An updated edition of the collection of Buddhist Wisdom Verses, together with a new recording.
Throughout 2009 and the early part of 2010 I worked on a text and translation of a collection of verses made by the Svejin Nikāya’s former Mahānāhimi, Ven. Rerukane Candavimala, who was one of the leading scholar monks in Sri Lanka in the 20th century. The Svejin Nikāya is my ordination sect, and Ven Rerukane…
A video made from a reading of the second chapter of my Buddhist Wisdom Verses, with pan and zoom effects of photographs of characters from the wall-murals at Borobudur as a backdrop and subtitles synchronised with the reading.
A video made from a reading of the first chapter of my Buddhist Wisdom Verses, with pan and zoom effects of photographs of characters from the wall-murals at Borobudur as a backdrop and subtitles synchronised with the reading.
To give a taste of what my new book Buddhist Wisdom Verses is like I include one of the 251 sections today. I include here also a reading of the text. These make for very good meditative reflections of the teaching, and you can see how they apply to yourself.
The book is one of the most useful compiliations on the moral life of the layman that can be found. It is drawn mainly from the great verses collections in the Pāḷi Nikāyas and almost all aspects of the lay life have been covered.
A selection of contributions I have made to Buddhist Studies
Publication of a translation of the Dhammapada, along with synopses of the stories on Ancient Buddhist Texts
Some verses that were taught to the Bodhisatta by a brāhman who had heard them from the Buddha Kassapa. He is rewarded with a thousand coins for each of the verses.
New E-books page for Ancient Buddhist Texts, where the whole English section is now available in epub and mobi format complete with attractive covers.
English texts are now uploaded to a new and rather good-looking platform for the publication of pdfs, which automatically converts the files to flip-books, which are quick to load and present nicely in the browser.
Safeguard Recitals and Daily Chanting books now published in hard copy for free distribution.
Publication of a new and enlarged version of my popular chanting book Safeguard Recitals on the Ancient Buddhist Texts website.
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.
A King of the geese is invited by the King of men to stay with him, but he declines with these words.
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.
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.
A father and a younger brother argue along the road, and the Bodhisatta reproves them with these words.
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.