Old News Archive
September 2001

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  • [15 September 2001] Have you read "Non-violence: A Study Guide" lately?
    tremble at the rod,
    hold their life dear.
    Drawing the parallel to
    neither kill nor get others to kill.

    [Dhp 129]

      Winning gives birth to hostility.
    Losing, one lies down in pain.
    The calmed lie down with ease,
    having set
    winning & losing

    [SN 3.14]

    'I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.' This is the first fact that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained.

    'I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness'...

    'I am subject to death, have not gone beyond death'...

    'I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me'...

    'I am the owner of my actions (kamma), heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator. Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir'...

    These are the five facts that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained.

    [AN 5.57]

  • [13 September 2001] Now may be a good time for all of us to re-read and reflect upon the Karaniya Metta Sutta:
    May all beings be happy at heart.
    Whatever beings there may be,
    weak or strong, without exception,
    long, large,
    middling, short,
    subtle, blatant,
    seen & unseen,
    near & far,
    born & seeking birth:
    May all beings be happy at heart.

    Let no one deceive another or despise anyone anywhere,
    or through anger or resistance
    wish for another to suffer.

    As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child,
    even so should one cultivate a limitless heart
    with regard to all beings.

  • [10 September 2001] A series of suttas on the five aggregates (khandha)... ... on the seven obsessions (anusaya)... ... and a new translation of the Nava Sutta.
    • Nava Sutta (Sn 2.8) — A Boat [Thanissaro Bhikkhu, trans.] A teacher, like a skilled boatman, is one who knows firsthand how to cross to the opposite shore.
  • [3 September 2001] Talk by Ajaan Suwat
    • Right Concentration, by Ajaan Suwat Suvaco. Ajaan Suwat explains the value of tranquillity meditation as a foundation for the development of insight.