1. Learn from it and let it go

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    Learn from it and let it go.
    The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it.
    Worrying is worthless.
    When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when you stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the present moment.
    Then you will begin to experience joy in life.

    ― Thich Nhat Hanh

  2. Our notions about happiness entrap us

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    Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form. ― Thich Nhat Hanh

  3. Usually when we hear or read something new

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    Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing. ― Thich Nhat Hanh

  4. When you say something really unkind

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    When you say something really unkind, when you do something in retaliation your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict escalates. ― Thich Nhat Hanh

  5. In separateness…

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    In separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength. ~Buddha

  6. My Childhood

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    My childhood was the time when i was innocent
    When the world seemed to be fair
    When my universe was around my toys

    My childhood was the time when 9i lived in dreams
    When everyone was selfless
    When everyone appeared to be a friend

    My childhood was the time when my life was full of colours
    When sorrows never knocked my door
    When smile was gift presented to everyone

    My childhood was the time when love was pure
    When there were no obligations
    When tenderness prevailed

    My childhood was the time which is long gone
    Tears flow from my eyes when i go back in my childhood
    My childhood will never come back but
    The child in me will never go

    ~Jahanvi

  7. Damage

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    I sit in my car
    Eyes burning
    Like a zombie
    My eyes glue to the
    Window
    Bottles and trash
    Punctuate
    The landscape before me
    Looking
    Inconsiderate America
    No one thinks
    They can make the
    Difference
    So they just pollute
    The Earth
    They are all wrong.
    Smoke fills the sky from
    Factories miles
    And miles away
    I want to pick up
    every bottle
    every wrapper
    vacuum the smoke
    from the sky
    Take away all this
    Damage.

    ~Jazmin Kay

  8. What Buddhists Believe

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    By Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera

    The Moon and Religious Observances

    The outstanding events in the life of the Buddha took place on full moon days.

    Many people would like to know the religious significance of the full moon and new moon days. To Buddhists, there is a special religious significance especially on full day because certain important and outstanding events connected with the life of Lord Buddha took place on full moon days. The Buddha was born on a full moon day. His renunciation took place on a full moon day. His Enlightenment, the delivery of His first sermon, His passing away into Nibbana and many other important events associated with His life-span of eighty years, occurred on full moon days.

    Buddhists all over the world have a high regard for full moon days. They celebrate this day with religious fervor by observing precepts, practising meditation and by keeping away from the sensual worldly life. On this day they direct their attention to spiritual development. Apart from Buddhists, it is understood that other co-religionists also believe that there is some religious significance related to the various phases of the moon. They also observe certain religious disciplines such as fasting and praying on full moon days.

    Ancient belief in India says that the moon is the controller of the water, and circulating through the universe, sustaining all living creatures, is the counterpart on earth of the liquor heaven, ‘amrta’the drink of the gods. Dew and rain become vegetable sap, sap becomes the milk of cow, and the milk is then converted into blood. Amrta water, sap, milk and blood, represent but different states of the one elixir. The vessel or cup of this immortal fluid is the moon. Continue reading


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