04/26/14

Maha-mangala Sutta: Blessings (Sn 2.4)

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In the Maha-mangala Sutta, the Buddha describes the ‘greatest blessings’ in life and how to attain them. According to the Buddha, there are 38 ‘greatest blessings’ – not the shallow and changeable blessings of luck and fortune but blessings which are of genuine and lasting importance. By making the effort to obtain these blessings, we can create our own good fortune and move gradually closer to the supreme blessing of Nibbana. This is the main purpose and objective of the Mangala Sutta…

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10/10/13

Skilful Giving

In this post I list a number of motivations for giving that the Buddha discussed and ranked according to their kammic potential. I explain in brief why Theravada Buddhists believe that skilful giving benefits the giver more than the receiver, and why the Sangha of the Buddha’s Noble Disciples are considered the most worthy recipients.

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09/9/13

Kamma, Death, Rebirth

Many people attracted to the Buddha’s teachings on impermanence and suffering nevertheless have a problem with his teachings on kamma and rebirth and are quick to reject them as outmoded metaphysical ideas, either cultural baggage or interpellations intended to placate his less-sophisticated followers.  Here I attempt to show that such doubts are based on misunderstandings and that kamma and rebirth are in fact verifiable through meditation…

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05/9/13

Nibbana In A Nutshell

Nibbana is the ultimate goal of the Buddha’s teachings. Among Theravadins it’s generally accepted that nibbana is beyond words and the Buddha himself appears reluctant to give us a detailed description. Nevertheless, in this post I suggest that contemplating what the scriptures say about nibbana serves to reminds us what the ultimate spiritual goal is and can motivate us to strive harder in attaining it…

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