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Four Types of Beings in Our Life, Part 3 of 6 July 14, 2019

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Four Types of Beings in Our Life, Part 3 of 6 July 14, 2019

Now we go back to Lord Mahavira, our good and compassionate Lord. But this is too extreme for me. I don’t wish any Master to ever have to undergo this kind of ascetic life, which is so filled with suffering like this. It’s not necessary at all. I wasn’t born to be looking like an ascetic monk this lifetime. I’m born for you. I was born for this type of people who look through the clothes and the skin to see something more valuable than just the price of the material that I wear. So, it doesn’t matter what the Master looks like. As long as their souls perceive that She speaks, He talks the Truth, they will follow to the end sincerely and diligently. And for these souls, I might have appeal. For ordinary souls, they just look for personality, they look for appearance, they look for demonstration. They look for whatever. You know it, right? So, they will not be able to maintain their determination and faith as long as the so-called Master that they have seen or wanted to believe in doesn’t fit their small little frame.
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2020-01-09   1688 Views
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2020-01-09

Four Types of Beings in Our Life, Part 2 of 6 July 14, 2019

00:33:57

Four Types of Beings in Our Life, Part 2 of 6 July 14, 2019

Friends, they are always there when you're in trouble. And their energy will always lend you some help, even though you don't know it; they also don't know about it. But you just feel comforted when you're around them. And you two seem to get on well in many subjects. And of course, "Enemy" is the opposite. We are born in this human body and we are not allowed to know many things. Therefore, a lot of times we do wrong without realizing it, especially without anyone teaching us in advance, without a wise teacher to tell us what's right from wrong. And even then, if somebody taught us, sometimes we still can do wrong because the mind and the maya pushing it; and our karmic background from (past) lives coming back also leading us astray, making us do things wrong; or the situation forces us to do something that we don't like to do, but we just have to. All the Bodhisattvas and the Buddhas warning us that the Bodhisattvas have always been there to help us all the time, even lifting us away from hell, if we were repentant and sincere, and given another chance to redeem our mistakes.
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2020-01-08   1954 Views
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2020-01-08

Four Types of Beings in Our Life, Part 1 of 6 July 14, 2019

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Four Types of Beings in Our Life, Part 1 of 6 July 14, 2019

What are four types? It could be also people; it could be also invisible beings; it could be also animals, pets. So now, I classify it all in four types of beings. Because we are all beings. The first type is very lucky for us if we have; they're called "Friends." "Friends" doesn't mean the social circle that you are in only; it could be your family members. So, friend is good for you. You will notice that they are very helpful to you, very coordinated with you. When you're with them, it's smooth sailing. And in our group, we have sixty-plus percent are good, truly, sincerely want to go Home and to practice goodness and to hear the Truth and try to implement the Truth in their lives. And the other thirty-plus percent are not so. And just like other Masters, when They came to our planet, They generously gave initiation and just giving everyone a chance to know this method and then to be able to practice. But not everyone took it seriously. The same with Shakyamuni Buddha. Even His cousin always tried to harm Him.
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2020-01-07   2229 Views
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2020-01-07

Understand Emotional Ties and Transcend Karma, Part 5 of 5 Mar. 1, 2005

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Understand Emotional Ties and Transcend Karma, Part 5 of 5 Mar. 1, 2005

“I haven’t seen my father for 20 years. I wonder if it is due to the karma, or is it good or not good.” If he did something wrong, you forgive him. Because our real Father is not even him. Everything works out just fine. Whatever happens, happens. It’s not your fault; it’s not his fault. Just the working of karma. Sometimes, he has only affinity with you for two days or two years or five years, and the affinity’s finished, he’s gone. Sometimes it’s good to forgive. It feels good. Otherwise, there’s a knot in there all the time if you don’t open it. Maybe just have a look at him, and talk to him. You don’t have to always see him, but no need to hate the person. At least, he is an excuse for you to come into this world, and then you meet spiritual practice.
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2020-01-06   1071 Views
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2020-01-06

Understand Emotional Ties and Transcend Karma, Part 4 of 5 Mar. 1, 2005

00:37:56

Understand Emotional Ties and Transcend Karma, Part 4 of 5 Mar. 1, 2005

“Most of the time they are enemies?” You have to have something to stay together. So mostly it’s the enemy’s energy that makes you feel… strikes you. Like something’s there, so you begin to pay attention to that person. This is the force of karma! The guy is ugly, for example. But because of the karma, you think he’s the most attractive guy on the whole planet. Emotional bond is very strong. It’s not easy to shake it. Sometimes you get out of that relationship, and you pay something else. So, it's always a price. But sometimes it's the time you get out. If you feel really strong urge to get out, then that means it's time. Sometimes you want to get out but you can't, then maybe it is still too strong. But we are practitioners - you can be strong, strong will, and you have a lot of spiritual merit. You can pay a little bit for that so that you can get out.
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2020-01-05   1374 Views
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2020-01-05

Understand Emotional Ties and Transcend Karma, Part 3 of 5 Mar. 1, 2005

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Understand Emotional Ties and Transcend Karma, Part 3 of 5 Mar. 1, 2005

Sometimes a mundane problem cannot be separated from spiritual issue. It's a very difficult thing. Enemies always happen to bump into each other, (Yes.) and then "love at first sight" even, and all that stuff. And then you never know what. Everything is "fooled up". All the appearances in this world just kind of fool you. And yet, you lost everything, and you don't even know! Already prepared! That’s maya, already prepared the karma from last life. Whoever’s your enemy, they plant it around you, to make trouble. Even planted as your friend, your husband or your wife, it’s difficult to get rid of. But you’re lucky! You have only one, baby! I have many! And I have to love them, take care of them just like you. Don’t have to divorce a person just because he eats meat or drinks alcohol – you change him! You’ve been with him a long time, you should help him as a friend even. You tell him that you’d prefer him to be vegetarian and not to drink (alcohol), and then maybe you’d feel better about it, and then he will do it. He is very, very loyal, and he loves you. And on that basis, you can work (it out).
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2020-01-04   1116 Views
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2020-01-04

Understand Emotional Ties and Transcend Karma, Part 2 of 5 Mar. 1, 2005

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Understand Emotional Ties and Transcend Karma, Part 2 of 5 Mar. 1, 2005

And life after life, we meet people, and sometimes we react with them, and they react with you. If it's good, then they come back as your friend or as your good lover. If it's bad, they come back as, you know, people who break your heart. We meet our acquaintances all the time, understand? All the time! It's not rare that you meet someone who strikes some memories in you. It's very difficult to realize who is who. Because life after life, you play so many roles, you get all confused, you know? Enemies, friends, love, hate, all kinds of things. So whatever mistake you make, it comes back. Therefore, there's always the Precepts to tell you to be careful. Some of you could have attained a higher level already, but you can't because of relationships. It might make you happy, but it might bind you, who knows? And this costs you sometimes spiritual attainment.
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2020-01-03   1315 Views
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2020-01-03

Understand Emotional Ties and Transcend Karma, Part 1 of 5 Mar. 1, 2005

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Understand Emotional Ties and Transcend Karma, Part 1 of 5 Mar. 1, 2005

It takes a lot of merit, devotion and goodness inside; of course, and enlightenment. Most of the Buddhas, when they became Buddha, they don’t know it, because of the grace of the Master as well. They do feel that they’re clean, but because it’s so subtle! But they will know if they lose it! Whenever they lost the Buddhahood or their level goes down, they know it. For you it’s easy. Just keep the Five Precepts, meditate, recite the Five (Holy) Names, remember the Gift, and go straight up, sooner or later. Nothing can stop you now. Nothing can tempt you anymore. Nothing wants even to go near! Not everyone we love will return our love. It’s life. That’s life! Affinity, you know? Sometimes the enemy can come back, they hurt you in different ways. In the form of “love,” a lot of people use it to hurt each other.
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2020-01-02   1344 Views
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2020-01-02

Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 4 of 4 May 12, 2019

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Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 4 of 4 May 12, 2019

“I have something to ask You. I always shake a lot when I meditate. How do I overcome that?” We have physical energy, we have emotional energy, we have this kind of life force energy, all kinds of energies. And before that, do some physical exercises to release some of the pent-up kind of maybe negative thinking or negative influence from others or from yourself - karma. And then sit and meditate. And do the breathing exercise that I have told you. “One other quick thing, Master. Does it become more of just energy and not so much seeing, once you get past the Astral?” It depends on the person. Some people see visions; some people feel the vibration; some people feel different sensations or happiness or pleasure. But it's always, you have to concentrate on the third eye, whether or not you have visions or no visions. And always remember the Master, (Yes.) Five (Holy) Names, and the Gift, if you have.
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2020-01-01   1160 Views
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2020-01-01

Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 3 of 4 May 12, 2019

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Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 3 of 4 May 12, 2019

So, if you allow me to continue to do retreat, then maybe some of your dreams will come true quicker. Your love is like children, clinging to mother; you don't let go. I told you last week or the week before, I said, I'm going on retreat for one month and three days. Didn't I? (Yes, Master.) Even if you listened, you still come more than before! I have to try to do many things, and balance it, but it's not always easy. I just hope that I can do more before I leave this physical body. I feel time is very pressing. And, "Master, I pass the message from our contact person, they send their love to You and they're really grateful for Your love that showers them every day of their lives." Tell them the same, that I love them. The Kurd and the Iranian, they speak the same Persian language? They are at peace now, right? "Yes, better. It's getting better, thank You."
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2019-12-31   1121 Views
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2019-12-31

Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 2 of 4 May 12, 2019

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Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 2 of 4 May 12, 2019

I’m sure other countries’people also have faith, and are also sincere, but I just feel more passionately from the Iranian people, that’s all. I don’t mean other people don’t have faith. But I just sense something from the Iranian people, so passionate, so strong. I am very privileged to know some spiritual people who are so sincere like that. I’m sure the Prophet, peace be upon Him, would be very, very happy with you and bless you. And please go home and tell all the Iranian people that I really love them, I really think of them a lot. Then, before I forget, I don’t know if I’ll come out again tomorrow, so I’ll give you some more (vegan) cakes to bring home. Last time I gave some, but these are new people. You can share. You can send by email. To other people. Tell them with all my love.
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2019-12-30   866 Views
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2019-12-30

Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 1 of 4 May 12, 2019

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Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 1 of 4 May 12, 2019

You're also from Iran? Wow! Originally, I wanted to stay in my cave continuously, for one month and three days, I have announced that. And then you still come, and I don't have the heart to not see you. For you, to go through all these troubles to come here, I am also very touched. That's why I came here, especially because of you. "Initiates in Iran have asked us to deliver their respects to You, and tell You that they love You very much. You are very dear in their hearts." Thank you. I just feel like, Iranian people are the most sincere people. They would never have even one iota or one nano portion of doubt in their hearts, once they follow a Master. They are so sincere, so pure. I feel that way. "Iranian people would sacrifice everything they have, wherever they sense God's essence and presence, and we have sensed the essence and the presence of God in You." The Iranian people, the spiritual Iranian people, they are so passionate like that. So passionate! It's the way they feel inside.
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2019-12-29   1194 Views
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2019-12-29

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

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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   841 Views
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2019-12-28

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

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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   884 Views
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2019-12-27

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

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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   762 Views
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2019-12-26

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

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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?"
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2019-12-25   746 Views
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2019-12-25

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 4 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

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Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 4 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

So, he was so hurried. In the middle of the night he wanted to go out to see the Buddha. “Go, follower, go! Do not retreat. Do not feel worried. Even if you have the whole treasures of all this planet put together for you, it's still not comparable to walking one step toward where the Buddha stays and visiting Him. Even then the merits are even more than that, that I cannot compare and count for you.” The Tu Đạt (Sudatta) prime minister heard that. Oh, happy, happy. At that time, the Buddha then preached to him the four Wonderful Methods of Liberation, etc. The Tu Đạt (Sudatta) prime minister, after he heard that, he attained like one of the middle ranks of spiritual level of consciousness. So the Tu Đạt (Sudatta) saind to Him, “Obeisance to the World Honored One. I will invite You to the Xá Vệ (Sravasti) country. So all the country citizens will cut off the wrong concept, the wrong belief, and follow You.” So He called Sariputra and said, “Sariputra, Tu Đạt (Sudatta) wants to make an ashram to propagate the Buddha Dharma, to lead all beings there to turn to the right path in the Xá Vệ (Sravasti) country, so that he can invite me there to preach for Dharma. But he doesn't know how to do it. So you go there and help him to build the ashram.”
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2019-12-24   832 Views
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2019-12-24

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 3 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

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Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 3 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

Lucky for him, he had a son who wanted to marry. Otherwise he had no chance to know the Buddha. So he said, “Vice (Deputy) Minister, who is the Buddha?” Hô Di, the buddy-in-law to be, said to him, “The Buddha was a prince. And then even when He was born, He walked seven steps. Because He observed that humans have four sufferings, like birth, old age, sickness, and death, so He left home. He had been an ascetic for six years. And then later, at the end He became a Buddha. His Light brightens many corners, even brightens the whole Three Worlds. That’s why we call Him Buddha.” “But Vice (Deputy) Minister, why is it called Sangha?” So the vice (deputy) minister told him, “After He became Buddha, the Brahma king came down and requested Him to impart teaching to all beings. And after the Buddha accepted that invitation, He went to the Deer park in Ba La Nại country. And then He stayed there and preached the four marvelous ways to deliver yourself and others from suffering. …All of them, 500 persons, all liberated. And then these people became meritorious enough, and they had enough power to be able to liberate other beings as well. That’s why we call them Sangha, meaning the assembly of saints.”
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2019-12-23   718 Views
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2019-12-23

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 2 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

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Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 2 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

Now it's Buddha story. In Xá Vệ (Sravasti) country at that time, there was a big official, probably a prime minister. His name is Tu Ðạt (Sudatta). He’s a very rich person, but he is very compassionate. He often gives away his properties, his wealth, to share with other people. It’s not like he’s rich and the prime minister and he’s very arrogant. No. He’s a good, good, good person as well. He often gives things to people who are lonely, or have no one, or are in trouble, or poor. So they called him Cấp Cô Dộc (Anathapindika). Meaning, giving to the vulnerable, the lonesome, to whoever is lonesome, or like widows, and orphans, and elderly who have no one to care for (them). He had seven sons, and six of them were already married. The seventh also was very moral, morally fit and a distinguished person. He was beautiful looking, also. The last one was his favorite. And now one of the Brahman's good friends came one day. "I would like to ask you a favor. Please go and check really thoroughly to see which is a really good family's daughter. Almost equal in status, and good, good, good behavior, good moral standards, truly a virtuous girl. Also have to be clean and pure, and beautiful looking. And then, ask if they'd marry my son for me…."
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2019-12-22   719 Views
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2019-12-22

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 1 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

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Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 1 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

In the Buddha's time, there was a person named Vimalakirti. He was a layperson, a lay disciple of the Buddha. But his wisdom was so high, He was a great bodhisattva. Many people were delivered because of him, liberated because of him. Sometimes the bodhisattvas are not born to be monks. But to be a layperson, so that... It's doing a different job. Like Quan Yin Bodhisattva, She/He manifested in different appearances, sometimes as a princess, things like that, for different affinity with beings on this planet. So you laypeople also don't feel despair. Just different choices. If you have an enlightened way, a method, then you will also reach the high level. Depends on sincerity. I'm reading you of a layperson who made an offering of an ashram to the Buddha. I love all of you. And you can always count on me in any time of need, all the time, all the time, 24/7. All your life, and the next life, and the next life, I will always be with you. It doesn't matter who and what level you are.
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2019-12-21   1073 Views
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2019-12-21
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