A short discourse explaining the factors involved when giving gifts, both for the donor and for the recipient.
The Commemorations on the July Full Moon Day
The events that are commemorated on the Full Moon Day in July according to the Theravāda tradition.
Finding the Path (through meeting Ven Nyanavimala)
How Ven Nyanavimala influenced a young Sri Lankan Buddhist’s life, and inspired her to walk the Path of Dhamma.
Proposal: Free Publishing Platform for Dharma Workers
A proposal for a new blogging platform which will serve those engaged in Dharma work of any kind.
New Website: Dharma Documentaries
A new website housing documentaries on the Buddhist Teaching, the associated cultures, mainly in Asia, and films about ecology, and human and animal rights.
Ven Sumangalo, 03: The Law of Karma and Rebirth
Third part of a booklet by the American monk Ven. Sumangalo on how to be a practicing Buddhist, concerns the basic teachings of Buddhism.
Ven Sumangalo, 02: The 8 Positive Rules for a Happy Life
Second part of a booklet by the American monk Ven. Sumangalo on how to be a practicing Buddhist, concerns the 8-fold Noble Path.
Ven Sumangalo, 01: What is Practical Buddhism?
First part of a booklet by the American monk Ven. Sumangalo on how to be a practicing Buddhist, concerns the basic teachings of Buddhism.
My Spiritual Father (Ven. Nyanavimala)
Personal recollections of the great German monk Ven Nyanavimala by Mrs. Ayoma Wickramasinghe, one of his closest devotees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BWV 067: Reconciliation and Responsibility
A father and a younger brother argue along the road, and the Bodhisatta reproves them with these words.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BWV 062: Ungratefulness gets its Just Desserts
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.