At Wat Buddharangsee worshippers celebrated the festival of Songkran. It is also known as the water festival. It celebrates water as a ritual of washing away negativity from the year before. Worshippers celebrating Songkran took part in a traditional pouring … Continue reading →
Today was a very special day on the Buddhist Calendar. Magha Puja Day is often known as the Fourfold Assembly Day. On that full moon day thousands of years ago 1200 arahant monks met spontaneously without scheduling to pay respect … Continue reading →
Most scholars consider gratitude as a moral emotion with only few seeing it as a character trait. Gratitude appears to be in some circles one of the most neglected emotions and one of the most underestimated of virtues. Continue reading →
I called a friend a few days ago. Just to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. Her response “I’m so busy with this and that. I have so much going on.” Not long after that I ran into another friend and asked him how he was. Again, same response: “I’ve been so busy, always so much to do.”
Both their tones so overwhelmed and plain tired. Children are feeling this way as well. I recently tried to tee up a visit with one of my youngest sons friends. When I asked his mother for his availability she scrolled through her outlook phone planner and said her child was only available in no less than four weeks’ time as he was “busy” with rugby, debating, tutoring…etc. Continue reading →
Positivity, negativity, pessimism, optimism are mental states. Mental states are Annicang according to Lord Buddha. Annicang meaning impermanent, transient, fleeting, coming and going – no substance.
On the straight or curvy line from birth to death, whatever outcome occurs in the experience of life leads to and ends up in death. Death is the outcome of life or more correctly death is the condition ( same say fabrication) of birth. A condition or fabrication namely called ‘Sankhara’ (Pali italics not included) – are said to be Annicang (impermanent) by Lord Buddha – Sabbe (all) Sankhara Annica’ti. To go further whatever is Annicang is Anatta- Not self. So if mental state is not-self, not ours why do we cling and grasp? Continue reading →
At kindy we have two hermit crabs, and in these past two weeks they have opted to change their shells twice. They are persistent at finding the right fit. However, are they happy now? Do their shells fit? Will they want to move again? Their behaviour caused me to reflect on an individual’s very own life and how finding and recreating ourselves is in fact a life long journey that are marked out by experiences. Many will say “will this ever be right? Will we ever get “there”? Continue reading →
Bhante reminded me that I haven’t written an article for a while. He is right it has been sometime however running my own education and care service as well as taking care of my family can leave me with little time to do the things I enjoy. One being a support person to people in my community, writing, studying the Dhamma and following my practice. So yes not having time to do things that I want to do may disappoint me or others. Continue reading →
The human path, the hell path, the animal path, the ghost path, the heavenly path and the path (unique to the Lord Buddha’s Teaching) to Liberation, unbinding, or extinguishing the flame.
As humans we are blessed with the privilege or merit of choice. Humans have the ability to consciously choose actions, whether verbal, physical or mental. Choice of which path to follow is naturally and normally a choice of action. Continue reading →
Right or correct morality is a crucial stepping stone to developing a clear conscience with all things in the mind and heart. Solid morals produce a state of happiness and clarity as there will be little regret when reflecting on past actions. When we have remained clear of evil and corrupt actions there can only be a sense of ease and comfort in the mind and heart. Continue reading →