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From The Wheel of Kamma To The Wheel of Dhamma Print E-mail

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The main purpose of my writing this letter is to place before you Venerable Sir, an important problem that I have. Though my mind is generally calm, composed and luminous, I lose my temper in ordinary day to day problems and find it difficult to control myself. Then I go on ranting and raving like an uneducated crazy woman. Because of this trait I irritate my family members, my friends and my neighbours. I get fed up with myself. But very soon my mind gets free from this mad fit of rage. It again becomes luminous. I forget even the incident. It is like a breeze that blows over a tank of calm water. The water that gets ruffled by the breeze again becomes calm after the breeze is gone. The ruffling is not deep.

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Towards Calm and Insight Print E-mail

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Even were bandits savagely to sever you limb from limb with a two handled saw, he who entertained hate in his heart on that account would not be one who carried out my teaching.

-Kakacåpama. S., M. N. Sutta No. 21

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Concept and Reality: in Early Buddhist Thought Print E-mail

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'Concept and Reality' came out as my first book in 1971, published by the Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy. As indicated in my Preface to the First Edition, the work had its origin in the academic atmosphere of a University but took its final shape in the sylvan solitude of a Hermitage. Though it has gone through several reprints unrevised, I take this opportunity to bring out a revised edition, as the D.G.M.B. is now prepared to include it among its 'pure- Dhammadàna' publications.

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Walk to Nibbana: A Guide to Walking Meditation Print E-mail

Introduction

“Catucakkaṁ navadvāraṁ
puṇṇaṁ lobhena saṁyutaṁ
paṁkajātaṁ mahāvīra
kathaṁ yātrā bhavissati

Chetvā naddhiṁ varattañca
icchā lobhañca pāpakaṁ
samūlaṁ taṇhaṁ abbuyha
evaṁ yātrā bhavissati”

– Catucakka Sutta, Devatā Saṁy. S. I 16.

 

The Four-wheeled and Nine-doored
This greed-bound heap born in mud
Tell me how, O! Great Hero
Can there be for it an outlet

Cut off the thong and snap the rope
Evil wish and greed as well
Pull out craving with its root
That’s how it can see an outlet

The ‘four-wheels’ alluded to in this riddle – verse are the four postures the body assumes in the course of its daily routine. The body is always rolling on these four wheels. The journey to Nibbāna is also a ‘Four-wheeled Drive.’

The Buddha has clearly explained to us how these four-wheels are made to roll towards Nibbāna in the sub-section on postures in the section on body-contemplation in the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta.

‘And again, monks, a monk when going, knows ‘I am going’. When standing, knows ‘I am standing.’ When seated, knows ‘I am sitting.’ When lying down, knows ‘I am lying down.’ In whatever way his body is disposed, he understands that it is so disposed.’

– Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta, M.I 56.

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Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah Print E-mail

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The twentieth of January, 1983. At the small provincial airport of Ubon Ratchathani in Northeast Thailand, a group of Buddhist monks and lay supporters look up to the sky. Nearby, a white ambulance is parked on the runway. A loud droning sound can be heard, its source soon traced to a Thai Air Force plane lumbering in to land. After the plane taxies and comes to a halt, its door opens and reveals an unusual and moving sight. An imposingly large Western monk starts to descend from the plane, cradling in his arms a much older and smaller Thai monk. This frail and helpless-looking figure is the revered master, Luang Por Chah. After five long months of tests and consultations in a Bangkok hospital, he has returned to Ubon in order to spend the last days of his life at home in his monastery, Wat Nong Pah Pong, surrounded by his disciples.

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