The Relics of Supreme Buddha| Mirror of Dhamma for Kids | Episode 08

After the Buddha attained Mahāparinibbāṇa, on a Vesak Full Moon Poya Day, the Buddha’s sacred body turned into relics, which were divided into eight portions. Later, King Ashoka redistributed the relics of the Buddha and enshrined them in 84,000 stupas. Moreover, we’re introduced to two Suttas; Mahāparinibbāṇa Sutta, as well as about Arahant Maha Kassappa (Kassapa Samyutta, Samyutta Nikaya). By learning the history of these great relics, may everyone have the opportunity to realise the Four Noble Truths, and worship these relics, which will bring enormous merits. Whilst worshipping these relics, we should think that we’re worshipping the Living Buddha. Now, even if we’re living far away we can think of these Powerful Stupas, worship the Supreme Buddha, and gain merit!

Asubha: Protective Meditation on Impurities of the Body

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These are traditional verses that can be recited as a meditation.

1. Aviññāṇa’subhanibhaṁ – Saviññāṇa’subhaṁ imaṁ
Kāyaṁ asubhato passaṁ – asubhaṁ bhāvaye yati

Seeing this body as impure when it is dead, without consciousness, and also impure when alive with consciousness, one should meditate on its foulness.

2. Vaṇṇa sanṭhāna gaṇdhehi – āsayokāsato tathā
Paṭikkulāni kāye me – kuṇapāṇi dvisoḷasa

The thirty-two impurities of one’s body are disgusting in colour, and sign, foul smell, position and space where impure parts connect together.

3. Patitamhā’pi kuṇapā – jegucchaṁ kāya nissitaṁ
Ādhāro hi sucī tassa – kāye tu kuṇape ṭhitaṁ

The impurities within the body are more disgusting than those that fall from it, since impurities that fall from body may touch even pure things, but inner impure parts rest just on impurities.

4. Mīḷhe kimi’va kāyo’yaṁ – asucimhi samuṭṭhito
Anto asuci sampuṇṇo – puṇṇavacca kuṭī viya

Like a worm born in filth, this body was also born in filth. Like a cesspit that is full, this body is full of filth.

5. Asuci sandate niccaṁ – yathā meda kathālikā
Nānā kimi kulāvāso – pakka candanikā viya

Just as fat pours from an over flowing pot, likewise impure things always flow from this body. Like a cesspit full of filth, this body is the home to various kinds of worms.

6. Gaṇḍabhūto rogabhūto – vaṇabhūto samussayo
Atekicchoti jeguccho – pabhinna kuṇapūpamo’ti.

This body suffers from boils, diseases, aches and pain like a wound that is incurable. It is extremely repulsive. This impure body indeed is subject to destruction.

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu!
By this truth, may there be well-being!

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Translation from The Mahamevnawa Pali English Paritta Chanting Book.

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Mettā: Protection Verses of Loving-Kindness Meditation

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These are traditional verses that can be recited as a meditation.

1. Attūpamāya sabbesaṁ – sattānaṁ sukha kāmataṁ
Passitvā kamato mettaṁ – sabbasattesu bhāvaye

I desire happiness, others also desire happiness. Having compared oneself with others, one should practice loving kindness towards all beings, by realizing that everyone desires happiness.

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Dhamma Talk in Italy | Part 2 | by Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero

In this sermon we learn the Chakkavattisihanada Sutta, where Supreme Buddha preaches how the qualities of humans will deteriorate and how the inhuman qualities will be powerful. In emphasis of this we learn a beautiful story of about a girl with extremely beautiful hair during the Buddha’s time who was reborn as a ghost after she passes away due to her inhumane qualities. Thus, one should strive to escape this mass of suffering but making effort to cultivate good qualities in this life.