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Looking over the temple out towards Mount Kembla and the Illawarra Escarpment, which I called "Nan Tien hill" as the 20-year-old temple and its aliveness wake up every pilgrim in this oceanic land.

Nan Tien Temple is planning to build a bridge which connects Nan Tien Temple and Nan Tien Institute. As a Buddhist, I contributed a little amount to express my gratitude for all efforts that the Venerables here have done. The bridge is estimated to launch in late 2017 and then, students are not to go across the highway street. This is a good news, especially for those who like sightseeing and fantasize that they could "fly on their feet" from the Temple to the Institute :D

After a 5-day intensive course, today is the day for walking, breathing, paying homage and making merits. My favorite choice is to strive on in meditation hours. And this special album, as always, is for you - my Dhamma friends, Dhamma sisters and brothers :-)
My special thanks to Dhamma sis, ven. Xian Xing who took those photos.

May you all be well, happy and peaceful :-)
--Joticanda QH.
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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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Australia CleanUp Day. Nam Tien Temple has a Tree-Planting Ceremony which amazed many pilgrims like us :)
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THE DREAM COMES TRUE
To some regulars (monks/ nuns) like us, a place to stay at +Pilgrim Lodge Nan Tien Temple with only 5-minute walk to +Nan Tien Institute for courses is a dream. Today that dream has come true thanks to the generosity from philanthropists who have made this ideal space, at the south corner of Aussie sky.

1 hour by car from Sydney, new migrants would definitely feel a peaceful area as they are heading to the "nature". Stay away from a busy life, feel the quietness, and realize that there still implicitly exists a peace from within. There you are, at Nan Tien Temple.

HOW NAN TIEN INSTITUTE WELCOMES US?
A deep warm smile from Professor John Loxton, Acting President, Nan Tien Institute Foundation Dean, would touch your heart, for his faith and devotion to the new programs which help spread genuine values of Buddhism to the modern society. More than that, Ms. Jolie Mao, Dr. Tamara and other NTI staffs welcome both religious and non-religious prospect students to explore themselves on the way of finding the quest for Buddha-dharma. Strange, isn't it? Let find the answer by yourself :-)

This is not the first time I feel myself as one "early bird" of a new program. And because 'Applied Buddhist Studies' is an unique new-born course, not only in Australia but also all around the world as you can google it; the course participants are generally so-called experienced and "mature" in their particular work-field. So we learn continuously, moment to moment, during the coffee time or during the lesson hours. And I appreciate that much. However as usual, I seldom speak something else other than Dhamma relevant topics to new friends. This is a kind of functional practice, so please don't get me wrong :-)

EATING TIME
Sunrise time in Sydney is around 6.30am, and its meridian reaches the peak at around 1.00pm. Thence, we need adapt to the local routines. Breakfast is served sharply at 7.30am. And I have no choice but having lunch at around 12.00pm, after the lesson hours finished. Still, I keep the precept of not taking food after lunch for the most part. The vegetarian food is fine for me. I have no attachment to food, but the body needs nurturing, as the mind does. Enjoyed.

AUD FOR NECESSARY THINGS
Yesterday I was handed the check sent by cô Nga from Hawaii. This helps me much in arranging things for the start such as an OPAL card for public transportation, a new sim-card for emergency calls and electronic socket adapters. NTI is also very generous to give us A$10 credit each for the beginning, at the aim of printing or photocopying.

SUMMARY
So far so good. I am contented with current situation and getting acquainted with "new styles" from academic professors in the way they approach Buddhism and its application, and lecturing as well. The roommate, a Mahayana Malaysian Bhikkhuni, is very helpful and friendly. I love her pure heart as the way it is. Sometimes I laughed out loud (which is very rare) hearing her "warnings" of Dr. Royce's style - the lecturer of our first course namely 'Introduction to Buddhism' which is going to be held from next Monday.

Enjoy your weekend :-)
May you all be happy and peaceful.

--Joticanda QH
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For those using Lenovo laptop, kindly notice that this China-Tech company has installed a kind of "spy software program" under the built-in app Lenovo Service Engine before launching their recent series. Pls ask your IT specialist for further advice in case of Data security incidents.
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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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What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to buil...
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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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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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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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