143 Learning from a Deva’s Merit

143 Learning from a Deva’s Merit
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Do you know what a deva is? A deva, or devata, lives in one of the heavenly worlds. In those worlds they get to live in beautiful palaces and have all the most wonderful things. Today we’ll get to meet a deva who collected a special kind of merit when they lived in the human world and we’ll learn about their life in the heavenly world.

Contents

5:16 Sermon.
12:49 Metta Bhavana: Loving Kindness Meditation Download PDF or MP3.
21:50 Angulimala Paritta. Download a PDF or read online.

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142 When is Giving Useful?

142 When is Giving Useful?
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Today we are going to meet a very wise disciple of the Supreme Budha named princess Sumana. I know that she is wise because she went to the Supreme Buddha and asked a very good question. She already understood the importance of saddha, sila, and pañña. Do you know the meaning of those three words? Shraddha means faith in the Supreme Buddha’s enlightenment. Sila means virtue, keeping the precepts, and pañña means wisdom. But she wanted to know if two people had the same saddha, sila, and pañña, would it matter if only one of them practiced generosity? What do you think? Is giving still important if you have faith, virtue and wisdom? In today’s sermon we’re going to find out.

Contents

6:23 Sermon on the Sumana Sutta.
12:17 Chanting Maha Mangala Sutta. Read online or download a pdf.

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141 Happy Merit on Pilgrimage

141 Happy Merit on Pilgrimage
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Today we are going to listen to a Dhamma Discussion where one of the Bhantes interviews a couple of kids from the Dhamma School about the many trips they have taken to Anuradhapura. They call these trips pilgrimages. A pilgrimage is a special kind of trip because we are going to a special place to do special things related to the Supreme Buddha. In Sri Lanka we can go on pilgrimages to places the supreme Buddha visited, like Shri Pada. We can also visit stupas that have parts of the Supreme Buddha’s body that were left after he passed away. And we can also visit things that the Supreme Buddha used, like the Shri Maha Bodhi Tree.

In this discussion you’ll get to learn how these kids have fun on those trips and collect merit at the same time. They also have some suggestions for having a beneficial weekend even when you can’t make it to one of the holy places.

Contents

5:51 32 Marks of a Great Man
6:59 Dhamma Discussion on pilgrimage
18:32 Buddhanussati verses Meditation. Read online or Download PDF.

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140 Listening to Dhamma Needs All Our Attention

140 Listening to Dhamma Needs All Our Attention
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Today we’re going to talk about listening to the Dhamma. You may spend time listening to the radio, or TV programmes, or movies. And those things can be easy to listen to, can’t they. But listening to the Supreme Buddha’s Dhamma is much more difficult. We have to give all of our attention to what we are hearing. Without doing that, we don’t have a chance to really understand what the Buddha is wanting us to do.

Contents

6:52 Sermon.
19:23 Maranasati verses on mindfulness of death. Read on line, download a PDF or MP3.

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139 The Blessing of Giving in a Proper Way: Mangala Sutta part 5

139 The Blessing of Giving in a Proper Way: Mangala Sutta part 5
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Today we are going to learn about the blessing of being generous and the things we need to do to practice generosity in the best way. We’ll learn about five things we need to remember when we are giving things to others that will help us bring the most blessings and happiness into our lives. They’re so important you may even want to write them down. You might find it helpful to get a blank notebook and write down the things you learn on each show. Not because there will be a test, but because it’s important to remember and actually try and follow the advice we learn from the Supreme Buddha.

Contents

6:18 Sermon on Mahamangala sutta.
15:23 Buddhanussati meditation. Read online, download a PDF or MP3.

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138 The Demon Alavaka is Tamed

138 The Demon Alavaka is Tamed
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Today we have a special show. There’s a sutta that I’ve been wanting to chant with you, but it’s a little long. So today we’re dedicating the entire show to reciting the Alavaka Sutta. I think maybe you are familiar with that name, Alavaka. He is a yakkha. Yakkha’s are a type of non-human being who are sometimes friendly, but mostly not very nice. In English sometimes we call them demons or devils. Whatever we call them, they can be kind of scary. But here’s the thing we need to remember. Our Supreme Buddha was able to convert this yakkha from being really nasty to being really good. In fact, he became a disciple of the Supreme Buddha when he learned the Dhamma. Because that’s how the supreme Buddha tames others, by preaching the Supreme Dhamma. That means if we feel scared when we think about yakkhas, we can remember that we are disciples of a great teacher who can tame not only humans, but non humans as well.

Contents

6:05 Reciting the Alavaka Sutta. Download a copy or read on line.

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137 Seven Years of Merit

137 Seven Years of Merit
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Have you ever practiced loving kindness meditation? Well, today we are going to learn a sutta that talks about the benefits that the Supreme Buddha gained by practicing loving kindness in one of his previous lives when he was a hermit. Do you know what a hermit is? That’s an English word for someone who lives all alone, far away from other people. Sometimes a hermit is a monk or a nun. Sometimes it’s just a person who doesn’t like to talk to people or even see people. But in that life, the Supreme Buddha was a hermit so he could practice loving kindness.

Contents

5:48 Sermon sutta number 22 in the Itivuttaka.
12:26 Karaniya Metta Sutta. Download a PDF or read online.
16:16 Metta Bhavana: Loving Kindness Meditation Download PDF or MP3.

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136 To Support Mother and Father: Mangala Sutta part 4

136 To Support Mother and Father: Mangala Sutta part 4
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If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes on the Maha Mangala Sutta, you might like to start at the beginning of the series. Click here. But you don’t have to!

You know, the Supreme Buddha taught us that we can consider him to be the best kalyanamitta of all, because he is the one who discovered and taught us the Four Noble Truths. Another kalyanamitta who is very important to us is our parents. Because they are our very first teachers and they teach us about the world. For many of us, they are the ones who first taught us about the Supreme Buddha’s Dhamma. They may even be helping you to listen to this programme right now.

Today we’ll learn more from the Maha Mangala sutta. And one of the blessings we’ll learn is the blessing of supporting our mother and father. So as we listen to the sermon, I want you to think specifically about ways you can help support your mother and father.

Contents

6:00 Sermon on Mahamangala sutta.
15:07 Peta Vatthu 14 Sariputta Bhante’s Mother
18:47 Mora Paritta. Read online or download a pdf.

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135 Words We Like to Hear: Mangala Sutta Part 3

135 Words We Like to Hear: Mangala Sutta Part 3
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If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes on the Maha Mangala Sutta, you might like to start at the beginning of the series. Click here. But you don’t have to!

Today we’ll learn three more blessings from the Mangala sutta. We’ll also create blessings by practicing loving-kindness meditation.

Contents

6:41 Sermon on Mahamangala sutta.
15:12 Metta Bhavana: Loving Kindness Meditation Download PDF or MP3.

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133 Does It Matter Where We Live? Mangala Sutta Part 2

133 Does It Matter Where We Live? Mangala Sutta Part 2
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If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes on the Maha Mangala Sutta, you might like to start at the beginning of the series. Click here. But you don’t have to!

Today we’ll learn more details about the Maha Mangala sutta. Do you remember what Mangala means? It means blessings. That’s really just a fancy word for things that are good for us. Today we’ll learn four more things that are good for us.

Contents

5:07 Sermon on Mahamangala sutta.
13:19 Chanting Maha Mangala Sutta. Read online or download a pdf.

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