Freedom

freetobeyouIf you let go a little, you will have a little happiness.

If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of happiness.

If you let go completely, you will be free.

—Ajahn Chah

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Not This, Not That

BdBuddhism is neither pessimistic nor optimistic. If anything at all, it is realistic, for it takes a realistic view of life and the world. It looks at things objectively.

It does not falsely lull you into living in a fool’s paradise, nor does it frighten and agonize you with all kinds of imaginary fears and sins.

It tells you exactly and objectively what you are and what the world around you is, and shows you the way to perfect freedom, peace, tranquility and happiness.

—Walpola Rahula

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Surprise!

khema2It is often thought that the Buddha’s doctrine teaches us that suffering will disappear if one has meditated long enough, or if one sees everything differently. It is not that at all.

Suffering isn’t going to go away; the one who suffers is going to go away.

—Ayya Khema

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Two Recommendations

13124793_1535890480053836_864552883167453321_nAbandon wrongdoing. It can be done. If there were no likelihood, I would not ask you to do it.

But since it is possible and brings about blessings and happiness, I do ask of you to abandon wrongdoing.

Cultivate doing good. It can be done. If it brought deprivation and sorrow, I would not ask you to do it.

But since it brings blessings and happiness, I do ask of you: cultivate doing good.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Angutara Nikaya

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Good Manners

ca50863d77dac8c7d5088c193764d110At times, when we publish a text on our own page, some persons make extensive negative comments, or utilize the opportunity to vent their own contrary opinions.

Apart from whatever value such opinions may have, it is important to consider whether it is kind and polite to hijack someone else’s posts in this manner.

If we disagree with what is posted, the prudent and courteous course of action is to just scroll on. If we have a burning opinion on the topic, there is no impediment to publishing it in our own space.

Let’s respect each other, please. That is also the Dharma.

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Buddhist Politics

13239064_779624735470337_8971857363285702138_nPeople should be able to live without enduring poverty. Grain and other necessities should be given to small farmers. Capital should be provided to traders, and proper wages should be paid to the employed.

When people have security and can earn an adequate income, they will be contented, without fear and worry. Because of this, the country will be at peace and there will be no crime.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Digha Nikaya

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Inexorable

dolbuddhaThe ground of purification is the universal ground wisdom, which is like the sky.

The objects of purification are the incidental stains, which are like the clouds.

The agent of purification is the truth of the path, which is like the inexorable wind.

The result of purification is the separated result, which is like the sky, free of clouds.

—Kunchen Dolpopa, The Fourth Council

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