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The Four Elements in Buddhism Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

This talk on the elements was given to a (mainly) English/European audience of top-ranking engineers and scientists at Masonic Hall in Bangkok in April. 2008, who found no conflict between what the Buddha was saying and their understanding and findings in modern science in practice and research.

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Craving and Nourishment Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

And we shall begin our talk,
with a few words on ‘nourishment’
or ‘nutriment,’ as it is often translated,
from the Theravada texts.

Concerning ‘nourishment’
Human life begins as a small, dark speck,
which needs nourishment, in Pali (ahara),
as a condition (paccaya), to evolve,
─through a dependent process of
coming-to-be (bhuta)— which,

 
Mind Body Paradox Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

And we shall be proceeding
from the topic of nourishment,
to the topic of mind and body.

Concerning Mind and Body*
According to the Lord Buddha,
man’s ‘being-in-the-world’
may be analyzed in terms
of two coexistent parts, which are dependent upon one another,
in what we may call a ‘psychophysical’ sense.

 

 

 
Impermanent Insufferable Existence Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

“If One is the need for nourishment,
and Two/ is the psychophysical/ mind/body
(which is continually-seeking nourishment),
What, then, is Three?”

This is/, indeed/,
a befuddling puzzle/,
─ at least for those/
who prefer to wear
the blinkers and blinders/ of this world

 
Root Cause and Ultimate Cure of Mental Dissatisfaction - Part I Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction - Part I

Concerning the Four Noble Truths

If what the Buddha says about
impermanence, suffering and
non-self/ in The Three Signata/
(otherwise known as the
three characteristics of existence)

is true, then, it follows/ that any idea/
a mind may have/ of itself/
as an independent/ and abiding ‘self/’ is delusory/ -
and based on avijja/ - which is translated as “ignorance.”

 
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