“Dhammapada v. 117. Should a person commit evil, let him not do it again and again. Let him not find pleasure therein, for painful is the accumulation of evil.”
My apologies for the recent lack of posts and updates, I was seriously ill last month and am currently convalescing. I plan to begin adding material again sometime next month, but until then, be well, be at peace, and be free from fear.
Audio is coming to *Dhamma!! I have found a source of public domain Theravada lectures that I plan to make available on this site. The ones I have lined up are by the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, an eminent Buddhist Scholar and Pali expert who is responsible for a mountain of valuable publications.
The audio quality is very poor by todays standards. The only equipment they had back in the early 1980’s was a standard cassette recorder, and it was the master tapes that were used to make copies for distribution, however, once you get used to the 1980’s technology, the lectures are perfectly okay to listen too. After all it is the content that is important, and the series of lectures I will be providing are excellent for the novice Buddhist.
Anyway, I will be working over the next couple of days on how to best present this very valuable material, so until then…
May you all live in Peace.
As I work on this site I keep finding myself worrying. I worry about the content, I worry about the reception that content will receive, I worry about the presentation of the content. In fact, the one thing that is guaranteed to occur when I log in to the administration panel of this website is that I will start to worry. Now I have realised this I have also realised this is a perfect example of where I need to practice. I need to practice mindfulness and breath meditation. I need to realise that, at the end of the day, it does not matter how this website is received, what matters is the practice I do whilst administrating it. What matters is the intent behind the website, and I must keep that in mind rather than worrying if someone is going to see the site and dislike it.
This is a prime example of becoming over-engrossed in something and becoming too attached to the outcome. The website is what it is. Obviously I do hope it will help someone, but I have found myself getting too attached to it; so I need to take a step back, take a few deep breaths, and relax. It is only a website… The world will not end if it goes down or is completely ignored.
Detaching oneself from the projects you have to, or want to, undertake is good, even necessary practice otherwise you will get too engrossed and attached to the outcome. This does not mean you should not care what transpires, but getting too attached can lead to stress, and stress is suffering. Stress is Dukkha. To be concerned yet detached from the project in mind allows one to approach the task with an openness that can lead to far better results than a mind will allow if it is tied up with undue worry and concern for the outcome.
So… I am not going to worry anymore… he says confidently! I will at least try to approach this site from a state of mindfulness in future, rather than buzzing around like a bee in a jar wondering what on earth I am going to put up next. This is a Buddhist blog after all, and it really does not need half a dozen updates each day. I will be, or at least intend to be, mindful of the content rather than worried about it.
May you all live in peace.
I have added a short glossary to the site for those who may be confused by some of the Pali words used. I trust it will suffice, but never forget… Google is your friend.
Live in peace.