Report of a trip to the many pilgrimage sites around the old capital of Magadha, Rajgir, where the Buddha was given his first monastery and gave many of his discourses.
A new text and translation of a popular Burmese chanting text, together with extracts from the commentary.
Two collections of photographs taken at the Indian Museum, Kolkata of the Bharhut Stupa and the Statues from the Gandhara, Mathura and later Gupta periods.
The origin of the idea of the Bodhisatta in the Theravada Tradition, how the idea was developed until it became a central part of the teaching in the early medieval period, and a look at the influence the teaching had on the Theravada countries.
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 trip to see the Barabar cave complexes, north of Gaya in the Jehanabad district, and the nearby village of Kawa Dol, where a magnificent (but damaged) statue of Buddha is situated.
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.
Short post commemorating the 13th anniversary since the passing of the well-known Sri Lankan meditation teacher Godwin Samamaratne.
A new edition of this important work on the social ramifications of the Buddha’s teachings by Nalin Swaris
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.
Membership in the Buddha’s Sangha was not determined by birth, but by free choice of an aspirant and literally by formal adoption into a new type of kinship group.
A father and a younger brother argue along the road, and the Bodhisatta reproves them with these words.
The Buddha’s teaching on domestic economy is a challenging charter for social emancipation compared to the crude will-to-power underlying Brahmin theology and Aristotelian philosophy.
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.
Poems, aphorisms and musing from the American monk, Ven. Moneyya (updated Nov. 2013).
The Buddha’s economic vision steers a Middle Path that goes through and beyond the two models debated by contemporary economic planners: total control of production by the State, or the laissez faire approach, which gives freedom to market forces that are in reality forces of desire.
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.
The Buddha was the first thinker in world history to formulate a theory of contractual power. The Aggañña Sutta is the earliest known discourse on politics where the source of state power is traced to popular consensus.