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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
One of the most interesting of the many art forms I came across in Myanmar was the mosaic work, which is often a mixture of small mirrors and stained glass or coloured stones that adorn the temples and pagodas throughout the country.
The Sutaungpyai Pagoda, which is situated right on the top of the Mandalay hill is a really wonderful temple to see, with very beautiful and complex mosaic glasswork covering the pillars, walls, ceilings and shrines.
The Uposatha calendar for the recitation of the Pātimokkha from the beginning of Hemanta 2010 up and till the end of Hemanta in 2012. According to Myanmar and Sri Lankan traditions.
Yesterday we saw the Tipitaka had been carved on marble slabs at the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Right next door at the Sandamuni Pagoda, there are slabs which contain not just the Tipitaka, but the commentaries and sub-commentaries as well.
The World’s Largest Book stands upright in the grounds of the Kuthodaw Pagoda. It has 730 leaves and 1460 pages; each page is approximately three and a half feet wide, five feet tall and five inches thick.
My name is Jade and I am eleven years old. Mum has asked me to write this for her birthday present. If I do not do what she says, she predicts that I will have terrible bad kamma in my later life and be dead meat. So it is better for me to do what she says.
The Mahamuni Temple or Pagoda is a complex of structures located along a road from Mandalay leading to Amarapura in the southwest. The temple has a central shrine and is framed by an extensive grass lawn. The arcades leading to the main shrine have, as in many temples and pagodas in Myanmar, kiosks selling religious paraphernalia such as incense, candles, rosaries, flowers, robes, sandals etc., and various restaurants and tea shops.
Today I am publishing one of the shortest biographies of the Buddha I have come across. It is by A. Christina Albers who was the author of numerous books and articles on both Buddhist and Hindu subjects.
The Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a 98-metre gilded stupa located in Yangon. The pagoda lies to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on the Singuttara Hill and dominates the skyline of the city.
Today I start posting photographs from my recent trip to Myanmar. All the albums are now online and can be accessed from the Myanmar page of my Photo Dharma website, but on the blog I will also offer some more personal recollections than is possible there.
After some consideration I have decided to cut back on the posts I am publishing here, because the fact of the matter is that it takes up far too much of my time – and was, indeed, dominating my publishing efforts for the past few months.
As today is Christmas Day, I thought a reflection on my first spiritual teacher, Father Bede Griffiths, might be of interest. Of all the people in my life he is the one, I would say, who has had the most lasting influence.