Saturday, 19 August 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Dhammapada Stories - Bilalapadaka, The Selfish Rich Man

ONE OF THE MEN in Bilalapadaka's neighborhood liked to do charitable deeds. One day, he arranged to have the Buddha and his disciples over to his house for a meal. Being a generous person, he wished to give everyone a chance to share the joy and merit of giving and so invited all of his neighbors to join in, even the rich but selfish Bilalapadaka.

The day before the merit-making event was to take place, the promoter of charity bustled from house to house, happily collecting whatever food his neighbors wished to contribute toward the meal.

Bilalapadaka, upon seeing his neighbor going around for donations, softly cursed under his breath, "What a miserable fellow! Why did he invite so many bhikkhus if he could not afford to provide for them properly by himself? Now he has to go around begging!"

When his neighbor came to his door, Bilalapadaka donated only a little salt, honey, and butter, which although gladly accepted, were kept separately from what the others had already given. The rich man was confused and wondered why his contribution was purposely kept aside. He thought maybe his neighbor intended to humiliate him by showing everyone how little a man of so much had offered. So he sent one of his servants to investigate.

Back at his house, the man took the things that Bilalapadaka had donated and divided them among the pots of rice, curries, and sweetmeats in order to enhance their flavor. When the servant reported this to Bilalapadaka, Bilalapadaka still doubted his neighbor's true intention. So the next day he went to his house with a dagger hidden under his cloak and planned to kill his neighbor should he utter even a single word that would put him to shame.

But the man practising charity said to the Buddha, "Venerable Sir, the alms-food is not offered to you by me alone but with the help of many others in the neighborhood. Small or large, each contribution was given in faith and generosity, so may we all gain equal merit."

Bilalapadaka became ashamed when he heard what his generous neighbor said to the Buddha, for he realized then what a great mistake he had committed. He went and asked his neighbor to forgive him.

When the Buddha heard Bilalapadaka's words of remorse and learned the reason for them, he said to the people assembled there, "No matter how small a good deed you may get to do, don't think that it is not important, for if you habitually do small deeds, in the long run they will become big ones."

Morale of The Story

"Do not think lightly of doing good, saying`A little will not affect me.' just as a water jar is filled up by falling rain, drop by drop, the wise one is filled up with merit by accumulating it little by little."   {Verse 122}

Source : Buddhism for Beginners (Ye Thu Aung)

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

《常思己過,斷煩惱得自在》 達真堪布










Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Dhammapada Stories - Mindfulness Means Life

QUEEN SAMAVATI and her ladies-in-waiting all wanted to go and pay homage to the Buddha but feared that the king would not approve. So they made holes in the walls of their living quarters from which they could see the Buddha as he passed by the palace and bow their heads in reverence to him.

Another consort in the king's harem, however, was of a different mind. She despised the Buddha. She had never forgotten how her father had once offered her hand in marriage to him and how he had flatly refused. She had felt so humiliated that she vowed to make him pay dearly for it one day.

Her chance had finally come, she thought, upon discovering what the queen and her maids were up to. She went and lied to the king saying that the Buddha was secretly seeing Queen Samavati behind his back. She then took the king to see the holes in the walls for himself. But when the king asked his queen to account for them, he remained satisfied with her reply and let the matter drop.

The consort then decided that if she would not be able to take out her revenge on the Buddha himself, she would take it out on his admirers. This she did by trying to make the king believe that Queen Samavati and her maids were plotting to kill him. She first warned the king to beware of the ladies' treachery, and then went and hid a snake in his lute. When the king picked it up to play, the snake came out hissing at him, ready to strike. It took little else to convince the king that his consort was indeed telling him the truth.

He went to Queen Samavati's chambers and commanded her and her maids to stand up all in a row. He then shot poisoned arrows at them. No matter how hard he tried, however, he missed them all, for the arrows seemed to veer away from their intended targets all by themselves. This proved to the king that the ladies were all pure and innocent, and to show remorse for his mistake, he allowed the ladies to invite the Buddha and his monks to the palace for a meal.

The wicked consort, in the meantime, was beside herself with frustration and rage, but she was not about ready to give up. Next, she devised what she considered to be a foolproof plan. She asked an uncle to set fire to Samavati's quarters while the women were all inside. As the building went up in flames, however, the queen and her attendants did not flinch. They continued to mindfully meditate and succeeded in reaching the higher levels of spiritual attainment before they finally died.

The king at once suspected that his consort was the one behind the disaster and wanted to prove it. He said in a voice loud enough for everyone to hear, "Whoever has done this is my savior and should be richly rewarded. Up to now I have lived in the fear of being murdered by my own wife, but now I am free and can sleep in peace."

The foolish consort immediately revealed her and her uncle's part in the horrendous crime, anxious for the king's favors. The king feigned delight at her confession and asked her to invite her entire family to the palace where they would be honored. Once assembled, however, they were all put to death.
When it was reported to the Buddha how the queen and her attendants had died, he told them that those who were mindful did not die. It was those not mindful who, even though still alive, were as good as dead.

Morale of The Story
"Mindfulness is the way to the Deathless (Nibbana), unmindfulness the way to Death. Those who are mindful do not die, and those who are not are as if already dead."
{Verse 21}

 Source : Ye Thu Aung (Buddhism for Beginners)

Monday, 14 August 2017







Sunday, 13 August 2017




Saturday, 12 August 2017

星雲說偈 > 人人有個靈山塔







Friday, 11 August 2017

Dhammapada Stories - The Cruel Butcher

THERE WAS ONCE A BUTCHER Who was a very mean and wicked man. Never in his life had he ever done any meritorious deeds. His job was slaughtering pigs and he loved it, often torturing them mercilessly before putting them to death.

One day he got very sick and finally died, but before he died he suffered such agony that he crawled around on his hands and knees for days, squealing and grunting like a pig being slaughtered.

It so happened that the butcher's home was within ear's reach of the monastery where the Buddha and his monks were staying. When the bhikkhus heard the desperate squeals coming from his house, they assumed that the miserable butcher was at his cruel work again and shook their heads in great disapproval. The squeals and grunts went on for several days until, one day, they stopped just as suddenly as they had begun. The monks could not help but remark to each other how wicked and hard-hearted the butcher was for having caused his poor animals so much pain and suffering.

The Buddha overheard what they were saying and said, "Bhikkhus, the butcher was not slaughtering his pigs. He was very ill and in such great pain that he was acting like the pigs he used to enjoy inflicting pain upon. His bad kamma had finally caught up with him. Today he died and was reborn in a woeful state of existence."

The Buddha then exhorted his disciples to be alert at doing good, for anyone who did evil deeds would have to suffer for them. There was no way to escape from one's evil deeds, he warned his disciples.

Moral of The Story

"Here he grieves, hereafter he grieves. The evil-doer grieves in both existences. He grieves and he suffers anguish when he remembers his impure deeds."
{Verse 15}

Source : Posted by Ye' Thu Aung (Buddhism for Beginners) 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

《 很多家畜、寵物都是親人的轉世,因為特別貪執家 》




有一次佛陀去舍衛城乞食,佛陀來到都提家門口時,白狗正坐在床上吃金盤裏的食物。它一看見佛陀,馬上跳下床狂吠。佛陀悲憫地說:“你不要對我叫,你想一想自己當狗的原因吧。” 佛陀這樣一說,白狗的態度就完全變了,一聲也不叫,臥在地上悶悶不樂。

都提的兒子回家後,見到白狗不開心,就問:“誰惹了我的狗,它為什麽不開心?” 家人說:“今天佛陀來了,然後它就成了這個樣子。”

他聽後特別生氣,到給孤獨園責問佛陀:“今天你對我的狗說了什麽? 它為什麽這麽不開心?”

佛陀說:“我並沒有說什麽,我只是讓它想一想自己是怎麽變成狗的。” 佛陀又說:“這只狗是你父親的轉世,他因吝嗇而墮為旁生。如果不信,你可以回去問它。而且你家地下埋有寶藏,只有它知道寶藏埋在哪裏,你可以問它寶藏埋在哪裏。”

都提的兒子半信半疑,回去問白狗:“你是不是我父親?” 白狗點點頭。他又問:“如果你是我父親,那告訴我家中的寶藏埋在哪裏。” 白狗一聽,就到一個地方用爪子挖,結果挖出許多珍寶。他這才知道白狗真是自己的父親。

--- 索達吉堪布