Kamma: Iguana vs Snakes

I am really amazed by:-
1) how the video was captured,
2) the fact that so many snakes would go after the iguana, and
3) the strong survival instinct of the iguana.
Living beings are simply amazing…

The stunning video can represent so many meanings to life… about people with patience and skills who made the video so that we get a chance to watch how nature works in the wild… the determination of the snakes to team up to catch their prey and the strong will of the iguana to escape from all the dangers… which, to me, sums up to the “actions” ~ kamma that bears the results or fruit at the end… like the sayings: “When there is a will, there is a way!”, “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose!”, “Life is not perfect, you do not always get what you want!”, “It is all about planning and taking actions to make things happen!”, “Speed is everything!”, “Think on your feet!”, “There is always next time!” etc, etc, etc…. motivate yourself with whatever words you like as long as you get the message of the clip.  It all depends on whose angle you are looking at or in whose capacity or interest you are focusing on… there is no right or wrong…

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In the Ariyamagga Sutta (AN 4.235), the Buddha talked about four types of kamma and results… and if we are practitioners (whether potential or existing), we just have to be aware of them and be mindful of our thoughts and actions in the body, speech and mind… and about the path leading to the ending of kamma.

Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!

 

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9 May 2018

9 May 2018 marked a historical moment for Malaysians!

Yes, change is imminent… let’s remember not to be too comfortable and/ or take things and/ or people for granted.

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To me, of the Buddha’s teachings of the three characteristics (Tilakkhana), impermenance is the most prominent.

If people can learn, understand and accept that nothing is permenant and not hold tight to their beliefs, positions, possessions and whatever worldly that cannot be taken along with them upon their death (as their lives too is not permanent), there will then not have greed, hatred and delusion… coz the belief of having a “self”, a conventional “self” made up of the 5 aggregates (Pañcakkhanda) ~ a body that is subject to decay and death, which through the senses that results in cravings, attachments and fending of the body (and whatever belongs to the body … believing to be the “self”) brings sufferings… or unsatisfactions – not having what is desired and/ or having what is not desired.

If one understands the Tilakkhana, one will understand the depth of the Buddha’s teachings of the Four Noble Truth.

Sādhu!  Sādhu!  Sādhu!

 

Thru Ajahn Cagino Bhikkhu’s photos

I find much peace listening to this while watching the video… thanks to Ajahn Cagino Bhikkhu’s photographs.  As a person who appreciates great photography skills and nature, I find the photos very touching indeed.

As I watch the pictures appearing one after another in the video, I can imagine someone I know venturing his journey to monkhood through those photos.  Though I may not have the chance to congratulate him for his perseverance and success in person, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and thanks to his friendship and wish him well and happy in his journey.  Tuvataka Sutta (Sn4.14)

My journey may not take me to the order this lifetime but I have begun my baby steps in training within…  may all striving to walk the right path find peace and be well and happy always…

Sāddhu, Sāddhu, Sāddhu!

 

Smile ~ a glimpse of teeth..

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I remembered attending a Conference and someone asked a monk, at the panel, if it is proper for a monk to laugh.  The monk paused for a while… then said something similar to… as stated in the Sutta below…

Tuvataka Sutta (Snp 4.14)

(U Paññobhāsa of Kabāaye, in the introduction to the Myanmar version of this Sutta,
commented that the Sutta meant to lead the people to be good speedily so as to be relieved from the miseries of the samsāra…
The translation from the Myanmar into English is the first attempt made by a woman Yogī from the Mahāsī Meditation Centre…)

 

ABSTAIN FROM LAUGHING AND PLAYING

There are six ways of laughing: 
(1) Smiling with just open eyes
(2) Smiling with a glimpse of teeth.
These two ways of laughing are also enjoyed by Buddha and Arahats.

(3) Smiling for no purpose should be noted and dispelled.
(4) Making soft sounds while laughing.
Normal people used to laugh this way, but monks should abstain from it,

(5) Laughing with tears rolling down.
(6) Laughing with the body moving back and forth.
These two ways of laughing are often seen in the lesser people, however, they are not to be employed by monks. If there is anything heard or seen to be laughed at note and dispel it.


Iṅguttara Ṭīkā Nipāta (263), Buddha said
,
“Only the young men laugh making loud noises, baring all the teeth and hands clapping.
O monks,
due to something or some happiness if you wish to laugh,
smiling with just a glimpse of teeth is enough for you
“.

 

Sādhu, Sādhu, Sādhu…

 

 

 

To lose it all so to gain?

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The above quote was mentioned in The Story of Siddhartha Gautama ~ a documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere.

Do we actually need to… lose it all so to gain?

In Hatthaka Sutta (AN 3.34), the Buddha described that in order to sleep well, one has to lose it all ~ the greed, hatred and delusion. They are known as the 3 poisons which are the actual root cause of unwholesome karma and the entire spectrum of human suffering. “… having cut all ties & subdued fear in the heart, calmed, he sleeps in ease, having reached peace of awareness…”

In the Lokavipatti Sutta (AN 8.6), the Buddha talked about 8 worldly conditions that spin the world… they are gain, loss, status, disgrace, censure, praise, pleasure, & pain. Only when one knows, understands and always remembers that nothing in this world is permanent, one will not be spun by any of the 8 conditions… for gain does not last forever, the loss does not last forever and so on… in other words nothing lasts forever. What is material gain can be lost and what is material loss can be recouped. So, we must learn not to be too happy or too sad whenever we are faced with any one of the conditions. “… knowing this, the wise person, mindful, ponders these changing conditions. Desirable things don’t charm the mind, undesirable ones bring no resistance…”

Best of all is to learn from the Buddha in the Ariyavāsa Sutta (AN10.20), what qualities we should work towards to in order to achieve liberation. It is not to really “to lose it all so to gain”… coz there are some to lose and some to gain… we just have to know, understand and recognise what they are in order to do what is right to walk the right path…

Sādhu, Sādhu, Sādhu!

Merry Christmas, fr a Buddhist…

This morning

While strolling along the path that leads to my destination

I stood by to watch falling leaves dancing with the wind

The cool breeze touching my face

As if greeting Merry Christmas to me

Other than the rustling of the leaves

There was no Christmas carols in the air

The day passing by just like any other

The sun rising towards midday as it would

Soon this day will be over

Merry Christmas or not life continues

With joy to the world or peace on earth

Jingle bells or rednose reindeers

Whether Santa Clause is coming to town

Have a white Christmas or wishing for two front teeth

Let’s choose to pass the day merry

Have yourself a very Merry Christmas

25/12/2017

Saddhā(Faith) Sutta (AN 5.38 )

“Just as at a crossroads on level ground, a great banyan tree becomes the resort for birds all around, so the clansman endowed with faith becomes the resort for many people: for bhikkhus, bhikkhunīs, male lay followers, and female lay followers.”

A large tree with a mighty trunk,
branches, leaves, and fruit,
firm roots, and bearing fruit,
is a support for many birds.
Having flown across the sky,
the birds resort to this delightful base:
those in need of shade partake of its shade;
those needing fruit enjoy its fruit.

Just so, when a person is virtuous,
endowed with faith,
of humble manner, compliant,
gentle, welcoming, soft,
those in the world who are fields of merit—
devoid of lust and hatred,
devoid of delusion, taintless—
resort to such a person.

They teach him the Dhamma
that dispels all suffering,
having understood which
the taintless one here attains nibbāna.

I am a lover of poetic verses and I find the above really meaningful… and if you read it with a brush in your mind, you could also paint the picture of the verses (especially the first verse) … beautiful, right?

Life teaches us many dhammas as we walk the path and our kamma will make us enjoy or endure the joy or pain along the way… if we walk with faith and we keep walking, we will eventually able to see the truth of the teachings.

There is nothing permanent here… what we deem happy can turn sad in a split second… who we perceive as friends can turn into strangers before a thought moment… every second everything is changing; including ourselves… our thoughts change our speech and our actions… and they, will change someone else’s thoughts, speech and actions… we are all dependent on each other … every action has a reaction, every action has a result…. whether the action is good or bad, they will still bear fruits…  and we, the do-ers, must accept whatever fruits our actions bear… and to do it with an equanimity mind ~ not to be too happy and not to be too sad… for, this too shall pass… happy also will pass, sad also will pass… and since we are still worldlings, let’s practise one of my favourite phrase:  We can choose to live a day happy or a day sad – why not choose to live it happy!  Afterall, we already know nothing lasts forever… definitely not this body in this lifetime….

Have faith and keep walking towards liberation… a step at a time… the longer we walk, the more we will understand Buddha’s teachings… the less we will suffer…

May you be well and happy always…