This is a short talk I gave about how to make everyday an auspicious day by developing four great qualities of mind, and I illustrated it with stories from the life of the Buddha and modern forest monks in Sri Lanka.
Wikipedia is definitely one of the great resources on the Internet which makes things easier and better for everyone who can access it. However, there are some problems which seem to be built-in to it. Here are a couple I have faced recently.
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.
This is a hauntingly beautiful and deeply meditative film by Bae Yong-kyun, who spent 7 years making and editing the film, which is permeated by Buddhist themes and is built up around Zen koans and Zen-like dialogue.
This is a video recording of a talk given by Ajahn Karuniko, the vice-Abbot of Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in England, on the subject of good and skilful speech. The talk is in English with Mandarin translation by Mr. Tan Ah Huat.
For a number of years I lived in ashrams in India, before eventually retiring to Sri Lanka and ordaining. One of the things I remember most fondly about my time in the ashrams there was the Bhajan and Kirtan singing which generally took place each evening.
Publication of the books on Godwin’s website in epub and mobi formats is announced. In a very convenient form you can now carry the books around with you along with your eReader, and delve into the teachings as and when needed.
I needed to write part of a file name into the mp3 title tag. There are some great tag writers out there, but I couldn’t find one that can write only part of the name, which is what I needed.
This post looks at how I solved a problem I had with naming captions in photographs so they can be easily uploaded to Picasa web albums. It also shows how to write to jpeg comments.
A reprint of Bhante Dhammika’s excellent article on the river Ganges from his online Buddhism A-Z, showing how important the river was for the Buddha. Illustrated with some stills from the documentaries.
Po Win Daung is a large complex of 800+ sandstone caves around 20 km from Monywa, which have been dug out of the hills and contains what is considered to be one of the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in South-East Asia.
The very next day we organised a major outing to go and see the Po Win caves which are west of Monywa, and around 150km away from our base. This was probably our biggest “find” on the trip.
Should others, monks, speak dispraise about me, or the Dhamma, or the Sangha, do not let there be any hatred, resentment, or dissatisfaction for you in your mind.
This talk begins by reflecting on the past year and encouraging people to remember their good deeds, and then also to make a strong determination for the coming year to keep precepts and develop further their spiritual life.
Over the past few weeks I have been converting the translations in the English section of my Ancient Buddhist Texts website into .epub and .mobi format, and they are now ready for use in your eBook Reader.
After visiting and photographing the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, and feeling more satisfied with ourselves, having done one of the things we had set out to do, we decided to walk back over the U Bein bridge. The bridge is said, at around 1200 metres long, to be the longest teak bridge in the world, and was…
I very much liked the mosaic work found in the temples and pagodas I saw in Myanmar, and being inspired by the idea when I got back I made a digital mosaic based on a photograph of a pedestal mosaic at Shwedagon, Yangon.
King Pagan built the Kyauktawgyi Temple on an island in the Taugthaman Lake in 1847, inside there are many very fine mural paintings showing temples and pagodas from throughout the Burmese Kingdom.