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Unshakeable Peace Print E-mail

Introduction

The whole reason for studying the Dhamma, the teachings of the Buddha, is to search for a way to transcend suffering and attain peace and happiness.

Whether we study physical or mental phenomena, the mind (citta) or its psychological factors (cetasiká), it’s only when we make liberation from suffering our ultimate goal that we’re on the right path—nothing less. Suffering has a cause and conditions for its existence.

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A Dhamma talk On Meditation Print E-mail

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Seekers of goodness who have gathered here, please listen in peace. Listening to the Dhamma in peace means to listen with a one-pointed mind, paying attention to what you hear and then letting go. Listening to the Dhamma is of great benefit.

While listening to the Dhamma we are encouraged to firmly establish both body and mind in samádhi, because it is one kind of Dhamma practice. In the time of the Buddha people listened to Dhamma talks intently, with a mind aspiring to real understanding, and some actually realized the Dhamma while listening.

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The Buddhist Conception of Truth Print E-mail

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“One of the five precepts that a Buddhist has to undertake to observe is that of ‘refraining from saying what is false.’ Stated in its negative as well as positive form he has to ‘refrain from saying what is false, assert what is true (sacca-vádi), be devoted to the truth (sacca-sandha), be reliable (theta), trustworthy (paccayika) and not be one who deceives the world (avisam-vadako lokassa)’ (A II 209).

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The Significance of Vesak Print E-mail

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In his postumous work, The Message of the Buddha. (2000) Professor K.N. Jayatilleke discusses the significance of Vesak and delineates major spokes in the wheel of the Buddha's teachings:

“Vesak is traditionally associated with the birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana of the Buddha, who renounced a life of luxury to solve the riddle of the universe and bring happiness to man as well as to other beings.

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The Historical Context of the Rise of Buddhism Print E-mail

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Professor K.N. Jayatilleke, in his eruidite, postumous work, The Message of the Buddha, discusses the religio-historical backgrounds which existed prior and during the time of the Buddha.

“Tradition has it that the Buddha was born in a certain historical context, at a certain time and at a certain place when his doctrine was likely to be most needed, understood and appreciated.

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