How To Overcome Stress | Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thera | Yowun Daham Sakmana 2021

In today’s world, the youth is misled by the internet and social media. Technology has taken over young kids resulting in them to take hasty and impulsive decisions in life. It is also seen how the younger generation is generally impatient, unintelligent, and lack the ability to control impulsivity.
The Maha Mangala Sutta is discussed and the importance of not associating with the foolish, and the importance of associating with the wise is taught.

The only way to avoid getting trapped into the wrong paths encouraged by the unwise on the internet is to wholeheartedly go for refuge to the Supreme Buddha. Swaminwahansa teaches us a sermon where the Supreme Buddha details 4 streams of merit that create happiness in one’s life. They begin by going for refuge to the Supreme Buddha, Supreme Dhamma, and Supreme Sangha with an understanding of their great qualities, and by protecting precepts. The merit accumulated by the devotee who is well established in these four factors is immeasurable.

Swaminwahansa further emphasises the importance of having unshakeable confidence in the Noble Triple Gem which results in incalculable merit, as explained by the Buddha in the Asankheyya Sutta. Also, the value of being patient and how it helps with decision-making is explained by Swaminwahansa too.

Swaminwahansa finally encourages us to develop unshakeable confidence in the Triple Gem by clearly understanding and qualities of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. Because if one develops confidence in the Triple Gem in this manner, it will remain unchangeable.

The Most Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero is the founder of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery. Learn more about his life and his work. You can also find out about his books in Sinhala and in English. His entire translation of the Sutta Pitaka is now available online.

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9 Buddha Qualities, abandon suffering, aggregates~khanda, alcohol, alms round, anger, animal world, anuttaropurisadammasarati quality, araham quality, Aṅgulimāla Arahant, bad association, bhagava quality, body meditation, buddhanussati meditation, Buddhist etiquette, chanting, compassion, confidence~saddhā, contentment, courage, craving, Culla Kammavibhanga Sutta, cutupapatanana, death, Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, dhammapada, Enlightenment, evil deeds, first noble truth, five precepts, Four Noble Truths, friendship, ghost world, giving~dāna, good actions, gratitude, greed, guided meditation, hatred, heaven, hell, iddhi, ignorance, impermanence~anicca, jataka, jealousy, karma, kavi, killing, life of Buddha, lokavidu quality, losing loved ones, loss, loving-kindness~mettā, lying, Maha Satipatthana Sutta, Mangala Sutta, marks of a great man, meditation, merit~puññā, Mihintale, mindfulness~sati, Mora Paritta, Mundane Right View, nibbāna, Noble Eightfold Path, noble truth of suffering, non-attachment, ordination, origin of suffering, parents, paritta, patience, pilgrimage, practice, precepts, psychic powers, pujas, punishment, Pāli, rains retreat, rare human birth, Ratana Sutta, Ratthapala Sutta, relics, respect, retreat, right speech, right view, sacred places, Sakka God, sammasambuddho quality, samsara, Sangha, Second Noble Truth, sense bases, sexual misconduct, sickness, similes, Sri Lanka, stress, Sāriputta Arahant, Taking advice, Therigatha, Third Noble Truth, uposatha, Venerable Maha Moggalana, Vesak, vijja, vijjacaranasampanno quality, virtue~sīla, wisdom, Work, worldly conditions, wrong view