September 29, 2020

To understand what is important and foundational to a teacher’s philosophy, it is important to understand the first lecture they give. This lays the foundation for understanding everything else they say. Well, we actually know what the Buddha’s first sermon or discourse was. Here is an introduction and translation of it by me. Introduction The scripture is called the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, it means the turning of the wheel of the Teaching. It is located in the Samyutta Nikaya (Collection of… Read more

September 25, 2020

The Buddha said: Now this is the noble truth (that the unawakened life) sucks. Rebirth sucks; old age sucks; sickness sucks; death sucks; association with the disliked sucks; separation from the liked sucks; not getting what you want sucks. In brief, (everything) sucks (because of) the grasping of the five (mind-body) processes (SN 56.11 Forrest). Your greatest joys will fad, your dearest loved ones will die, your favorite things will break, and everyone you know will go away in the… Read more

September 22, 2020

The Buddha said: Mendicants, I eat my food in one sitting per day. Doing so, I find that I’m healthy and well, nimble, strong, and living comfortably. You too should eat your food in one sitting per day. Doing so, you’ll find that you’re healthy and well, nimble, strong, and living comfortably (MN 65 Sujato). The Buddha practiced a type of intermittent fasting known in the medical literature as early time-restricted feeding. In the popular press, it is known as… Read more

September 18, 2020

The Buddha said: “Right speech, right action, and right livelihood – these states are included in the aggregate of virtue. Right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration – these states are included in the aggregate of concentration. Right view and right intention – these states are included in the aggregate of wisdom” (MN 44 Bodhi). There is a Buddhism for just about anyone. Some are interested in going to heaven. The Buddha taught how to do that. Some are interested… Read more

September 15, 2020

The Buddha said: “The true Dhamma does not disappear all at once in the way a ship sinks. There are, Kassapa, five detrimental things that lead to the decay and disappearance of the true Dhamma. What are the five? Here the bhikkhus, the bhikkhunīs, the male lay followers, and the female lay followers dwell without reverence and deference towards the Teacher; they dwell without reverence and deference towards the Dhamma; they dwell without reverence and deference towards the Saṅgha; they… Read more

September 11, 2020

The Buddha said: It may be, Ananda, that to some among you the thought will come: ‘Ended is the word of the Master; we have a Master no longer.’ But it should not, Ananda, be so considered. For that which I have proclaimed and made known as the Dhamma and the Discipline, that shall be your Master when I am gone (DN 16 Vajira and Story). The Dharma and the monastic rules are our teacher now that the Buddha is… Read more

September 8, 2020

The Buddha said: Bhikkhus, there are these three unwholesome roots. What three? The unwholesome root, greed; the unwholesome root, hatred; and the unwholesome root, delusion (AN 3.69 Bodhi). Greed, hatred, and delusion are the three unwholesome roots. Greed is talking about inordinate desire. Hatred includes all levels of aversion. And delusion includes confusion and bewilderment. These three cause all our suffering and frustration. They are the roots of the tree of dukkha, which means unsatisfactoriness. It includes pain, trouble, frustration,… Read more

September 4, 2020

The Buddha said: The bhikkhu who experiences great joy, and has faith in the religion of the Buddha, will attain the place of peace, the satisfaction of stilling the functions of the mind. When a bhikkhu applies himself when still young to the religion of the Buddha, he illuminates the world, like the moon breaking away from a cloud (Richards Dhp 381-382). Here John Richards translates both instances of Buddha-sasana as “the religion of the Buddha.” I think this is… Read more

September 1, 2020

The Buddha said: I understand the gods, and the path and way leading to the world of the gods. And I also understand how one who has entered this path will, on the dissolution of the body, after death, reappear in a happy destination, in the heavenly world (MN 12 Nanamoli). Siddhartha Gotama (Sanskrit, Siddhartha Gautama), better known as the Buddha, was not an atheist. Not only did he believe in gods, but he was also a god before becoming… Read more

August 28, 2020

The Buddha said: Some enter the womb; evil-doers go to hell; the good go to heaven; those free from worldly desires attain nirvana (Dhp 126 Radhakrishnan). The Buddha teaches that people’s future lives depend on their moral character in this life. A lot of religions agree, good people go to heaven and bad people to hell. But in Buddhism, these destinies are temporary. Only nirvana is permanent. Let’s talk about attaining nirvana. What is Nirvana? We must begin by clearing… Read more

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