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  • Dharma Sunday: SN 22: 87. Vakkali

    The fool may be known by his deeds. Likewise, the wise one may be known by his deeds. Wisdom is manifested by one’s deeds.


    One who sees the Dhamma sees me and one who sees me sees the Dhamma. Truly, seeing the Dhamma, one sees me and seeing me, one sees the Dhamma

    If we looked way from The Dharma, who is The Buddha apart from it? If we looked at both the same then who is The Buddha within the three jewels?

  • Dharma Uh Tuesday?


    Rain soddens what's covered
    & doesn't sodden what's exposed.
    So open up what's covered up,
    so that it won't get soddened by the rain.

    Attacked by death
    is the world,
    surrounded by aging,
    beset by the arrow of craving,
    always obscured by desire.

    Attacked by death
    is the world,
    & encircled by aging,
    constantly beaten, with no shelter,
    like a thief
    sentenced to punishment.

    They encroach like masses of flame,
    these three:
    death, aging, & illness.
    There's no strength to confront them,
    no speed to run away.

    Make the day not-in-vain,
    a little or a lot.
    However much
    the day passes,
    that's how much less
    is life.
    Your last day approaches.
    This isn't your time
    to be heedless.

  • Morning Sutta: this caught my attention

    At Savatthi. Then, early in the morning, Upacala the nun put on her robes and, taking her bowl & outer robe, went into Savatthi for alms. When she had gone for alms in Savatthi and had returned from her alms round, after her meal she went to the Grove of the Blind to spend the day. Having gone deep into the Grove of the Blind, she sat down at the foot of a tree for the day's abiding.

    Then Mara the Evil One, wanting to arouse fear, horripilation, & terror in her, wanting to make her fall away from concentration, approached her & said, "Where do you want to reappear,[1] nun?"

    "I don't want to reappear anywhere, my friend."

    The devas of the Thirty-three,
    the Hours, the Contented,
    those who delight in creation,
    & those in control:
    direct your mind there
    and it will enjoy

    [Sister Upacala:]
    The devas of the Thirty-three,
    the Hours, the Contented,
    those who delight in creation,
    & those in control:
    they are bound
    with the bonds of sensuality;
    they come again
    under Mara's sway.
    The whole world is burning.
    The whole world is aflame.
    The whole world is blazing.
    The whole world is provoked.
    The Unprovoked, Unblazing
    — that people run-of-the-mill
    don't partake,
    where Mara's
    never been —
    that's where my heart
    truly delights.
    Then Mara the Evil One — sad & dejected at realizing, "Upacala the nun knows me" — vanished right there.

    Upacala Sutta: Sister Upacala

  • Dharma Sunday: Aggañña, Dīgha Nikāya 27; Vacchagotta, Aṅguttara Nikāya 3.57"

    One whose faith in the Tathāgata is settled, fixed, established, firm, unshaken by any monk or brahmin, by any god, Māra, Brahma or anyone in the world, can confidently say: ‘I am the true child of the Lord, born of Dhamma, created by Dhamma, an heir of Dhamma.’
    Aggañña, Dīgha Nikāya 27


    Vacchagotta said to the Lord: “I have heard it said that you, good Gotama, teach that charity should only be given to you, not to others, to your followers, not to the followers of other teachers. Are those who say this representing your opinion without distorting it? Do they speak according to your teaching? For indeed, good Gotama, I am anxious not to misrepresent you.”

    The Lord replied: “Vaccha, those who say this are not of my opinion, they misrepresent me and say what is not true. Truly, whoever discourages another from giving charity hinders them in three ways. What three? He hinders the giver from acquiring good, he hinders the receiver from receiving the charity, and he has already ruined himself through his meanness.”
    Vacchagotta, Aṅguttara Nikāya 3.57


  • Re: What does “From a Buddhist Perspective” mean ?

    @Shoshin said:
    Note...I was going to post this in "Buddhism Basics" but then thought "General banter" would be more appropriate :)

    Recently @federica started a "thread" about how the NewBuddhist forum has changed…Which got me thinking about Buddhism in general ….

    I’m guilty of often using the term from a Buddhist perspective when attempting to describe a certain Dharmic approach …However this may not be the best term to use…

    Many (but not all) members here see themselves as “Buddhists” (dare I say will call themselves/identify as Buddhists who follow different schools of Buddhism-however some are just interested in what Buddhism has to offer when it comes to the difficulties found in life )…As Buddhists we more often than not differ in our approaches when it comes to some aspects of the Dharma…

    For example some when dealing personally with a situation or when asked for advise regarding a situation,eg,may take a no nonsense somewhat confrontational approach… whilst others may opt for a more non-confrontational approach …Both are (supposedly) from a Buddhist perspective (often ones own personal interpretation of the Dharma...Guilty as charged :) )

    So just out of interest …

    What does “From a ‘Buddhist’ perspective” really mean ? (to you)

    One would think that it ‘must’ in some way involve Buddhist scriptures...

    However the problem seems to lie in how one chooses to interpret Buddhist scriptures …(ones experiential understanding may differ slightly) ....

    Its tricky. I used in the Buddhist perspective but added where appropriate in my experience, I know this....from my school, I know my studies I found out this.

    Im talking with a Bahai practitioner in another forum. He believes The Buddha, Krishna, Muhammadx and Jesus all follow the god of abraham. It took awhile then I said from a Dharmic view (told him Im referring to the Pali Canon), this is how -I- interpret it. He used Pure Land sutras so you can see how confusing that was. But from The Physical Dharma is a safe way to out it because you can reference it to how you interpret the suttas.

    From a buddhist perspective, yeah, doesnt work out well since I agree not everyone who follows The Dharma consider themselves Buddhist. I had to explain the difference between The Dharma (suffering, eight fold, etc) vs the physical dharma (the suttas) so he would know when talking from a Buddhist view, its my experience. When talking about The Dharma is what we are dicussing in the physical suttas.

    Depends on who you speak with too.