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  • Transcendental Dependent Arising

    Transcendental Dependent Arising

    Transcendental Dependent Arising – this may seem like a forbidding expression, but the principles behind it are not so hard to understand. In essence, transcendental dependent arising describes the psychology of meditation, that is, how the process of meditation is experienced, from beginning to end. Transcendental dependent arising is closely related to the well-known Buddhist idea of dependent origination. For those who do not have much familiarity with the teachings of the Buddha, dependent origination is a sequence of twelve factors that are causally connected. The last factor of this chain of causality is suffering. Because it is a chain of causality, it shows you how suffering comes to be. The first of the twelve factors is ignorance or delusion – the inability to see the world as it actually is, how it truly functions. So starting with ignorance, one factor leads to the next all the way to suffering. What dependent origination shows you, then, is that suffering is the consequence of ignorance. This is how the Buddha explains why there is s...
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  • Healing the Fallout

    Healing the Fallout

    Following the direction of the comments on my Presidential address to the BSWA’s March Annual General Meeting over the past month has been very interesting. The depth and subtlety of the issues identified around the Bhikkuni ordination has been quite remarkable. It has been a pleasure to see these issues unpacked and deconstructed by many very skilled and knowledgeable bloggers.

    There have been three main sites I have followed that include the BSWA’s own Dhammaloka Community and our Dhamma TV site, but probably the site with the most interaction has been Ajahn Sujato’s Blog space. (Many thanks to Ajahn Sujato for hosting such a free and open discussion.) My hope is that all the monks and lay communities that are involved will read this and allow harmony, friendship and peace to be restored....
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  • Understanding the Essence of Dependent Origination

    Understanding the Essence of Dependent Origination

    The following essay is an edited transcript of a talk given at the Buddhist Society of W.A. on 17th April 2009.

    As you read the word of the Buddha and get a feel for what he taught, again and again you come across the teaching of dependent origination (paṭicca samuppāda). It soon becomes quite obvious that this teaching is a very important part of the way the Buddha explained things. At the same time dependent origination is a difficult teaching to understand. This essay, then, is an attempt to draw out the most important aspects of dependent origination in such a way as to make it more easily comprehensible.
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  • Tapping Away the Fear of Spiders

    Tapping Away the Fear of Spiders

    One of our members recently wrote: "I am terrified of big hairy spiders ... I could never get close enough to a large spider to catch it and put it outside myself and would be extremely uneasy if I did not know where it was while I was in the House. I know it's pathetic, but I can't help it and would love any brilliant suggestions as to how I can get rid of this fear."

    Here are some tips:...
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  • A Response to Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi’s Paper on Paññāvimutta

    A Response to Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi’s Paper on Paññāvimutta

    In 2007 Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi published a paper in the Journal of the Pali text Society titled “The Susīma-sutta and the Wisdom-Liberated Arahant”, in which he argued that the idea of an arahant devoid of jhāna may be traceable in the Pali Canon itself. I subsequently wrote a response to that article. Unfortunately, the Pali Text Society refused to publish it, stating that the article was not focussed enough on Pali as a language. Here, then, at long last, is my response to Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi's article. ...
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  • Pali Canon In Your Pocket

    Pali Canon In Your Pocket

    I recently purchased all three currently available editions of Canon translations (BPS/Wisdom) for my Kindle (I also have the paper editions) via amazon.com. The Kindle (or its equivalent app on other device e.g iPad) has an excellent search and annotation functions.

    I was listening to a sutta discussion by Ven Dhiravamso last night when he mentioned Anathapindika, one of the Buddha's great lay supporters, and said that he was described many times in the Canon. I decided to test this and opened up my Kindle Majjhima Nikaya and searched -- within a second I found 98 search results that I could immediately access. Some mentions were in the commentaries, but still that was a very amazing primer on the man. (Also chapter 9 of "Great Disciples of the Buddha" is devoted to him -- if by some chance you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it).
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  • Books about Buddhism for Children and Teens

    Books about Buddhism for Children and Teens

    One way to help solidify or spark an interest in meditation practice by children is to help teach them about Buddhism and the story of the Buddha. I think that forms a solid basis for showing the benefits of meditation, and also makes it less easy for children to rebel against meditation as "just something weird my mom or dad does." Here are some of my favorites -- all purchased and test-driven at home over the years......
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  • Validity of 2009 Bkhikkhuni Ordination

    Validity of 2009 Bkhikkhuni Ordination

    Four women from Dhammasara Nuns' Monastery in Perth Australia were fully ordained as bhikkhunis in the Theravada tradition at Bodhinyana Monastery on October 22, 2009 by the dual ordination proceedure (bhikkhuni upasampada kammavaca) of the Pali texts. They were ordained first by eight members of the Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha and then directly afterwards their ordination was confirmed by ten members of the Theravada Bhikkhu Sangha, thus fulfilling the qualifications for a dual ordination. The ordination proceedings were prepared and reviewed beforehand for orthodoxy and accuracy by a team of Vinaya scholars, and were audited during the ordination by Ven Ayya Santini Theri. Afterwards, on request, the ordination proceedings were shared with Wat Pah Pong Monastery in Thailand for their review.
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  • Transcendental Dependent Arising
    Ajahn Brahmali
    Transcendental Dependent Arising – this may seem like a forbidding expression, but the principles behind it are not so hard to understand. In essence, transcendental dependent arising describes the psychology of meditation, that is, how the process of meditation is experienced, from beginning to end. Transcendental dependent arising is closely related to the well-known Buddhist idea of dependent origination. For those who do not have much familiarity with the teachings of the Buddha, dependent origination is a sequence of twelve factors that are causally connected. The last factor of this chain of causality is suffering. Because it is a chain of causality, it shows you how suffering comes to be. The first of the twelve factors is ignorance or delusion – the inability to see the world as it actually is, how it truly functions. So starting with ignorance, one factor leads to the next all the way to suffering. What dependent origination shows you, then, is that suffering is the consequence of ignorance. This is how the Buddha explains why there is s...
    16th-November-2012, 09:29 AM
  • Taking the Five Precepts Online
    Bo Schafers
    You may take Refuge and take the Five Buddhist Precepts anytime right here from this page. Even if you have taken them before you can reaffirm them by going to a private place and chanting along (click play on the audio below). Going for Refuge and taking the Precepts define a person as a practising Buddhist.

    Going for Refuge gives a continuous perspective on life by referring to one's conduct and understanding of the qualities of the Buddha (wisdom), Dhamma (truth) and Sangha (virtue). The Precepts are for reflection and to define one's actions as a responsible human being. There is a formal means of requesting Refuge and Precepts from a bhikkhu/bhikkhuni, which is as follows:

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    25th-June-2011, 03:46 PM
  • Developing Mudita
    Rachel Green
    In early January I attended a talk given by Venerable Buddharakkhita. It was a very special evening devoted to a guided meditation and talk on Mudita - sympathetic joy. It is not a topic I have heard spoken of much before so I have written down what I learnt from him. Mudita is one of the 4 Brahma Viharas or Divine Abidings, the others being loving-kindness, compassion and equanimity. These are all powerful antidotes for self-doubt, unfriendliness, cruelty and unbalanced destructive mind states....
    16th-June-2011, 04:08 PM
  • Buddhism For Sale in the West
    Jerrod Lopes
    Nirbbana For Sale in the West

    by Jerrod Lopes




    It's been on my mind for some time and the evidence for my case grows stronger. Buddhism is becoming
    25th-May-2011, 02:59 AM
  • Manage Anxiety and Panic with Meditation
    Rachel Green
    One technique for managing anxiety and producing peace and calm is meditation. I have used it very successfully in managing anxiety and have learnt much about how to do it.

    Meditation objects can vary and there is no one 'right' object that helps everyone to reduce anxiety. It is important to find the object that best suits you. ...
    27th-April-2011, 07:57 PM
  • Mudita meditation - some guidelines
    Rachel Green
    In early January I attended a talk given by Venerable Buddharakkhita. It was a very special evening devoted to a guided meditation and talk on Mudita - sympathetic joy. It is not a topic I have heard
    27th-April-2011, 06:57 PM
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