What Is Death

According to Buddhism death is 'the temporary end of a temporary phenomenon'. It is not the complete annihilation of the being, for although the organic life has ceased, the kammic force which hitherto actuated it is not destroyed. Our forms are only the outward manifestations of the invisible kammic force. This force carries with it all characteristics which usually lie latent but may rise to the surface at any moment. When the present form perishes another form takes its place according to a...

Abhidhammatthasangaha

Final talk in the series of 16 classes on the Citta Chapter given at the London Buddhist Vihara during According to the Buddhist Teaching there are three kinds of world, 'loka' in the Pali Language, Kam-aloka, Rupaloka and Arupaloka, three kinds of planes of existence. Kamaloka is called the plane, or we may say sphere, of sense of pleasures, this world - according to Buddhism, the world of the sense of desires. Kama, desire, plays the greatest part in this world, desire through the eye, desire...

Chapter Twenty Four

According to Buddhism the aggregates of feeling, perception, mental properties (concomitants) and consciousness, these four form the mind, and matter forms the body man is, therefore, a combination of mind and matter. The mind of man is compared with the current of a river, the Buddhist idea of conscious existence. To most people who might stand on the bank of a river, they will think that the river is all the same from beginning to end due to the flow, though not a particle of water which may...

Nibbana

Nirvana which is the Sanskrit form of the Pali word Nibbana, is a combination of 'ni and 'vana', 'ni' being a negative participle, and 'vana' meaning lusting or craving. It is called Nibbana, for it is a departure from that craving or it may also be defined as the extinction of greed, hatred and ignorance. 'The whole world is in flames', says the Buddha. By what fire is it kindled. It is kindled by the fire of greed, hatred and ignorance, by the fire of birth, old age, death, pain, lamentation,...

What Buddhism Means To A Buddhist

Lecture to the High Court Buddhist Association, Rangoon The title of my talk this afternoon is 'What Buddhism means to a Buddhist'. To a Buddhist, Buddhism is not a religion in the sense in which that word is commonly understood but to him or to her Buddhism is a practical method of life - to show how to live rightly, thereby, happily and peacefully in spite of the unrest that is prevailing in the world. Buddhism, we say, is not a religion because it is not a system of faith and worship. The...

Buddhism

If a man is to build up a successful, healthy and happy life, a life that will stoutly resist the fiercest storms of adversity, it must be based on sound moral principles such as the five precepts laid down by the Buddha. Our life is what we make it by our own thoughts and deeds, thus it is through his own thoughts that a man rises or falls. To think habitually of a certain virtue is to become that virtue, and to allow the mind to dwell on thoughts of vice for any length of time is to become...

The Meaning Of Buddhism

The Buddhist ascends to Nibbana through many stages of the Middle Way, the path of wisdom, morality, and control. There is not enough space here even to mention these phases or the various aspects of the regimen recommended by the Buddha in his vast scriptures but it may be taken for granted that the life of the conscientious Buddhist is full and rich. Through the cycle of rebirths he ascends, he perfects himself, he conquers his cravings through wisdom and love. Slowly the kammic force ebbs...

Chapter Nineteen

Lecture to the High Court Buddhist Association, Rangoon Part One The title of our talk this afternoon is 'The Way to Nibbana - the way to the highest happiness'. To sum up all the teachings of the Buddha, we have a stanza This is the teaching of (all) Buddhas. It is a very short stanza yet it covers all the teachings of the Buddha. It embodies three stages on the Highway to Highest Happiness - Nibbana. I think most of you know that stanza in Pali and therefore I need not repeat it. There are...

Buddhist View Of World PeAce

In the world as a whole there is enough money and material and there is no lack of intellect, yet something is missing. What is it The answer is the spirit of fellowship, and it is this lack of active fellowship which is the major cause of war. Apart from military conflicts, there are of course many other kinds of conflict such as racial, political, economic, even religious conflicts and the cause of nearly all of them is the lack of the spirit of fellowship. In a conflict each side has its own...

ChApter Five

The name of the founder of what is known in the West as Buddhism, was Gotama, this being the name of the clan or family to which he belonged. The word 'Buddha' means 'awakened', or 'enlightened one', and is not a name but a title of honour bestowed upon the sage Gotama who attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree at Buddhagaya in India. Gotama was born as the son of an Indian king on the border of modern Nepal six hundred and twenty-three years before Christ, and to mark the spot as the...

How Rebirth Takes Place

Every birth is conditioned by a past good or bad kamma (action) which predominates at the moment of death. Our forms are only the outward manifestations of the invisible kammic force, and this force carries with it all our characteristics which usually lie latent, but may rise to the surface at unexpected moments. The death of a person is merely the temporary end of a temporary phenomenon, the present form perishing and another taking its place in accordance with the thought that was most...

Stages Of Purity And Knowledge

This summary will enable the disciple to compare the various stages of development cited, with his own personal experiences. He may then decide for himself what stage he has reached in regard to maturity of insight. The disciple who takes up the course of training in the Satipatthana Vipassana will have to pass through different stages of B Seventeenfold knowledge of insight (vipassana nana). The different stages of sevenfold purity (visuddhi) are listed as 'A', the sevenfold knowledge of...

Chapter Forty Two

The Spiritual Basis Of AsiaN CuLTurE While Western cultures stem from a dozen different sources from the old magics of the dawn of time, persisting longer in the cold western climes from the Greek tradition from the Norse tradition from the blending and play on those of the impacts of the Hebrews, the Huns and the Arabs, with Christianity as a moulding force, the culture of Asia is firmly rooted in the religions of Asia. The genuine culture of Asia is based entirely on the spiritual principles...

Paticcasamupadda

A talk given at he London Buddhist Vihara on The subject of my talk this evening, as the chart evidence on the blackboard shows, is Paticcasam-uppada. Paticcasamuppada is a Pali term meaning the Law of Dependent Origination, or Dependent Arising, the arising of a state dependent on the antecedent state. The Discourse in Pali on Paticcasamuppada is one of the very well known and very important discourses, because without this aspect of the Teaching it is rather difficult to understand why and...