1. In a true love relationship


    by Ven. Dr. Sri Dhammananda

    There are different kinds of love, and these are variously expressed as motherly love, brotherly love, sensual love, emotional love, sexual love, selfish love, selfless love, and universal love.

    If people develop only their carnal or selfish love towards each other, that type of love cannot last long. In a true love relationship, one should not ask how much one can get, but how much one can give.

    When beauty, complexion and youth start to fade away, a husband who considers only the physical aspects of love may think of acquiring another young one. That type of love is lust. If a man really develops love as an expression of human concern for another being, he will not lay emphasis only on the external beauty and physical attractiveness of his partner. The beauty and attractiveness of his partner should be in his heart and mind, not in what he sees. Likewise, the wife who follows Buddhist teachings will never neglect her husband even though he has become old, poor or sick.


  2. The will to change


    Sometimes we look at our life and wish things were different. We sit and hope
    that they will change but often as time goes by and we look back, we realize
    we are still in the same place. For change does not need time but rather
    determination. The will to change your life for the better. ~Mahmoud El Hallab


  3. The weapon for self-protection is loving-kindness


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    Killing for Self Protection

    The Buddha has advised everyone to abstain from killing. If everybody accepts this advice, human beings would not kill each other. In the case where a person’s life is threatened, the Buddha says even then it is not advisable to kill out of self-protection. The weapon for self-protection is loving-kindness. One who practises this kindness very seldom comes across such misfortune. However, man loves his life so much that he is not prepared to surrender himself to others; in actual practice, most people would struggle for self-protection. It is natural and every living being struggles and kills others for self-protection but kammic effect depends on their mental attitude. During the struggle to protect himself, if he happens to kill his opponent although he has no intention to kill, then he is not responsible for that action. On the other hand, if he kills another person under any circumstances with the intention to kill, then he is not free from the kammic reaction; he has to face the consequences. We must remember that killing is killing; when we disapprove of it, we call it ‘murder’. When we punish man for murdering, we call it ‘capital punishment’. If our own soldiers are killed by an ‘enemy’ we call it ‘slaughter’. However, if we approve a killing, we call it ‘war’. But if we remove the emotional content from these words, we can understand that killing is killing.

    In recent years many scientists and some religionists have used the expressions like ‘humane killing’, ‘mercy killing’, ‘gentle killing’ and ‘painless killing’ to justify the ending of a life. They argue that if the victim feels no pain, if the knife is sharp, killing is justified. Buddhism can never accept these arguments because it is not how the killing occurs that is important, but the fact that a life of one being is terminated by another. No one has any right to do that for whatever reason. ~Ven. Dr. Sri Dhammananda

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  4. We gain knowledge from our mistakes


    Education is not all the lessons we learn from, in our life. We all are witness
    to our own life, and we gain knowledge from our mistakes and that gives
    us wisdom, we can all speak about our own lessons we learn from living
    our own life, & that they don’t teach in school. ~Glen Rambharack


  5. The path of immortality


    Watchfulness is the path of immortality:
    Unwatchfulness is the path of death.
    Those who are watchful never die:
    Those who do not watch are already as dead.

    Those who with a clear mind have seen this truth,
    Those who are wise and ever watchful,
    They feel the joy of watchfulness,
    The joy of the path of the great.

    And those who in high thought and in deep contemplation
    With ever living power advance on the path,
    They in the end reach NIRVANA,
    The peace supreme and infinite joy.

    ~ Buddha, The Dhammapada



  6. If you need to change


    If you need to change, it either means something is missing or something
    is wrong, or it simply means you’ve lost interest. Or that something lost
    its value that needs changing. But change is good, if it’s necessary don’t resist it.

    ~London Mond



  7. A master of everything


    “A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.” ~ George Savile

    One who utters speech that isn’t rough
    But instructive and truthful
    So that he offends no one,
    Him I call Brahmin.”
    ~The Dhammapada


  8. Flowers

    Medicine Lake. Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt

    Medicine Lake. Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt


    Who shall conquer this world
    And the world of death with all its gods?
    Who shall discover
    The shining way of the law?

    You shall, even as the man
    Who seeks flowers
    Finds the most beautiful,
    The rarest.

    Understand that the body
    Is merely the foam of a wave,
    The shadow of a shadow,
    Snap the flower arrows of desire
    And then, unseen,
    Escape the king of death.
    And travel on.

    Death overtakes the man
    Who gathers flowers
    When with distracted mind and thirsty senses
    He searches vainly for happiness
    In the pleasures of the world.
    Death fetches him away
    As a flood carries off a sleeping village.

    Death overcomes him
    When with distracted mind and thirsty senses
    He gathers flowers.
    He will never have his fill
    Of the pleasures of the world.

    The bee gathers nectar from the flower
    Without marring its beauty or perfume.
    So let the master settle, and wander.

    Look to your own faults,
    What you have done or left undone.
    Overlook the faults of others.

    Like a lovely flower,
    Bright but scentless,
    Are the fine but empty words
    Of a man who does not mean what he says.

    Like a lovely flower,
    Bright and fragrant,
    Are the fine and truthful words
    Of the man who means what he says.

    Like garlands woven from a heap of flowers
    Fashion from your life as many good deeds.

    The perfume of sandalwood
    Rosebay or jasmine
    Cannot travel against the wind.

    But the fragrance of virtue
    Travels even against the wind,
    As far as the ends of the world.

    How much finer
    Is the fragrance of virtue
    Than of sandalwood, rosebay,
    Of the blue lotus or jasmine!

    The fragrance of sandalwood and rosebay
    Does not travel far.
    But the fragrance of virtue
    Rises to the heavens.

    Desire never crosses the path
    Of virtuous and wakeful men.
    Their brightness sets them free.

    How sweetly the lotus grows
    In the litter of the wayside.
    Its pure fragrance delights the heart.

    Follow the awakened
    And from among the blind
    The light of your wisdom
    Will shine out, purely.

    ~The Dhammapada

  9. Wakefulness



    Wakefulness is the way to life.
    The fool sleeps
    As if he were already dead,
    But the master is awake
    And he lives forever.

    He watches.
    He is clear.

    How happy he is!
    For he sees that wakefulness is life.
    How happy he is,
    Following the path of the awakened.

    With great perseverance
    He meditates, seeking
    Freedom and happiness.

    So awake, reflect, watch.
    Work with care and attention.
    Live in the way, and the light will grow in you.

    The fool is careless.
    But the master guards his watching.
    It is his most precious treasure.

    He never gives in to desire.
    He meditates.
    And in the strength of his resolve
    He discovers true happiness.

    He overcomes desire —
    And from the tower of wisdom
    He looks down with dispassion
    Upon the sorrowing crowd.
    From the mountaintop
    He looks down on those
    Who live close to the ground.

    Mindful among the mindless,
    Awake while others dream,
    Swift as the race horse
    He outstrips the field.

    By watching
    Indra became king of the gods.
    How wonderful it is to watch,
    How foolish to sleep.

    The beggar who guards his mind
    And fears the waywardness of his thoughts
    Burns through every bond
    With the fire of his vigilance.

    The beggar who guards his mind
    And fears his own confusion
    Cannot fall.
    He has found the way to peace.

    ~The Dhammapada


  10. Kind-hearted mind and cheerful face


    From the time we open our eyes in the morning until we sleep at night,
    if we can pass the whole day with a kind-hearted mind and cheerful face,
    on good terms with people and talking pleasantly to them, our mind will
    be relaxed when we go to sleep at night. ~The 17th Karmapa

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