Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Quoting The Buddha

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The best source of pithy quotes and aphorisms is the Dhammapada. But the sutras (discourses) are also rife with pearls of compassion and wisdom from the Buddha. Here are 100 collected by, and you can vote on each by clicking on "Buddha."

* A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker. Buddha
* A jug fills drop by drop. Buddha
* All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a person speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows. If one speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows, like a shadow that never leaves. Buddha
* All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else. Buddha
* All wrongdoing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrongdoing remain? Buddha
* Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals. Buddha
* An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha
* Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. Buddha
* Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. Buddha
* Unsatisfactoriness is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence. Buddha
* Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha
* Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. Buddha
* Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. Buddha
* Every human being is the author of his own health or disease. Buddha
* Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. Buddha

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Wednesday, 17 January 2007

New Buddhist Nunnery In Canada

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Jennifer Green (The Ottawa Citizen, Dec. 29, 2009) Ayya Medhanandi meditates at the Sati Saraniya Hermitage, a sanctuary for women to train to become Buddhist nuns (Julie Oliver/The Ottawa Citizen).

"OTTAWA - Ayya Medhanandi, a Buddhist nun, hopes to soon ordain women in the Theravada tradition at her hermitage just west of Perth. The silence of the snowy fields, the stillness in the Sati Saraniya Hermitage: could such a peaceful place send a tremble through the world of Theravada Buddhism?

Ayya Medhanandi is a Theravada Buddhist nun who has opened Canada's first monastic residence exclusively for women, just west of Perth. As a "bhikkhuni", or nun ordained on an equal footing with Buddhist monks, she hopes to offer women the same full-ordination she attained after decades of training.

If she succeeds, it will be the first time a woman has been ordained in her order in Canada, says the diminutive 60-year-old. So far, she has had about six or seven inquiries. There may be a catch, however.

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Monday, 15 January 2007

World Oldest Man Is A Buddhist Monk

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Mail Foreign Service (9/17/09) Revered: The abbot (in orange) has many followers who believe his advanced age makes him particularly wise (


Buddhist monk Luang Phu Supha celebrates his 115th birthday today, although his claim has not yet been verified. He was born when Queen Victoria was on the British throne. But whether Luang Phu Supha is really the world's oldest man remains open to debate. The Buddhist monk claims to be celebrating his 115th birthday today at a temple in Phuket [poo-kit], Thailand.

He is certainly likely to provide some hot competition for American Walter Bruening, 113, who has also laid claim to the coveted title. Luang Phu Supha's birth was only registered two years after he was born and the certificate reads September 17, 1896.

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