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"The teaching of Buddhism is about giving up evil and practising good. Then, when evil is given up and goodness is established, we must let go of both good and evil. We have already heard enough about wholesome and unwholesome conditions to understand something about them, so I would like to talk about the Middle Way, that is, the path to transcend both of those things. All the Dhamma talks and teachings of the Buddha have one aim - to show the way out of suffering to those who have not yet escaped. The teachings are for the purpose of giving us the right understanding. If we don't understand rightly, then we can't arrive at peace." 

Venerable Ajahn Chah.
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Bodhgaya

The Buddha attained enlightenment at the age of 29 in the town of Bodhgaya in India. After settling under a tree, the Buddha made the resolve not to move until he had achieved enlightenment. After three days and nights of profound meditation this goal was realised. The bodhi tree under which the Buddha sat has been destroyed both intentionally and naturally many times since this time of enlightenment. It has continued to re sprout and is visible today.

The Mahabodhi Temple marks Bodhgaya. The origins of the Temple are unclear. Some claim the Temple could have been built as early as the third century by Ashoka, others claim the Temple was built between the fifth and seventh centuries. A thriving Monastic Order continues in the area today, with three monasteries catering for locals and foreigners alike.

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Country: India
State : Bihar
Location :13 Kilometers from very sacred pilgrim centre for Hindus of Gaya.
Best time to visit :October to February
Significance :One of the four holiest places for the Buddhists. Buddha got enlightenment at this place.
Languages :English, Hindi, Bhojpuri and Magahi
The most auspicious day of the year :Buddha Jayanti

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"If your house is flooded or burnt to the ground, whatever the threat to it, let it concern only the house. If there's a flood, don't let it flood your mind. If there's a fire, don't let it burn your heart. Let it be merely the house, that which is outside of you, that is flooded or burned. Now is the time to allow the mind to let go of attachments."

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But surely, the mind has to be overwhelmed with its content, including, life analogies of feeling flooded. In its imaginary sense of turmoil, a way eventually emerges, to playfully ride its waves. 
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To many places being withdraw to escape from fear: to mountains, forests, parklands and gardens; sacred places as well. But none of these places offer true refuge, none of them can free us from fear.

v. 188-189

It is hard to feel afraid without thinking something is going wrong. We readily react by judging ourselves and others, in an attempt to escape the pain of fear. It doesn't work - neither does running off into the wilds. Even sacred places are deemed to fail us if we are motivated by a wish to escape. Turning to our refuge in Dhamma however can trigger an interest in understanding fear and learning from fear. Can we experience the fear sensation without 'becoming' afraid? Fear is still fear but it is perceived from an expanded, less cramped and less threatened awareness. We can even begin to see that fear too is 'just so'. A nonjudgemental. whole body-mind acknowledgement of the condition of fear, here and now, can transform our pain into freedom. Willingness to meet ourselves where we find ourselves is the way.
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Aditthana - Determination

Our practice involves a courageous effort to look deeply into things; not merely analyzing our personality. We resolve to follow the path until we have profound understanding. Everything fits into the same pattern, the same law: all that arises ceases.
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If, while still young and strong, you procrastinate when you should act, indulging in heedless fantasies, the Way and its wisdom will never become clear.

Dhammapada v. 280
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Ask yourselves, ''Why was I born?'' Some people don't know. They want to be happy but the suffering never stops. Rich or poor, young or old, they suffer just the same. And why? Because they have no wisdom. The poor are unhappy because they don't have enough, and the rich are unhappy because they have too much to look after.

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Makes sense. However, surely the mind has to experience such overwhelming conditions before it can come to realize its power of liberation from such seemingly burdening states.

Maybe, there is always meant to be a degree of poverty and unhappiness. The problem of such states, is that they have a tendency to draw one's focus into a ''complex'' entanglement of thought/resistance about
where one is, thus thought/emotion become trapped in their repetitive preoccupation with how to escape its self-made conceptualized bleak environments.

The most precious of stones and metals are found in the dirt. Poverty and unhappiness are wonderful opportunities, but if we are attempting to push away from these ''forging'' states, most often than not, we will just push ourselves further into hell.


 



  
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Khanti - Patience

Patient endurance is the foundation of my practice. We need to learn to endure, patiently and kindly, through the troughs of disillusionment, to stop reinforcing old cycles of habit. Then come to cessation - the silence and emptiness of the mind.

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TREAT EACH HUMAN FRIEND BY THINKING THAT :

He is our friend who was born to be old, become ill, and die, together with us.
He is our friend swimming around in the changing cycles with us.
He is under the power of defilements like us, hence he sometimes errs.
He also has lust, hatred, and delusion, no less than we.
He therefore errs sometimes, like us.
He neither knows why he was born nor knows nibbana, just the same as us.
He is stupid in some things like we used to be.
He does some things accordingly to his own likes, the same as we used to do.
He also wants to be good, as well as we who want even more to be good - outstanding - famous.
He often takes much and much more from others whenever he has a chance, just like us.
He has the right to be madly good, drunkenly good, deludedly good, and drowning in good, just like us.
He is an ordinary man attached to many things, just like us.
He does not have the duty to suffer or die for us.
He is our friend of the same nation and religion.
He does things impetuously and abruptly just as we do.
He has the duty to be responsible for his own family, not for ours.
He has the right to his own tastes and preferences.
He has the right to choose anything (even a religion) for his own satisfaction.
He has the right to share equally with us the public property.
He has the right to be neurotic or mad as well as we.
He has the right to ask for help and sympathy from us.
He has the right to be forgiven by us according to the circumstances.
He has the right to be socialist or libertarian in accordance with his own disposition.
He has the right to be selfish before thinking of others.
He has the human right, equal to us, to be in this world.
If we think in these ways, no conflicts will occur.

Buddhadasa Indapanno
Mokkhabalarama, Chaiya
22 May, 2531

(With confidence in Buddhadasa Bhikkhu's great compassion and humanity, a Thai Buddhist has taken his permission for granted and translated the above message into English, with kind help from an American bhikkhu.)
26 June, 2536