1. A blessing we just cannot do without


    Friendship is a treasured gift that gives our Heart a lift. A blessing we just cannot do without
    because friendship is what living is all about… ~sms4smile

  2. We can never have enough of nature


    A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying
    the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ―Franklin D. Roosevelt

  3. Obama family attends long-time aide’s wedding to TV journalist


    The first family, from left, first lady Michelle Obama, Malia Obama,
    Sasha Obama and President Barack Obama walk out of the White House in
    Washington, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, and head to Marine One on the South
    Lawn. The first family is attending the wedding of Sam Kass, their
    longtime family chef. The bride is MSNBC host Alex Wagner. The wedding
    is at a farm-to-table restaurant in Westchester County, north of New
    York City. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    President Barack Obama, second from left, walks with daughter Malia, left, as first lady Michelle Obama, second from right, and daughter Sasha, right, follow behind, walking from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The first family was returning after attending the wedding of Sam Kass, their longtime family chef. The bride is MSNBC host Alex Wagner. The wedding is at a farm-to-table restaurant in Westchester County, north of New York City. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

  4. We Are the Earth


    At this very moment, the Earth is above you, below you, all around you, and even inside you. The Earth is everywhere. You may be used to thinking of the Earth as only the ground beneath your feet. But the water, the sea, the sky, and everything around us comes from the Earth. Everything outside us and everything inside us comes from the Earth. We often forget that the planet we are living on has given us all the elements that make up our bodies. The water in our flesh, our bones, and all the microscopic cells inside our bodies all come from the Earth and are part of the Earth. The Earth is not just the environment we live in. We are the Earth and we are always carrying her within us.

    Realizing this, we can see that the Earth is truly alive. We are a living, breathing manifestation of this beautiful and generous planet. Knowing this, we can begin to transform our relationship to the Earth. We can begin to walk differently and to care for her differently. We will fall completely in love with the Earth. When we are in love with someone or something, there is no separation between ourselves and the person or thing we love. We do whatever we can for them and this brings us great joy and nourishment. That is the relationship each of us can have with the Earth. That is the relationship each of us must have with the Earth if the Earth is to survive, and if we are to survive as well.

    ~Thich Nhat Hanh

  5. Beauty of Nature


    Cardamom rainforest in my country, Cambodia
    As I walk across the earth,
    thousands of things I get to see.
    Birds fly high, soaring higher,
    and on the flowers I hear the buzz of bees.

    The sun at the dawn, rises within the hills.
    Mountains covered with snow,
    shining like the crown of silver. 
    And the waves touching the cliffs.
    The waterfall flowing down
    the green-blue mountains.
    Rivers forming a dream delta 
    before entering the sea.

    And while walking on the beach at night,
    I feel the cool and sweet smelling breeze.
    The slashing sound still feels like
    the sound of love and peace.
    The moon over the sea,
    shining like a ball of gold.
    And in every step my eyes hold wonder.
    I bend on my knee
    to thank the mother earth,
    And is the truth.
    it's a great pleasure for me,
    to live in this wonderland.

    Poem title: Our Mother Earth
    © Shweta Banerjee
    Source: Family Friend Poems 


Live & Die for Buddhism


Maha Ghosananda

Maha Ghosananda

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

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Major Differences

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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