Saturday, May 28, 2011

Online Bibliography of Dhamma [3]

Bhikkhu Bodhi. Going for Refuge & Taking the Precepts.
Access to Insight, © 1994–2011. _ 40 p. _ Read more
Dhammananda, Ven. Dr K. Sri. Buddhism for the 
Future. Buddha  Dharma Education Association
Inc., 2000. _ 34 p. _
Read more
Dhammika, Ven. S. Daily Readings from the Buddha's 
Words of Wisdom.  The Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society; Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc.,1989. _ 284 p. _ Read more
Gnanarama, Ven. Pategama. Essentials of Buddhism. 
Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc., 2000. _ 214 p. _ Read more
Jotika, U and U Dhamminda, tr. Maha Satipatthana 
Sutta: The Greater Discourse on Steadfast Mindfulness. Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc.,1986. _ 72 p. _ Read more
Leidecker, Kurt and Buddhadasa P. Kirthisinghe.  
Buddhism and Democracy; Two Essays. Kandy: 
Buddhist Publication Society, 2011. _ 9 p. (Bodhi Leaf no.17 ) _ Read more
Ñanamoli Thera. The Buddha's Words on Kamma: Four 
Discourses of the Buddha from the Majjhima 
Nikaya; edited with preface and introductions 
by Khantipalo Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, © 1994-2011. _ 24 p. _ Read more
Pannadipa, U (Kaba Aye Sayadaw). The Four Noble  
Truths.Yangon: I T B M U, 2000. _ 16 p. _ Read more
Piyadassi Thera, Ven. The Law of Cause and Effect 
(Paticca Samuppada). ... [n.d.] _ 24 p. _ Read more
Silananda, Sayadaw U. Volition: An Introduction to the 
Law of Kamma;ed. by Anthony Billings & Maung Tin Wa. Penang: Inward Path Publisher, 1999. _ 44 p. _ Read more
Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The Dhammapada, a Translation. 
Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc., 1997. _ 184 p. _ Read more
Tin Mon, Dr Mehn. Buddha Abhidhamma - Ultimate 
Science. Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc., 1995. _ 448 p. _ Read more

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Online Bibliography of Dhamma [2]

Ariyesako, Bhikkhu, comp. The Bhikkhus' Rules: A Guide for Laypeople_The Theravadin Buddhist Monk's Rules. Kallista, Vic : Sanghàloka Forest Hermitage, 1998.
331p. _ Read more @
Ba Khin , U (Sayagyi Thray Sithu ). The Essentials of Buddha Dhamma in Meditative Practice ; with an Essay by Eric Lerner . Access to Insight, © 1995–2011.
9p. _ Read more @
Dhammananda , K Sri . Are Buddhists Idol – Worshippers? [no date]
9p. _ Read more @
Janakabhivamsa, Ashin (Chanmyay Sayadaw). The Ordination Procedure Some Vinaya Rules. Yangon: Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centre, 1997.
41p. _ Read more @
Kundalābhivamsa, U (Saddhammaransi Sayadaw). Dhamma Discourses on Vipassana Meditation. Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc. , 1992.
96 p. _ Read more @
Mahã Boowa Ñãõasampanno, Ajaan. Amata Dhamma ; Six Talks on Dhamma, tr by Ajaan Suchard Sujato. Udon Thani: Forest Dhamma Books , [no date]
59 p. _ Read more @
Nyanaponika Thera, Venerable. The Four Sublime States. Penang: Inward Path ; Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc. , 1999.
30 p. _ Read more @
Pannyavaro, Ven. The Art of Attention. Sydney: Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc. 2000.
35p. _ Read more @
Pesala, Bhikkhu, ed. The Debate of King Milinda: an Abridgement of The Milinda Panha. Penang: Inward Path; Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc., 2001.
Saddhamma Kittisara, Bhaddanta. Buddha's Way of Immortal Medicine; tr by Dr Mehm Hla Aung Gyi. Yangon: Tain Land Publishing, 2000.
77p. _ Read more @
Sobhana, U (Mahasi Sayadaw). Dhammacakkapavattana Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Wheel of Dhamma; tr by U Ko Lay. Penang: SukhiHotu Dhamma Publication, 1998; Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc.
380p. _ Read more @
Suvanno Mahathera, Ven. The 31 Planes of Existence. Penang: Inward Path; Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc., [no date]
88p. _ Read more @

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Buddha Day or Vesak Day

Today is the Buddha Day. Buddha's Birthday is traditionally known as Vesak. It is the celebration of Buddha's Birthday, i.e. Visakah Puja. Every pious Buddhist gives respect to Vesak day. As it celebrates the Buddha's explicit prophecy, birth, enlightenment and death on the one day, the Buddha Day is worthy of respect for all Buddhists.

This day is the full moon day in May. But in the leap year the festival is held in June. According to the Indian calendar name of the month Vaisakha (Sanskrit) or Visakha (Pali) the celebration is called Vesak (Sinhalese).

In Myanmar the full moon day in May is the same in Kason. Being the hottest month the Buddhists are used to water on the foot of Bo Tree to be alive in hot climatic condition. This major Buddhist festival is written as “Kason Watering Bo Tree” in Burmese literature. The festival is descended from the Bagan period into the present day Myanmar culture.

The Buddhist devotees assess the value of four distinctive heritages of historical Buddha Day. They are:

(1) Dipankara Buddha knew and announced his prophecy that after four eons and one hundred thousand millions years, Sumedha would be a Buddha named Gotama. That day was the full moon day of Kason or Visakah.

(2) The Bodhisatta, Siddhattha Gotama was born in 68 Maha Era (623 BC) on Friday, the full moon day of Kason (Visakha, May) in Lumbini, Nepal. His parents were King Suddhodana and Queen Mahamaya, of Kapilavastu in Northern India.

(3) On the full moon day of Kason (Vesak), in 103 Maha Era (588 BC) on Wednesday, and on the 35th anniversary of his birth, under a Bo tree in Buddha Gaya, the Bodhisatta Siddhattha attained subbannuta nana and became the supreme Buddha, the Exalted One, the Fully Enlightened One. This Bo Tree, one of the seven co-natals also grows on the full moon day of Vesak.

(4) Finally, after having done his duties and responsibilities as a Buddha, he realized cessation of all Dukkha of Khandha (Maha Parinibbana). In 148 Maha Era (543 BC), on Tuesday, the full moon day of Vesak before dawn, lying under two beautiful sal trees, the Buddha passed away at the age of 80, in Kusinara, India.

Hence on the Buddha Day (Vesak Day), the Buddhists all over the world commemorate those events: the Birth, the Enlightenment and the Passing Away of Gotama the Buddha.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Online Bibliography of Dhamma [1]

Amaravati Buddhist Centre, U.K. Introduction To Insight Meditation. Hertfordshire: Amaravati Buddhist Centre, 1988.
13 p. _ Read more @
Bode, Mabel Haynes. The Pali Literature of Burma. Rangoon: Burma Research Society, 1965.
144 p. _ Read more @
Boowa, Acariya Maha. Arahattamagga–Arahattaphala: The Path to Arahantship; tr by Bhikkhu Dick Silaratano. Udon Thani: Baan Taad Forest Monastery, 2005.
116 p. _ Read more @
Dhammajîva, Venerable Uda Eriyagama. The Seven Factors of Enlightenment . Nugegoda: Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya, [n.d.]
64 p. _ Read more @
Dhammananda, Ven Dr K Sri. Sayings of the Buddha., [n.d.]
27 p. _ Read more @
Goenka, S. N. Guidelines for Practising Vipassana Meditation. Igatpuri : Vipassana Research Institute , [n.d.]
8 p. _ Read more @
Ko Lay, U. Guide to Tipitaka. Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc. , [n.d.]
158 p. _ Read more @
Kumara, U (Webu Sayadaw). The Power of Forbearance; tr by Roger Bischoff. Calne, Wiltshire: Sayagyi U Ba Khin Memorial Trust, 1999 .
7 p. _ Read more @
Nyanaponika Thera, Venerable. The Power of Mindfulness . Penang: Sukhi Hotu , 2001; Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc.
70 p. _ Read more @
Pesala, Bhikkhu. An Exposition of the Dhammacakka Sutta: The Wheel of the Dhamma. Alperton: Association For Insight Meditation, [no date]
24p. _ Read more @
Sobhana, U (Mahasi Sayadaw). The Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation_A Basic Buddhist Mindfulness Exercise. Rangoon: Department of Religious Affairs, 1979.
65 p. _ Read more @
Vimala, U (Mogok Sayadaw). Basic Paticcasamuppada: nataparinna stage_ a discourse on causes and effects; delivered by Ashin Sumana; tr by U Hla Myint. Yangon: Athaing Awaing Sarpay, 1998.
123 p. _ Read more @

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Audiography on Theravada Dhamma Discourses [30]

ကိုယ့္ကိုကိုယ္ခ်စ္ လူအစစ္ / Bhaddanta Sirindabhivamsa (Yaw Sayadaw) Yangon, Nov 17, 1998.
Who is the real human being ? ; the ability of such person; three properties of merit seed; example story _ an executioner “Tambadathika”. Listen more to
ဒုကၡခ်ဳပ္ရာ နိဗၺာန္အေၾကာင္း ႐ွင္းၿပပုံ တရား / U Vimala (Mogok Sayadaw). Feb 16, 1955.
How to strive to attain Nana that realize the end of suffering, i.e. Nibbana. Listen more to
ေနေရးထက္ေသေရးအေရးႀကီးပု့ံ / Bhaddanta Saddhamma Kittisara, (AungSan Sayadaw) Yangon, Feb 15, 2004.
Death_an unavoidable Dhamma; advising to practise Vipassana and have dhamma to depend upon in order not to be remorseful when one is on death bed. Listen more to
နိဗၺာန္ခ်မ္းသာ တရားေတာ္ / Ashin Janakabhivamsa (Mahagandharon Sayadaw) Bago, Nov 23, 1975.
How Nibbana is the best and how Apaya is dreadful; property of Kamma; answering Dhamma questions. Listen more to
ႏွလုံးသားဝယ္ ဘုရားတည္ / Bhaddanta Sirindabhivamsa (Yaw Sayadaw) Tatkoun, Jul 17, 1993.
Advising to substitute the Triple Ratana (the Buddha, the Dhamma,the Sangha) and Metta for Kilesa with the association of Saddha, Sati and Panna. Listen more to
မဂ္ဥာဏ္လိုခ်င္လွ်င္ ၀ိပႆနာ အားထုတ္ပါ အလုပ္ေပး တရား / U Janitalankara.
Key to attain Magga and Phala; Dhamma to be powerful in Vipassana practice; how to establish Samadhi (concentration); referring to the six attributes of Dhamma in meditation. Listen more to
လမ္းသုံးသြယ္ဘယ္လမ္းေ႐ြးၾကမလဲ / Bhaddanta Saddhamma Kittisara, (AungSan Sayadaw) Yangon, Feb 16, 2004.
Defining Yathabhuta nana; what Ariya realize; three paths for the living beings to choose i.e. (1) to sink, (2) to float, and (3) upstream; Vipassana the upstream path that one can only rely on; eliminating Ditthi to have strong Vipassana which is necessary for attaining Nibbana. Listen more to
ဝိသုဒၶိ ပမာျပ တရားထိုင္နည္းျပ အလုပ္ေပး တရား / U Janitalankara.
Role of Sila in vipassana practice; the correct view of Vipassana; way to realize “Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta”. Listen more to
ဝႆကာရပုဏၰားႏွင့့္ ရွင္အာနႏၵာ အေမး၊ အေျဖ / U Vimala (Mogok Sayadaw). Feb 15, 1955.
Advising to observe as sufferings whenever Vedana (Sukha, Dukkha, Upekkha) appear in order not to be a person with false belief; what worshipping Dhamma means; way to attain the Noble Eightfold Path with reference to the Dhamma talk between Venerable Ananda and Vassakara Brahmin. Listen more to
သူေတာ္ေကာင္းလကၡဏာ တရားေတာ္ / Ashin Janakabhivamsa (Mahagandharon Sayadaw). [no date]
Explanation of five characteristics of virtuous person; advising to extract Nibbana_the essence of all Dhamma, urgently from unstable and non valuable Khanda. Listen more to

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