“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.”
Free Dhamma is the best Dhamma, especially when it is good Dhamma and I cannot express my gratitude enough for the service that Forest Sangha Publications does for the Thai Forest tradition in particular, and the Buddhist faith in general. They are a publishing house that produces copious numbers of books and pamphlets on the Thai Forest tradition of the Ven. Ajahn Chah and his disciples. The quality and amount of information available is staggering considering you do not have to pay a penny for any of it. They obviously accept donations but they are not expected nor demanded.
Many of Ajahn Chah’s disciples have produced documents that can be ordered for free as well as translations of many of Ajahn Chah’s own teachings. I highly recommend you spend some time going through the library of available documents and ordering a few. I think they have a limit of three books per month, but there is nothing stopping you from ordering more once your first order arrives.
The series of books that form a collection of talks and teachings by Luang Por Sumedho are of particular interest as they cover the Venerable Ajahn’s career from meeting Ajahn Chah, to his retirement a couple of years ago.
Amaravati Monastery and Abhayagiri Monastery are the main monasteries that the monks and nuns come from who have contributed to the material that is available, but there are contributions from others at satellite monasteries. Whichever author you go for, I am sure you will be in for a treat. This is all Dhamma at it’s best, and it is aimed at the lay disciple primarily, so you do not need a PhD in Buddhist philosophy to understand what they are on about.
Please visit, please order and please donate. Your path to liberation will be made just that bit easier if you do.
May you find peace.
Depression… few speak of it and even fewer know anything about it. For me, Buddhism is the answer. The Buddha explains how the mind works and why it works the way it does. Depression can destroy your life and the lives of those closest to you yet the Buddha has the answers for those who care to investigate.
Admitting you have depression is the first, and most important step you must take. It is a difficult one to be sure. Admitting you need help is incredibly difficult, maybe even more so if you are male. Admitting that your mind is messed up and out of control is even more intimidating. Being prescribed antidepressants and antipsychotics can be frightening, especially when you realise you may be on them for years. But the Buddha does have the answers, and the meditation practices he taught definitely have tangible benefits. I know… I use them. Continue reading
Even Buddhism is not beyond the realms of scandal. The Dalai Lama tells it how it is.
I find myself in a conundrum. What to write, what to say, what Sutta to quote or provide for download. My illness has forced me to leave this site for too long and I do not know where to begin again. I wish to continue but I have lost the momentum. This is something I must meditate on over the coming days. Part of the problem is the medication I am on affects my memory, so all the grandiose plans I had a month or two back have disappeared completely. I am, and always have been hopeless at taking notes. I use this widget on my tablet and that widget on my laptop, but half the problem I have always had is remembering to note down the ideas I get.
I think I would like to expand on the Sutta library. When all is said and done, it is pretty sparse, so I will be delving into my books to see what gems I may be able to publish (copyright free of course). But until I have done so, this site will probably remain somewhat dormant.
I would like to highlight the aggregates and the perfections. They are both pertinent to the layman and something we can, and should, all work on. Understanding the aggregates, and practicing the perfections will lead anyone to a calmer, more loving and caring existence. Something the world desperately needs. Compassion and “loving-kindness” are in short supply. The governments of the world seem completely devoid of such noble qualities, and a ground-swell of humanity equipped with such attributes would be no bad thing at all.
As the current Dalai Lama has stated in the past, ‘Peace’ is my religion, and it should be everybody’s. Extremism of any kind, whether religious or political has no place in this 21st Century world. We should be way beyond such archaic and barbaric practices. Children suffer and die from malnutrition just because their country does not have stocks of oil to export. Families are executed because they will not follow the enforced religion in their part of the world. Nuclear bombardment is a bargaining chip between nations.
Sometimes I think humanity, or at least our leaders, have not learnt a thing over the last 2000 years. War and oppression solve nothing, all they do is create more Dukkha for those at the receiving end of their actions. Any cast, creed or race just want to be able to give shelter, warmth and food for their loved ones, yet this is denied for so many, by so few, just for the sake of greed and power. Shame on those in power, and shame on those who support their actions. At least with Kamma, they will, at some point, experience the come back of their desires and actions. As will we all.
I apologize for the somewhat political nature of this post, it is rare that I feel like venting, but they do say you need to get things off your chest once in a while. I hope normal service will be resumed in the next week or two.
May ALL beings live without fear.