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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: ADVICE FROM A FRIEND
vertical line Posted on Apr.23.2007 @ 01:25AM EDT by kelvintan

Hi Bro;

Rustic U Should Try Individual Counselling.

Help yourself to help Others

26-Letter Alphabet Advice for Living

 

Associate with the wise who try to correct you

Bitter is the fruit of evil

Control your mind, cultivate good friendship

Death takes the sensual unaware

Evil-doer suffer here and hereafter

Fortify your mind and be non-attached

Guard your thoughts and senses

Hatred never cease through hatred

Ignorance seeks undue fame

Just be pure in deeds, speech and thoughts

Knowledge is not realization

Learning without practice is of no worth

Make haste in doing good deeds

Non-violence is the characteristic of wise man

One meaningful sentence is better than a thousand useless words

Practice is better than mere teaching

Quarrels cease through right thinking

Retaliation does not lead to peace

Seek not others’ faults but your own

The one with little learning lacks wisdom

Unshaken as a rock, one must be amidst praise and blame

Victor of yourself than a victor of others

Weak succumb to temptation but not the strong

X-ercise your own judgments

You are your own savior

Zap away yourself out of delusion

You are here to solve Life Puzzle

With Metta

Kelvin Tan

 


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Reply from ______
Apr.23.2007
06:50AM EDT 
vertical line Zappety doo dah zoopaty dayoh.

Can I send you an introductory booklet? See you on the streets down the country lanes.
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Reply from HarryB
Apr.23.2007
11:52AM EDT 
vertical line Feel free to waste your time either way:

"In attachment blossoms fall,
in aversion weeds spread".

As the old geezer said.

rEGARDSS... OOOpppS

HARRY.
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Reply from lehish
Apr.23.2007
07:12PM EDT 
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kelvintan wearing alot makeup

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Reply from kelvintan
Apr.23.2007
09:53PM EDT 
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kelvintan wearing alot makeup

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Know yourself and let conscience be the  very best of guide

Even when you encounter people who dislike or slander you

Learn to bear their insults with a patient and peaceful mind

Verbal relatiation will compel them to quarrel and smear you

Ignore them, do not dispute or debate it or you bind it further

Need to allow others to keep their ego and dignity alive

The people who throw insults will be careful the next time

Always radiate loving kindness and wished them well

Never go headlong for they will eventually burn themselve out

With Metta AOL

Take Care

Kelvin Tan

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Reply from Siobhan
Apr.23.2007
09:59PM EDT 
vertical line You said it there, brother.  Peace, Siobhan
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Reply from kelvintan
Apr.23.2007
11:08PM EDT 
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Quote: "You said it there, brother.  Peace, Siobhan"
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This life-stream flows as long as it is fed by muddy water of ignorance and craving

 

A huge rubbish dumping ground in Samsara where beings recycle in these six realms

 

Not only this lifetime had we to face this vicissitudes of the eight worldly conditions

 

 

 

Such are these gain and loss, fame and defame, praise and blame, happiness and pain

 

All living beings with attachments find it hard to break this cycle of birth and death

 

You need to understand the nature of the mind which causes cognitions and actions

 

 

 

Cling not anything but think of them as impermanence, suffering and soullessness

 

Happiness of Nibbana is not defined in terms of wealth, power, honour or conquest

 

Impressions of objects in the mind causes thoughts to arise and delusion takes over 

  

Open your eyes and the world exist, cease your thoughts and the world disappear

 

No thoughts, the mind experiences true happiness which is a step to self- realization

 

Good friend, practicing non attachment is happiness in this world and hereafter

Sharing

My Thoughts

With Metta

 

 

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Reply from Lynnoh
Apr.24.2007
11:41AM EDT 
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Quote: "Feel free to waste your time either way:

"In attachment blossoms fall,
in aversion weeds spread".

As the old geezer said.

rEGARDSS... OOOpppS

HARRY.
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:)

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Reply from lehish
Apr.24.2007
01:06PM EDT 
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kelvintan wearing alot makeup

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Know yourself and let conscience be the  very best of guide

Even when you encounter people who dislike or slander you

Learn to bear their insults with a patient and peaceful mind

Verbal relatiation will compel them to quarrel and smear you

Ignore them, do not dispute or debate it or you bind it further

Need to allow others to keep their ego and dignity alive

The people who throw insults will be careful the next time

Always radiate loving kindness and wished them well

Never go headlong for they will eventually burn themselve out"
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was a comment
...there wasn't  "dislike"
 or  intent to slander" "insult" "quarrel" "smear" "dispute" "debate"

:)

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Reply from Lynnoh
Apr.24.2007
01:10PM EDT 
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vertical line if so..where does "alot" come from?
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Reply from lehish
Apr.24.2007
01:26PM EDT 
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what "from", lynnoh ?

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Reply from Lynnoh
Apr.24.2007
01:34PM EDT 
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vertical line blue light! hahahaha
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Reply from Lynnoh
Apr.24.2007
01:40PM EDT 
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vertical line pretty amazing
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Apr.24.2007
02:21PM EDT 
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Reply from kelvintan
Apr.25.2007
03:56AM EDT 
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Hi Sis

Lesson Explaining How Individual Should Handle

issue. It is a general comment. Nothing specific.

Don't take it to heart.

With Metta is why I write AOL- Art of Living

 to make this world a better place to live in.

Take Care

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Apr.25.2007
05:40AM EDT 
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Hi Sis

Lesson Explaining How Individual Should Handle

issue. It is a general comment. Nothing specific.

Don't take it to heart.

With Metta is why I write AOL- Art of Living

 to make this world a better place to live in.

Take Care

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sweeting k...you still  wearing makeup

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Reply from Siobhan
Apr.25.2007
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Since I am only a student, I would like to offer one of my favorite quotes-maybe this will help wrap it up....maybe not:

"He who knows not and knows not he knows not, He is a fool - Shun him. He who knows not and knows he knows not, He is simple- Teach him. He who knows and knows not he knows, He is asleep - Awaken him. He who knows and knows that he knows, He is wise- follow him."  PEACE,  siobhan

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Reply from whatzen
Apr.25.2007
02:03PM EDT 
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Sometimes we wear Mask-scare-uh

Sometimes we are fresh from the flower of May-cup.

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Reply from lehish
Apr.25.2007
02:24PM EDT 
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Reply from kelvintan
Apr.26.2007
11:46PM EDT 
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Since I am only a student, I would like to offer one of my favorite quotes-maybe this will help wrap it up....maybe not:

"He who knows not and knows not he knows not, He is a fool - Shun him. He who knows not and knows he knows not, He is simple- Teach him. He who knows and knows not he knows, He is asleep - Awaken him. He who knows and knows that he knows, He is wise- follow him."  PEACE,  siobhan

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Thank you for sharing.

This is an article that I would like to share.

With Metta

 

“For those I love and those who

 love me, may this life be a blessing

 and a source of Happiness to all beings.”

 

“Death is no cause for sorrow,

but it would be sorrow if one dies

 without having done something for

oneself and for the world.”

 

This is Ven Dhammananda very last dhamma talk at the Maha Vihara given on the 7th July 2006 and he came as always when
they rang the bell at 8.10pm into the PH Henry hall but this time in his wheel chair. ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ ___

*Human Life ( last talk by Chief Priest , Maha Vihara, 7.7.2006)*

 

"Dear devotees actually I never thought I would have the chance to see and talk to you, half of my body is dead, but my heart, my mind still has energy. What is this diseased body, is it life? Its not life, it is the house, life is the energy, mental, karmic and cosmic all joined
together as "energy ", that is life.

Body is decayed and life goes away .Actually we must be happy when time comes to depart without suffering , to crave so much for the body , we spend our whole life decorating , looking after it , one day it decays and when energy and the elements dissipate then mental energy will build another house . Life started with mental energy and then birth occurs. Every single child cries, none smiles after birth. Life is suffering we are using whole amounts of energy to maintain this physical body , but one day we have to depart .Then leaves solidity and fluidity ~ 2 elements only , heat and motion has gone .

Christians and Muslims are particular about the body, as they believe in resurrection; we do not believe that there is anything in this physical body. Spend thousands on funerals, but the departed never get anything. Only way to support the departed, you must know how to make use of this life, that is why religion is needed to help us to cultivate compassion, sympathy and kindness and supporting others.

David Morris sent me a letter, he said there are 2 reasons to be happy as an old man, (1) he will be free from pain and suffering.

(2) Ever since he became a Buddhist he has tried his best to maintain and uphold the 5 precepts, if there is another life it won't be an unfortunate one as he departs with confidence.

In the end, the dying man takes no solace in dancing and singing, only meritorious deeds will you get confidence and this will support the karmic energy in the rebirth. Must know how to handle life, by doing service to others to help release their suffering. Many die with fear and confusion in mind, cannot take rebirth in upper realm. Meditation is important to maintain purity. Prince Siddhartha when he was born there were 5 astrologers invited to predict his fate, 4 said that he would either grow up to be a sage or monarch. Last one said definitely a sage. When craving and attachment is completely removed, mind is then completely pure .This body is not life. It’s a house built by energy and 4 cosmic elements. Unfortunately, in the past 2500 years, Buddhists in Asia have introduced a lot of rites and rituals, never introduced by the Buddha. Just keep away from evil by reducing anger, jealousy enmity, try to do meritorious deeds, and try to develop the mind through understanding. Try to purify the mind.

If you are cruel hot tempered or stingy try your best to take this out. If you pray to God to take this out do you think God can do that?
Buddha cannot also, but he can tell you how to do that. War is declared by the human mind, peace also comes from our minds, not from heaven or from God.

First by understanding without believing, when you develop a right understanding, then you can carry on a religious way of life. When you doubt, you think, investigate, accept or reject. Others say if there is doubt, then God will punish you.

All over the world, different schools have sprung up and they follow their own traditions, which they have maintained for a long time. Buddha had rejected old traditions, but it was introduced to the primitive narrow-minded people. People in Asian countries do not study the dharma.

Next, do Good. Reduce the anger and do something to train the mind through right understanding. Change the mind, through your own experience you can understand right and wrong.

I have been in Malaysia for 53 years, used to have even no room to sleep. The Chinese were the main Buddhists here and through Buddhist societies, we made them understand what Buddhism is.

My mind mental and life energy is still active but I am half way dead, you must know how to do this. Although the end of my life is now near, I have no fear.

 

Arahants can disconnect mind from body to experience nibbanic bliss and at that time, you cannot tell if they are dead or alive, their bodies are still warm and their complexions will remain ruddy. They can do that for 1 week at the most.

Remember there are 4 kinds of happiness:
(1) Happiness of Possession - In owing your own property, your house, land, business, bank account.
(2) Happiness of Enjoyment - Using what you have earned you can enjoy good food, nice house, nice dress without abusing, bluffing, cheating others.
(3) Happiness of Debtlessness - Try best not to borrow from others, spend within your own means, you gain self-respect.
(4) Happiness of Blamelessness - Try to lead life without doing harm to anybody.

These 4 kinds of happiness must be with you. Don't be lazy do some work , do not neglect what you have earned, maintain and protect what you have earned , then you can decide what to do including adopting a Buddhist way of life up to arahant , know how to adjust your way of life , how to associate with others ,  who are they? Associate with good people, not harmful wicked
people .Support your father and mother look after your wife and children, do not neglect relatives, and help them. Develop your mind to the extent that you
are not shaken by the 8 winds of change~
praise /blame , fame /shame , gain
/loss , pleasure /pain and treat all the same , then at this stage nothing will affect you ."
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All meetings end in partings
That which rises must fall
That which is collected will be dispersed
Birth ends with death
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"It is easy enough to be pleasant when life flows by like a song. But the man worthwhile is one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong."
---Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya
All phenomena should NOT be clung to as "I", "My" or "Mine".

 

Venerable Dr K Sri Dhammananda

Maha Nayaka Thera

(18-3-1919 to 31-8-2006)

Age 87

 

In Memory of A Great Teacher

Venerable Chief Doctor:

 

Knowledge of the Dhamma, he propagate the Buddha’s Teachings

 

 

Sangha, the Order he is known and revered as the Chief Priest

 

Reaching out to people from all walks of life through his books and talks

 

Independence Day of Malaysia, he left his physical body

 

 

Dhammapada was one of the greatest books he complied

 

Happy States and Nibbanna was his ultimate goal

 

Asked by one after his medical check-up, whether he had any dreams

 

My friend Buddhas and Arahants don’t have any dreams

 

Missionary work like the Tsumani he carried out, even in his motherland

 

As a spiritual advisor, he known far and wide

 

Noble Eightfold Path is the journey well all have to tread

 

Age 87, he has accomplished his mission of spreading Buddhism

 

Now, let us take delight that he has benefited all beings

 

Dear Dhammananda, you have always been my inspirational Teacher

 

And I shall remember the word Common Sense for the rest of my life

 

 

Inspiration by Kelvin Tan Say Chiong

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