Mettavalokanaya Buddhist Magazine June 08, 2017 Poson Edition


This is the Sri Lankan Most Popular & Leading monthly Buddhist Magazine, “Mettavalokanaya” on June 08, 2017 - Poson Edition.

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The term ''environment'' has been defined by ecologists

in different ways. Different terms such as eco system, natural

surroundings, nature and biosphere are used to refer to the

environment. The term environment can simply be defined as

an integrated system that consists of non-living objects such

as mountain ranges, rivers, streams and plains. The human

life and environment are not separate entities, but a closely

connected mutual system which is interrelated the human

beings have no existence without environmental resources.

Therefore, the environment was treated as a sacred entity

by our ancestors and they had a friendly attitude towards the

environment. Their belief was that environment had a special

unseen power of blessings and punishing to human beings.

The ancient society highly valued the derivation of residual

from the environment and their use, in establishing a longer

existence on the earth and also a stainable living pattern.

Many books have been published by scientists by

and in-depth analysis into the environment subject paying

their attention to different angles such as innovation of the

environment, its qualities, systems and sub systems, biodiversity

the close connection in between human beings and

the environment, environmental pollution and destruction,

and the protection of the environment.

The purpose of this article is not to establish the ideas

and antitheses put forward by present-day. Scientists and

ecologist go hand in hand with the Buddhists do fine putforward

by the Buddha. But, the aim of this article is to show

Buddhist Teachings

on Ecology.

Venerable Dr. Ittademaliye Indasara Thero,

B.A. (Hons.) / M.A. / Ph.D. Senior Professor in Department of Buddhist Philosophy,

Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Chief Incumbent - Sri Sambuddhaloka Maha

Viharaya, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The relevance the deep analytical study done on environment

and the friendly attitude shown towards environment by this

great philosophical leader, to present day than to any other


The term ''Dhamma'' in Buddhist philosophy is used in

a wider perspective. Buddhism simply says that according to

the term; '' lujjatipulujjatitiloko'' the world is an entity that is

destructed by disintegration. Buddhist philosophy is consisted

a deep analysis on the living and non-living objects of the

entire universe in the formation of the universe.

The Buddhist teaching on nature is solely depending

on the cause and effect theory. The formation of one object

or matter results in the formation of another object. No

matter or object is formed without any cause. The basic core

of Buddhist philosophy on ecology is that all living and nonliving

objects are forward on the theory of cause and effect

and undergo the impermanence, suffering and soullessness

(Anicca, Dukkha, anatta).

The impermanence means the frequently changing in

impermanent nature. All objects are instantly formed changed

and gradually they are either deal or destructed. It is natural

for living beings to be changed by being born and achieve

maturity, aging, subjected to undergo many diseases and face

death accordingly previous kamma. There isn't anything in

among the living objects and non-living objects in the world

that do not undergo this process.

The Buddha has shown/ explained that living beings as

well as the formation of objects or elements are designed

with tiny material groups (rūpakalāpa)1. A material groups

(rūpaKalāpa) is on entity that consist of earth, water, fire

and air based on four subsidiary material qualities of colour,

smell, taste and nutritive essence. Theses eight coexisting

forces and qualities constitute one material group called

‘Suddhaṭṭhakarūpakalāpa’ pure-octal material group. They

are included in all material groups (rūpakalāpa). The life time

of material group is instantaneous.

In an instant when a human being wink his eye, an

infilling of rūpakalāpa can be born and destructed. Again

new rūpakalāpa are created. ''uppāda'', ṭhiti'' and ''bhaṅga"

as shown by Buddha is related to the origin, duration and

the destruction nature of these rūpakalāpa in other words


Modern physic has also cited a similar idea with regard

to, the origin, existence and the death or destruction of

material objects. The physicists have been able to found out

the real nature of the natural environment through, sheer

hard work with the help of scientific resource and equipment

which was found by the Buddha 2559 years ago. According

to physics, the smallest element that helps in the formation

of an object or matter is quark (Murrey Gell-Mann – 1963).

The protons and neutrons are designed or framed by the inter

relaters of quarks to each other.

The combination of protons and neutrons in different

proportions result in the formation of the atomic nucleus.

The atoms are formed by the combination of electrons and

nucleus. An element is formed by the combination of fevered

atoms. The collection of large number of elements is called

a matter in the physics. Tiniest entity of matter is known as

quark which changes 100,000,000,000,000 per second by

originating and by vanishing. As novel finding in quantum

physic that the material group (rūpakalāpa) which depicted

in Buddhist philosophy is similar to the process and nature of


The second pace in three characteristics of

existence is ''Dukkha" or the nature of suffering.

''YadaniccaṃtaṃDukkhaṃ". If something is impermanent

that itself become a cause for the creation of "Dukkha". The

categories of "Dukkha" had been explained by the Buddha in

"DhammaCakkappavattanaSutta"2, his first Dhamma sermon.

According to Sutta birth is suffering, aging is suffering,

sickness is suffering, death is suffering , sorrow and

lamentation, pain, grief and despair are suffering, association

with the unpleasant is suffering, dissociation from the

pleasant is suffering, not to get one wants is suffering, in brief

five aggregate of attachments are suffering. The reason is that

all these phenomena are impermanent.

The third characteristic feature of three characteristics

of existence is the nature of soullessness. It is emphasized

by this that there isn't any object, creature or life which is

permanent. All the phenomena that are formed due to cause

and effect theory physically, mentally, conscientiously and

unconscientiously, exist for a moment and when the elements

vanished it is deactivated immediately. Even though the natural

phenomena that are formed as a person or object has been

assigned different names for the purpose of identification,

when the elements are separated which are responsible in

making them, there isn't an object or a person. Therefore, it is

an illusion to think that there is a definite person or an object.

This is the nature of soullessness.

The Modern science and the Buddhist teachings on


David P. Barash, one of the prominent, biologists in his

recently published book, "Buddhist Biology - Ancient Eastern

Wisdom meets Modern western Science" has cited proof to

show that there is a considerable similarities and agreements

in between the findings of Buddha twenty six centuries ago

and the present contemporary findings of science according

to Barash.

The Buddha's teachings and the teachings of Biology

on the interrelationship and two mutual existences between,

systems in the environment and the units are one. Baraus says

that he is astonished to see the agreement between these

two knowledgeable entities on the formation of Saṃkhāra

(Objects), destruction and the impermanency. He says that

Buddha is a great scholar who has gone beyond the limits of

biologists who had done a correct and an information analysis

on living beings and environment in a historical period that

goes back to 2559 years.

The Buddha had emphasized another aspect of

environment consisting of five Fixedness of Law which directly

responsible in the formation of material objects. This five

Fixedness of Law is cited to show that all the creation of the

world and happenings are not merely due to the effects of

"Kamma" or "Fate" .

"UthuNiyāma" - The environmental changes rainfall,

temperature and wind occur due to the natural changes in

seasons. This is known as "UthuNiyāma". "BeejaNiyāma" -

The Formation of trees, blooming of flowers and begging

fruit and due to "BeejaNiyāma" - "KammaNiyāma" - The

Results that a person gets according to previous "Kammas"

that he has committed is known as "KammaNiyāma" person

is given good results by good deeds and bad results by bad

deeds. "DhammaNiyāma" - The unchanging forums of the

environment such as gravitation and Global power are known

as "DhammaNiyāma". "CittaNiyāma" - The process of thought

is known as "CittaNiyāma" thought that is generated in the

mind leads to the generation of other thoughts. The thought

paradigms that are generated in the mind happen accordingly.

The concept of time in Buddhism is also a fascinating

one. The explaining of the concept of time in Buddhism is

different to the hours, minutes, weeks, month and years used

in the present context. That explanation is a concept which

is not limited to space, distance units and numbers used at

present, but it is a concept that goes beyond them. It is not

realistic now. The past life of a person is not a reality at present

and past. According to The Buddha time is the present context

that is there forever. The most important thing for a person

is to live in the present time where there is no beginning and

end rather than living in the past which is already gone or in

the future which has not come yet.

The Necessities of human beings and modern


The new technological findings and productions have

immensely contributed in giving a comfortable lifestyle to the

man. It is an undeniable fact it has driven the man to make

use of more and more resources in the development process.

In addition that, globalization has made the human needs

more complex in nature and making them use more and more

resources, instead of giving them a simple way of life. The

pollution of environment and the deriving out of more and

more natural resources is a common sight.

The international organization are striving very hard to

find out solutions for global warming, air pollution, pollution of

water resources, environment pollution and problems related

to the environment. The above problems are duly related to

Sri Lanka. No one can deny the fact that the forest resource

are gradually decreasing due to human activities. The man has

fallen prey to natural disasters such as earth slips, flooding,

and lengthy droughts. The use of dangerous manure and

other chemicals which are not good for the human body, in

agriculture has given rise to man being fluke into unidentified

diseases and such health problems.

The lesson that is emphasized to us by the nature is

peaceful co-existence, between living and non-living beings,

rather than trying to suppress a system or go beyond the

system. The destruction done to the nature by man, who is

said to have been educated/ knowledgeable, is not done to

the environment by animals. It is usually unfortunate that man

has not been able to understand the fact misuse of natural

resource is a crime.

The man has fallen prey to his own activities. If the

misuse of natural continues to happen, the date that the living

beings have to face dire consequences is not very far.

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The phase ‘emptying’ comes off as something as simple

as pouring water out of a cup. But doing it with your mind,

instead of plain water could make it the most difficult task

in the world. The expression has a specific visual, but the

content itself is psychological, and that could render the

actual practice very abstract.

Also, we are very self-centered, only used to holding

onto something we want or like and not very familiar with

letting things go. Consequently, there’s a tendency to perceive

‘emptying one’s mind’ as passive and trivial. One of the most

popular sutras in Mahayana tradition is Diamond Sutra. It is a

very important Sutra to understand and practice what Middle

Path (Madhyamapratipad) is and Seon Buddhism. There is a

phrase that goes as below:

“A disciple should give rise a mind which is no way

dependent upon sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensory

sensations or any mental conception. A disciple should give

rise to a mind which does not attach to anything.” - Diamond

Sutra: Chapter 10

This is the phrase that I place the most importance in

The first step of emptying your

mind is to fill it with the right view

Most Venerable Sung Jin Thero

Executive Director of “Paramita” Youth Association of Korea and Vice President of World

Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (WFBY)

the Sutra and also the part which lay people have the most

difficulty understanding. In words, it sounds self-contradictory

but simply put, it is as if you need to step and push upon the

ground and jump off the earth surface to reach higher. More

practical and fitting example would be similar to the story


In South Korea, the last year of high school preparing

for college entrance is the most dreaded and feared period

for both students and their families. There is even a famous

saying that goes as ‘the last year of high school is when most

people decide to take up a religion.’ To parents, there would

be no phrase more confusing than ‘praying without any

purpose or attachments.’

So I explain to them what it means to pray without

attachments. The phrase above means to be able to pray

for the better future of their children without having ideas

about which school is good and which is bad, or forcing their

children to do better at exams because of the resources spent

and such. Then I tell them to fill their heart instead of with the

happiness and I remind they of them that they only wished

to live healthily and love each other when they gave births to

their children.

They love their children with no strings attached. By

following this, the lay people can fill their mind with gratitude

and love towards each other and let go of greed, anger, and

ignorance, the three poisons the Buddha told us to get rid of.

It is similar to removing dirty water in a container by

filling it up with clean water and therefore displacing it. This

is precisely why people need to practice having the right view

a lot more than trying to simply empty their thoughts. The

Buddha has shown us the noble eightfold paths for us to

remove attachments, and this is the clean water.

The noble eightfold paths (āryāṣṭāṅgamārga) are…

1 Right view: our actions have consequences; Cause

and Effect and Dependent Arising. 2 Right intention: Being

resolvoed on reunciation, on freedom from ill will, on

harmlessness. 3 Right speech: Abstaining from lying, divisive

speech, abusive speech and idle chatter. 4 Right action:

Abstaining from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct. 5 Right

livelihood: being noble without effluents and maintaining his

life with right livelihood. 6 Right effort: Exerting his mind, and

to prevent the arising of evil and unwholesome mentalstate

that have not yet arisen. 7 Right mindfulness: Never be absent

minded. Being conscious of what one is doing, having put aside

worldly desire and sadness. 8 Right concentration (samadhi):

Practicing four stages of mediation (dhyana) culminating into

unification of the mind.

The meaning of “Right” is to have thoughts based on the

three marks of existence (tilakkhaṇa). Everything is subject

to constant change and without a fixed true nature, and

realizing reminding oneself with such view helps getting rid

of the three poisons and ultimately leads to enlightenment.

However, refusing to accept the idea and thinking otherwise

would turn everything into causes of suffering.

If someone with status and power reminds himself of

the fact that his power and status do not last forever and are

not his actual characteristic, only dependent upon his current

position, which has been ultimately given to him from the

people. In actuality, he has emptied his mind of obsession

about the status and power by Right view.

That is how filling oneself’s mind with the right view

based on the three marks or existence removed the three

poisons. Only after filling oneself with the right view, comes

right action, and right action also leads to a peaceful mind.

Then our purified mind becomes the source of unlimited

compassion and brightens ourselves and the whole world.

So, I say that the first step of emptying one’s mind is

to put an effort to first fill it with right view. In Mahayana

tradition, every Buddhas and bodhisattva have achieved

enlightenment by cherishing a vow. We shall, too, cherish

such vows with right view.

I’d like to introduce the great ten vows of the Tathagatas

in Thousand Hands Sutra, another very popular sutra in

Korea. 1. I vow to always stay from the three evil ways. 2. I

vow to quickly cut off the three poisons of desire, anger

and ignorance. 3. I vow to always listen to Buddha, Dharma,

and Sangha all alive. 4. I vow to diligently cultivate precepts,

meditation ceaselessly, and wisdom all found. 5. I vow to

ceaselessly learn Dharma. 6. I vow to never abandon to attain

the enlightened mind(Bodhicitta) 7. I vow to be reincarnated

in the paradise of the blissful land of Amitabha Buddha in

the West. 8. I vow to hurry and meet Amitabha Buddha in

the paradise. 9. I vow to disseminate myself throughout the

universe like particles. 10. I vow to bring all sentient beings

to nirvana.

I have faith in that the world will become peaceful and

blissful place if everyone fills their mind with the ten vows. I

hope you reading “METTAVALOKANAYA” Buddhist Magazine

find happiness by filling your mind with right view.

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Buddha’s Birthday Ceremony

at Lingguang Buddhist Temple,

Beijing, China…

Gautama Shakaymuni Buddha’s Birthday Ceremony in

2017 held on May 02, 2017 at Lingguang Buddhist Temple,

Beijing, China in grand level & high respectfully. The Chinese

Government officials & Ambassadors of Cambodia, Myanmar,

Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Laos in China and distinguished

guests also participated this merit valuable event.

The ceremony held under the leadership of The Chief

Incumbent of Lingguang Buddhist Temple, Beijing, China, Most

Venerable Chang Zang Thero and all head of monks (Chief

Prelates) in all chapters in China. The function organized by

Buddhist Association of China and Lingguang Buddhist Temple

committee. Lot of Buddhist events held on the occasion. The

Lingguang Buddhist Temple is most sacred with Gautama

Sakyamuni Buddha’s holy Tooth Relic.

Prof. Hao Weimin, the Director of Longhua Institute for

Chinese Culture and Head of Confucian Institute in Colombo

University and “Mettavalokanaya” also participated as a

delegate from Sri Lanka. China Government Officials and

Chinese Buddhist Association President, Vice President

& Mr. Wang Li also participated on this grand occasion as

distinguished guests. Received the very big merit opportunity

to all of delegates for worship Gautama Sakyamuni Buddha’s

holy Tooth Relic at Lingguang Temple premises (Temple of

Divine Light), Badachu Lu, Shijingshan District, Beijing, China.

Lingguang Temple (Temple of Divine Light), as one of the

eight Buddhist temples and monasteries scattered across the

Cuiwei, Pingpo and Lushi hills at the foot of Beijing's Western

Hills, houses a precious relic in its Buddha Tooth Relic Stupa

(the only other recognized Buddha tooth relic in the world is

in Sri Lanka). Hence, the temple has become one of centers for

Buddhist pilgrimages in the world.

Buddhika Sanjeewa

After the visit in Beijing, China

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Ökfha îcsx w.kqjr" ,sxlajdx.a o

In today’s society birthday parties are a frequent

occurrence. These days’ birthday parties are held, be it at

home or in restaurants, hotels, floating restaurants, cruise

ships etc. The traditional gifts given could be cloths, perfumes,

gift vouchers, foreign trips and may even be motor cars with

the affluent section of the society. There are still others who

might serve alms to Bhikkus, to elders or even to beggars on the

birthday, while still others may resort to sponsor broadcasting

The Birthday Gift....

Sugath Rajapakse

Formerly Senior Commercial Manager at Sri Lankan Airlines and presently Consultant to

Air India GSA in Sri Lanka.

of Dharma Discourses on TV and Radio.

The story I wish to tell here is pure fiction

but centered on this same thing, birthday and the

gifts given on birthdays. Once upon a time there

lived two young people and as was the custom

then got married. They were very rich people

with almost everything. After couple of years

they were blessed with a son. The parents were

not only rich but very wise and had the ability to

see the future.

So they decided to do something special for

their son but kept it a secret from the child. As was

the custom, at every birthday of their son there

was a party at home for the relatives and friends.

The child began his education in a prestigious

school in the country. Time passed and by the

time child reached his 18th birthday, both parents

passed away having bequeathed all their wealth

to the son. Just before their death, they told the

son that there are two very important letters they

have written, which should only be opened once

the boy reaches the age of 21 years.

The kid having lost his parents at such a

young age was very sad and his birthday parties

became a very sedate affair. On his 21st birthday

he decided to host his relatives and friends at a

very low key function since his parents are no

more. After the function, it suddenly dawned

upon him that there are two important letters

written by his parents which should be opened

on the 21st birthday. He took the large envelope

where the two letters were kept marked 1 and 2

with instructions to open the first one only. When

he opened the first letter he found a Fixed Deposit

Receipt from a reputed bank for 80 million in his

country currency.

Having decided to check on the current

status of the FD, he went to the bank and met

the manager. The bank manager checked the

bank documents and told the young man that the

current balance is only 59 million. Utterly taken

back and with much chagrin and anger the boy

shouted that the bank has stolen his money and threatened

to sue the bank. The manager calmly showed him the special

agreement that the parents has entered into with the bank

where each year the balance is reduced by one million. The

manager told the young man that it was the wish of his

parents to do this deposit with those conditions.

Saddened by what has happened, the boy quickly

returned home and was trying to understand as to why his

parents has done this special fixed deposit. Then suddenly it

dawned upon him that there is a second letter and taking the

letter from the drawer he opened it.

The text of the letter read as follows, “Son, we know that

you are very sad and angry now and probably shouted at the

bank manager. Son we did this deposit in this manner because

we wanted it that way. You are very sad that 21 million has

been wiped away in 21 years. But then yesterday on your 21st

birthday, did it ever occur to you that 21 years from your life

has been wiped out? We are certain that you did not shout but

instead would have enjoyed with your friends and relatives.

Son we did this FD because we saw that we will pass

away before you reach 21 years. We also saw that you will live

to be only 80 years old. So you only have 59 more years left

now. You certainly can withdraw the 59 million from the bank

and deposit again in a fresh Fixed Deposit and we are certain

that within 5 to 6 years you will recover the lost 21 million

and the Fixed Deposit value will continue to increase in the

years to come. But will the number of years in your lifespan

increase? No your age balance will only decrease with each

passing year. Son you can still invest the 59 balance years. You

can do it in two ways for others as well as for yourself,

Son there are thousands of people in our country with

no abode, no money or food or ability to get education. You

know that in our business portfolios and in the funds we left

for you there is great opportunity for you to help these people

through benevolence. Also you will get merits when you do

such good things.

The other is to build for yourself that ultimate bliss. We

in our own way did that as long as we lived, Meditation both

Mindfulness Meditation and Vipassana Meditation. This son is

the surefooted path to ultimate purification.

Son, when you become steeped in virtue of right speech,

right action and right livelihood, it helps you to go forward in

right striving, right mindfulness and right concentration. With

virtue and concentration bestowed in you, you will be able to

fulfill the final step of wisdom, right view and right thoughts.

Son in the Paththakamma Sutta the Enlightened One

extolled us on the five giving, 01 - GNATHI BALI – Caring for

your relatives. When they come to see you take good care of

them and help them in their need. 02 - PUBBA PETHTHA BALI

– Give alms to Bhikkus and to those in need, do acts of merit

and then pass on those merits to your relatives & friends

who have left this world. 03 - DEVA BALI – Even the gods seek

merits from you and others. When you do good, pass on the

merits to the gods and they will be very happy.

04 - ATHITHI BALI – Even if strangers come looking for

your help do what you can. Even in your business tell you

staff that it is of great merit to attend to the needs and wants

of customers. Long before people started taking of CRM

(customer relationship management) and CSR (Corporate

Social Responsibility) the Enlightened One has told us on the

moral value of attending to others needs.

05 - RAJA BALI – Pay your taxes. To not pay your taxes

is immoral. Of course the Enlightened one extolled those in

power not to burden the people too much with taxes but to

collect dues and invest same wisely for better future of all.

The Buddha said that it is rare to be born as a human

being, very rare to be able to listen to Dharma, rare it is to be

of all faculties and extremely rare for a Buddha to be born. You

are blessed with such rare gains and it would indeed be wise if

you would be able to make full use of these rare gains.

Of course we are not telling you not to host birthday

parties or be happy. But make sure that what you do is right

for you and for others. Invest these 59 years balance that you

have so that you can find the ultimate liberation.

Do you know son that great majority people only give

their attention to this somatic body? But can you imagine it

being left without washing and cleaning for about two weeks?

It will surely smell like a cesspit. But no one will let that happen

but clean it day in and day out and apply all those ointments

and perfumes to smell better and look better.

But then how many people in this planet think of

cleansing the defiled consciousness? All our life what we

do is take the name & form (nama/rupa) with the aid of

our six touch agencies and illustrate our consciousness with

negativity. Name & Form are the precursor to mind and if you

illustrate it negatively then the mind and mind moments too

will be negative and defile you. A defiled mind will not enable

you to lead a happy life here or hereafter.

So here is our advice to you, while doing your business

in the most moral way work on your mind as well. That can be

done with Mindfulness and Vipassana Meditation. Develop

mindfulness and with that insight on the principle of arising

and ceasing. The day you realize it, you are a stream-enterer

and will never ever be born in a lower abode and at the most

will have only 7 more births. Also while doing so in your own

life, give it to your employees, your friends and relatives. Of

course not all will welcome that but some will.

Son, we have left for you hundreds of millions of rupees

and many assets. We owned those when we were living but

left it all for you to take care. But one day you also will leave

without all those assets except the asset of righteousness and

the truth of Dhamma which will only be your companion. Also

remember that of all the giving, the gift of Dhamma is the

most supreme.

So go forth striving to break up this whirlpool of

Name & Form and Consciousness. Those who put an end to

this illustration of the consciousness are the Arahaths. As

the Buddha said in his last discourse before Parinirvana at

Kusinara, these conditioned formations are subject to decay

and therefore make haste and strive to attain the ultimate


“Acchecchi vattam, bayaga nirasam. Visukka saritha na

sandathi. Chinnam vattam na vattathi. Esevantho dukkhassa”

The whirlpool is broken, attained freedom from all

desires. The dried-up stream no longer flows. The whirlpool

broken no longer turns. This, just this is the end of Dukka

(suffering). Be happy, take care of yourself and do your

business and lead a happy life. While living the mundane life

remember that this is not a permanent thing and subject to

eternal decay. So strive hard and make a path for your escape

from this sansara. Make that island of refuge for you where

no current of desire will ever wash you away.

That which is not owned and not grasped, is itself the

island of refuge, and is called Nirvana where the decay and

death are not there. (Parayana Vagga, 118). Though one may

conquer thousand times thousands of men in battle, yet he

is the noblest victor who conquers himself. (Dhammapada,


Yours loving Mother and Father!

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fokd fndfyda u; bÈßm;a lrñka ixjdofha ksr; fj;s'

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ljr wdldrfhka isÿ ld;kh" i;=kg ysxid mSvd lsÍu iïnkaOfhka o ieug fmdÿ

jQ O¾u;djhla nqÿoyfuka b.ekafõ'

uia fj

Andrew. J. Williams

Senior Dharma Teacher

Melbourne, Australia

Recently I was asked why I love Buddhism. So here are

7 answers for why I love, appreciate, respect, study, practice

and share the precious Buddha Dharma. Some answers

are short and sweet, while others are in more detail. Of

course I could give many more answers and more details,

however I've kept it to just 7, for the benefit of easy reading.

Answer No 01 - The Buddha Dharma is the only path that

leads to the realisation of the fruit of unsurpassed supreme

enlightenment. Along the way we experience the fields of

bliss caused by our fields of merit. Ultimate bliss is realised

when we attain unsurpassed supreme enlightenment. Answer

No 02 - Practising Buddha Dharma enables us to get to know

our mind, which is the source of all of our experiences.

Answer No 03 - Not only does Buddha Dharma answer all of

the important questions in life. If we wholeheartedly practise,

Why I Respect &

Love Buddhism....

we ourselves will directly realise both relative

and ultimate truth. Answer No 04 - We have

the freedom to think, act and speak. We have

the freedom and potential to learn and practise.

We have the freedom, potential and ability to

awaken transcendent wisdom and a great heart

of compassion, and attain unsurpassed supreme


I would like to share with you that in my

youth, I was very deeply inspired to whole

heartedly practise the Buddha Dharma, for the

benefit of all sentient beings, by the following

well known words of the Buddha. May you too be

inspired to wholeheartedly practise the Buddha

Dharma, for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Do not believe in anything (simply) because

you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions

because they have been handed down for many

generations. Do not believe in anything because it

is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe

in anything (simply) because it is found written in

your religious books. Do not believe in anything

merely on the authority of your teachers and

elders. But after observation and analysis, when

you find that anything agrees with reason and is

conducive to the good and benefit of one and all

then accept it and live up to it.

We are what we think. All that we are arises

with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make

the world. Speak or act with an impure mind and

trouble will follow you. As the Wheel follows the

ox that draws the cart. We are what we think. All

that we are arises with our thoughts. With our

thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with

a pure mind and happiness will follow you. As your shadow,

unshakeable. Thus, shall ye think of all this fleeting world; A

star at dawn, a bubble in a stream, a flash of lightning in a

summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.

Answer No 05 - The Buddha Dharma is inclusive, not

exclusive. Our aim is to benefit all sentient beings, without

exception. To help all sentient beings, including ourselves,

to have happiness and its causes, and to be free from

suffering and it's causes, and to attain unsurpassed supreme

enlightenment as swiftly as possible.

The Buddha Dharma transcends colour, texture,

flavour, language, culture, tradition and nationality. It is for

everyone, everywhere and at any time. This is especially

evident in the practise of the Four Immeasurable's

(Brahma Vihara) of universal loving kindness (metta),

universal compassion (karuna), empathetic joy

(mudita) and equanimity or non-bias (uppekkha).

May you all be happy and free from suffering, and attain

unsurpassed supreme enlightenment as swiftly as possible.

Please see more words of inspiration below from the great

Indian master Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara (The Way

of the Bodhisattva) (From the chapter on 'Commitment').

From verse 7 to 10:.....By the virtue I have just amassed, May

all the pain of every living being. Be wholly scattered

and destroyed. For all those ailing in the world, Until

their every sickness has been healed, May I myself

become for them, The doctor, nurse and medicine itself.

Raining down a flood of food and drink, May I dispel the

ills of thirst and famine. And in the ages marked by scarcity

and want, May I myself appear as drink and sustenance. For

sentient beings, poor and destitute, May I become a

treasure ever plentiful, And lie before them closely in

their reach, A varied source of all that they might need.....'

From verse 18 to 22:.....May I be a guard for those who are

protectorless, A guide for those who journey the road, For

those who wish to go across the water, May I be a boat, a raft, a

bridge. May I be an isle for those who yearn for landfall, And a

lamp for those who long for light; For those who need a resting

place, a bed; For all who need a servant, may I be their slave.

May I be the wishing jewel, the vase of plenty, A word of power

and the supreme healing; May I be the tree of miracles, And

for every being the abundant cow. Like the earth and the

pervading elements, Enduring as the sky itself endures, For

boundless multitudes of living beings, May I be their ground

and sustenance. Thus for everything that lives, As far as

are the limits of the sky, May I provide their livelihood and

nourishment Until they pass beyond the bonds of suffering.....'

Answer No 06 - To bring about the awakening of students

of all temperaments, the Buddha taught a wonderful variety

of spiritual practises. There are foundation practises for

the development of loving kindness, generosity and moral

integrity. Then there is a vast array of meditation practises to

train the mind and open the heart. These practises include

awareness of the breath and body, mindfulness of feelings

and thoughts, practises of mantra and devotion, visualisation

and contemplative reflection, and practises leading to

refined and profoundly expanded states of consciousness.

We sentient beings are all different in one way or another.

All at different stages on our spiritual journey, our path

to enlightenment. Therefore, we should seek to receive

instructions on the particular methods, as taught by the Buddha,

that are suitable to our current individual temperaments

and needs, and wholeheartedly put them into practise.

Furthermore, we all have the potential to avoid all extremes

and practice the middle path, the Noble Eight-Fold Path,

which consists of perfect understanding, thought, speech,

action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness and concentration. We

all have the potential to practise the Dharma, to develop

immeasurable love and compassion, realise perfect

wisdom, and to attain unsurpassed supreme enlightenment.

Answer No 07 - The Buddha recommends, invites

and encourages all who are interested to thoroughly

investigate, analyse and test the Dharma teachings. Just as

a goldsmith tests for real gold. Not to just believe in them

with blind faith. He then advises us to wholeheartedly

put them into practise and to work diligently towards

realising the result of the Dharma path, enlightenment.

If we do as he recommends, we will realise that his teachings

are very clear and that they make perfect sense. That they are

perfectly logical when tested with critical analysis and that they

are in accord with modern scientific findings. In more than 2,600

years they have never been proven wrong. Take for instance

the Buddhist belief in the Law of Karma, which is a view that

has been checked and analysed by many great practitioners

and realised masters. Conviction in its validity is gained through

logical reasoning. It should not simply be followed blindly.

Any action of body, speech, or mind, places an imprint,

an 'energy potential' or 'seed' in the mind. Mental seeds

are planted through your awareness of what you do, say

or think. The imprints of these actions are left on the mind

stream and carried on moment by moment - the present

moment of mind coming from the previous moment of mind.

When the necessary supporting conditions are in place,

this imprint, or latent potency, manifests as perceptions or

experiences of happiness or suffering. We can liken this to a

biological seed, which ripens when the contributing causes

and conditions of water, soil, sun, and the like are gathered

together. May we all realise the foundation, path and result of

the path, & swiftly attain unsurpassed supreme enlightenment.

Please enjoy the following quotes about the Buddha Dharma

from Albert Einstein:- 'Science without religion is lame.

Religion without science is blind.'- 'Buddhism requires no

revision to keep it up-to-date with recent scientific finding.'-

'Buddhism does not need to surrender its views to science,

because it embraces science as well as goes beyond science.'

- 'The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should

transcend personal gods, and avoid dogma and theology.

Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be

based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all

things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Buddhism

answers this description.'- 'If there is any religion that could

cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.'

And the following quote from historian, Arnold Toynbee:-

'The coming of Buddhism to the west may well prove to be

the most important event of the 20th century.' May these 7

answers be in some way helpful and beneficial to all sentient

beings. May they inspire you to study, practise and share the

Buddha Dharma to the best of your ability. May the Buddha

Dharma flourish throughout infinite space. May all sentient

beings attain unsurpassed supreme enlightenment as swiftly

as possible.

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