1. New Year Resolution

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    Do I look like I have a new year resolution?
    2013 is almost here, and I still cannot think of one right now.

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  2. The Great Compassion

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    All beings, no matter in whatever existence they may be, wish to escape from the sufferings of old age, sickness and death which are bound to be met as living beings. Nevertheless against their own wish, they are going through miserable conditions of life existence continuously through old, sick and eventually meeting with death. That is the reason why as a Buddha, he had taught his Dhamma knowing fully well that there was no Saviour other than him to save all living beings with his Great Compassion without regard to his discomforts and weariness. This also stands witness to the extent how he had to undergo miseries without having opportunity to gain happiness for, being deterred by his unparalleled Karuna.

    Source: http://www.buddhanet.net

     

  3. We need safer schools

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    Thanks to my colleague, Julia Malakie, for this incredible shot

    Tragedy spurs Dracut girl's quest for safer schools

    Scared and saddened by the horrific elementary-school massacre in Connecticut, Vera McDermott is not returning to her fifth-grade classes at Englesby Intermediate School in Dracut until at least after New Year's. Until then, the Dracut 10-year-old is working on what she hopes will be the most important homework assignment of her, her three younger siblings and millions of other American students' lives.

    Vera, with help from her father, Tony McDermott, has created a website, www.wedemandsafeschools.com, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/WeDemandSafeSchools, asking visitors to sign an online petition that will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education demanding enhanced physical security at each school-building entrance in the United States.

    Read more http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_22222081/tragedy-spurs-dracut-girls-quest-safer-schools

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  4. Avielle Richman’s laughter, smile was a joy to those she knew

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    Avielle Richman’s spirit drew people in.

    Those who knew the 6-year-old girl with curly, brown hair will remember her infectious smile, peals of laughter and her spirit, according to her obituary.

    Avielle moved to Newtown last year with her parents, Jennifer Hensel and Jeremy Richman. She was among those killed Friday when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    She spent the summer swimming, going to the library and practicing archery. Avielle also went on a 1,300-mile road trip with her family from Sandy Hook to Iowa, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, based in Waterloo, Iowa.

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  5. Charlotte Bacon was always in the pink, and wearing a smile

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    Charlotte Bacon loved the color pink.

    Her family said they will remember how the 6-year-old with curly, red hair expressed her individuality through her favorite color, according to her obituary.

    On Friday, the day she was killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School, Charlotte was wearing an outfit bought specifically for the holidays: a pink dress and boots, her uncle, John Hagen, of Nisswa, Minn., told Newsday.

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  6. 'Now she's an angel up in heaven'

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    Six-year-old Olivia Engel was supposed to be an angel in Friday night's live Nativity performed at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church.

    "She was supposed to be an angel in the play," the Rev. Revered Robert Weiss told Reuters. "Now she's an angel up in heaven."

    Brian Wallace, a spokesman for the Diocese of Bridgeport, said Weiss was sleeping Saturday night after staying up virtually all night caring for families Friday. He confirmed that Olivia was supposed to be in the live Nativity. 

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Live & Die for Buddhism

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Maha Ghosananda

Maha Ghosananda

Supreme Patriarch of Cambodian Buddhism (5/23/1913 - 3/12/07). Forever in my heart...

Problems we face today

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Of the many problems we face today, some are natural calamities and must be accepted and faced with equanimity. Others, however, are of our own making, created by misunderstanding, and can be corrected...

Major Differences

Major Differences in Buddhism

Major Differences in Buddhism: There is no almighty God in Buddhism. There is no one to hand out rewards or punishments on a supposedly Judgement Day ...read more

My Reflection

My Reflection

This site is a tribute to Buddhism. Buddhism has given me a tremendous inspiration to be who and where I am today. Although I came to America at a very young age, however, I never once forget who I am and where I came from. One thing I know for sure is I was born as a Buddhist, live as a Buddhist and will leave this earth as a Buddhist. I do not believe in superstition. I only believe in karma.

A Handful of Leaves

A Handful of Leaves

Tipitaka: The pali canon (Readings in Theravada Buddhism). A vast body of literature in English translation the texts add up to several thousand printed pages. Most -- but not all -- of the Canon has already been published in English over the years. Although only a small fraction of these texts are available here at Access to Insight, this collection can nonetheless be a very good place to start.

Just the way it is

1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor... read more