Mike Cross digs up Asvaghosa’s Gold

Mike Cross

A new website for translations of Ven Aśvaghoṣa’s Buddhacarita and Saudarananda by Mike Cross, together with his commentary on the texts.

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Ven. Moneyya: Selected Poems and Musings

Ven. Moneyya photographed by Andrzej Walkusz

A new website dedicated to the poems and thoughts of the American monk Ven. Moneyya.

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New Audio and Poems on Godwin Home Page

Godwin Portrait, Sri Lanka, 1990s

New material featuring talks by Acarya Godwin Samararatne at the evening meetings, and also discussions and chanting; the poems were written by meditators at Nilambe expressing their thoughts and feelings.

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BWV 071: The Consequences of Listening to Slander

A jackal using slander sets two friends fighting, a bull and a lion, and eventually they kill each other. The jackal then eats their flesh. The King of men (the Bodhisatta) reflects on it in these verses addressed to his charioteer.

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BWV 070: Deeds not Words Measure a Friend

A King of the geese is invited by the King of men to stay with him, but he declines with these words.

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BWV 069: True Friends

The Bodhisatta is an ascetic who is invited by the King to stay in his park. After some time the King plots to kill him, and he decides to leave. When questioned why he is going this is his reply.

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BWV 068: Friendship is more Valuable than Wealth

A rich man gives half his wealth to one fallen on hard times; but when he is in need himself the other offers him only rice gruel. He accepts it so as not to rebuff the obligations of friendship. Later the King hears about it and restores his wealth.

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BWV 067: Reconciliation and Responsibility

A father and a younger brother argue along the road, and the Bodhisatta reproves them with these words.

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BWV 066: Not Listening to Divisive Speech

A jackal tries to divide a lion and a tiger by sowing dissension so he can eat their flesh. They remain friends and the jackal flees.

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Selected Poems of Bhikkhu Moneyya

Bhikkhu Moneyya

Poems, aphorisms and musing from the American monk, Ven. Moneyya (updated Nov. 2013).

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BWV 065: Overstaying One’s Welcome

The Bodhisatta is an ascetic who is invited by the King to stay in his park. After some time the King plots to kill him, and he decides to leave.

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BWV 064: Prudence in Giving

A royalist treats with kindness a great horseman – the King himself – who has been defeated in battle. The great horseman tells him if he comes to the city he will receive his reward. One day the man comes and the King gives him half his kingdom.

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BWV 063: Not Deceiving One’s Friends

The King sends his charioteer to kill and bury his son (the Bodhisatta) whom he believes to be disabled and unlucky. The Bodhisatta appeals to the charioteer thus.

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BWV 062: Ungratefulness gets its Just Deserts

A man lost in a forest is saved by a monkey, the Bodhisatta, who, tired out, lies down to rest. The man, who is hungry, tries to kill him with a rock but fails. He is struck with leprosy, dies and is reborn in hell.

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BWV 061: Gratefulness and Moderation

The god of a Banyan tree gives presents to merchants, who out of greed decide to cut down the tree. Their chief protests with this verse, and is the only one spared retribution.

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BWV 060: Four True Friends

A god approaches and asks four questions regarding friends and this is the Buddha’s reply.

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BWV 059: True Friends

Seven things by which one can know a true friend.

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BWV 058: The True Friend

The Buddha explains the seven things by which one can recognise a true friend.

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BWV 057: Friends, Bad and Good

The Buddha explains to the young man Sigāla how to distinguish bad friends and good friends.

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BWV 056: The 16 Qualities of Foes and Friends

The Bodhisatta explains to King Brahmadatta the sixteen qualities of a foe, and the sixteen qualities of a friend.

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