January 28, 2009
The Rhino and The Monkey
There’s a great story in the Pali Canon – in the Jatakas, the tales of the Buddha’s former lives – of a rhino and a monkey.
This rhino was a very patient old beast. On the whole he did what you’d expect any rhino to do: he grazed, he slept, he grazed, he washed, and he slept some more. Sounds good!
January 10, 2009
Walking meditation on the Bhavana Dhamma new year retreat.
Five Great Gifts
It was a Sunday in July, 2006. A Burmese couple who visit the monastery from time to time had come to offer food, and as Luangpor was in Thailand I was left in charge. After I had finished my characteristic meal-fit-for-a-king I sat in the reception conservatory for what was to be a refreshing conversation. The couple spoke about their passion for the Dhamma and their unwavering commitment to the precepts, and they spoke about their eighteen-year-old son and his commitment to the fifth precept. Pardon me? – Eighteen and committed to the fifth precept? That’s right! – It was a joy to hear! But they said his friends call him a wimp. Yes, a wimp.
January 9, 2009
Cast your eyes a smidgen upwards and you will see I have added two new pages. One contains chanting (audio and text) and Dhamma Talks, and the other contains a glossary of Buddhist terms. Both are works in progress.
Dhamma Diary coming tomorrow.