform the child’s enthusiasm into craving—will transform a wholesome tendency into an unwholesome tendency. In fact this is a universal experience: when people witness and recognize say the beauty of nature or an outstanding human accomplishment, they often want to encourage others to share this wholesome feeling. During the Buddha’s time many princes, wealthy merchants, influential brahmans, and young men and women relinquished their palaces, wealth, and considerable worldly possessions to go forth and be ordained, because they developed a love for Dhamma after hearing the teachings of the Buddha. Others, however, will associate this word with negative attributes like coercion, intimidation, dogmatism, and gullibility.
In Buddhism, there’s nothing such as one will gain the merits by preaching another into this religion.
As I understand Buddhism better, I came to realise the purpose of the monks chanting is to practise Right Concentration; an important part of Noble Eightfold Path.
It is my privilege to be at the forefront of this project, after having spent some time living with Ven. When they discovered that a candidate who has previously been ordained in another religious tradition must undergo a form of initiation or test (to live under ‘probation’—titthiya-parivasa) for four months, they were not discouraged. The desire of craving on the other hand gives rise to pleasure when a person obtains an object of enjoyment or obtains something that increases a sense of self-importance.
This child performs the activity with a steadfast and concentrated mind, zeroing in on the goal. By encouraging others they do not seek personal reward nor do they seek gratification by way of the senses. People who love their work are similar; they wish to perform and accomplish their work in the best possible way. Many people turn to Buddhism because of its cardinal teaching of ‘proving the truth for oneself’—of not taking anything entirely on faith (even the words of the Buddha), but rather to question, investigate, and confirm the truth through one’s own efforts. He repeatedly returns to the quality of wisdom, which acts to balance faith and bring it to fulfilment.
With the right concentration, only can our mind be at peace and we can think mindfully and act rationally. I tend to always reminisce the past (the happy moments which I’ve clung onto) and not allowing my past to lay at rest. On the contrary, some of them valiantly submitted themselves to this examination for four years!
This form of pleasure taints or corrupts a person, is a hindrance and constriction, and tends to leave covetousness, anxiety, grief, regret, and fear in its wake.
Whenever wholesome enthusiasm arises, craving will then arise too; enthusiasm becomes a fuel for craving. They are not distracted by other alluring things or concerned about some form of reward; their mind is focused, concentrated, and stable, and they proceed in a steady, consistent way. People who lack energy also want to achieve success, but when they hear that such success may take years to achieve, they are already exhausted and retreat; it is difficult for their spiritual practice to bear fruit and they tend to be restless and agitated. Concentration arising from enthusiasm (chanda-samadhi) thus arises, accompanied by supportive effort (padhana-sa?khara). Energetic people possess a special force; whether they are working or engaged in Dhamma practice, their mind is unified and stable, intent upon the goal. If a society supports this form of training the number of people who find happiness through wholesome enthusiasm will decrease, while the number of people who find pleasure through the gratification of craving will increase; and the overall state of the society will become more troubled. It’s fair to say that everyone (see the main text for the few exceptions to this rule) who is drawn to the Buddhist teachings makes a leap of faith—suspends doubt and adopts certain principles or teachings in which he or she has gained some confidence.
There is concentration arising from energy (viriya-samadhi), accompanied by supportive effort.
Indeed, for many, translating the Pali word saddha as ‘trust’ or ‘confidence’ is more acceptable. Meditating again and again on the uncertainty of the hour of death, I captured the fortress of the deathless unending nature of mind. To give room to faith in the heart is to engage with mystery, to open up to new possibilities.

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