Monks in the Morning, Monday, Dec 9, #126 Show Notes

Episode 126 Mind Like a Diamond


Today we’ll learn a new simile taught by the Supreme Buddha about the difference in people’s minds. Normally we look at people and see that their bodies are different. Some may be tall, some may be short. Some may have dark skin and some may have light skin. But the Buddha didn’t care about those things so much, did he. He cared most about our minds. And when we look carefully we can see that different people have different kinds of minds. Now, the good news is that we can develop our minds and make them better. We can’t do so much to change our bodies, but our minds we can completely improve to bring happiness into our lives. So we’ll learn some similes to help us think about different kinds of minds.

Contents

6:05 Sermon on AN 3.25
16:02 Therigatha 92-96. Arahant Nun Mittakali
17:47 Suriya Paritta. Download a PDF or read online.

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Monks in the Morning, Friday, Dec 6, #125 Show Notes

Episode 125 Questions on Metta and Giving Dana to One Monk


Today we’ll hear answers to a couple of questions your friends from Dhamma School have asked. We’ll also hear a new segment where we can learn about the 32 marks that all supreme Buddhas have. I think you may have heard about these before. There is the very famous story of when the Bodhisatta baby was taken to the Brahmins to predict his future. When the brahmins looked at him they could see these signs that showed he would either become a ruler of the entire world, or a Samma Sambuddha. So for each of these marks we want to pay close attention for three things. First, what was the action he did in the past. Second, what was the mark on his body that came as a result of that action. And finally, what was the special ability or quality the Supreme Buddha had in his life as a result of that mark.

Now, I bet you remember how the Supreme Buddha’s cousin Devadatta tried to kill the Buddha. But he wasn’t successful, was he. Well, when we learn this first mark, we’ll understand why. It was because of the Buddha’s good karma done in his previous lives.

Contents

6:02 32 Marks of a Great Man, #1
7:59 Q & A
17:58 Karaniya Metta Sutta. Download a PDF or read online.

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Monks in the Morning, Thursday, Dec 5, #124 Show Notes

Episode 124 Problems with Wealth, Solutions with Wealth


Today I want to tell you about a sutta taught by the Supreme Buddha to help us understand wealth, or money. Do you like to have money? Most people do. Have you thought about the disadvantages of money? Have you thought about the best ways to use money? Well, we’ll learn about that today.

Contents

5:53 Sermon on AN 5:227
17:58 Chanda Paritta. Download a PDF or read online.

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Monks in the Morning, Wednesday, Dec 4, #123 Show Notes

Episode 123 Beauty Tips from the Buddha, CullaKammaVibhanga Sutta 4


Do you remember the karma or action we learned about in the last show? One was harming living beings, like humans or animals. The other was not harming living beings. What was the result of harming? One result is being born in a bad destination like hell or the animal world. The other result of harming is that we become sick very easily. And the opposite, not harming others? We can be reborn in a good destination and be very healthy.

Today we’ll learn about another set of actions and a way to become beautiful in the future.

Contents

6:12 Sermon on Culakammavibhanga Sutta (Read online)
15:47 Aham Avero Homi: Loving-Kindness Chanting. Read online, download a PDF or MP3.

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Monks in the Morning, Tuesday, Dec 3, #122 Show Notes

Episode 122 True Path to Good Health: CullaKammaVibhanga Sutta 3


Today we are going to learn the next part of the Cula Kamma Vibhanga sutta. Previously we learned about the type of action, or karma, that leads to someone having a short life or a long life. Do you remember what that is? The Supreme Buddha saw directly with his own mind that when we kill living beings, in the future we will have a short life. And if we give up killing, then that results in having a long life. When we keep the precepts we can be happy knowing that by observing the first precept we are helping ourselves to have a long life.

Contents

6:15 Sermon on Culakammavibhanga Sutta (Read online)
15:59 Aham Avero Homi: Loving-Kindness Chanting. Read online, download a PDF or MP3.

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Sadu! Sadu! Mama Gautama Munindu Sarana Yanne

1. Rāga dvēsha mōha nometi – sitakin yutu vannē
Endowed with a mind free of lust hatred and delusion,

sil samādhi guṇa nuvaṇeti – nivan suvaya dannē
Being virtuous, wise with a concentrated mind, experiencing the happiness of Nibbana

tun lova ven̆duman lebumaṭa – nitiyen himi vannē
Always worthy to receive reverential salutations from the beings from the three worlds.

arahaṁ yana guṇayen yutu – budu himi naman̆dinnē
Venerating the Great Buddha, accomplished with the quality of Araham. 

sādu! sādu! mama gautama – budu himi naman̆dinnē
Sadu sadu I go for refuge to the great sage Gotama Buddha.


2. Guru upades kisivak neti – ṛiju gamanaki yannē
Following a straight path without the guidance of a teacher

perum purā gena ā bala – rekavaraṇeṭa ennē
having the protection of the power of perfections completed

dasa bala budu nuvaṇa etiva – tun lova jaya gannē
Winning the three worlds with the Buddha’s wisdom of the Ten Powers

sammā sambudu guṇa yutu – budu himi namadinnē
Venerating the Buddha accomplished with the quality of Samma Sambuddha

sādu! sādu! mama gautama – munin̆du saraṇa yannē
Sadu sadu I go for refuge to the great sage Gotama Buddha


3. Kelesun tora nuvaṇa etiva – pera bhavayan dannē
With wisdom and no defilements, seeing the previous lives

ipadena marenā sasarē – ati tatu veṭahennē
The Buddha understanding the true nature of the endless births and deaths

hiru san̆du lesa nuvaṇa etiva – dahamē hesirennē
Having wisdom like the sun and the moon, lives according to the Dhamma

vijjācaraṇin yutu vū – budu himi namadinnē
Venerating the Buddha, accomplished with the quality of Vijacharanasampana

sādu! sādu! mama gautama – munin̆du saraṇa yannē
Sadu sadu I go for refuge to the great sage Gotama Buddha.


4. Sundara vū nivan men̆gahi – son̆din veḍamavannē
The Buddha Follows the wonderful path of Nibbana

amā nivan suvaya vin̆dina – sitakin yutu vannē
dwelling with a mind enjoying the bliss of Nibbana

sita kaya vacanaya hema viṭa – son̆duruva pavatinnē
Well restrained is the bodily, verbal and mental conduct

sugata guṇen yutu gautama – munin̆dun namadinnē
Venerating the Buddha accomplished with the quality of Sugatha

sādu! sādu! mama gautama – munin̆du saraṇa yannē
Sadu sadu I go for refuge to the great sage Gotama Buddha


5. Devlova bam̆ba lova manu lova – satara apā dannē
Knows very well about the Divine worlds, Brahma worlds, human world and the four bad destinations

kala kam pala demin satun – e e tena yannē
Wandering in the world according to the Karma that give results

lova upadina lovin midena – maga menavin dannē
Knowing the paths very well that leads to birth in the world and to escape from the world

lōkavidu guṇayen yutu – budu himi namadinnē
Venerating the Buddha accomplished with the quality of Lokavidu

sādu! sādu! mama gautama – munin̆du saraṇa yannē
Sadu sadu I go for refuge to the great sage Gotama Buddha


6. mahā kāruṇika guṇa eti – budu neta yomu vannē
The Buddha’s eyes with great compassion, directed for the people’s benefit

desanā viṭa siri sadaham – lova damanaya vannē
While preaching the sublime Dhamma, beings get tamed in the world

sasarē sarisarana satun – eyin etera vannē
The beings wandering in Sansara escape by this help

anuttarō purisadamma – sārathi nam vannē
this is the quality of Anutharopurisadhammasarathi.

sādu! sādu! mama gautama – munin̆du saraṇa yannē
Sadu sadu I go for refuge to the great sage Gotama Buddha


7. devlova bam̆balova devivaru – baṇa asumaṭa ennē
Heavenly beings from divine worlds, brahma worlds, come to listen to the Dhamma

manulova nuvaṇeti minisun – nivan magehi yannē
Wise humans in the human world follow the path to Nibbana

devi minisungē uttama – guru devin̆dun vannē
The Buddha is the teacher of Devas and Humans

satthā dēvamanussānaṁ – budu himi namadinnē
Venerating the Buddha accomplished with the quality of Sathadevamanusanam

sādu! sādu! mama gautama – munin̆du saraṇa yannē
Sadu sadu I go for refuge to the great sage Gotama Buddha


8. lō sata vin̆dinā duka gena – pehadili karaminnē
Buddha explains the suffering that beings experience in the world

duken midena nivan labana – maga gena pavasannē
Preaches the path to overcome suffering and to attain Nibbana

caturārya satyaya gena – avabōdhaya dennē
Giving the realization of the Four Noble Truths

buddha guṇen yutu sambudu – samin̆dun namadinnē
Venerating the Buddha accomplished with the quality of Buddho

sādu! sādu! mama gautama – munin̆du saraṇa yannē
Sadu sadu I go for refuge to the great sage Gotama Buddha

9. apa munin̆duge budu nuvaṇaṭa – hiru san̆du paradinnē
The wisdom of the Buddha surpasses the light of the sun and the moon

sīla samāhita guṇayaṭa – lovama vasan̆ga vannē
The whole world is enchanted by his qualities of virtue and concentration

diyen uḍaṭa vit vihiduṇa – piyumak vilasinnē
Like a lotus that has bloomed above the water

bhagavā yana guṇayen yutu – budu himi namadinnē
Venerating the Buddha accomplished with the quality of Bhagava

sādu! sādu! mama gautama – munin̆du saraṇa yannē
Sadu sadu I go for refuge to the great sage Gotama Buddha.

Aham Avero Homi: Traditional Loving-Kindness Phrases

Ahaṁ avero homi
May I be free from anger;

abyāpajjho homi
may I be free from ill will;

anīgo homi
may I be free from mental & physical suffering;

sukhī attānaṁ pariharāmi
may I look after myself and live happily.

Ahaṁ viya myhaṁ
As I am,

āchari upajjhāyā
so may my noble mentors,

māthā pitharo
my mother and father,

hitha satthā
friendly beings,

majjhattika satthā
indifferent beings,

verī satthā
and unfriendly beings,

averā hontu
be free from anger;

Abyāpajjhā hontu
be free from ill will;

anīghā hontu
be free from mental & physical suffering;

sukhī atthānaṁ pariharantu
may they look after themselves, live happily,

dukkhā muñchanthu
and be free from suffering.

Yathā laddha sampatthito māvigacchantu
May whatever they have gained, not be lost.

Kammassakā
All beings are owners of their kamma.

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Monks in the Morning, Friday, Nov 29, #121 Show Notes

Episode 121 Questions on Feeling Lonely and Not Wanting to Meditate


Today we’ll hear answers to a couple of questions your friends from Dhamma School have asked. Have you ever felt sad or lonely when you couldn’t be with your friends? I bet that happens a lot. And what should we do when we don’t feel like meditation? That probabaly happens a lot to you too. We’ll talk about these things today.

Activity

Try to use one of the techniques you learned today and write to us and tell us how it worked. See the contact info below.

Contents

5:15 Kavi
6:44 Q&A
21:29 Angulimala Paritta. Download a PDF or read online.

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Monks in the Morning, Tuesday, Nov 27, #119 Show Notes

Episode 119 Terrorizing an Innocent


Today we are going to learn about a man who’s mind was filled with hatred and thoughts of revenge. Someone said something to him that he didn’t like and all he could think about was how to get even with that person. Has someone ever said something to you to criticize you or blame you? I’m sure they have. It happens to everyone. People even blamed the Supreme Buddha. But the way we react completely depends on how pure out mind is. We’ve learned before how when people would criticize and scold the Buddha he never got angry or had any thoughts of taking revenge or getting even with that person. This is the big difference between us and a Supreme Buddha.

Activity

Think about a time that someone has accused you of something that made you unhappy. Are you happy with how you reacted? How could you react better in the future?

Contents

5:57 Sermon on Sumangala and the Thief, from Dhammapada commentary 136
16:58 Paṭicca Samuppāda chanting. Read along online or download a PDF.

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