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Carlita · Riding the waves! · Veteran


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  • Re: Buddhist quotes

    The fool thinks he has won a battle when he bullies with harsh speech,
    But knowing how to be forbearing- that makes one victorious.
    The worse of the two is he who, when abused, retaliates.
    One who does not retaliate wins a battle hard to win.

    Knowing that the other person is angry, one who remains mindful and calm
    Acts for his own best interest and for the other's interest, too.
    He is a healer of both himself and the other person also.
    He is thought a fool only by those who do not understand the Dhamma.

    The greatest prayer is patience.

  • Re: Uposatha Day Observance

    @Bunks said:

    @Carlita said:
    I fell of the horse. Had to eat. :(

    Join the club mate.

    Don't sweat it. The intention was there.

    I find it difficult when not in a conducive environment. Any chance you can stay at a Monastery? I understand you're a fair way away from one.

    Ima save up and pay the 200 to go on the retreat in the spring. I was going this thanksgiving through carpool (still waiting for people contact me) but was called in to work. Actually its the same monastary the ordained monk went to couple months ago. Cant remember the name of the thread. The other monastaries, no one speaks english and no translator unless there is a huge ceremony with guests.

    Once I go to the monastary in WV once I have an idea if I can gonon personal retreats without breaking my bank account

  • Dharma Sunday: Patacara and Guta suttas

    _Now this, monks, is the Noble Truth of dukkha: Birth is dukkha, aging is dukkha, death is dukkha; sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, & despair are dukkha; association with the unbeloved is dukkha; separation from the loved is dukkha; not getting what is wanted is dukkha. In short, the five clinging-aggregates are dukkha." ~SN 56.11 _

    Before we start, take a look at "befriending the suttas." on Some questions to ask; Why should I read the suttas?; Which suttas should I read?; How should I read a sutta?

    We have two more weeks for the month of November. All quotes will be in gray and posted anytime Sunday EST.

    We're going to start with The Four Noble Truths (One and two on Sunday 19th and Three and Four on the 26th) and work our way through the basics of Buddhism at an intellectual level as well as an application one. Using what we learn here, your practice, and reflection would hopefully help bring our practices stronger in discipline, interest, and keeping our mind at ease. You can have a quick review the Noble Truths here.

    The purpose is to reflect on these isolated quotes in respect of The Noble Truths. We will start with:

    1. The Truth of Dukkha

    [I thought:]
    "Plowing the field with plows,
    sowing the ground with seed,
    supporting their wives & children,
    young men gather up wealth.

    So why is it that I,
    consummate in virtue,
    a doer of the teacher's bidding,
    don't gain Unbinding?
    I'm not lazy or proud."

    Washing my feet, I noticed

    And in watching it flow from high
    my heart was composed
    like a fine thoroughbred steed.

    Then taking a lamp, I entered the hut,
    checked the bedding,
    sat down on the bed.
    And taking a pin, I pulled out the wick:
    Like the flame's unbinding
    was the liberation
    of awareness.
    ~Patacara Thig 5.10 (112-116)

    1. The Truth of the Cause of Dukkha

    [The Buddha admonished me:]
    Gutta, devote yourself to the goal
    for which you went forth,
    having discarded [hope]
    for a dear son of your own.
    Don't fall under the sway
    of the mind.

    Hoodwinked by mind,
    beings in love with Mara's realm,
    through the many-birth wandering-on,

    Abandoning these lower fetters, nun —
    sensual desire, ill will,
    self-identity views,
    grasping at precepts & practices,
    and uncertainty as the fifth —
    you won't come
    to this again.

    Forsaking passion, conceit,
    ignorance, & restlessness
    —cutting through [all] the fetters —
    you will make an end
    of suffering & stress.

    Discarding birth & wandering-on,
    comprehending further becoming,
    free from hunger
    in the right-here-&-now
    you will go about
    totally calmed.
    ~Gutta (Thig. 6.7)

    Remember. The idea is more to reflect, apply, and understand. What clicks? You can talk about either or both quotes. The following posts after this will be more brief.

    On an upcoming note, may you all be well and happy! B) (Metta inspired by @Bunks)

    Video: Venerable Thubten Chondron on Samsara

    (My metta challange: Cultivating patience by applying and sharing weekly Dharmas)

  • Re: Uposatha Day Observance

    It's still new moon so I'm still on the go. Working on our first weekly suttas.....

  • Re: Uposatha Day Observance

    I bought vegetarian foods and no meats. Reecses Pieces.

    I missed my meditation this morning but I feel I'll have a good full one this evening.