217 Dangerous Drink, Mangala Sutta, Part 10

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Today we are going to learn another one of the blessings that we can find in the Mahā Mangala Sutta, the great discourse on blessings. I’m sure most of you have chanted the Mangala sutta before. It’s important that we understand the meaning in detail since when we follow the Buddha’s instructions it can bring blessings into our lives now and blessings in future lives as well. And specifically today we’ll get to learn what the results of using intoxicants like alcohol are when it comes to our future life. We’ll also learn about a previous life of Arahant Sāriputta when he became addicted to alcohol and did a really terrible thing.

Contents

5:40 Sermon on the Maha Mangala Sutta
13:14 Maha Mangala Sutta. Read online or download a pdf.

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216 The Four Requirements for Life

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So, have you ever had to move houses? If you did, were you able to pack all of your things in a box or two? Or did you have to rent a big truck. Or maybe you went on a long vacation somewhere once. Could you fit everything you needed in a shoulder bag? Or did you need lots and lots of luggage? Well, the Buddha had such compassion for his monks and nuns, that he taught them about what was necessary to have and what was not necessary. He called these things that we really need requisites. Requisites is a fancy word for things that we require. Things that are important to make life livable. In fact, it is so important for monks to know about these things that during the ceremony when someone becomes a monk, the teacher as to explain what these four basic requirements for life are. So today we are going to learn what those four things are and why we can be comfortable in life as long as we have those four things.

Contents

6:25 Sermon
15:24 Lokavabodha Sutta. Download a PDF or read online.

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Special Monks and Friends in the Morning: Four Types of People

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In this special episode, some of your friends from Dhamma School are going to talk with one of the Bhantes about the teachings of the Buddha that you can think about and put into practice in your daily lives.

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215 Giving with Two Intentions, Part 2

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In the last episode we started to learn about two sisters who practiced giving. Because of that giving, they were both reborn in heavenly worlds. Do you remember their names? One was called Bhadra, that means lucky, or fortunate. The other one was called Subhadra. That means very lucky or very fortunate. And as it turned out, Subbhadra really was more fortunate. Why? Because of the intention she had when she gave the gift. Now we are going to get to learn what that very good intention was.

Contents

5:16 Sermon on the Daddallavimānavatthu Sutta
15:07 Dhammapada Verses 1 & 2
17:47 Buddhanussati verses Meditation. Read online or Download PDF.

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214 Giving with Two Intentions, Part 1

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Today we are going to talk about intention. An intention is like a wish that our mind is thinking about when we do some action. For example, when we give someone some medicine, we have the intention to help that person. That’s a good action that we do with a good intention. Sometimes it’s not always easy to see what someone’s intention is when they do some action. For example, if our parents scold us, they may be doing it with the intention to help us, even though we may not like it at the time. One of the important abilities we have as human beings is the ability to think about what our intentions are when we do something, and make sure that we always act with the best intentions. That way we know that we won’t hurt other people or ourselves. Today, we are going to learn about two sisters who practice giving things away, but they do it with two different kinds of good intention. We can learn from this and make sure that we always give with the best intentions.

Contents

6:10 Sermon on Pv 3.6 Dazzling Mansion (Read the sutta on SuttaFriends.org)
14.54 Aham Avero Homi: Loving-Kindness Chanting. Read online, download a PDF or MP3.

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213 Giving to the Maha Sangha

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Sometimes people wonder about who we should give gifts to. Once King Pasenadi asked the Supreme Buddha who he should give gifts to. The Buddha told him to give wherever made him happy. Then King Pasenadi asked him where gifts should be given so they produce the greatest results. In the sermon today, we are going to learn about the difference between giving to an ordinary beggar and giving to the Mahā Saṅgha.

Contents

4:24 Sermon
13:59 Buddhanussati verses Meditation. Read online or Download PDF.

Five Precepts in Pali

  1. Pāṇātipātā veramaṇī‧sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi. I observe the precept of abstaining from killing living beings.
  2. Adinnādānā veramaṇī‧sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi. I observe the precept of abstaining from stealing.
  3. Kāmesu micchācārā veramaṇī‧sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi. I observe the precept of abstaining from sexual misconduct.
  4. Musā‧vādā veramaṇī‧sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi. I observe the precept of abstaining from telling lies.
  5. Surā‧meraya‧majja‧pamādaṭṭhānā veramaṇī‧sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi. I observe the precept of abstaining from using intoxicating drinks and drugs.

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212 Dhamma Discussion: Disciples in Lockdown

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Today we are going to listen in on a discussion that some of our good Dhamma friends had with one of the venerable monks about their time in lockdown. Now some of you may be listening to this episode long after the corona virus happened and you may not remember what it was like. So to protect ourselves and our friends, wise leaders asked people to stay at home whenever possible. This way the virus won’t spread to other people. It isn’t a punishment, it’s a way to keep everyone safe. For many, many people who don’t understand the Supreme Buddha’s teachings this situation gives them lots and lots of suffering. Because they can’t go where ever they want, they can’t see the people the like to see, they can’t eat the food they like to eat. But in this Dhamma discussion, we will learn how these kids were able to live happily in this situation even though they were scared and couldn’t do the things they were used to doing.

Contents

5:46 Dhamma Discussion

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211 The Story of Kali Yakshini, Part 3

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Today we will listen to the last part of the story of Kālī Yakshini. Although lots of terrible things happen in this story, something very wonderful happens, doesn’t it. The mother and the yakkha, who had been terrible enimies for a long time in saṁsara had the chance to give up this hatred that caused them so much suffering. Until they came to the Supreme Buddha, they had no idea how long they had been in danger because of their hatred for each other.

Dhammapada 5

Na hi verena verāni,
sammantīdha kudācanaṃ;
Averena ca sammanti,
esa dhammo sanantano.

5. Hatred never ends through hatred; by non-hatred alone does it end. This is an eternal law in this world.

Contents

5:29 Sermon
17:41 Karaniya Metta Sutta. Read online or download a PDF.

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209 The Story of Kali Yakshini, Part 1

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Have you ever had something strange happen to you that you couldn’t explain? We’ll start to learn the story of a family that had something really strange, and really scary, happen to them. They couldn’t understand why it was happening. In the end, and in a panic, the went to the wisest person in the world to ask for help—the Supreme Buddha. He was able to offer them protection and also give them an answer to why these things were happening.

Contents

5:31 Part 1 of the story of Kālī the Yakkhini
16:49 Suriya Paritta. Download a PDF or read online.

Related Book

  • Mahamevnawa Pali-English Paritta Chanting Book. Print Book.

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