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Dharma Point: Renunciation

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Renunciation


Dharma thought for the week, and perhaps I shall elaborate upon this further: It is a thought about Renunciation.


Renunciation is one of the most basic foundation grounds of the Buddhist spiritual and ethical path; without it, one is not really a Buddhist at all. However, Renunciation has often gotten a 'bum wrap' and laden with emotional baggage in our Western Culture.


The good news is...Renunciation, in a manner of speaking, is easy....but that is what makes it so hard.


Its about changing one's perspective.


Almost everybody tends to think of Renunciation negatively, as if it were a painful or dastardly process of giving up something; this is the 'bum wrap' with which this word has been laden. In short, this notion simply is NOT true.


Think of it this way. You are walking home alone, at night, and the moonlight is casting your shadow upon the wall next to you; perhaps you are walking down a dark avenue or alley way of some kind. You see the shadow, and immediately get paranoid, frightened...its a serial stalker or Charlie Manson with a fire axe out to butcher me. Then, a burned out street lamp suddenly blinks back to life and, poof...the shadow is gone, and so is the threat.


Renunciation is the process of giving up the paranoic fear of the shadow threat...a mirage...an entity without substance, that was never really there.


So I put it to you, then...how can it be said that Renunciation is the painful act of giving up something, when its really just releasing an illusion without solid basis of existence from its own side?


Contemplate this...its deeper and yet simpler than you think.


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Dharma for August 20

Posted on August 20, 2015 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Dharma Reading for August 20:

 

Thus have I heard:

 

How is one concerned with his own good and the good of others? Concerning this, one is concerned with the restraint of greed, hatred and delusion in himself, and he incites others to the same restraint.

 

Thus have I heard.

 

Namo Buddhaya!

Daily Dharma -- August 18 and 19

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

August 18:

 

Thus have I heard:

 

What people expect to happen is often different from what actually happens. Thus does disappointment arise. This is the way the world works.

 

August 19:

 

There are these three types of sick person to be found in the world. What three?

 

There is the sick person who, whether he obtains the proper diet, proper medicines, proper nursing or not, will not recover from his illness.

 

Again, there is the sick person who, whether he obtains the proper diet, the proper medicines, the proper nursing or not, will recover from his illness anyway.

 

And again, there is the sick person who will recover from his illness only if he gets the proper diet, medicines, and nursing.

 

It is for this last type that proper diet, medicine and nursing should be prescribed, but the others should be looked after also.

 

Now, there are three types of person in the world who can be compared to the three types of sick person. What three?

 

There is the person who, whether he gets the chance of seeing the Tathagata and learning the Dhamma and discipline or not, will not enter the perfection of things that are skillful.

 

Again, there is the person who, whether he gets a chance of seeing the Tathagata and learning the Dhamma and discipline or not, will enter the perfection of things that are skillful.

 

And again, there is the person who will enter into the perfection of things that are skillful only if he gets a chance of seeing the Tathagata and learning the Dhamma and discipline.

 

It is on account of this last person that the Dhamma is proclaimed, but it should be taught to the others, also.

 

Thus have I heard: Namo Buddhaya!

Daily Dharma for August 17

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Daily Dharma For August 17

Thus have I heard:

I tell you this: let an intelligent person come to me who is sincere, honest and straightforward, and I will instruct him, I will teach him Dhamma. If he practices as he is taught, then in seven years he will attain in this very life by his own knowledge and vision that for the sake of which young men go forth from home into homelessness, and he will abide in it. Never mind seven years; he will be able to do it in seven days.

Now, you may think: "The recluse Gotama only says this in order to get disciples." But this is not so; le he who is your teacher be your teacher still. You may think: "He wants us to give up our commandments." But this is not so; continue to live by your commandments. Or you may think: "He wants us to give up our way of life." But this is not so; continue to live your way of life. Or again you may think: "He wants us to practice things that are wrong or not practice things that are right, according to our teachings." But this is not so; continue to avoid the things your teaching considers wrong, and practice the things your teaching considers right. But there are unskillful things not yet given up, things tainted, leading to rebirth, fearful, or painful result in the future, things associated with birth, decay and death. And it is for giving up of these things that I teach Dhamma. However, if you practice correctly, these tainted things will be given up, and the things that lead to purification will grow and develop. In this very life you will attain the fullness of perfected wisdom by your own knowledge and vision, and abide in it.

Thus have I heard.

Namo Buddhaya!

Daily Dharma for August 16

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Daily Dharma for August 16

Thus have I heard:

Just as the River Ganges flows towards, inclines towards, tends towards the East -- so too, one who cultivates and develops the Noble Eightfold Path flows towards, inclines towards and tends towards Nirvana.

Thus have I heard.

Namo Buddhaya!

Daily Dharma for August 15

Posted on August 15, 2015 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Daily Dharma for August 15

 

Polaiya the wanderer came to visit the Lord, greeting him courteously, and sat down at one side, and as he did, the Lord said to him:

"Potaliya, there are these four persons found in the world. What four? Concerning this, one criticizes that which deserves criticism at the right time, saying what is factual and true, but he does not praise that which deserves praise. Again, one speaks in praise of the praiseworthy at the right time, saying what is factual and true, but does not criticize that which deserves criticism. And again, one neither criticizes that which deserves criticism, nor praises the praiseworthy. And finally, one criticizes that which deserves criticism and praises the praiseworthy, at the right time, saying what is factual and true. Now, of these four persons, which do you think is the most admirable and rare?"

 

"In my view, good Gotama, he who neither criticizes that which deserves criticism nor praises the praiseworthy is the most admirable and rare. And why? Because his indifference is admirable."

 

"Well, I maintain that he who criticizes that which deserves criticism and praises the praiseworthy, at the right time, saying what is factual and true -- he is the best. And why? Because his timing is admirable."

 

Thus, have I heard.

 

Emaho! Namo Buddhaya!

Daily Dharma for August 14

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Daily Dharma: Words of Wisdom

Thus have I heard:

This is how you should train yourselves:

“Those discourses taught by the Lord --- deep, profound, transcendental --- from time to time we will spend our day in learning them.”

That is how you should train yourselves.

Thus have I heard: Emaho!

Namo Buddhaya!.

 

Daily Dharma -- August 13

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Daily Dharma

 

Thus have I heard:

 

If anyone abuses you to your face, strikes you with a fist, throws clods of eart at you, beats you with a stick or gives you a blow with a sword, you must put aside all worldly desires and considerations and train yourself like this:

 

“My heart will be unwavering. No evil words shall I speak. I will live with compassion for the good of others, with a hindly heart, without resentment.”

 

Thus, must you train yourself.

 

Thus have I heard: Emaho! Namo Buddhaya!

Daily Dharma for August 12

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Daily Dharma for August 12

 

Thus have I heard:

 

Once, while the Lord was staying near Kosambi Ghosita Park, Venerable Udayin, surrounded by a great gathering of laymen, sat teaching the Dhamma. Now, Ananda saw this, so he went to the Lord and told him, and the Lord said:

 

“Truly, Ananda, it is not easy to teach Dhamma to others. In teaching Dhamma to others, establish well five things, and then teach. What five? Teach Dhamma to others thinking: I will speak Dhamma in a gradual way; I will speak with the goal in mind; I will speak with kindliness; I will not speak as a means of gain; I will speak neither to my own harm, nor to the harm of others. For truly, Ananda, it is not easy to teach Dhamma to others. So, in teaching Dhamma to others, establish well these five things.”

 

Thus have I heard: Emaho!

Namo Buddhaya!.

 

August 10, 2015

Posted on August 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Daily Dharma: Words of Wisdom

Thus have I heard:

On one occasion, the monk Visakha of the Pancalas was teaching Dhamma in the assembly hall. As the evening approached, the Lord, rising from solitary meditation, went to the hall and sat down on a seat made ready for him and asked:

“Who was teaching Dhamma so well?”

“It was, Lord, the monk Visakha.”

Then the Lord said to Visakha:

“Well done, Wisakha, well done. Well have you instructed, uplifted, enlightened and inspired the monks in language polished, distinct, free from roughness, revealing the meaning, comprehensive and unbiased.”

Then the Lord said further:

If he does not speak up, others know him not;

He is just a wise man mixed up with fools.

But if he speaks about and teaches the Immortal,

Others will know him.

 

 

So let him light up the Dhamma,

Let him lift the sage’s banner high.

Sages have illuminating speech as their banner.

Dhamma is the banner of sages.

Thus have I heard: Emaho!

Namo Buddhaya!.