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One hundred days have passed. On 24th December I was preparing to go to my family when at 1-30pm I received a message, its very tone struck me as severe as it simply said my name. It was quickly followed by another message which informed me about the fatal crash in which three of our monks had passed away and that Sangthong was seriously injured. Shock was the initial feeling that overcame me ... more
By Dhammacaro What makes human beings suffer? One of the answers is that they cannot accept the way things are. Is this true? Before answering this question, I would like to tell a Zen story, which illustrates the matter well. Here is the story: There was once a woman who was adopted and lived with a certain family. She was always suffering as she kept thinking about herself the thought, “I am ... more
By Dhammacaro People like to judge a temple, or meditation centre by the number of students, or followers it has. On the basis of this, people comment: “This is a good temple, or meditation centre”. In fact, such places cannot be judged by the number of people who go there. It depends, instead, on the quality of learning and practice. This has associations with a Zen story, which illustrates ... more
By Dhammacaro In Buddhism, the teachings focus on Metta, or loving kindness, which encourages mankind to live together in peace and harmony. According to this, the basic teachings start with loving kindness and compassion. And for this, there is one type of meditation method called Metta-Bavana, or loving-kindness meditation. This form of meditation starts with spreading loving-kindness from ... more