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The Story of a Resident Pupil of Thera Mahakassapa

"Carance nadhigaccheyya
seyyam sadisamattano
ekacariyaram dalham kayira
natthi bale sahayata." 
- said Gotama Buddha

English Translation:
"If a person seeking a companion cannot find one who is better than or equal to him, let him resolutely go on alone; there can be no companionship with a fool." 
[Verse 61/ Chapter V: The Fool]

The Story of a Resident Pupil of Thera Mahakassapa:
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (61) of this book, with reference to a resident pupil of Thera Mahakassapa.

When Thera Mahakassapa was residing near Rajagaha, he had two young bhikkhus staying with him. One of them was respectful, obedient and dutiful to the thera, but the other one was not. When the old thera chided the latter for his slackness in his duties, he was very much offended. On one occasion, he went to the house of a lay-disciple of the thera, and lied to them that the thera was ill. Thus, he got some choice food from them for the thera; but he ate the food on the way. When admonished by the thera for this he was extremely angry. The next day, when the thera was out on his alms-round, the young foolish bhikkhu stayed behind, broke the pots and pans and set fire to the monastery.

When a bhikkhu from Rajagaha told the Buddha about this, the Buddha said that it would have been much better for Thera Mahakassapa to live alone than to live with a foolish companion.
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

"If a person seeking a companion cannot find one who is better than or equal to him, let him resolutely go on alone; there can be no companionship with a fool."

At the end of the discourse, the bhikkhu from Rajagaha attained Sotapatti Fruition.
 (Tpitaka.net)
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As far as we could remember was the Buddha’s last words before entering into parinibbana: “Behold now, bhikkhus, I declare to you: all conditioned things are of a nature to decay. Strive on with earnestness.”

How do we understand this?

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DOR-PIN ORPHANAGE

We took a visit to the Orphanage nearby Institute for Dhamma Education. Dor-pin Charity Center is a quite big compounded place where 2,500 orphans are residing. Only a few [out of 2,500] are GIRLS, and due to this living condition, the Chief Monk lets baby girls go to a nunnery or adopted when they get 2 years old. The Dor-pin Charity center today, after more than 35 years existing, has been known by philanthropists and got sponsored from some organizations and the Government.

As a usual, 350 or more little boys, including few little novices, have been staying, learning, and enjoying their 'childhood' here. As said by the Chief Monk, it takes $800 total per day for all expenses, covering $300 for a 3-meal day, for 400 regulars. My eyes were weeping when seeing how they enjoyed their dinner...

It is lucky because the orphans are taught till the 8th grade, which will help them find a job for their living thenceforth. Then, some of them can come back to support the Charity center or find some scholarship to have better education. There are 30 visiting teachers and 7 full time teachers who teach the orphans and help them pass the national exams. Day by day it dawns. New warm hearts ardently look backwards to their primitive natural humanism.
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Cittanupassa, or Contemplation of the Mind, is mentioned in Mahasatipatthana Sutta - whereas being aware of each condition which defiles the mind at the moment is the key for gaining insight (vipassana) and mindfulness (sati) progressively.

The method is under Ashin U Tejaniya's instruction, inheriting from the memorable benefactor and late master Shwe Oo Min. This is a well-worthy experience for any Buddhist practitioner from East to West.
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EATING IN THE DHAMMA LANGUAGE

How we understand “eating” in everyday language? Is that kind of nutriment to nourish one’s body? Yes we may say so. Thus, sometimes we may cling to nutrients just to serve our tastes and satisfactory feelings. And thanks to that, the chef plays as an artist in the kitchen...

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Wild birds are singing curiously and noisily... Whilst I am sitting next to the window with open sense-doors and thinking:

WHAT SHOULD WE LEARN ABOUT BUDDHISM ON THESE DAYS?

       Thanks to the periodical rite that will be arranged in the monastery today, I let myself relax a bit to introspect the vision of the road ahead. For those who are beginners and particularly for those whose doubts are still remained, please keep in mind that I am just a newly nun in around 9 months. So to speak, don't believe until you keep these ideas for your own contemplation.

       I was about to share with you my little story of the nun's life. But then, what is more exciting in the midst? That is the 4 Masters who have induced my way. And all four of them are respectful virtuous monks.

       The first one is my preceptor who has lived a renunciation life in Theravada tradition since 13. For more than 33 years, he's dedicated himself in studying and serving the Elders. After few years having stayed in the UK and the US, he completed his PhD and came back Vietnam to serve the local Buddhist community. I never think my story would be similar to that though. Nevertheless, I so much admire his dedication and devotion, foremost is his virtue as a simple and common monk. Being Chief Abbot of several monasteries and pagodas, as well as his current positions in the Vietnam Sangha Group (VSG), he is still keeping a simple life as much as possible in return. 

       The second is one of the surprising on my Rain Retreat at a monastery in Yangon, Myanmar. He is so young, younger than I am as the matter of age; but much older in experiences of renunciation life. His teacher is one of the great Masters in Sri-lanka; who taught him Metta, helped him accomplish that technique and inspired his renunciation life for 10 years so far. As the tallest Euroupean monk living in that Burmese monastery for 3 years, he instructs novices in Burmese, shares his knowledge of Scriptures and teaches English for monks on a daily basis. But that is not what earns my utmost respect. The monks and novices keep primitive tradition of almsgiving everyday at 6:30 am. No matter what happens: rainy or cold weather condition, they walk barefoot towards the village and stay mindful while receiving almsgiving. The young Sayadaw plays a more important role: he takes responsibility of queuing the novices, keeps eyes on them during alms and is always the last in line.

       Dated back few decades ago was living a great historic Thai monk namely Bhikkhu Buddhadasa. He is the Great Master to myself. I cannot tell you how much expression or emotions for the first time I read "The prison of life". The more I read, the clearer my mind was, and the stronger my heartbeat felt. So to speak, he is the first one to cultivate my mind of authentic Buddhism. Not Buddhist rituals but Buddhism as a science, a psychotherapy and an art of living. He has opened my (mind's) eyes of what the Heart of Buddhism is. All the teachings from Gautama Buddha more than 2500 years ago told disciples to extinguish attachments which imprison the mind and heart, enchain one's life in worldly fetters and confine them perpetually. Ajahn (Achaan) Buddhadasa says that all. Instead of strongly criticizing the religious rituals as some in his time, Ajahn Buddhadasa tried to direct followers to the ultimate liberation of the Buddhadhamma. At the end of the day, the utmost goal of an authentic Buddhist is to free their mind from all kinds of attachment, so to say, an emptiness state of mind.

       Among the innumerable prestigious current Masters is an outstanding Burmese Elder whose name would be well-known to every Buddhist student in Myanmar: Ashin Nandalamabhivamsa. However, NOT for his NAME awakened my mind, but his TEACHINGS of impermanence, suffering and non-self (anica, dukkha & anatta). Whatever Buddhist doctrine you have learnt or heard, you need go back MEDITATION to contemplate Buddhism by yourself. Have you ever heard about the 7 purifications, 5 stages of vipassana or 9 steps (some say 16 or 17) in the perfection of insight knowledge (nana)? My gratitude to Ashin Nandalama lies in his theory-to-practice instructions. He integrates Abhidhamma into vipassana-nana courses. He's used to teaching Dhamma by beginning with "Thus I have heard..." stories, or simply practicable instances.

So what should be learnt about Buddhism on these days?

       First and foremost, it's moral purity; or faultless behaviors [by way of body, speech and mind] should be developed. For the utmost goal of liberation or freedom from attachments, one cannot succeed without practicing meditation. Whether beginning with samatha or vipassana, only Right Concentration (samma-samadhi) and wisdom (panna) or insight knowledge (nana) can help one see things (dhamma) as they really are (insight of the nature of things). This physical body co-exists in the mundane world. But the mind should only take it with other material things as the means for spiritual development until all defilements are gone to attain the cessation of suffering.

                         _ September 2015  |  Yangon, Myanmar _

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WHAT MAKES YOUR LIFE MORE HEALTHIER AND PROTECTIVE?

Robert Waldinger presented his 75-year study on 724 American men. Lessons learned that good relationships - not the quantity of friends you've got - but the quality of close relationships with family, friends and community which satisfy the quality of life at the very end of old ages.

60 out of 724 samples are still alive at the age of 90s, for the most part. And what they have leaned in to make their lives better, was not material properties, but close friends or someone they can really count on under any circumstances.

So, it's time to start building genuine relationships. Looking backward to relationships with your family, friends and community. Sometimes we need to decisively get rid of empty cans or fulfill them with fresh mineral water. And together let's generate your loving-kindness to every sentient being.

This talk gives a well, earnest and simple message. Friends, please spend few minutes listening, then again seeing what your goals really are till end of life in this mundane world.

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It’s best that you do this exercise every morning when you’re awake. Then feel that morning moment. Feel your body within. Feel the nature of the physical body that exists. Then, feel your mindnaturally, naturally...

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EATING IN THE DHAMMA LANGUAGE

How we understand “eating” in everyday language? Is that kind of nutriment to nourish one’s body? Yes we may say so. Thus, sometimes we may cling to nutrients just to serve our tastes and satisfactory feelings. And thanks to that, the chef plays as an artist in the kitchen...

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WHAT SHOULD WE LEARN ABOUT BUDDHISM ON THESE DAYS?

  I was about to share with you my little story of the nun's life. But then, what is more exciting in the midst? That is the 4 Masters who have induced my way. And all four of them are respectful virtuous monks...

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Being influenced mainly by Ajahn Buddhadasa, those sharings and thoughts here bring about contemplation between Life and Dhamma. Above all, studying and everlastingly immense knowledge cannot help to free from defilements if one hasn't been awaken by meditating, morality purifying, insight knowledge gaining and dhamma sharing. With dedication in educational growth, Hang would like to devote herself in local education development which can harness her humble experiences covering secular knowledge in both private and public sector. Hang has been experiencing a varied number of positions; which works following the way that she sympathizes with people from inner-side. To begin with Buddhism for-Community, she decides to engage in simple education, mental & spiritual understanding and Buddhist comprehensions. Upon further expectations, Hang follows your stories with a pure heart, an utmost faith in Buddhahood and an absolute emptiness of primitive mind. http://www.linkedin.com/in/hangserena
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