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The Elimination of Anger Print E-mail

Introduction

Ven. Piyatissa Mahathera in The Elimination of Anger (1994) has written:

“It is no wonder if we, at times, in our everyday lives, feel angry with somebody about something. But we should try to curb it at the very moment it has arisen

There are ways to curb and control anger:

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The Anger-Eating Demon Print E-mail

Introduction

Venerable Nyanaponika Maha Thera retells an ancient Buddhist tale in  Bodhi Leaf No 68  which which figuratively illustrates how we bring about  both the arousal and the elimination of anger:

(Piyadassi 2-3, 1994)

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Qualities of the Buddha Print E-mail
Written by David Holmes (Anagarika Tevijjo)   

Introduction

Iti pi so Bhagavā, arahaṃ, 
sammāsambuddho, vijjā-caraṇa-sampanno, 
sugato, lokavidū, anuttaro purisa-damma-sārathī, 
satthā devamanussānaṃ,buddho, bhagavā ’ti.

Such indeed is the Blessed One, worthy, 
fully self-enlightened endowed with knowledge and conduct, fortunate, knower of the worlds, the incomparable tamer of trainable men, teacher of gods and men, enlightened and blessed.

Many devotees have been chanting the nine above qualities of the Buddha, over and over again, in the Pali language, for years, without wholly understanding what the words mean:

So let's take a closer look at these oft-chanted words and explicate their meanuings: –

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In The Dawn of Awakening Print E-mail

Introduction

Narada Thera, in The Buddha and his Teachings, describes the first stages of the awakening after abandoning a previous period of extreme asceticism:

“Regaining his lost strength with some coarse food, he easily developed the first jhāna which he gained in his youth. By degrees he developed the second, third and fourth jhānas as well. By developing the jhānas he gained perfect one-pointedness of the mind. His mind was now like a polished mirror where everything is reflected in its true perspective. Thus with thoughts tranquillized, purified, cleansed, free from lust and impurity, pliable, alert, steady, and unshakable, he directed his mind to the knowledge as regards 'The reminiscence of past births' (pubbe-nivāsānussati māna).

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The Greatness of the Buddha Print E-mail

Introduction

Narada Thera, in The Buddha and his Teachings (1998) elaborartes upon the characteristic qualities of the Buddha:

“The Buddha does not call himself a saviour who freely saves others by his personal salvation. The Buddha exhorts his followers to depend on themselves for their deliverance, since both defilement and purity depend on oneself.

Suddhi asuddhi paccattam n’añño aññam visodhaye. 
Dhammapada v. 165.

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