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Proof of Rebirth Print E-mail

Introduction

As there are many who are more interested in the proof of rebirth than in the theory of rebirth, I propose in this talk to deal with the proof of rebirth.

There are two methods by which the truth of rebirth can be ascertained.

One is more or less an empirical method not connected with any science, The other can be said to be a scientific method.

As it is not possible in one talk to deal with both methods, I shall in this talk deal with the first method.

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Who is Near to Nibbána? Print E-mail

Introduction

Let us this morning ask ourselves the question:

“Who is near to Nibbána?”

The Buddha has answered this question in the fourth section of the Aòguttara Nikáya where he has referred to four qualities possessed of which a Bhikkhu is incapable of falling away from the religious life he has taken to and is therefore near to Nibbána.

The first quality is perfection in sila or virtue. He should be perfect in the practice of right conduct. He should be one who sees danger in the slightest of faults.

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Constant Contemplation Print E-mail

Introduction

In the Aòguttara Nikáya, the Buddha has said that there are five subjects which should be contemplated over and over again by men and women, by laymen as well as recluses.

The first subject for this constant contemplation is set out thus:-

“Old age can come upon me.”

The Buddha has explained that most persons behave as if old age is a condition that will never come upon them:-

He has said that they do so through thoughtlessness and also by being obsessed with the strength and pride of youth. At least the sight of an old person weighed down with the infirmities that old age brings with it should serve as a salutary warning to them.

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The Message of the Dhammapada Print E-mail

Introduction

It gives  me  great  pleasure  to inaugurate a new series of  talks entitled “Message of the Dhammapada.” Before I deal with the contents of the Dhammapada, I would wish to dwell a little on the Dhammapada in general.

The literature of the world abounds in garlands of verses or anthologies as they are called, some of which are read and re-read for the pleasure they yield.

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Buddhism And the Caste System Print E-mail

Introduction

The Mid-twentieth century produced two great Sri Lankan scholars and gentlemen who’s contributions to Buddhist studies made an indelible impact on western minds within the Theravada community.  They were H. N. Jayatilleke, Professor of Philosophy, University of Ceylon and G. P. Malalasekera, Dean of the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Professor of Pali and Buddhist Civilization, University of Ceylon.

In their monumental work, Buddhism and Racism, UNESCO, 1958 (also condensed in Buddhism and the Race Question, Kandy, BPS Wheel 200/201) they presented the classic refutal of the racism and the caste question,which, although it is known only to an erudite few, deserves to be cited for the illumination of many in the present generation today.  Excerpts from their argument citing references to textual evidence from the Pali Canon and elsewhere will be quoted and explicated below:

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