Aspiring for Happiness

Photo by Jan Huber/Unsplash This was said by the Lord… “Bhikkhus, aspiring for these three kinds of happiness, a wise person should guard virtuous conduct.…

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The Only good Deeds can take You to a good Rebirth, and Rituals have no Effect

Photo by Sippakorn Yamkasikorn/Pexels On one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Nalanda in the Pavarika Mango Grove. Then Asibandhakaputta the headman went to…

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Unskillful Roots

Photo: Vlad Tchompalov/Unsplash “Monks, there are these three roots of what is unskillful. Which three? Greed is a root of what is unskillful, aversion is…

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The Importance of the Virtuous Behavior

“Bhikkhus, for a virtuous person, one whose behavior is virtuous, no volition need be exerted: ‘Let non-regret arise in me.’ It is natural that non-regret…

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The Benefits of Loving-Kindness

On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. There the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus: “Bhikkhus!” “Venerable sir!”…

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Whatever Dangers there are, All come from the Foolish, not from the Astute

At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. There the Buddha addressed the mendicants, “Mendicants!” “Venerable sir,” they replied. The Buddha said…

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If Suffering is Unpleasant to You, Don’t do any bad Deeds, Whether in the Open or in Secret

Photo: Marsh Williams/Pexels At one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Sāvatthī, in Jeta’s Wood, at Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Then at that time many young…

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The Five Dangers and Threats should Give up

Photo by Emre Kuzu from Pexels The Buddha spoke to householder Anāthapiṇḍika Then the householder Anāthapiṇḍika went up to the Buddha, bowed, and sat down to one side.…

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Mother and Father are called “Brahmā”

Sabrahmaka Sutta AN 3.31 “Bhikkhus, those families dwell with Brahmā where at home the mother and father are revered by their children. Those families dwell with…

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The Brahmin Who Provided for His Mother

Photo: Heike Mintel/Unsplash At Sāvatthī. Then a brahmin who provided for his mother went up to the Buddha, and exchanged greetings with him. When the…

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Water is not Capable Washing Evil

At Sāvatthī. Now at that time there was a brahmin named Saṅgārava staying in Sāvatthī. He practiced purification by water, believing in purification by water.…

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With Bhikkhu Tissa

At Savatthi. Now on that occasion the Venerable Tissa, the Blessed One’s paternal cousin, informed a number of bhikkhus: “Friends, my body seems as if…

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Listening Well

Sussūsati Sutta AN 6.88 “Endowed with these six qualities, monks, a person is incapable of alighting on the lawfulness, the rightness of skillful qualities even when…

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An Individual like an Inscription in Rock

“Monks, there are these three types of individuals to be found existing in the world. Which three? An individual like an inscription in rock, an…

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How to Stop Thinking

THUS HAVE I HEARD. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s Park. There he addressed the bhikkhus thus:…

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A directly visible Dhamma

Then a certain brahmin wanderer approached the Blessed One … and said to him: “Master Gotama, it is said: ‘A directly visible Dhamma, a directly…

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To a Sick Man

I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Vesali, in the Great Forest, at the Gabled Pavilion. Then, in the…

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Ignorance is the Forerunner in the Entry upon Unwholesome States

THUS HAVE I HEARD. On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Savatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anathapiṇḍika’s Park. There the Blessed One addressed the…

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Wisdom

“Bhikkhus, there are these eight causes and conditions that lead to obtaining the wisdom fundamental to the spiritual life when it has not been obtained…

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Why the True Dhamma does not endure Long…?

The Cause and Reason Why the True Dhamma does not endure Long after a Tathagata has attained final Nibbāna THUS HAVE I HEARD. On one…

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Devadatta

Photo by Drew Rae from Pexels About Devadatta At one time the Buddha was staying near Rājagaha, on the Vulture’s Peak Mountain, not long after Devadatta had left. There…

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Devadatta’s Failing

Devadatta’s Failing On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at Rājagaha on Mount Vulture Peak not long after Devadatta had left. There the Blessed…

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When the Head of the Family is endowed with Faith, the People in the Family Who depend on Him grow in Five Ways

“Bhikkhus, based on the Himalayas, the king of mountains, great sal trees grow in five ways. What five? (1) They grow in branches, leaves, and…

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Three Kinds of Sons are found Existing in the World

This was said by the Lord… “Bhikkhus, these three kinds of sons are found existing in the world. What three? The superior kind, the similar…

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