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"The wise forever delight in Dhamma,
With a mind that is clear, joyful, bright and calm."
The Buddha, Dhammapada Verse #79

Supreme Puja to Teacher is Practising his Teaching | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhamma Talk at Dhammagiri

Supreme Puja to Teacher is Practising his Teaching | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhamma Talk at Dhammagiri

The night when the Buddha attained Parinibbāna, the two Sāl trees next to him were doing Puja by covering his body with blossoms, and the countless devas assembled were doing Puja with divine flowers and incense. However, the Buddha pointed out that this is not the highest form of Puja to the Tathāgata. Supreme Puja to the Buddha is to practise the teachings that he has given us. Practising the Dhamma in line with Dhamma ('Dhammānudhammapaṭipatti') is the true Puja of the Tathāgata. Naturally, the same applies to any Dhamma teacher, for example to Luang Por Liem, who has just visited us a few days ago. If we wish to do Puja to Luang Por Liem, or if we wish to express our gratitude to him, the supreme way of doing so is by practising the advice he's given us. In addition to our Youtube videos, we usually publish about 2 new Dhammatalks/GuidedMeditations every week as audio podcast. All the latest podcasts, and some 300 earlier ones on a wide variety of subjects, are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts/itunes, Castbox, Google Podcasts, and many other podcast apps. Just search for "Dhammagiri Buddhist Podcasts" on your favourite podcast app. Even without any podcast app, you can simply listen with your browser at the following link directly on our own Dhammagiri website: https://www.dhammagiri.net/podcast More information about Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage: https://www.dhammagiri.net Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive .
Why I became a Buddhist Monk - A Great Disciple of the Buddha explains his motivation #religion
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Why I became a Buddhist Monk - A Great Disciple of the Buddha explains his motivation #religion

Why do people leave their wealth and family behind and decide to become buddhist monks and nuns? At one time the Buddha is wandering in north India, in the Kuru country and teaching a large assembly of brahmin householders. After they have been inspired and gladdened by the Dhamma-Talk of the Buddha they all pay homage to the Buddha and depart. All - except one person. One young man remains seated there because he was so deeply stirred by the teaching of the Buddha, goes forward to him and says: “Venerable sir, as I understand the Dhamma taught by the Blessed One, it is not easy while living in a home to lead the holy life, utterly perfect and pure as a polished shell. Venerable sir, I wish to shave off my hair and beard, put on the ocre robe, and go forth from the home life into homelessness. I would receive the going forth under the Blessed One, I would receive the full admission.” The name of the young man is Ven. Ratthapāla and he is the Buddha's great Disciple who was formeost in ordaining as monk out of faith. About a decade later after Ven. Ratthapāla realized awakening and became another one of the Arahants he stays in a park not far from his home town to visit his parents. The King of the Kuru country hears that Ven. Ratthapāla is staying in his park and uses the opportunity to visit him and ask him why he decided to become a monk. As answer Ven. Ratthapāla is the teaching the King four Dhamma summaries and exlains them in detail. When he knew, saw and heared this four things he decided to become a monk: 1. The world is swept away. It does not endure. 2. The world is without shelter and has no protector. 3. The world has nothing you can own. One has to pass on and leave everything behind. 4. The world is insufficient, insatiable and enslaved by craving. You can also read the whole story of Ven. Ratthapāla in the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya), Sutta No. 82: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/MN/MN82.html https://www.dhammagiri.net/about-3-11 AUDIO PODCASTS In addition to these videos, we also publish about two new Dhamma talks and guided meditations every week as audio podcasts. The latest podcasts, and some 300 earlier ones on a wide variety of subjects, are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts/itunes, Castbox, Google Podcasts, and many other podcast apps. Just search for "Dhammagiri Buddhist Podcasts" on your favourite podcast app. Or you can simply listen with with your browser directly from the Dhammagiri podcasts page: https://www.dhammagiri.net/podcast MORE INFORMATION Dhammagiri Website: https://www.dhammagiri.net Dhammagiri Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/dhammagiri/archive Dhammagiri Podcasts: https://www.dhammagiri.net/podcast
Power of Symbols | Tiratana | Taking Refuge in Triple Gem | Dhammagiri T-Shirt | Ajahn Dhammasiha
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Power of Symbols | Tiratana | Taking Refuge in Triple Gem | Dhammagiri T-Shirt | Ajahn Dhammasiha

One of the most eagerly anticipated fashion events of 2024 is going to take place during our Magha Puja at Dhammagiri 😉: We're launching the Dhammagiri T-Shirt! Ajahn Dhammasiha gives a little sneak preview of the shirt, and talks about the meaning of the Tiratana symbol that's printed on it. The top of the symbol represents the Triple Gem of Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha. Below that (the little triangular structures sticking out to the sides) is a 'Vajira', the Thunderbolt, a mythological weapon of Indra. It symbolizes the power of wisdom capable of destroying defilements like a flash of lightning. Below that is an 8-petelled lotus. The lotus represents purity, the ability to raise our heart above the pollution of worldly attachements, and become beautiful, fragrant and pure. The writing in Pali (language of the Buddha) says: "Buddhaṃ, Dhammaṃ, Sanghaṃ Saraṇaṃ Gacchāmi!" "I take refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha!" This short, simple statement is nevertheless very powerful. If we truly commit to the Triple Gem, we're also committing to: Kindness, Generosity and Compassion. Virtue, in particular keeping the 5 Precepts. Calmness, Tranquility & Meditation. Awareness, Mindfulness, Wisdom, Insight, Knowledge, Understanding. In addition to our Youtube videos, we usually publish about 2 new Dhammatalks/GuidedMeditations every week as audio podcast. All the latest podcasts, and some 300 earlier ones on a wide variety of subjects, are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts/itunes, Castbox, Google Podcasts, and many other podcast apps. Just search for "Dhammagiri Buddhist Podcasts" on your favourite podcast app. Even without any podcast app, you can simply listen with your browser at the following link directly on our own Dhammagiri website: https://www.dhammagiri.net/podcast More information about Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage: https://www.dhammagiri.net Dhammagiri Newsletter: https://www.dhammagiri.net/newsletter .