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Buddha Vandana

Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa

 

यह तो वाणी बुद्ध की, शुद्ध धरम की ज्योत;

अक्षर अक्षर में भरा, मङ्गल ओत परोत.

- These are the words of the Buddha, the spark of pure Dhamma;

Each syllable of them filled and permeated with happiness.

Quotation from Dhammapada

Quotation from Dhammapada

Sabba Danam Dhamma Danam Jinati.


Dhammapada, Verse 354.

News

The Maha Bodhi Society of India canonises its founder who is now Bodhisattva Anagarika Dharmapala.

How to Be a Bodhisattva

How to Be a Bodhisattva

Buddhism, in no way, restricts Bodhisattvahood to monastics ( Bhikshus, Bhikkhus - in Pali ). Bodhisattvahood is open to the laity ( Grihashthyas ) also. To be a Bodhisattva, one has to develop the aspiration ( Pranidhana ) to become a Buddha for the benefit of all sentient beings, practice Skilful Means ( Upaya-kaushalya ), understand the difference between Conventional Truth and Ultimate Truth, take the Three Refuges ( Trisharana, Tisarana - in Pali ), understand the Four Noble Truths (Chatur Aryasatya, Chattari Ariyasachchani - in Pali ), cultivate the Four Sublime Abodes ( Chatur Brahmavihara, Chattari Brahmavihara - in Pali ), obey the Five Precepts ( Pancha Shila, Pancha Sila - in Pali ), cultivate the Six Perfections ( Paramitas ), cultivate the Seven Factors contributing to Enlightenment ( Sapta Bodhyanga, Satta Bojjhanga - in Pali ), walk on the Noble Eightfold Path ( Arya Ashtanga Marga, Ariya Atthangika Magga - in Pali ) and do the Ten Good Actions ( Dasha Kushala Karma Patha ).

Quotations from Nagarjuna, Huang Po and Mkhas-grub-rje

Quotation from Nagarjuna

Atma-samyamakam chetah paranugrahakam cha yat,

maitram sa dharmah tad bijam phalsya pretya cheha cha.


Nagarjuna, Mula Madhyamaka Karika, Chapter 17 ( Karma-phala-pariksha ), Shloka 1.

Quotation from Nagarjuna

Patram yatha 'vipranashas tatha-rnam iva karma cha. 


Nagarjuna, Mula Madhyamaka Karika, Chapter 17 ( Karma-phala-pariksha ), Shloka 14.

Quotation from Nagarjuna

Yah pratityasamutpadam pashyati dam sa pashyati,

duhkham samudayam chaiva nirodham margam eva cha.


Nagarjuna, Mula Madhyamaka Karika, Chapter 24 ( Arya-satya-pariksha ), Shloka 40.

Quotation from Nagarjuna

Pragyaparamitambhodher yo 'tyantam param agatah,

sa punyagunaratnadhyas tvadgunarnavaparagah.


Nagarjuna, Achintyastava, Shloka 58.

Quotation from Huang Po

When the mind... then, although it remains in Samsara, that mind is free.


Huang Po, Pai-chang Kuang-lu

Quotation from Mkhas-grub-rje

The principal thing is that one must act in a manner so as not to transgress. 


Mkhas-grub-rje, Rgyud sde spyihi rnam par gzag pa rgyas par brjod.

Glimpses of Buddhist Law

From Mahayana Upalipariprchchha Sutra

If a Bodhisattva breaks precepts out of hatred, even just once, his offence is very serious.

From Mahayana Upalipariprchchha Sutra

If a Bodhisattva commits a Sanghabheda, he should earnestly confess his misdeed to five pure monks ( bhikshus ).

From Mahayana Saddharma Pundarika ( Lotus ) Sutra, Chapter 26

If one speaks one unkind word to a writer or a reader or a keeper of this Sutranta, that shall be considered to be a very heinous sin.

From Pure Regulations of Zen

One must not act as one pleases... One must submit to all the restrictions.

Five Precepts ( Pancha Shila, Pancha Sila - in Pali )

A lay Buddhist must abstain from the following:

1. Killing;

2. Stealing;

3. Lying;

4. Adultery; and

5. Taking intoxicants.

Ten Good Actions ( Dasha Kushala Karma Patha, Dasa Kusala Kamma Patha - in Pali )

A Buddhist must do the Ten Good Actions by abstaining from the Ten Evil Actions which are the following:

1. Killing;

2. Stealing;

3. Lying;

4. Adultery;

5. Harsh speech;

6. Speaking words causing rifts;

7. Frivolous chatter;

8. Covetousness;

9. Ill will; and

10. Holding wrong views.

Lord Buddha's Holy Birthday Celebration in Kolkata

Mahayana Pragyaparamita Hridaya Sutra in Hong Kong, China

The Bhattacharya International Buddhist Foundation Award

The Bhattacharya International Buddhist Foundation Award for 2018 is most respectfully given to medieval Buddhist Saint Dogen of Japan posthumously.

The Bhattacharya International Buddhist Foundation Award for 2019 is most respectfully given to  medieval Buddhist Saint Chinul of Korea posthumously.