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Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 8 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

00:39:25

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 8 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

Sariputra and Tu Đạt (Sudatta), the prime minister, went to the Kỳ-đà (Jeta) Prince's garden and measured things. After measuring the land, then they began to build the ashram. They built one special high-level house with the kind of sandalwood, for smelling nice and also avoiding the insects to bite. So, it's for the Buddha, one special house, very high, for Buddha. And then, for the monks, it was a little bit further away, in 20 sections. The king and officials and others all came out with flowers and incense to greet the Buddha. It was so great a number of people. Everybody saw the Buddha and the all prostrated on the ground. And the Buddha came and sat on that dais, and emitting great Light to all directions and to 3,000 great Heavens. At that time the Buddha observed different people, different affinities, and different roots to teach them accordingly, as if a great doctor who knows different patients' sickness and treats them accordingly. So many people gained some benefit, elevated themselves to different positions of spiritual consciousness.
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2019-12-28   421 Views
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2019-12-28

Buddhist Stories: Wish-Fulfilling Jewels, Part 3 of 10 Aug. 13, 2015

00:32:05

Buddhist Stories: Wish-Fulfilling Jewels, Part 3 of 10 Aug. 13, 2015

At that time, one of the monks, he somehow intuitively knew that the Buddha wanted Ananda. And other people also understood that. And then Sariputra and Maudgalyayana came up to me and said, “Annada, I think the Buddha wants you to be His attendant. Come, get up quickly and then ask the Buddha to allow you to be His attendant.” “I don't know what to do. So I said, ‘If the two great elderly Reverends think thus, then please come and ask the Buddha for me. But in order to be the Buddha's attendant, I request three privileges.’” What do you think he asked? “Number one, if the Buddha had old clothes, he will not want to accept it.” “Number two, whatever the Buddha ate that's left over, do not give it to me.” “Number three, it's meaning that, depending on the season and time, only he himself will take care for the Buddha.” So the two great disciple monks came up and told all that to the Buddha. Then the Buddha explained like this: “But you should know it's not just this day. It's not just in this lifetime that he asked for this.” “A long time ago, past life, he also serve me and also did this.” Maybe that's why he knew everything. He knew about what Buddha wanted and what time he should give what. He was very pure and good. He was unconditional.
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2020-01-15   414 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2020-01-15

Buddhist Stories: Wish-Fulfilling Jewels, Part 6 of 10 Aug. 13, 2015

00:34:16

Buddhist Stories: Wish-Fulfilling Jewels, Part 6 of 10 Aug. 13, 2015

After he brought the gold and everything back, he told everybody to buy a good boat and everything had to be very thick. And then after everybody arranged to go home, he said, "I'll stay here. I want to go down to the King of the Ocean and ask for the Wish-Fulfilling Gem. Then I can give to all the world's people. And it's never, never finished." "I do not fear the long distance and the dangerous journey going to the sea to take out the treasures, to help other citizens, so that they will not be hungry and thirsty anymore. This merit I dedicate to all the Buddhas in the ten directions. I want to forward it only to my Buddhahood in the future." And then he went down to sea now. Then he saw the King of the Ocean, sitting there on his jeweled throne, a seven-jeweled throne. And he saw Great Charity come in; he was so surprised. He was thinking, "How can he come here? He must be full of merit." And then the King of the Ocean felt very respectful. "But you stay here for one month first so that I can make some offerings to you. And then you preach to me." And then the King of the Ocean took the Wish-Fulfilling Jewel from his tuft of hair, and give it to him, and then he said, "Great Charity, Sir, your merciful heart is so great, so big. Your willpower is so incredible. In the future, you definitely will be a Buddha. After you become Buddha, please accept me then as a disciple with wisdom."
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2020-01-18   373 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2020-01-18

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 6 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

00:34:56

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 6 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

Therefore the king said to them, “If your Buddha doesn’t win against these six magical masters, then the building of the ashram will stop.” To buy the garden, it’s already so difficult, and now, he cannot even build it. Golden all over, gold plated all the garden already, now, cannot build. And then the prime minister Tu Ðạt (Sudatta) was very sad. Next morning Sariputra saw that the prime minister was very sad. So he asked him, “Why are you so sad today? Is there any obstruction about the ashram?” So he said, “Respected Reverend, I don’t know if we could even build an ashram here. That’s why I’m very sad now.” “The six magician masters of the land want to compete in magical power with the Buddha or the Buddha’s disciples. If we win, then they’ll let us free, let us be, if not then there’s no chance. So I don’t even know if any of you respected Reverends can win (over) them, because I know them. They are very highly skilled in magical power. That’s why I’m so afraid, and so unhappy.”
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2019-12-26   425 Views
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2019-12-26

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 7 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

00:31:51

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 7 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

So the king asked Tu Đạt (Sudatta) the prime minister, "Tu Đạt (Sudatta), the disciple of your Master already agreed, promised to come to compete. How come he's not here yet?" So Tu Đạt (Sudatta) said, "Your Majesty, let me go check it out. I'll go home and have a look." Then Sariputra, wearing good clothes and in a dignified manner then walked out very, very distinguishedly and majestically, as if he was a lion king. And when he arrived, the king, the officials, and even the six magic masters and all the citizens looked at him, feeling his composure, powerful composure. They just automatically all stood up to greet him, including the magic masters. And everybody prostrated to him as well. At that time Sariputra, wanting to change the concept of these citizens of this country, so he manifested more magic power. He flew into the sky, he could sit in the open space, he could walk in the open space, he could fly there. The whole assembly from king to citizens, seeing all this, they were very, very respectful, and then they believed in the Buddha's teachings.
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2019-12-27   451 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2019-12-27

Buddhist Stories: Wish-Fulfilling Jewels, Part 8 of 10 Aug. 13, 2015

00:40:19

Buddhist Stories: Wish-Fulfilling Jewels, Part 8 of 10 Aug. 13, 2015

“And then at that time, there was a person in the peaceful heaven. He looked down and saw that Great Charity was so determined to do good works to help all beings in the world. So he asked many of his friends in heaven, heaven friends to come down and quietly help. After the dragons saw that the water level kept lowering, they were so scared. …They returned the three jewels.” “So when Great Charity came back, he came and prostrated in front of the parents. Both of them were so touched, so in awe.” “And then, from then on, the whole planet, everyone had everything they needed, including jewelry and precious substances. And then he asked someone else to come in, announcing something again, ‘Now, I would like all of the citizens to try to practice the Ten Wholesome Deeds, and keep your speech, action and thinking pure and merciful, compassionate, loving and kind, filial and protective of each other….’” “At that time, on the planet here, everyone relying on his blessing had everything they needed, and also diligently practiced the Ten Wholesome Deeds. Because of that, after they died, all of them went to Heaven.” “Now the Buddha reminded everybody, ‘The Great Charity person was my former incarnation. And the Ocean King, who stayed in the golden citadel now is Ananda, who treated me generously and respectfully.’”
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2020-01-20   276 Views
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2020-01-20

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 5 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

00:36:14

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 5 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

Both of them went through the whole country, and hadn't seen anything, anywhere suitable except the park garden of Prince Kỳ-đà (Jeta). So Sariputra said to the prime minister Tu Đạt (Sudatta), "Oh, this one is good, because there are a lot of trees, a lot of shade, and it's not very near a noisy, dusty city. But it's also not too far. Because if it's too far, then it's very inconvenient for the monks to go begging for alms. If it's too near the city, then it's too noisy. It's difficult for them to concentrate, distracted, so it's very difficult to meditate." So the prime minister went to the prince and said, "Your Royal Highness, I have a lot of lands and gardens, and property, but they are not good enough for an ashram to invite the Buddha to our country to preach, so that all our citizens have benefit. We went everywhere. We saw only your garden is the best, very big, and a lot of trees, and very cool and shady. I would like to buy this garden from you to make an ashram for the Buddha. Will Your Highness agree?"
Between Master and Disciples
2019-12-25   442 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2019-12-25

Buddhist Stories: Wish-Fulfilling Jewels, Part 9 of 10 Aug. 13, 2015

00:35:21

Buddhist Stories: Wish-Fulfilling Jewels, Part 9 of 10 Aug. 13, 2015

“Thank You, Master, for reading these beautiful sutras for us in the last days. And this really enlightens our minds to understand the Buddhists, and what Shakyamuni Buddha has done for us, for the living beings.” “We are very happy there are also ways for the people, if they pray to the Buddhas or Christ, they have some ways to liberate.” “Because it’s difficult for all to be initiated, or meditate.” So just tell them to read the sutra. But they have to believe sincerely also. So that, this belief, this sincerity will connect with the Buddha power. Not just blah, blah, blah, blah. Connecting from inside. So they have to be sincere, humble, really request. Even though you say reciting the Buddha’s name, and the past Buddha, and then, or do something, then finally you will be Buddha. But meanwhile, there are so many thousands, hundreds of eons passed already. And then, even then, you might be led into temptation and having suffering meanwhile. So no matter what. Of course enlightenment, immediate enlightenment is the best. So you have the one lifetime, finished. If you practice directly, the (inner Heavenly) Light and the Sound of the universe, then you are directly in. Don’t have to be reborn again, and enjoy the merit or suffer the sin. It’s the best.
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2020-01-21   251 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2020-01-21

Buddhist Stories: Wish-Fulfilling Jewels, Part 10 of 10 Aug. 13, 2015

00:38:57

Buddhist Stories: Wish-Fulfilling Jewels, Part 10 of 10 Aug. 13, 2015

“But it’s just the problem. One problem is that, even at the time of death, before you go into the Three Evil Paths, just before that, even if you remember Buddha’s name, just one Buddha’s name, or one sentence from here, then the road to hell is closed for you, even if you’ve done a lot of bad things.” “Of course, you don’t have to remember any of them. If you have one Master, it’s good.” “Try not to complain a lot. Try to see things positively and accept the situation. But nevertheless, all the Centers should work together. Every time we do things without love, there’s a hole in our protective layer, personally as well. Only peace and love can protect you more, apart from the Holy Names, and the Buddha’s power, and all that. When you’re practicing, all the Buddhas in the past, meaning all the Masters in the past, and present, are helping you also. Blessing you all the time. All the angels are protecting you. But you have to be really sincere, so you can connect better.”
Between Master and Disciples
2020-01-22   191 Views
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2020-01-22
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