Listening to (and Learning) the Dhamma
– Dhamma Teaching by the Buddha
with commentaries by Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda and Thanissaro Bhikkhu
The Buddha said …
‘Staying at Savatthi. “Monks, there once was a time when the Dasarahas had a large drum called ‘Summoner.’ Whenever Summoner was split, the Dasarahas inserted another peg in it, until the time came when Summoner’s original wooden body had disappeared and only a conglomeration of pegs remained.
“In the same way, in the course of the future there will be monks who won’t listen when discourses that are words of the Tathagata — deep, deep in their meaning, transcendent, connected with emptiness — are being recited. They won’t lend ear, won’t set their hearts on knowing them, won’t regard these teachings as worth grasping or mastering. But they will listen when discourses that are literary works — the works of poets, elegant in sound, elegant in rhetoric, the work of outsiders, words of disciples — are recited. They will lend ear and set their hearts on knowing them. They will regard these teachings as worth grasping & mastering.
“In this way the disappearance of the discourses that are words of the Tathagata — deep, deep in their meaning, transcendent, connected with emptiness — will come about.
“Thus you should train yourselves: ‘We will listen when discourses that are words of the Tathagata — deep, deep in their meaning, transcendent, connected with emptiness — are being recited. We will lend ear, will set our hearts on knowing them, will regard these teachings as worth grasping & mastering.’ That’s how you should train yourselves.” ‘
– Āṇi Sutta : The Peg SN 20.7
– Source : www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn20/sn20.007.than.html
‘Message for All’
by Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda
‘.. The Buddha taught man that the greatest of conquests was not the subjugation of others but of the self. He taught in the Dhammapada, ..’
‘Though one may conquer a thousand times
a thousand men in battle,
yet he indeed is the noblest victor
who conquers himself.’
– Dhammapada Verse 103
Read ‘Message for All’
in full here … www.budsas.org/ebud/whatbudbeliev/28.htm
Tipitaka is the collection of the teachings of the Buddha over 45 years in the Pāli language, and it consists of Sutta – conventional teaching, Vinaya – disciplinary code, and Abhidhamma – moral psychology.
Read ‘Tri-Pitaka (or Tipitaka)’
by Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda
in full here … www.budsas.org/ebud/whatbudbeliev/62.htm
Dhamma Sharing (Video)
‘Dhamma Study – Recognizing the Dhamma’
by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Read ‘Recognizing the Dhamma : A Study Guide’
by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, here …
The eight principles for recognizing what qualifies
as Dhamma and Vinaya,
as taught in the Gotami Sutta AN 8.53.
‘I have heard that at one time the Blessed One was staying at Vesali, in the Peaked Roof Hall in the Great Forest.
Then Mahapajapati Gotami went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, stood to one side. As she was standing there she said to him: “It would be good, lord, if the Blessed One would teach me the Dhamma in brief such that, having heard the Dhamma from the Blessed One, I might dwell alone, secluded, heedful, ardent, & resolute.”
“Gotami, the qualities of which you may know, ‘These qualities lead to passion, not to dispassion; to being fettered, not to being unfettered; to accumulating, not to shedding; to self-aggrandizement, not to modesty; to discontent, not to contentment; to entanglement, not to seclusion; to laziness, not to aroused persistence; to being burdensome, not to being unburdensome’: You may categorically hold, ‘This is not the Dhamma, this is not the Vinaya, this is not the Teacher’s instruction.’
“As for the qualities of which you may know, ‘These qualities lead to dispassion, not to passion; to being unfettered, not to being fettered; to shedding, not to accumulating; to modesty, not to self-aggrandizement; to contentment, not to discontent; to seclusion, not to entanglement; to aroused persistence, not to laziness; to being unburdensome, not to being burdensome’: You may categorically hold, ‘This is the Dhamma, this is the Vinaya, this is the Teacher’s instruction.'”
That is what the Blessed One said. Gratified, Mahapajapati Gotami delighted at his words.’
– Gotami Sutta : To Gotami AN 8.53
– Source : www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an08/an08.053.than.html
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