Archive for April, 2012

A Pair of Swift Messengers – V –
April 27, 2012

ALL SORTS AND CONDITIONS OF MEN

What the Buddha said, after seeing the appeal of the Deva Brahma Sahampati:

“Then I, Bhikkhus, out of compassion for all beings, looked down upon the world with the eye of a Buddha.  And as I looked down upon the world with a Buddha’s eye, I beheld beings whose eyes were but little clouded with dust, also beings whose eyes were much clouded with dust; beings of sharp wits and beings of dull wits, beings of good and beings of evil natures; beings docile and beings of stubborn sort, and some of these abode in understanding of the danger of lives to come and fear of evil deeds.

As in a pond of lotuses blue and red and white, some plants which spring and grow in the water come not to the surface, but flourish underneath; and some spring and grow in the water and reach up to the surface; and yet others in like manner push up above the surface and are not wetted by the water, even so, Bhikkhus, did I, looking over the world with a Buddha’s eye, behold beings whose eyes were but little clouded with dust…

Then, Bhikkhus, did I make answer to the Deva Brahma Sahampati in verse:

Open for such is the Door to the Deathless State.

Ye that have ears, renounce the creed ye hold.

Conscious of danger, in its depth, Deva Brahma Sahampati,

I would not preach the Dhamma of Dhammas to men.”  (*)

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(*) – In other passages the Buddha has pointed out that if a Buddha give out Ariya Dhamma-Vinaya to an unbelieving generation, harm befalls the man who rejects it.  E.g. Samyutta Nikaya, ii. 261: 

“I also, Bhikkhus, have seen these things before, yet I did not reveal them.  I might have revealed it, and others would not have believed it.  Now, had they not believed me, it would have been to their loss and sorrow.”

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(Some Sayings of the Buddha – According to the Pali Canon, translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, Oxford University Press, Madras, 1925).

A Pair of Swift Messengers – IV –
April 27, 2012

FOR THE SAKE OF A FEW, BUT THE PROFIT OF THE MANY

Then said the Great Deva Brahma Sahampati:

‘Let my Lord the Exalted One Buddha teach the Dhamma-Vinaya; let the Happy One Buddha teach the Dhamma-Vinaya.  For there are some creatures whose sight is but little clouded with dust.  They are perishing through not hearing the Dhamma-Vinaya.  They will become knowers of the Dhamma-Vinaya.” 

So spake the Great Deva Brahma Sahampati, and so saying added this further:

“In Magadha was hitherto a Norm,  a Norm not pure, by minds impure thought out. 

Exalted One Buddha, open the Door to what is ‘Deathless’ called.  Let men hear this Dhamma-Vinaya  by the Pure discerned.

As standing on a rocky mountain-peak, One may look down upon the folk below, so Wise One Buddha, climbing up the Dhamma-Vinaya built-steps, do thou, with eye that seeth all around, look down upon the folk in sorrow plunged.  Exalted One Buddha, thou who art freed from sorrow, O look down on folk by birth, age and decay overwhelmed.

Rise up, brave heart, victorious in battle, Debt-freed, Band-Leader, roam through all the world!

Let the Exalted One Budha show us the Dhamma-Vinaya.  Hearing, there shall be some to understand.”

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(Some Sayings of the Buddha according to the Pali Canon, translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, Oxford University Press, Madras, 1925).

 

A Pair of Swift Messengers – III –
April 27, 2012

HARD IS THE TRUTH TO DISCERN

‘Then, Bhikkhus, I had this thought:

“This Dhamma-Vinaya that I have reached is profound, hard to see, hard to understand, excellent, pre-eminent, beyond the sphere of thinking, subtle, and to be penetrated by the wise alone.

But this world of men is attached to what it clings to, takes pleasure in what it clings to, delights in what it clings to.  Since then this world is thus attached (to things), a hard task it is for them (to grasp), namely, the Originating of things by Dependence on Causes. (*)   A hard task it is for them to see the meaning of the fact that all activities may be set at rest, that all the bases of being may be left behind, the destruction of craving, Passionlessness, cessation, which is Nirvana.  

Verily, if I were to teach them the Truth, this Dhamma-Vinaya, others would not understand, and that would be labour in vain for me, vexatious would it be to me.”

Then the great Deva Brahma Sahampati appeared and begged the Buddha to teach the Dhamma-Vinaya for the sake of a few. 

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(*) – Paticca-samuppada. 

(Some Sayings of the Buddha – According to the Pali Canon, translated from the Pali by F.L.Woodward, Oxford University Press, Madras, 1925).

 

A Pair of Swift Messengers – II –
April 27, 2012

 

“… even so, Bhikkhus, did I, looking over the world with a Buddha’s eye, behold beings whose eyes were but little clouded with dust….”  Open for such is the Door to the Deathless State.  You that have ears [to hear] renounce the creed you hold.”(*) 

(*) – Pamuncantu saddham –  a much discussed phrase and wrongly translated by the early  Pali scholars as:  give faith, put forth belief, etc.  But, it undoubtedly means:  ‘put away’.

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(Some Sayings of the Buddha – According to the Pali Canon, translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, Oxford University Press, Madras, 1925).

A pair of swift messengers – I –
April 27, 2012

 

The above are words originally presented by the Buddha, in one of his most lovely teachings:

“NIRVANA DEFINED

The Message of Nirvana

“IT is even as some rajah’s border-town, strongly built with walls and towers, and having six gates thereto.  This town hath a wise and watchful Warden of the Gates, who keeps out enemies and welcomes friends.  From the East there comes a pair of swif Messengers, and they say unto the Warden of the Gates: ‘Friend, where is the Lord of this town?’

And he replies:  ‘Yonder he sits in the midst where the Four Ways meet.’

Then those twin Messengers deliver unto the Lord of that town the Message of truth, and go their ways by the Path by which they came.

Likewise also from the West and from the North there comes a pair of swif Messengers, and they say unto the Warden of the Gates:  ‘Friend, where is the Lord of this town?’  And in like manner he replies, and they deliver unto the Lord of that town the Message of Truth and go their ways.

Now, Bhikkhus, have I told you a parable, and for the interpretation of the parable, it is this:

The Town is this body, of the Four Great elements compounded, of parents born, fed on food, corruptible, and doomed to perish utterly. 

The Six Gates thereof are the six avenues of Sense.

The Warden of the Gates, it is the Conscience.

The Pair of Swift Messengers, they are Calm and Insight.

The Lord of the Town, it is the Mind.

The Four Crossways meting in the midst are the Elements of Earth and Water, Fire and Air.

The Message of Truth they bring, it is Nirvana, the Unconditioned.

And the Path by which they come and go, it is the Ariyan Eightfold Path, to wit: Right View, Right Aim, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Living, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Contemplation.” S.N. iv.194 (*)

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(*) – Some Sayings of the Buddha – According to the Pali Canon, translated from the Pali by F.L. Woodward, Oxford University Press, Madras, 1925.

Sujato schism founded in four sufferings
April 21, 2012

 

1 – Suffering by way of vegetarianism, as Sujato demands to impose to all Buddhists: Why Buddhists should be vegetarians.” 

2 – Suffering by way of unlawful sexual intercourse, as Sujato demands to impose to all Buddhists: Why Budddhists should support marriage equality.”  

3 – Suffering by way of intoxicants & drugs as Sujato is instigating all Buddhists to accept all drugs legalization – in the name of Buddhist ethics – meaning the religious ethics established by Buddha!  

4 – Suffering by way of a schism in the Buddha Sangha.

“Chavassa-khelapakassa” Bhikkhu Sujato is, as Bhikkhu Devadatta was, “Chavassa-khelapakassa”:  Bhikkhu who lives on wrong way of living, i.e. “one who lives on charity got by mean ways, a vile lick-spittle.” (*)

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(*) – Some Sayings of the Buddha – According to the Pali Canon, translated from the Pali by F.L. Woodward, page 271, Oxford University Press, Madras, 1925.

Buddha Mind is Chief – I –
April 21, 2012

On whatever issue in the Buddha religion, the perspective presented, determined or implied by the Buddha on any issue, is the only true, lawful and legal Buddhist perspective, and as such can be called.  Otherwise, it is not Buddhist.  It is not Buddhism.  It is not the religion of the Buddha.  

On whatever issue in the Buddha religion, any perspective not presented, not determined, not implied by the Buddha on any issue, is not any true, lawful and legal Buddhist perspective, as such cannot be called, and therefore it can only be called schism, because it is schism.

It is schism as in the case of Sujato.  And precisely at the beginning of his schism statement of principles, Sujato wrote:  “Marriage equality is one of the key social and legal issues of our time. I’d like to offer a Buddhist perspective.” 

Sujato, in bad faith from the very first beginning in that initial sentence of his, presents his lesbic and homosexuality perspective as a Buddhist perspective on the issue.  And therefore he induces the reader to suppose, or to think, that [and here enters his bad-faith]  it is a perspective that would had been presented by the Buddha. 

It isn’t. It is not any of the perspectives of the Buddha on the issue.  On the contrary.  The Buddha perspective on the issue, and therefore a true, lawful, legal Buddhist perspective,  is precisely the opposite. To begin with, it is the third precept issued by the Buddha, which anyone willing to become Buddhist must make the oath to practice, otherwise cannot take refuge in the Buddha, in the Buddha Dhamma-Vinaya, in the Buddha Sangha, cannot become a member of the Buddhist religion, cannot be Buddhist:

“I UNDERTAKE THE PRECEPT TO REFRAIN FROM UNLAWFUL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE.  A TRAINING TO BE OBSERVED.”

The Buddha Precept: No unlawful sexual intercourse – II –
April 21, 2012

An Australian newspaper published an article yesterday, entitled: 

Marriage will lead to health risks

A group of 150 medical professionals have claimed same-sex marriage would negatively impact on people’s general health and potentially increase HIV rates.” 

The entire article can be read at:

 http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/australia-news/new-south-wales-news/2012/04/20/gps-say-marriage-will-lead-to-health-risks/76021

At least 150 are saved.

 

Pañca-sila – The Five Precepts of the Buddhists
April 20, 2012

These basic training rules are observed by all practicing lay Buddhists. The precepts are often recited after reciting the formula for taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.

1. Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.

2. Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.

3. Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.

4. Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.

5. Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.

Five faultless gifts

“There are these five gifts, five great gifts — original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning — that are not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion, and are unfaulted by knowledgeable contemplatives & brahmans. Which five?

“There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones, abandoning the taking of life, abstains from taking life. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. This is the first gift, the first great gift — original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning — that is not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion, and is unfaulted by knowledgeable contemplatives & brahmans…

“Furthermore, abandoning taking what is not given (stealing), the disciple of the noble ones abstains from taking what is not given. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. This is the second gift…

“Furthermore, abandoning illicit sex, the disciple of the noble ones abstains from illicit sex. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. This is the third gift…

“Furthermore, abandoning lying, the disciple of the noble ones abstains from lying. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. This is the fourth gift…

“Furthermore, abandoning the use of intoxicants, the disciple of the noble ones abstains from taking intoxicants. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. This is the fifth gift, the fifth great gift — original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, unadulterated, unadulterated from the beginning — that is not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion, and is unfaulted by knowledgeable contemplatives & Arhats.”

— AN 8.39

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sila/pancasila.html

The Buddha Precept: No unlawful sexual intercourse – I –
April 20, 2012

SCHISM IN THE SANGHA

An Australian newspaper published an article yesterday, entitled:  Buddhists come out for equality“, informing that:  “The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC), representing Buddhist laypeople, and the Australian Sangha Association, representing Buddhist clergy, both put their support on the record.  Buddhist monk Bhante Sujato spoke on behalf of both groups.”  Read it at: 

 http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/2012/04/19/buddhists-come-out-for-equality/75906

Now, Bhikkhu Sujato should include in his homosexuality statement of principles   the facts below: “Medical consequences of what homosexuals do”, by Paul Cameron, Ph.D.  Read the paper at: 

http://www.biblebelievers.com/Cameron2.html