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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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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Monks in the Morning, Tuesday, Nov 26, #118 Show Notes

Episode 118 Benefits of Listening to Dhamma


So, I think all day long you have to sit in class and listen to your teachers, don’t you. What’s the benefit you get from doing that? You’re probably able to answer the questions they ask you. And you can get good marks on your tests. But have you ever thought about the benefits you get from listening to the Dhamma? We don’t listen to Dhamma just so we can pass a test, so we. Today we are going to learn about five benefits we get when we listen to Dhamma sermons. When we know what these benefits are, then we will have a strong desire to listen to the Buddha’s teachings whenever we have a chance.

Activity

Memorize the five benefits to listening to the Dhamma and tell one of your friends or family members.

Contents

5:44 Sermon on benefits of listening to the Dhamma
17:19 Metta Bhavana: Loving Kindness Meditation Download PDF or MP3.

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