Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ 2017-08-17T13:20:14+00:00
Does virtue help in following the path to Nibbāna? 2017-08-13T14:47:25+00:00

Buddha taught us the Noble Eight-Fold Path as the path to Nibbāna. In fact, this path has to be fulfilled with respect to virtue, concentration, and wisdom. The Samma Vacha (virtue relates to the speech that leads to Nibbāna), Samma Kammanta (virtue relates to occupation that leads to Nibbāna), and Samma Ajeeva (virtue relates to life style that leads to Nibbāna) are the three parts that have been categorized under the virtue in the Noble Eight-Fold Path. Thus, one completes the Noble Eight-Fold Path by protecting his virtue because it is a part of the path to Nibbāna. Therefore, it is very important to cultivate one’s virtue.

What are the merits one can accumulate by observing and protecting these precepts? 2017-08-13T14:46:53+00:00

The Supreme Buddha taught us the merits of protecting the precepts as follows:

Virtuous person will grow in wealth by protecting his precepts.
His virtuous life will promote his good name among people.
With one’s cultivated virtue, one becomes courageous to go and work among any kind of crowd.
By the time a virtuous person dies, he will be able to face the death with a good mindfulness.
Once he died, he will be born in an upper level world like heaven.

Furthermore, a virtuous person can get many merits as a result of his effort on protecting the precepts.

What are the precepts that monks need to observe? 2017-08-13T14:46:45+00:00

There are two types of precepts that monks should observe and protect. They are the “Sāmanēra” (novice) ten precepts and “Upasampada” (ordained) precepts. The novice ten precepts are,

  1. Refrain from killing beings.
  2. Refrain from stealing belongings of other people.
  3. Refrain from all sexual activities.
  4. Refrain from lying.
  5. Refrain from using alcohols and misusing of drugs.
  6. Refrain from eating food after midday (prevent taking any food between after the noon of a day until the Sun rises in the morning of the next day).
  7. Refrain from performing dancing, singing, participating in music, watching unseemly shows.
  8. Refrain from using garlands, perfumes, unguents, ornaments.
  9. Refrain from using high and luxurious seats.
  10. Refrain from using money, gold, and silver.

On the other hand, the ordained virtue consists of 227 precepts. A monk can start observing this ordained virtue after practicing the novice ten precepts for some time.

Are there any other precepts that laypeople can observe? If so, what are those? 2017-08-13T14:44:53+00:00

There are more precepts that a layperson could observe. Those are the “Aajeevaka” eight precepts, “Upōsatha” eight precepts, and ten precepts for laypeople.

The Aajeevaka eight precepts:

  1. Refrain from killing beings.
  2. Refrain from stealing belongings of other people.
  3. Refrain from sexual misconducts.
  4. Refrain from lying.
  5. Refrain from divulge secrets.
  6. Refrain from speaking harsh/rude words.
  7. Refrain from speaking meaningless words.
  8. Refrain from unrighteous living.

Upōsatha (holy) eight precepts:

  1. Refrain from killing beings.
  2. Refrain from stealing belongings of other people.
  3. Refrain from all sexual activities.
  4. Refrain from lying.
  5. Refrain from using alcohols and misusing drugs.
  6. Refrain from eating food after midday (prevent taking any food between after the noon of a day until the Sun rises in the morning of the next day).
  7. Refrain from performing dancing, singing, participating in music, watching unseemly shows, using garlands, perfumes, unguents, ornaments.
  8. Refrain from using high and luxurious seats.

Ten precepts for laypeople:

  1. Refrain from killing beings.
  2. Refrain from stealing belongings of other people.
  3. Refrain from all sexual activities.
  4. Refrain from lying.
  5. Refrain from using alcohols and misusing drugs.
  6. Refrain from eating food after midday (prevent taking any food between after the noon of a day until the Sun rises in the morning of the next day).
  7. Refrain from performing dancing, singing, participating in music, watching unseemly shows.
  8. Refrain from using garlands, perfumes, unguents, ornaments.
  9. Refrain from using high and luxurious seats.
  10. Refrain from using money, gold, and silver.

You can try observing these precepts at least one day of each month. This day is the full moon day and is known as “Poya day” by the Buddhists.

Frequently Asked Questions about eight precepts

Does taking prescription drugs break the 5th precept? 2017-08-13T14:40:48+00:00

No, not if they are prescribed by a doctor and are taken as instructed.

Does eating meat count as killing? 2017-08-13T14:40:17+00:00

No. Killing is killing and eating is eating. However if we tell someone to kill an animal, for any reason, that breaks the precept against killing. If we buy meat that was not killed at our request, that does not break the precept.

What if I broke the precepts in the past? 2017-08-13T14:39:54+00:00

It’s fair to say that most people have broken precepts at some point in the past. The Buddha taught that it is not really helpful to spend time regretting things we have done in the past. What is helpful is trying to keep the precepts now.

What if I break a precept? 2017-08-13T14:39:34+00:00

This is totally normal and should be expected. We can’t do anything about the past other than re-commit to following the precept in the future. In the moment you realize you have broken a precept, reflect on what happened and determine to follow it in the future. This is why many people recite the precepts in the morning and evening each day. This has the double purpose of reminding us to follow the precepts as well as knowing that we are starting with a clean slate.

Can I break the precepts accidentally? 2017-08-13T14:39:12+00:00

No, the Five Precepts cannot be broken accidentally. So, for example, if while we are walking we accidentally step on an insect, this does not break the precept of killing. If we unknowingly say something that is not true but we think it is, that does not break the precept of lying.

What are the daily precepts taught for laypeople? How should they be protected? 2017-08-13T14:38:40+00:00

Buddha taught the laypeople to observe five precepts in their day to day lives. Those are,

  1. Refrain from killing – That is, refrain from killing any being. This being can be in a just formed embryo or a fully grown person or an animal.
  2. Refrain from Stealing – Refrain from taking anything that is not yours with a stealing mind.
  3. Refrain from sexual misconduct – There can be women who live under the protection of a mother, a father, both mother and father, a brother, a sister, relatives, or under a tribe. Also, some women have committed their lives to practice Dhamma. Sometimes, a woman has a husband or engaged to get married. In some cases, she is intended to get married with someone just after simple engagement like wearing a garland of flowers. If someone to sexually act with any of these women and deprave her character, then it is known as sexual misconduct. A Buddhist disciple should refrain from these actions.
  4. Refrain from lying – A Buddhist disciple who has observed this precept should not tell a lie intentionally to deceive another person.
  5. Refrain from misusing alcohols, drugs or other similar things to get intoxicated – One should not use alcohols, beer, cigarette, drugs, or marijuana that result in tardiness and intoxication.
What is virtue? 2017-08-13T14:37:29+00:00

Virtue in Buddhism is the procedure to control one’s bodily actions and the words. It is the way the Buddha taught us to manage our actions in fulfilling the path to realize Dhamma. This virtue also helps the disciple’s effort of developing three parts, the Samma Vacha, Samma Kammanta, and Samma Ajeeva, of the Noble Eightfold Path. There is also a number of benefits that you can enjoy in this life because of this virtue. In fact, the virtue can be protected by lay people as well as the monks.

What are the qualities of a righteous ruler according to Buddhism? 2017-08-13T14:36:04+00:00

This is how a righteous ruler who rules his kingdom with high moral standards is described in Buddhism. Buddha taught us that a righteous ruler must develop ten merits (Dasa Kusal). Those are,

Refrain from killing beings.
Refrain from stealing belongings of other people.
Refrain from sexual misconducts.
Refrain from lying.
Refrain from divulge secrets.
Refrain from speaking harsh words.
Refrain from speaking meaningless words.
Refrain from desire for others’ belongings.
Refrain from hate others.
Refrain from following and practicing fictitious worshiping and free from false believes.

In the teachings of Buddha, it is also said that the righteous ruler after practiced these ten merits needs to rule his kingdom according to “ten ruling laws of Dhamma” (Dasa Raaja Dharma).

The righteous ruler should protect his fellow people under a kingdom of Dhamma. He should honor, worship, and practice the ten meritorious deeds mentioned above. He should live under a flag of these ten merits.

The righteous ruler should protect his army under a kingdom of Dhamma. He should honor, worship, and practice the ten meritorious deeds. He should live under a flag of these ten merits.

The righteous ruler should protect the people of the royal clan under a kingdom of Dhamma. He should honor, worship, and practice the ten meritorious deeds. He should live under a flag of these ten merits.

The righteous ruler should protect the Brahmins (upper class of the country) and householders under a kingdom of Dhamma. He should honor, worship, and practice the ten meritorious deeds. He should live under a flag of these ten merits.

The righteous ruler should protect the people of suburbs under a kingdom of Dhamma. He should honor, worship, and practice the ten meritorious deeds. He should live under a flag of these ten merits.

The righteous ruler should protect the monks and other ascetic groups under a kingdom of Dhamma. He should honor, worship, and practice the ten meritorious deeds. He should live under a flag of these ten merits.

The righteous ruler should protect animals who roam on earth and in the sky under a kingdom of Dhamma. He should honor, worship, and practice the ten meritorious deeds. He should live under a flag of these ten merits.

The righteous ruler must prevent any immoral activities to happen in the country.

He must also tend to the needs of the poor people of the country.

The righteous ruler must not use intoxicating substances like alcohols and drugs. He should consult Bhikkhus and ascetics, who are practicing moral qualities and trying to control their minds and eradicate defilements, to learn about the good and bad. By consulting them, he needs to learn what is best for him and to his kingdom. These consist of the knowledge about what the merits and demerits are, what needs to be done and not, things that could result in suffering for a tremendous period of time, and etc. He needs to go to them from time to time and learn and keep these moral qualities in his mind. Then, he should get rid of demerits and cultivate only the merits.

Because these ten ruling laws of Dhamma are protected by the ruler of the country, the resulting merits bring protection and prosperity to the whole country. How wise should the Supreme Buddha be to teach us such ruling methods? All the current problems we face around the world today exist because of the absence of these ten ruling instructions. May righteous rulers be born to this world with the help of the Order of Gautama Buddha!

How can we achieve the world peace according to Buddhism? 2017-08-13T14:34:34+00:00

Every burning problem in the world today has been generated based on the lust, hatred, and ignorance. People kill other beings keeping these three as a basis for their killings. Furthermore, they steal, commit adultery, tell lies, and consume alcohol and drugs based on these three things. In fact, these are the causes for most of the crises in the world today. The Supreme Buddha taught us the reason for wars to exist in the world as follows.

When we see a figure from our eyes we feel a sensation due to the connection (Passa) of eyes, the figure, and specific identification (Vingnanaya). We are drawn to this sensation and a lust or greed is formed. Likewise, greed is generated with respect to ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind. Then, we start to find what our greed was upon to (e.g., the figure). Since we are searching for it, we find it. Its value comes next into our minds. When we keep thinking about the value of it, we start to build a fondness towards it. This fondness causes an attachment. This attachment caused by the fondness creates a deep bond within us. That bond is so strong, and we cannot ignore it. This is why we try to obtain it, which is we strongly bonded to with, by any means. We do not like to see someone else is using it. This is why we become eager. The eagerness results in attempting to protect what we love, even if we have to fight for it. Guards equipped with dangerous weapons are created and started to war against anyone who starts to take that from us. Sometimes, this war becomes a never ending hatred and starts to propagate into future generations. This is how all these wars start to exist. Buddha taught us the reason for these wars is the greediness. Think about this for a moment. Is not this true? Is not the greediness the cause to all these wars? Yes, it is the reason for all the burning problems we face today. We can free ourselves from these problems and wars if we could eradicate the greed. This is the perspective of Buddha about how to achieve the world peace.

What does kindness mean according to Buddhism? 2017-08-13T14:34:08+00:00

If a person feels sorry for someone when he is suffering and hope for him to free from that suffering, then it is called kindness. The first person to preach about becoming kind towards others is the Most Compassionate One, the Buddha. It was because of his great compassion towards all beings.

How does Buddhism describe wisdom? 2017-08-13T14:33:41+00:00

The Supreme Buddha taught us that everything in this world comes to an end at one point. If someone could see this truth of forming things due to a cause and the end of those things when the cause seize to exist, then he will start to disgust the suffering with a proper knowledge about it. He becomes an “Aarya” (one who follows the Noble Eight-Fold Path) by overcoming the state of being “Prutagjana” (a person who is prone to do terrible things that could lead his reincarnation in hell because of his lack of proper knowledge of what Buddha taught). Once he is in the path, he starts to contemplate the world’s formation and end according to “the law of cause and effect (Law of Hetu-Phala)”. This in fact leads to a gradual declination of all his sufferings. The realization of the formation and end of all things in the world according to the law of cause and effect is described as the wisdom in Buddhism. That is, the realization of the Four Noble Truths is the wisdom.

What has Buddha preached us about the beginning of the universe? 2017-08-13T14:32:57+00:00

When we say ‘world’ what exactly do we mean? You will say it is this earth we are sitting on, but we will use the same name to describe another planet if we live in that. However, Buddha saw the ‘world’ in a more profound manner. He showed us what exactly is present as the world. In fact, you recognize the world from what you see, hear, smell, taste, feel, and think that come into your mind. If you could not see, hear, smell, taste, feel, or think since you were born, then where is the world that you described before? All the things that you consider as your world around you including the world of your parents, children, and friends are made out of what you see, hear, and feel. Buddha described these eyes, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind as the world. Therefore, you will not be able to find an end of this universe until you find something (a figure) to see from your eyes even if you travel far by a vehicle capable of travel fast. Though, you could realize the end of the world by exploring how the world is generated from these six senses (eyes, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind). You will then realize that the world was created from the six senses you inherited from your birth. That will also be the day you will free yourself from the suffering by realizing the Four Noble Truths that Gautama Buddha showed us with his great wisdom.

Is there a Mighty God who created this world? 2017-08-13T14:32:37+00:00

The Supreme Buddha taught us that the world is not something which was created by one Mighty God. Buddha further showed us the world as something that has been formed due to a cause. Once the cause is gone, the world ceased to exist. None of the things in this world created automatically. Everything is created with a cause attached to it. If in case something is formed as a result of a person’s creation, then that person must have been created too. This means, there has to be another creator who created that first person at one point in the history. I believe you wish to learn about this truth in more detail. This is why we need to learn the teachings of Buddha more. You will then be able to make your own decisions accurately about these matters.

Do Buddhists believe in Gods? 2017-08-13T14:32:11+00:00

This is a question that everyone has at present. Everyone who did not see gods have the question about their existence. They think whether the deities exist or not? In order to answer this question, we need to learn what the wisest person of the world, the Gautama Buddha, told us about it. Therefore, let us see what Buddha taught us about the existence of the deities.

One day, a Brahmin named Sangārava of the Bhāradvaja clan asked a question from Buddha.

“Dear Gautama Buddha, is there any gods?”

“Dear Bhāradvaja, the fact of whether the deities exist or not are something I have witnessed.”

“Dear Gautama Buddha, why did you answer me as ‘Dear Bhāradvaja, the fact of whether the deities exist or not are something I have witnessed’ when I asked you about their existence?’ Why Dear Gautama Buddha? Was the fact of the existence of deities a lie?”

“Dear Bhāradvaja, if a person says ‘yes’ when someone asks him whether the deities exist or not, and he further says that he know their existence, then a wise person should believe and come to a final decision of the existence of them by confirming the fact that ‘there are deities’.

“Dear Gautama Buddha, why didn’t you tell it to me at first?”

“Dear Bhāradvaja, isn’t the existence of the deities a well-known fact in this community?”

It should be clear to you that almost everyone aspects the existence of deities in this world. The Supreme Buddha himself also verified it. In fact, that was what Buddha tried to clarify in this discussion.

Are there any methods described in Buddhism to make our fortunes ? 2017-08-13T14:31:20+00:00

As a Buddhist, you can become a wealthy person. If you act according to what our teacher told us, you can even protect your money you earned genuinely.

The Supreme Buddha taught us some valuable details regarding this topic in a discourse known as Vyaghghapajja Sutta. Anyone who earns money by working in farming, business, government sector, or any other area should have four items to become a rich person with respect to money and as well merits.

  1. Utthana Sampada (Effort):- One should build the ability to work hard and skillfully overcoming any laziness tactfully. Also, should be capable of organizing the work efficiently. This is the known as the Utthanasampada.
  2. Aarakkha Sampada (Protection):- The money one earned by working hard needs to be protected without letting it destroyed from natural disasters such as fire, wind, flood, and landslides and from being confiscated.
  3. Kalyanamitta Sampada (Noble friendship):- A Noble friend has excellent characteristics like being pleased about Lord Buddha, virtuous, fond of giving, and association with wise friends. When someone has such a friendship, that person will also become rich with the same qualities.
  4. Samajeevikata:- That is living a life by only spending money matched to what is being earned. One should not spend money carelessly but at the same time should not keep it greedily. One needs to be comfortably live spending money according to that person’s wealth.

After cultivating these qualities, one should also close the four doorways of destruction. Those four destructive doorways are:

  1. Passion towards women.
  2. Thirst towards liquor.
  3. Eagerness towards gambling.
  4. Longing of low-quality friendships.

One who lives a life according to these Buddha’s teachings will definitely see the prospered life in a little period of time. This is how prosperity can be achieved through Buddhism. Try this method by yourself, and you will also witness the wisdom of Buddha.

Still, some fortune-telling become true. Are not they ? 2017-08-13T14:30:06+00:00

OK. Let us think about this example for a second. Let us say that you need to cross a road full with traffic all the time. A person who is nearby tells you “today is your day that you die if you try to cross the road without any consideration about the vehicles in this road. Still, you got something that you could prevent your death today. That is, you must carefully check both sides of the road and cross it when there is no danger from a moving vehicle. Then, you will be able to cross the road without any harm.” This is the sort of predictions that these fortune-telling can tell you about your future. Cannot we stop these kinds of harms coming to our lives if we wisely think about them? This is why the light comes from the truths of these fortune-telling is like a light of a firefly. On the other hand, the light comes out of Dhamma of the Four Noble Truths is like the light of the Sun. The light emits by the fireflies vanishes when the Sun comes up and brightens the world. This is why it is not useful to follow these illusions in a time of Buddha and his great order (Buddha Sasana). What is the point of becoming deceived trying to find out what comes in the future from these fortune-telling when we have a great path to follow…?

Why do some people still like to listen to these fortune-telling ? 2017-08-13T14:28:35+00:00

Most people have a desire to listen to someone telling their future. They do not care whether it is true or not, they just want to listen to something that can make them happy. Even after they found out that their fortune-teller lied to them, they go back to the same thing over and over. Do you remember there was a fortune-teller who told that the world is going to end in year 2000? It did not happen, but people believed him until we passed that time. The people even cannot remember it now. If someone tells something like that again, they will start to believe it again. After sometime, they will just forget the whole thing when it did not happen. This is the way of most of people think. They could not understand that this is an illusion. They are walking blindly trying to reach their goal, but how can they reach it when that goal is also an illusion? We need to snap out of it. How could we do it? We need to start realizing that there is only one thing that can help us see the light of truth. Yes, it is the light of teachings of the Gautama Buddha, the Dhamma. His teachings do not lead us to a blindfold path. Dhamma does not follow illusive believes. If Buddha told something about the future, it will be definitely happened. It cannot be stopped by anyone. In fact, the only way one could get rid of his liking towards these mind-bending illusions is by realizing their true nature.

What did the Supreme Buddha taught us about illusionism and fortune-telling techniques like palmistry ? 2017-08-13T14:28:10+00:00

There were various arts or techniques of fortune-telling over the past as similar to today. People tried finding their luck and peace by following them. They were charmed by it. However, our teacher showed us that the light emits from these methods is like a light of a firefly. On the other hand, the light comes out from Dhamma of the Four Noble Truths is like the light of the Sun. The light emits by the fireflies vanishes when the Sun comes up and brightens the world. This is why it is not useful to follow these illusions in a time of Buddha and his great order (Buddha Sasana). What is the point of becoming deceived trying to find out what comes in the future from these fortune-telling, when we have a great path to follow…?

What are the recommended books to learn about meditation? 2017-08-13T14:25:57+00:00

Visit us in this website, and you will be able to read proper books for your need to learn meditation.

Do we need to learn Buddha’s discourses to do meditation ? 2017-08-13T14:25:32+00:00

Our teacher, the wisest of all, realized this Dhamma without any teachers. It is something that could only be done by a Supreme Buddha. Buddha is our teacher. We are his disciples. Therefore, we must practice the path to Nibbana by following his teachings. This is why it is necessary to learn Dhamma to practice meditation correctly. Please do not think it as a trouble. These sermons of our teacher are pleasant and tasty as honey. You will realize it and start to taste it when you read Buddha’s teachings.

How can I learn meditation ? 2017-08-13T14:25:11+00:00

You need to first learn Dhamma in order for you to learn meditation. For this purpose, you can join one of the Mahamevnawa Bhavana Monasteries close to where you live. You can also connect with us regularly to do it. We will help you to learn and practice meditation successfully…

Can we see Buddha by meditating? What is that meditation then ? 2017-08-13T14:24:12+00:00

The most Fortunate One taught us that the one who sees Dhamma definitely sees him, and the one who sees him actually sees Dhamma (Yo Dhamman passati, so man passati. Yo man passati, so man passati.). Thus, we will identify who exactly the Buddha was when we realize his teachings. Dhamma can be realized accurately and fully by practicing meditation. Therefore, we will be able to understand who the Supreme Buddha was from meditation. This does not mean that the Buddha’s figure will show up when we meditate, but the recognition of Buddha with respect to his great qualities via Dhamma could be done. In fact, the meditation known as Buddhanussati (meditation with respect Buddha’s great qualities) is very helpful to recognize Buddha accordingly. In fact, any of the meditations described in Buddha’s teachings can be used to recognize him by his qualities.

What is the best time of the day to meditate ? 2017-08-17T13:07:51+00:00

Time of day is not important in developing your mind. It can be at night or in the morning. Therefore, start to meditate right now without wasting time on thinking about best times for meditation. Meditate according to Buddha’s discourses. You can witness the bliss of Dhamma and attain Nibbana if you have a great faith in the Buddha, a determined effort to practice Dhamma, and well preserved virtue.

Can illnesses be cured from meditation ? 2017-08-13T14:23:03+00:00

Even though most of the illnesses seem to be formed from the body, some of them occurred with respect to the mind. All these mind related illnesses can be suppressed by correctly practicing meditation. Also, one can attain Nibbana, which is the cure for all bodily illnesses, by meditating according to Dhamma so that the path to Nibbana would be developed. Even though medicine helps cure the illnesses temporarily, they can regenerate after sometime. However, the disciple who realized Nibbana will free from all illnesses, aging, death, and also from the long journey of birth and death (the Sansara) because Nibbana stops the rebirth. If this is the case, why do you still late to practice meditation and try hard to attain Nibbana?

Do we need a teacher when practicing meditation ? 2017-08-13T14:22:39+00:00

Supreme Buddha asked us to consider his teachings, the Dhamma, as the teacher of us after his passing away. Therefore, if there is a teacher for your meditation practices, then he should also teach you what Buddha taught us. That means, you can meditate according to Dhamma by your own after learning it properly. Dhamma is the best teacher for you. In fact, all the books and sermons that are going to be provided via this website will include Buddha’s pure teachings. You can use them and learn Dhamma perfectly.

What are the advantages of performing such meditations? 2017-08-13T14:22:20+00:00

It is mentioned in Mettanisansa Sutta in Anguttara Nikaya that the loving-kindness meditation has eleven auspicious outcomes. They are, having a good sleep, waking up well, dreaming no nightmares, becoming pleasant for humans, prevention of harms by demons, protection of deities, life without any harms from fire, poison, or weapons, attainment of mind concentration quickly when meditating, a beautiful face, a good death without losing the mind, a birth in a world of higher-level beings called ‘Babhalowa’ if the Nibbana was not realized in this life.

What is Loving-Kindness Meditation (Maitrie Bhavana)? How can it be practiced ? 2017-08-13T14:21:43+00:00

We all like if no one hates us, feel jealous about us, or harm us. We also like to be treated with compassion. Similarly, everyone else feel the same way. No one likes to be hated, felt jealous about, or harmed. The loving-kindness meditation is the best medicine for people with such hopes. With this meditation, one first creates a mind with free of hatred, jealousy, and destruction. Then, he spreads his mind’s serenity towards others hoping its formation in the hearts of everyone else of the entire world. For this to be worked properly, we need to follow the exact way the Buddha taught us to do it. Thus, the meditator needs to think about him first and about all the beings that live in his home, the village, the city, the state, the country, the world, and in all other worlds and hope that all these beings to be free of hatred, anger, jealousy, sorrow and pain, and become well and happy. Practicing this meditation daily will bring a thriving pleasure to one’s mind and everyone around him… You will able to get more details about the loving-kindness meditation from this website in the future.

How long should someone meditate to realize Nibbana ? 2017-08-13T14:21:21+00:00

The Dhamma taught by Supreme Buddha needs to be realized according to the wisdom the disciple has. There were disciples who could realize the Noble Dhamma just after listening to one sentence of Buddha’s teachings in the past. There were also some other disciples who attained the Nibbana after practicing Dhamma and meditating for a long time. However, the most fortunate one said in Maha Satara Satipatthana Sutta (the Great Satipatthana Suttta) as follows: If someone practices these four types of meditations (Satara Satipatthana) prominently, then that person will become an Arahant within at least seven days or a year to the most. If that person could not attain the Nibbana within these seven years, then he will definitely accomplish the third state of the fruition, the Anagami state.

How should we perform Aanapanasati meditation ? 2017-08-13T14:21:00+00:00

Aanapanasati is the meditation of mindfulness about the inhale and exhale. The name Aanapanasati, itself also reflects the meaning since ‘Aana’, ‘Pana’, and ‘Sati’ reflects the meanings of inhale, exhale, and consciousness, respectively. Therefore, we shall only focus on the breath when we do Aanapanasati meditation. It is like a gate keeper watching the people who come in and go out of the gate. Here, one shall not breathe intensionally and forcefully. You just need to focus on the air that inhale and exhale (breath). When it is an inhale, you shall think of as ‘Inhale’ while when it is an exhale you shall think as ‘Exhale’. You will see that your mind is being started to get concentrated at this point. You can explore Dhamma discourses such as Mahasatipatthana Sutta, Aananda Sutta, and Aanapanasati Sutta to develop your Aanapanasati meditation. Buddhavision is trying to translate these discourses into English at present.

Is it necessary to practice both Samatha and Vidarshana meditations ? 2017-08-13T14:20:25+00:00

Some people think only either Vidarshana or Samatha meditation is enough to attain Nibbana, but the Exalted One taught us that both these meditations are necessary to achieve that goal. However, there can be differences how a person initiate the path to Nibbana with respect to these two types of meditations. A person can initiate the Middle Path just from either Samatha or Vidarshana, or from both. Though, we need to clarify that everyone needs to complete both Samatha and Vidarshana in realizing Nibbana at some point.

What is Samatha meditation? What is Vidarshana meditation ? 2017-08-13T14:20:00+00:00

Samatha meditation means the uplift of the concentration of a mind by suppressing the five defilements. Vidarshana meditation means the observation of the truth of the life by exploring it with a concentrated mind according to what Buddha taught.

How many different types of meditations in Buddhism ? 2017-08-13T14:19:37+00:00

Basically, there are two types of meditations in Buddhism. That is, Samatha and Vidarshana meditations. Samatha meditation means the uplift of the concentration of a mind by suppressing the five defilements. Vidarshana meditation means the observation of the truth of the life by exploring it with a concentrated mind according to what Buddha taught. Some people think only either Vidarshana or Samatha meditation is enough to attain Nibbana, but the Exalted One taught us that both these meditations are necessary to achieve that goal. However, there can be differences how a person initiate the path to Nibbana with respect to these two types of meditations. A person can initiate the Middle Path just from either Samatha or Vidarshana, or from both. Though, we need to clarify that everyone needs to complete both Samatha and Vidarshana in realizing Nibbana at some point.

I have been told that it is dangerous to meditate. Is that true ? 2017-08-13T14:19:15+00:00

There was a significant number of sages practicing different types of meditations by the time Buddha was born in India. He also experimented on those meditations in finding the ultimate truth, but he could not find it in their meditations. This was when he started to follow the great Noble Eight-fold Path or the ‘Majjhima Patipada’ (the Middle Path) which he realized without any teachers. By following the middle path, our teacher fully realized the suffering that everyone including himself has to face, eradicated the cause that creates suffering, witnessed the end to the suffering, and completed the path to Nibbana. Therefore, there is no one else who sees and knows the ways of developing and destroying a one’s mind better than the Supreme Buddha. Thus, one can attain the Nibbana by practicing untainted Dhamma in the exact way as the Buddha taught us. However, the dangerous results that you denoted here can be occurred if you practice meditations that different people made without any consent to the Buddha’s teachings. On the other hand, one who is practicing the path to Nibbana as prescribed by Buddha in his teachings will experience the inner peace from meditation and not the unpleasant and bitter consequences one may have to face otherwise. We are determined to give you the true teachings of the Buddha in its pure form in this website.

Why does the meditation important to us? 2017-08-13T14:18:51+00:00

An undeveloped mind is like the dispersed light. No one can perform meritorious deeds to himself or to another with that kind of mind. However, a mind that is well developed by meditation is like a focused beam of intense light. It helps creating a person who can help himself and others following the true path identified by Gautama Buddha. Meditation will also help us to face the day to day obstacles with a focused mind and to relive ourselves from them. Proper mediation also helps us to keep our minds concentrated to the target of realizing the truth of life (the Four Noble Truths). A considerable advantage of practicing meditation in this period of time is the maintaining of a good health even in a society full of different kinds of diseases. With the Buddhist meditation known as ‘Loving-Kindness Meditation’ (Maitrie Bhavana), there are a number of benefits one can get out of it. By practicing it, one will get a goodnight sleep without any nightmares, become pleasant for humans, be prevented from any harms by demons, get the protection from deities, have a life without any harms from fire, poison, or weapons, get the ability to concentrate the mind quickly when meditating, get a beautiful face, get a good death without losing the mind, get a birth in a world of higher-level beings called ‘Babhalowa’ if the Nibbana was not realized in this life. Moreover, meditation will help to boost up the power of recollection since it suppresses the five defilments described above. Thus, meditation will help students to achieve their goals in education. Meditation will also wake up the powers of higher states of a concentrated mind and help performing ‘Irdhi Pratiharya’ (extraordinary actions done by supernatural powers) such as walk in the sky, walk on water, becoming invisible, swim in earth like in water and so on. You will achieve more unimaginable capabilities because of the well trained mind with meditation.

What is meditation ? 2017-08-13T14:18:31+00:00

The meaning of the word Bhavana (meditation) is the development. It is the development of mind and wisdom. Generally, a normal person’s mind gets obstructed by defilements called Pancha Niiwarana from the truth unendingly. A mind which is blocked in this way is an undeveloped one. It is not strong. Also, it cannot realize the truths of the world. This kind of mind is not concentrated or open to the truth. Therefore, a mind is first strengthened by meditation making it to be focused and strong, so it becomes suitable to develop the wisdom. Afterword, it will navigate the ascetic towards Nibbana until he realizes it.

If everyone is born again, then why the percentage of births is greater than the percentage of deaths ? 2017-08-13T14:18:04+00:00

Not all the humans are born again as humans after their deaths. Likewise, there is also a possibility for the beings of other worlds to get births as humans. There are billions of beings in low-level worlds such as animal world and hell. Even if a small portion of these beings are reborn as humans, then that portion could be larger than the current population of humans in the entire world. This is why we see it as a population increment in overall.

Are there any scientists who believe in reincarnation ? 2017-08-13T14:17:28+00:00

Whether there are scientists who believe in reincarnation or not, it (Punarbhavaya) is still true. We cannot categorize scientists as the greatest of wise persons of all time. Their knowledge changes from time to time and it is based on the results they perceive with their general senses (the eye, ear, nose, etc…) after performing an experiment. Some scientists believe the reincarnation, while some do not. The important thing is to think wisely and become a person who believes it. If we can look into our past lives by developing our minds, then what is the need of a scientist to verify the reincarnation for us?

Is reincarnation a false aspect ? 2017-08-13T14:17:06+00:00

It is inaccurate to consider reincarnation as a false aspect. The Punarbhavaya or the reincarnation is not a false aspect. It is a truth, and there is a way to confirm this truth by practicing Buddhism. We need to practice meditation and attain the fourth state of concentration (Dhyana) in which the meditator will have the ability to check upon his past lives. Then, you will be able to see your past lives and confirm the reincarnation.

If our lives are arranged according to our Karma, can we change it ? 2017-08-13T14:16:46+00:00

Karma is not permanent. Therefore, we can change it if we act based on what Buddha showed us. Then, we will also be able to free ourselves from being a victim of Karma.

What decides the nature of the next life ? 2017-08-13T14:16:26+00:00

The nature of our deeds (Karma), whether it is good or bad, will decide the characteristics of our next life.

Does a human be reincarnated as a human after his death all the time ? 2017-08-13T14:16:03+00:00

There is no other person who saw the existence of birth and death (the Sansara) like the Supreme Buddha. The Great One saw each and everyone’s births as animals like pigs, chickens, snakes, dogs, and so on and so forth. He also revealed the existence of low-level (Niraya, Preta, Asura) and high-level (deity) worlds, and how the beings are born in those worlds. Accordingly, not everyone is reborn as humans after their deaths.

How does a dead person transfer from one body to another ? 2017-08-13T14:15:36+00:00

After the death of a person, the five matters of attachments (Pancha Upadanskandha) correspond to that birth detached from its current body or location and conceive at another place. That is how one dies and be born as another person in somewhere.

Where do humans and animals come from? Where do they go after their deaths ? 2017-08-13T14:15:15+00:00

The Supreme Buddha saw the endless journey of birth and death of all beings. It is remarkable how insightful the way he taught us about the reincarnation. He saw the way we are trapped within this journey without even knowing it. He described about this situation in his whole life, so that we can get at least some idea about how dangerous this journey is. Buddha taught us that if there is someone who is born in this world today, then that person should have been born somewhere prior to this life. If he could not realize Dhamma in this life, then he will definitely be born somewhere again. This is a brief introduction on the truth that the Gautama Buddha realized about the birth and the death.

What is the most esteemed service that a monk can do to the world ? 2017-08-13T14:14:45+00:00

A true monkhood is based on protecting and practicing Buddha’s word as it is. It is monks’ great responsibility to practice Dhamma and teach others without distorting it. Inclusion of their own views is not necessary and should be regarded it as tainting the Buddha’s noble teachings. Then only the Dhamma would be prevailed for long time. Thus, the esteemed service a monk can do to the world is to practice and teach others Buddha’s teachings in its pure form.

What will happen if everyone join the monkhood ? 2017-08-13T14:14:07+00:00

Buddha once told that the attachment of a person to the lay life is stronger than an unbreakable iron chain. Therefore, not everyone of this world has the strength to break those attachments and become a monk. It is impossible to see everyone in the world join the monkhood.

Why Buddhist monks wear red or brown colored robes ? 2017-08-13T14:13:40+00:00

Our teacher, the Buddha, approved wearing red-brown colored robes. These types of colors made out of chips of trees emanate odors that would prevent flies or mosquitoes to come near or bother the monks. These colors also help the monks being seen from far in the forests. In fact, red-brown colored robes look simple. Having a robe worn with one simple color, makes the monks to think simply about their own beauty as well.

Is the monkhood compulsory to realize Nibbana? 2017-08-13T14:13:19+00:00

There are three stages of realizing Dhamma (Magaphala) before stepping to the fourth stage or the final stage, which is the attainment of Nibbana. All those three stages can be attained within being a layperson. If someone fully realized Dhamma and became an Arahant, he will not live the lay life anymore spending time on accumulating worldly pleasures and items. Thus, an Arahant cannot live as a layperson anymore. A person who became an Arahant in his lay life often joins the monkhood quickly. It is clear from this explanation that even a layperson can become an Arahant.

What kind of person is suitable to become a Bhikkhu or Bhikshuni ? 2017-08-13T14:12:56+00:00

Anyone can become a Bhikkhu or Bhikshuni. However, it is not just enough being different from bodily but also need to become a monk from within. That person needs to fully commit bodily and as well as mentally to give up all his past life attachments. Anyone who is frank enough to give up worldly attachments can become a monk.

What is the advantage of becoming a Bhikkhu and Bhikshuni (lady disciples)? Also, what are they doing? 2017-08-13T14:12:36+00:00

Since lay people follow the path to Nibbana with their worldly attachments, their journey is slow like a walk of a peacock. In fact, a monk’s progression is fast like a movement of a swan because his journey is free from any attachments. Thus, a person who would like to attain Nibbana promptly will give up all his attachments and becomes a monk. If the person who joined the monkhood is a male, then he will be called a Bhikkhu while a female be called a Bhikshuni. These Bhikkhu and Bhiksuni start to protect a higher set of percepts than the five percepts of a layperson (disciple who follows a lay life). From that point onward, they start to practice the path to Nibbana while teaching others of what Buddha said.

Why some of the discourses in Tripitaka are very long? 2017-08-13T14:11:39+00:00

Discourses in Deega Nikaya are known as the longest discourses of Buddha. Length of these Dhamma discourses depends on the wisdom of the person to whom the discourse was sermonized and also according to length of time that discourse was being sermonized. However, if there is an opportunity for you to read Tripitaka in simple language, then you will definitely be amazed by its content. Furthermore, you will definitely start to believe Buddha’s great wisdom. Think this as a great moment in your life and learn Dhamma without being disappointed about the length of the discourses. Our expectation is to give you Dhamma in a simple language. This is how you get to read our teacher’s Dhamma even at this very moment.

What is Dhammapada ? 2017-08-13T14:11:15+00:00

Dhammapada is a world famous sacred scripture of Buddhism. It really contains the teachings of Buddha. Some people think Dhammapada is the religious text book of Buddhists, but it is really just a part of one chapter of a Pitaka of Tripitaka. There are only 423 Dhamma stanzas included in Dhammapada. Tripitaka is consisted of 84,000 Dhamma matters. If you finished reading Dhammapada, then you would be able to think how vast the knowledge of Supreme Buddha was. Dhammapada consists of advices to a disciple who practices the Noble Eight-Fold Path.

Why is the Tripitaka important for us ? 2017-08-13T14:10:51+00:00

Our great teacher, The Supreme Buddha, told Venerable Ananda Thero one day “dear Ananda, you might think one day when I passed away, that your teacher is gone to past now and this Dhamma is of a teacher who has passed away. Dear Ananda, you shouldn’t think in that way ever. Ananda, you need to consider the Dhamma and Descipline that I taught you as your teacher.” This indicates that even after the death of our teacher, but if Dhamma is still available, we still can see him at any time by learning and practicing Dhamma he taught us with a great compassion. Furthermore, we should not become sad by thinking about the pass away of our teacher, but practice Dhamma. Buddha’s teachings are still being protected in its pure form in Tripitaka. This means, we can still develop the path to realize Dhamma by practicing it in a similar manner just as when the Buddha was alive, even at this time period. Tripitaka is important because of this important reason.

Are not some parts of this Dhamma slipped away, when it was protected and borne for generations, just by memorizing them? 2017-08-13T14:10:28+00:00

It was the great monks who have eradicated all defilements (Arahant Theros) that protected the Dhamma by memorizing them after the first convocation. They will never deface the teachings of Buddha. Therefore, the Dhamma was protected without any damage to its content. Since a lot of Bhikkhus bore the Dhamma as it was, none of it was slipped away. In the meantime, Sri Lanka was also fortunate to receive Dhamma. After the Sri Lankan people accepted Dhamma, it was well spread throughout the country. As a result, a large number of Arahants were born. They also bore Dhamma by heart in each generation without letting it to vanish. They reminded Dhamma frequently and never let it be disappeared from their minds. They preached it and taught others. This is why Dhamma was never destroyed or altered.

In that era, Buddhism was continued to exist for hundreds of years by conveying Dhamma in its pure from one generation of Monks to another. However, there were really awful times that Buddhism faced catastrophic blows. The famine occurred throughout the country in King Walagamma’s time was one such time period. Because of the food shortage at that time period, it was difficult for Buddhist monks to find something to eat. As a result, thousands of Arahant Theros died in their meditation stances with hunger. The rest of the Arahant Theros did not let the teachings of the Buddha disappeared. They remembered how the disciples of Buddha even sacrificed their own lives to save Dhamma in the past. With a great effort, these monks protected Dhamma again just by feeding themselves on the liquid of screwpine. At one point, a part of these monks went to India with the intention of keeping the Dhamma in their minds, just in case if they could not survive the drought. Finally, the drought went away after few years. The country started to rise once again with prosperity. The group of monks who went to India came back to Sri Lanka. Both groups of monks who went to India and who lived in Sri Lanka during the drought preached Dhamma as they remembered to check the accuracy of their memories. Like a miracle, both parts remembered Dhamma in its pure form without any alterations. After escaping from that dreadful time period, the Arahants decided to protect Dhamma by writing it down. Thus, with the participation of King Walagamba and under the admiration of deities and humans, the teachings of Buddha were written down on scriptures. These Dhamma scriptures were inherited from generation to generation brightening the Order of the Buddha. Therefore, Dhamma has been protected in its pure form until now. It is that untainted teachings of the Buddha we are presenting to you here.

How did the Thripitaka survive for this long ? 2017-08-13T14:09:59+00:00

After the great death (Parinirvana) of the Supreme Buddha, his discourses were secured by categorizing them into text of Pitaka and Nikaya in a great convocation, which is called the first Sangayana (the first convocation) of Arahants under the administration of Maha Kkashyapa Arahant Thero. At that time, Buddha’s teachings were categorized into five Nikaya depending on the length of each discourse. The lengthy discourses were grouped into Deegha Nikaya (long part) and medium size discourses into Majjima Nikaya (medium part). In Anguttara Nikaya (numbered), the discourses that were numbered were included. Different parts of Buddha’s teachings (Dhamma) that were compacted and gathered under some main points were grouped into Sanyukta Nikaya, and discourses of small extent into Khuddaka Nikaya. Each of these Nikaya was then assigned to disciples of Arahants to memorize and protect Dhamma for the future generations. Thus, the Deegha Nikaya, Majjima Nikaya, Anguttara Nikaya, and Sanyukta Nikaya were assigned to the disciples of Ananda Arahant Thero, Sariputta Arahant Thero, Anuruddha Arahant Thero, and Maha Kashshyapa Arahant Thero, respectively. Khuddaka Nikaya was memorized by every monk and protected throughout the history.

Buddha’s discourses in this categorized form were then flowed well through each generation for few decades after that first convocation. After words, the second great convocation (the second Sangayana) was performed in Palulup City to remedy the crisis that was arisen based on Wajjiputtaka Monks’ ten prohibited luxury objects. This convocation was done under the administration of Sabbakamie Yasa Arahant Thero who was foreseen as the Bhikkhu to solve this problem of ten prohibited luxury objects by Supreme Buddha with his divine eye when he was alive. This convocation helped the order of Buddha to be survived purely for another long period of time. In three hundred years after the great death of Supreme Buddha, another flourishing period for Buddhism was begun to rise. This was happened in the era of the great Emperor, the King Ashoka of India. After he saw the death of millions of people from his final battle with King Kalinga, he was pretty upset. This was when a seven years old young monk called Niggrodha Arahant Thero helped him to overcome his stress and sadness in his heart. King Ashoka who was impressed by Niggrodha Arahant Thero’s character started to adore Buddhism. He began building eighty four thousand Stupa and temples around India as a devotion to the mass of eighty four thousand teachings of Buddha. As a consequence of the rise of the Order of Buddha, more people found their way to Buddhism and gathered around it. For this reason, there were not enough people to treat and worship other priests of different religions at that time. Finally, they became like beggars. There was nothing else for them to do except to become Buddhist monks. Thus, they had to join the monkhood of Buddhism in hundreds. However, instead of living a life according to Buddha’s teachings, they performed their old rituals and sacrifices inside temples. Like the unchanging specks of a tiger even though the forest it lives is changed, they lived heretical lives in temples wearing Buddhist robs. As a result of this contamination, a group of corrupted monks was formed aside the Aarya Sanga (the untainted group true Bhikkhu) in the Order of Buddha. The virtuous monks began to do their work separately refusing to do Uposatha Kamma (discussion of how Bhikkhus live with respect to their observed precepts) with these corrupted monks. Therefore, the Uposatha Kamma was not performed for seven continuous years. Another convocation was therefore held with the support of King Dharmashoka (King Ashoka was famous by the name Dharmashoka after his great contribution to Buddhism) to purify the order of Buddha from the contaminations of outside believes. This convocation was carried out under the supervision of Moggaliiputta Tissa Arahant Thero, who was the highest priest among the monks at that time. King Dharmashoka sent groups of monks as messengers to spread the teachings of Buddha to other countries around the world after this convocation. Mihindu Arahant Thero’s arrival to Sri Lanka was a result of this great effort.

What does mean by the Thripitaka ? 2017-08-13T14:09:31+00:00

Thripitaka means “three sections or pitaka.” That is Suttra Pitaka, Vinaya Pitaka, and Abhidharma Pitaka. There are discourses delivered by Buddha and his great and wise disciples in the Thripitaka. The discourses in Thripitaka delivered by the disciple monks were permitted by Lord Buddha himself.

Every religion has its own holy texts, but what is the holy text of Buddhists ? 2017-08-13T14:09:10+00:00

The religious text of Buddhism is known as ‘Thripitaka.’ It includes forty five years of teachings of Lord Buddha. These discourses of Buddha included in Thripitaka were transferred from one era to another by great disciples (Arahants) of Buddha by memorizing them. About one thousand years ago, these discourses were then written down in scrolls under the guidance of these Buddhist Bhikkhus in Sri Lanka. Those sacred discourses of the Lord Buddha written in Pali (the language of Buddha) are what we are using today. We are ready to grant you the passage to those discourses of Buddha at time to time from this website.

Is poverty a hindrance to realize Nibbhana? 2017-08-13T14:07:47+00:00

Among the people who realized Dhamma, there were poor people too. They could realize Dhamma after affiliated in the Order of Gautama Buddha. Also, there were rich people among them as well. This means whether a person has money or not, it does not matter for the realization of Dhamma. One day, a sick person suffered from hives saw a group of people gathered at a place. This person thought that it was a place where he could get some food to eat. He went to the place quickly and looked over. Then he realized the Supreme Buddha was delivering a Dhamma talk. There was a large number of people listening to the sermon. The sick person understood that it was not a place to get some food. However, he decided to listen to what Buddha was preaching and observe who this Lord Buddha was. He sat aside and started to listen carefully. He began to explore wisely what Buddha was preaching at that time. Lord Buddha saw this poor and sick person suffering from hives and realized that he had a mind of realizing Dhamma. Therefore, Buddha delivered his Dhamma talk such that this person would be able to realize it. At the end, this sick person who was looking for a meal stood up from where he was sitting. He could put away a large extent, which was like a mountain, of suffering and ending up achieving Sotapatti state that will enable him to realize Nibbana within only seven more life times for definitely. His poverty or sickness did not hinder his realization of Dhamma. Therefore, please do not think to let go of this invaluable Dhamma. Be with us to learn the pure teachings of the Buddha. We are ready to enrich you with that Dhamma.

Do the educational qualifications affect on attaining Nibbana ? 2017-08-13T14:07:18+00:00

It is the capability of thinking and understanding Dhamma that matters in realizing Nibbana not the educational qualifications. Either with a good educational background or not, one can realize Nibbana if that person can compare Dhamma to oneself according to the way Buddha showed it. However, it is important to remember Dhamma after reading it or listening to it since it helps understanding it. Of course, even some people who could not remember Dhamma realized it in the past… There was a venerable monk known as Chullapanthaka. Even after trying for four months, he could not remember at least two sentences of one stanza he tried to remember that stanza by heart. Venerable Thero tried hard, but his attempt was not successful. Venerable Thero’s brother was also a monk, and he lived in the same temple where Venerable Chullapanthaka lived. That Thero thought that Venerable Chullapanthaka cannot continue living as a monk since he could not remember at least two sentences of a stanza. He further thought that it was a good idea for Venerable Chullapanthaka to leave the temple and go back home to start a lay life, so that at least then he will be able to cultivate merits. Thus, he told Venerable Chullapanthaka this idea. Since there was nothing else to do, Venerable Chullapanthaka decided to leave the monk-hood. He was really upset and was crying sitting at the temple gate when the greatly benevolent teacher of us, the Supreme Buddha, saw this incidence with his divine eye. Lord Buddha then came to Venerable Chullapanthaka and gave him a clean piece of white cloth asking Venerable Chullapanthaka to rub the cloth saying “rajo haran”. It means “may the dirt be gone!” As instructed by the Supreme Buddha, he rubbed that white cloth continuously saying “rajo haran, rajo haran, rajo haran….”In a moment that clean white cloth became brownish and dirty. By observing it, Venerable Chullapanthaka started to cogitate about the change wisely. Venerable Thero realized the dirty status of his body. “This much of a clean cloth became dirty after a moment of rubbing it because this body is dirty.” Lord Buddha saw Venerable Chullapanthaka’s mind was concentrated on to a Vidarshana Meditation (a meditation focused on cogitating the true way of life) when he was thinking about the clean cloth. Lord Buddha then came to him in a second with his divinely power (Irdi) and resided a stanza, so that Venerable Chullapanthaka’s mind was driven to Nibbana. When Venerable Chullapanthaka was contemplating according to that stanza his mind became concentrated. He focused on the true nature of this life more and more deeply until he became an Arahant by eradicating all the defilements within him. He freed himself from all the suffering of birth, sickness, aging, and death. It was a person who had an insufficient memory power who realized Dhamma. He could realize Dhamma because Lord Buddha preached him Dhamma which helped to raise his consciousness leading him to Nibbana. Therefore, you can see that this Dhamma can be realized by anyone who could cogitate about it wisely.

Can sick and disabled people also realize this Dhamma ? 2017-08-13T14:06:30+00:00

It is possible for blind, deaf, or disabled people without hands or legs who can think wisely to realize Buddha’s teachings. Therefore, a blind person who can think well can still be able to realize Dhamma after listening to it. If a person was not born deaf, but become deaf after some time, that person will realize Dhamma if he can understand Dhamma by reading it. Let us say that someone was born disabled, but can see and hear. Then, that person can stop the birth which can leads to more of such miserable lives without hands or legs by understanding Dhamma.

Can small children realize this Dhamma and become Arahant ? 2017-08-13T14:06:08+00:00

If this Dhamma is to be realized, one needs to have a great thinking ability. Wise children who can think about Dhamma properly will be able to realize it. In Buddha’s time, there were lots of children of seven, eight, nine, ten, or twelve years old who realized this great Dhamma and became Arahants. Thus, you will be able to understand how important this Dhamma is. It helps everyone. It is an invaluable refuge for you and your children.

Can women realize Nibbana ? 2017-08-17T16:04:35+00:00

Some people think that women cannot realize Nibbana. Also, it is a pity to see how bad the women are treated in some regions of the world. In some countries, female children are killed the instant they are born. Women have sometimes become like machines that make children and do household chores. It is Lord Buddha who saw this tragedy and helped women. Buddha taught his Dhamma to women without treating them differently. Women who listened to Dhamma realized it. Many women became Arahant at that time. Is not it the Supreme Buddha who first gave the women the freedom in the history of mankind? Therefore, do not become sad. This Dhamma can also be realized by women.

Can a person at any age accomplish this target ? 2017-08-13T14:05:27+00:00

Age is not a problem to realize the Dhamma. What is needed is the ability to think about Dhamma with your wisdom. It does not matter if a person is rich or poor. If one has the talent to think about Dhamma wisely and with an enduring effort, then that person can realize Dhamma whatever the status of that person’s social life is. Children as young as seven years and people as old as one hundred and twenty years had realized Dhamma at Gautama Buddha’s time and as well as after his Parinibbhana (the pass-away of Buddha or the end of the reincarnation of him). Therefore, please do not make your age a problem. Cultivate the path of Nibbana without delaying.

Can this suffering be eradicated in this very own life? 2017-08-13T17:23:13+00:00

The Dhamma taught by the Supreme Buddha is Sanditthikai which means his teachings can be realized in this very own life if someone tries enough. You can of course realize it because the true teachings of Buddha are still preserved. Try it and see… The Mahamevnawabm.org will bring you that true words of Buddha.

What is the path to eradicate suffering ? 2017-08-13T14:04:29+00:00

The Supreme Buddha named the one and only path to achieve Nibbana as the Aarya Ashthangika Margaya (the Noble Eight-Fold Path). This Noble Eight-Fold Path only exists in Buddhism. The noble path is a middle path rejecting two extremes; living a luxury life with high pleasures at all the time and living an excruciating life by torturing the body with extreme pains. The disciple needs to choose the middle path and live accordingly without entering to either of these two extremes. One of the important things that should be mentioned here is that you will feel a great pleasure to your body and to your mind when following the middle path. Such pleasure cannot be achieved by living a luxury life. This will encourage you to follow the Noble Eight-Fold Path with your own preference. Let us clarify this Noble Eight-Fold Path now.

As the name itself demonstrates, the Noble Eight-Fold Path consists of eight noble parts. They are Samma Ditthi, Samma Sankappa, Samma Vacha, Samma Kammanta, Samma Aajeeva, Samma Vayama, Samma Sati, and Samma Samadhi. Let us learn each of these eight parts separately.

Samma Ditthi – This is the wisdom about the suffering. The wisdom of how the suffering creates. The wisdom about the end of suffering. The wisdom of the path to eradicate the suffering. Lord Buddha taught us this wisdom as the Samma Ditthi.

Samma Sankappa – That is, thinking about the happiness that one can get by thinking about a pleasure other than a sensual satisfaction. Thinking about thoughts of Metta (loving-kindness) without thinking hatred thoughts and thinking kind and wholesome thoughts and not harmful thoughts are those ways of proper thinking. The disciple who follows the path shown by Buddha should think of these three types of thoughts. Lord Buddha taught us that this is the Samma Sankappa.

Samma Vacha – This means the disciple needs to purify the words. Here, we should exclude speaking bad words and should start speaking pure words. That is, restraining from speaking lies, rumors, offensive, and rubbish words. This was shown as the Samma Vacha by Lord Buddha.

Samma Kammanta – This implies that one should practice only the pure ways of life. This includes refrain from killing beings (human or animal), stealing, and adultery. Lord Buddha showed this as the Samma Kammanta.

Samma Aajeeva – Lord Buddha explained us of trying to live a rightful life by freeing from immoral life as the Samma Aajeeva.

Samma vayama – Most of the times, we try hard emotionally and physically to win obstacles in our day to day lives. Sometimes, we spent our whole lifetime to become successful. Someday, however, we have to leave behind what we achieved difficultly. Therefore, it is the effort that helps preventing us from becoming victims of suffering the greatest of all efforts. Lord Buddha showed that this effort is the Samma Vayama. This effort can be seen in four ways:

Effort to prevent forming the unborn defilements.
Effort to eradicate the defilements that are already there.
Effort to cultivate unborn merits.
Effort to expand the merits one has and to complete it as a meditation.

Lord Buddha mentioned that trying in these four ways as the Samma Vayama.

Samma Sati – The mindfulness that helps to realize the Four Noble Truths is the Samma Sati. Lord Buddha showed us four types be mindfulness to help realizing the Four Noble Truths. Those are to be mindful about the physical body, feeling, mind, and objectives of the mind. These are the four things that Lord Buddha explained as the Satara Satipatthanaya. Mindful on these four was shown as the Samma Sati by the Supreme Buddha.

Samma Samadhi – Suppressing the five things that prevent Nibbana or the Pancha Niivarana by concentrating the mind into one subject (for example, to the breath as inhale and exhale) is known as the Samma Samadhi. We can find many people who try to develop Samadhi (concentration) around the world. However, not all of them achieve the state of Samma Samadhi. We can realize Nibbana only if we cultivate Samma Samadhi. Therefore, one needs to nurture a Samadhi into a Samma Samadhi by developing the seven other items in the Noble Eight-Fold path ( Samma Ditthi, Samma Sankappa, Samma Vacha, Samma Kammanta, Samma Aajeeva, Samma Vayama, and Samma sati). Then only the Samadhi becomes a Samma Samadhi. Lord Buddha introduced Samma Samadhi as follows.

“Dear Monks, what does mean by the Samadhi or the concentration of mind that helps realizing life? Dear Monks, a disciple in this matter separates from worldly pleasures (figures, sounds, odor, taste, and touch) and separates from defilements of raga (desire), dvesha (hatred), and moha (ignorance of the four noble truths). Also, the disciple practices to behave himself in one of the four postures (Satara Satipatthanaya) by focusing his mind on that posture again and again. In this manner, that disciple lives in a state (Dhyana) in which one can achieve the first type of Samadhi with a leisure occurred by suppressing Pancha Neevarana (five things that prevent Nibbana) and with a physical and emotional happiness and pleasure. (This is known as the First Dhyana.)

The state of mind achieved by thinking within the four postures and focusing the mind towards them again and again becomes dissolved generating calmness. This leads to consent of the mind which in turn developing a concentration without difficulties of thinking about the postures or focusing on them further. The disciple will thus live developing a second state of strong concentration with the happiness and pleasure generated in the first state of concentration. (This is known as the Second Dhyana.)

A great person who realized the Dhamma introduces a moderate state as a pleasurable living with a great mindfulness. In this moderate state, the disciple lets go of the happiness and feel the pleasure attained by being in the moderate state with great mindfulness and wisdom. Thus, a disciple lives a life with the third state of concentration. (This is known as the Third dhyana.)

By giving up the desire to the pleasure and the clash with the sadness, the disciple becomes neutral eradicating the happiness and pain generate in the mind. Furthermore, the disciple lives in the third state of concentration with a great mindfulness and great concentration of neutrality. (This is known as the Fourth Dhyana.)
Dear Monks, this is known as the Samma Samadhi.”
(Gautama Buddha – Satipatthana Sutta, Deega Nikaya.)

The pure path for Nibbana or the Noble Eight-Fold Path that Lord Buddha taught us is what you have just read above. Develop this Noble Eight-Fold Path, and you will then become free of every suffering of your life for sure.

Where is the Nibbana ? 2017-08-13T14:03:34+00:00

You know an oil lamp lights when it has enough oil and wick to mix each other and when the wick is lit with fire. If the oil, the wick, or the lamp is not present, it cannot be lighten. When the oil and wick are ended, the lamp will not light any longer. At that point, if someone asks you to which direction the flame went to, what will be your answer? The answer one can give to that question is that the lamp light was extinguished because there was no oil or wick left to burn off. In other words, the cause for lamp to give light was no longer there. Nibbana is also something like that. Nibbana means there is no rebirth that leads for suffering when the desire is completely eliminated. That is, rebirth will not be present as a result of the absence of desire. To ask where Nibbana is, therefore, is as if someone asks where that flame went when the lamp was extinguished. Everything is created or adjusted due to their causes; when these causes are gone the object that was created will be gone too. This phenomenon was first realized and found by the greatest person who has ever lived in this universe about 2553 years ago.

How do we eliminate the suffering ? 2017-08-13T14:03:09+00:00

In order to eliminate the suffering, we need to eradicate the desire completely. Eradication of desire entirely is the end of suffering. That is the Nibbana. If suffering is created by desire, then there is no sorrow when whatever is changed with time if the desire is completely gotten rid of.

Isn’t it a happiness that is being created by love and desire ? 2017-08-13T14:02:44+00:00

Think like this for a second. It is true that we feel happy because of the affectionate and soothing things that exist in this world. Though, can you keep those things with you forever? You cannot at least keep the happiness for as long as you wish in your own lifetime. If you are blinded by these temporary things and attached in desire, then you will become sad and unhappy when you lose those. Thus, that happiness will not last forever. A long time ago, there was a king called Mundarµaja. He married a queen who had a beautiful figure that can allure anyone who sees her. They spent their time happily by loving each other, but unfortunately this queen was died after only three months of their marriage. The king was really upset and sad. He did not allow his queen’s body to decay. He put her dead body in an oil boat and stared at it the whole day without even eating or drinking. He was crying and thinking about the joy he had with her in the past. Think how short period of time that happiness stayed with him. In near or far future, you will have to face the sadness of death or leaving of your loved ones. When you lose them, you will also lose the happiness they brought to your life, and you will have to cry with immense sadness. Do you, therefore, like to face an unbearable suffering in the future because you were just being deceived by the temporary happiness you have in the present? I know you do not like to become a victim of this sadness. Therefore, try to overcome that desire and attachment. You will then become free from the suffering.

How does the suffering generate ? 2017-08-13T14:02:16+00:00

We learnt what the Buddha taught us about the suffering in question number two discussed earlier. We are victims of sickness, aging, death, departure from the loved ones, union with the dislike ones and objects, and not getting or loosing what we wished for. These things make us feel pain, sorrow, and suffering. Even with tremendous amount of money, having high ranks, or becoming famous, we cannot overcome these circumstances. Everyone who is born become victims of this suffering. Therefore, we need to identify the cause for such suffering, and then only we can conquer it. Let us consider an oil lamp; it lights when the oil and the wick mix up together and get lit with a help of fire. Therefore, the lamp will not illuminate if the oil and the wick are not present. Also, a shadow of a tree is present only if that tree is there. If that tree is cut off from that place, then there will be no shadow. Like in these two examples, if someone is able to eliminate the cause for the suffering, that person will not exist anymore. He got rid of the Sansara…

The Lord Buddha expressed the reason for suffering like this:

“Dear Monks, what is the cause for pain (suffering)? It is the craving (desire) that causes rebirth, bonding in affection, and acceptance of every place and every life. This is the desire for worldly objects (Kama Tanha), the desire for being reborn (Bhava Tanha), and the desire for not being reborn or to exist forever (vibhava tanha).

(Lord Buddha – Maha Satipatthana Sutta, Deega Nikaya)

According to this, the Lord Buddha showed us the craving as the cause for suffering. The Kama Tanha means the desire for worldly pleasures one experiences from objects (roopa), sounds (shabbda), odors (gandha), tastes (rasa), and touches (pahasa). The Bhava Tanha means the desire for the existence; for example to be born and reborn (bhava) in this world. The opposite of Bhava Tanha is the Vibhava Tanha or the desire of existence forever without a bhava (be born and reborn). You might be excited to know about where this desire originates. Lord Buddha told us that this desire originates in our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind. Also, it occurs when we see an object, hear a sound, smell an odor, taste something (delicious), feel a touch to the body, or think something from the mind.

We need to try defeating the craving because it causes suffering. I am going to show you an example on how suffering is created from the craving. Do you know of people in your living area that you may feel sad, cry, or feel hurting when they die or become sad? At this moment, you are maybe thinking about your friends, people who helped you, or your parents, children, or even your spouse who live with you or in your living area. If they die, don’t you become sad and painful? Also, do you know of people in your living area that you may not feel sad, cry, or feel hurting when they die or become sad? You may think about some people who you did not know, did not talk with, or even did not hang out with. You may not become sad and painful when those unknown people die. Have you ever thought of the reason for this discrepancy? Why do you feel sad and cry, or become hopeless when some people die? The reason is that you have a great affection towards them with a desire. This is called the desire that the Supreme Buddha showed us as the reason for suffering. You feel no pain or sadness when some other people die because you have no love and desire for them. Thus, when something that you love changes, then you become a victim of suffering. However, there is no suffering when you do not have an attachment to the object that is changed. You should now be able to understand the desire as the cause for all your sufferings.

Isn’t thinking about suffering ominous ? 2017-08-13T14:01:25+00:00

Think insightfully about the points mentioned above in question number two and try to correlate these facts to your life. Isn’t your life filled with those things that bring suffering? In other words, the Supreme Buddha taught us the real facts about the suffering that each and every one face. This is why it is not an ominous approach to think about the suffering to understand it. In Buddhism, one thinks about the suffering in a way to help comprehend it, but not as to make it worse. Thus, you will be able to recognize that thinking about suffering to realize the Dhamma as the correct but not as an ominous approach. Is it possible to overcome the sickness, aging, and death without thinking about the suffering and understanding it? The answer is ‘No’. It is only possible when one thinks about suffering according to how the Buddha told us to think to realize it.

What is suffering? 2017-08-13T14:00:46+00:00

Have you thought of an answer to the question ‘what is suffering’ before? It was the Gautama Buddha who found a complete answer to this question. In the Buddha’s first sermon, which is called ‘Dhamma Chakkha Pavattana Sutta,’ he gave a brief description to the suffering as follows.

“Birth is a suffering, aging is suffering, sickness is suffering, death is suffering, leaving loved ones is suffering, unification with dislikes is suffering, and missing what is wished for is suffering. In summary, all five attachments or clinging (Pancha Upadanaskanda), objects (rupa), feelings (vedana), recognitions (sangna), deeds/or aims (sanskara), and explicit recognitions (viññana) are suffering.”

(Dhamma Chakkha Pavattana Sutta)

Let us now understand the suffering that the Buddha taught us one by one separately. Lord Buddha in Maha Satipatthana Sutta taught us as follows:

“Dear Bikkhus, what is birth?
A birth can be seen when different creatures are born in their different tribes (or kinds) or when the organs are grown. It can also be happened in a womb or without a womb. Emergence of the five attachments (objects (rupa), feelings (vedana), recognitions (sangna), deeds/or aims (sanskara), and explicit recognitions (viñññna)) is also a birth. Another way of being born is the birth with the six components (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind). When these births are occurred it is known as be born either in Andaja, Jalabuja, Sanseedaja, or Oopapatika births.

Dear Bikkhus, what is aging and decaying?
It is a decaying and a digestion process of an individual. This body faces deficiencies such as fracturing teeth and loosing hair with time. The skin becomes rough and fills with wrinkles, and gets distorted beyond recognition. Life span ends and all the vital components like eyes and ears become old, useless, and incapable of being controlled as one wish. Dear Monks, this is called the aging and decaying.

Dear Bikkhus, what is the death?
Beings departing from their worlds can be seen. There is such a departure. Disintegration, disappearance, death, letting go of one’s own body, partitioning of the life can also be seen. Dear Monks, this is called the death.

Dear Bikkhus, what is agony that traps one’s heart with sorrow?
Dear Monks, when someone who is suffering from one of the great pains or from one of the unbearable sorrows, that person can become sad or can suffer from sadness. There is a sadness which can burn that person’s heart, and it can burn that person completely. This is called the agony that traps one’s heart with sorrow.

Dear Bikkhus, what is sobbing of calling out names of dead relatives with a great agony?
Dear Monks, when someone who is suffering from one of the great pains or from one of the unbearable agonies, that person can sob or be in a state of sobbing. The sobbing can be seen with calling out names of parents, relatives, loved ones, and friends who left that person. This is called the sobbing of calling out names of dead relatives with a great agony.

Dear Bikkhus, what is the state of sorrow that one undergoes due to bodily (physical) pains?
Dear Monks, if there is an unbearable and great body pain, a repulsive condition, or disaffection due to a repulsive condition corresponding to a dislike touch to the physical body, then it is called the suffering with respect to the body.

Dear Bikkhus, what are the mind-related sufferings?
Dear Monks, if there is an unbearable and great pain originated from within a mind, a repulsive condition, or disaffection due to a repulsive condition corresponding to a dislike mental touch, then it is called the suffering related to mind.

Dear Bikkhus, what is a sorrowful sighing that corresponds to one’s repeated thoughts about the sadness one faced?
Dear Monks, if there is an immense tiredness for someone who is suffering from one of the many troubles or one of the great and unbearable pains, and the person is sighing hard thinking about that suffering, showing an exhausted condition, sighing again and again thinking about the pain that person went through, then this is called the sorrowful sighing that corresponds to one’s repeated thoughts about the sadness one faced.

Dear Bikkhus, what is the state of sadness that corresponds to the union of dislike objectives and people?
Sometimes we come across objectives such as that of bad, ugly, and disgusting figures (or objects), sound, smells, tastes, touches, or thoughts that come to the mind. Also, one could encounter different individuals with different characteristics. These individuals might like you to get into danger, like to see your misfortune, like to hurt you, and like to show you the wrong way and let you get into trouble. When you meet, get along, or live together with these troublesome objectives and individuals, this is called the state of sadness correspond to the union of dislike objectives and people.

Dear Bikkhus, what is the state of sadness that one faces because of being separated from the objectives and individuals one loves most?
Sometimes we come across such as that of good, pleasant, and pleasing figures (or objects), sound, smells, tastes, touches, or thoughts that come to the mind. Also, one can face different individuals with different characteristics. These individuals like to do you good, like to see your fortune, like to comfort you, and like to show you the right way and help you correct your bad behaviors. These are your parents, brothers and sisters, people who are older or younger than you, friends, your relatives, or some other such people. When you miss, leave behind, or live without these caring individuals and objectives, it is called the state of sadness that one faces because of being separated from the objectives and individuals one loves most.

Dear Bikkhus, if one does not get what is wished for, and then it is also a state of sadness. What is that sadness?
Dear Monks, every living being, who is destined to be born, bears some expectations such as following in their minds: ‘Oh! We hope we are not destined to a definite rebirth! We hope that definite birth would not come to us!’ Though Dear Monks, this is not something one can achieve only by wishing it to be happened. This is also a state of sadness that one faces because that person doesn’t get what is hoped for.

Dear Bikkhus, living beings that has aging and decaying as their own gift of their birth bears a hope like this in their minds: ‘Oh! We hope for our youth and beauty to last forever! We hope these aging and decaying are not definite for us!’ Though Dear Monks, this is not something one can achieve only by wishing it to be happened. This is also a state of sadness that one faces because that person doesn’t get what is hoped for.

Dear Bikkhus, these living beings carry death with them like a gift, though with hopes in their minds such as: ‘Oh! We hope we are not destined with our deaths! We hope our deaths would not come to us!’ Though Dear Monks, this is not something one can achieve only by wishing it to be happened. This is also a state of sadness that one faces because that person doesn’t get what is hoped for.

Dear Bikkhus, these living beings are destined with agony that traps one’s heart with sorrow, though with hopes in their minds such as: ‘Oh! We hope we are not destined with the agony that traps our hearts with sorrow! We hope the agony that traps our hearts with sorrow would not come to us!’ Though Dear Monks, this is not something one can achieve only by wishing it to be happened. This is also a state of sadness that one faces because that person doesn’t get what is hoped for.

Dear Bikkhus, these living beings are destined with sobbing of calling out names of dead relatives with a great agony, though with hopes in their minds. ‘Oh! We hope we are not destined with the sobbing of calling out names of our dead relatives with a great agony! We hope the sobbing of calling out names of dead relatives with a great agony would not come to us!’ Though Dear Monks, this is not something one can achieve only by wishing it to be happened. This is also a state of sadness that one faces because that person doesn’t get what is hoped for.

Dear Bikkhus, these living beings are destined with unbearable sorrows due to undergoing bodily (physical) pains, though with hopes in their minds. ‘Oh! We hope we are not destined with the unbearable sorrows that suffer us due to our bodily (physical) pains! We hope the unbearable sorrows that suffer us due to our bodily (physical) pains would not come to us!’ Though Dear Monks, this is not something one can achieve only by wishing it to be happened. This is also a state of sadness that one faces because that person doesn’t get what is hoped for.

Dear Bikkhus, these living beings are destined with sufferings related to mind, though with hopes in their minds. ‘Oh! We hope we are not destined with sufferings of our minds! We hope the sufferings of our minds would not come to us!’ Though Dear Monks, this is not something one can achieve only by wishing it to be happened. This is also a state of sadness that one faces because that person doesn’t get what is hoped for.

Dear Bikkhus, these living beings are destined with sorrowful sighing that is corresponding to their repeated thoughts about the sadness they faced, though with hopes in their minds. ‘Oh! We hope we are not destined with sorrowful sighing that corresponds to our repeated thoughts about the sadness we faced! We hope the sorrowful sighing that corresponds to our repeated thoughts about the sadness we faced would not come to us!’ Though Dear Monks, this is not something one can achieve only by wishing it to be happened. This is also a state of sadness that one faces because that person doesn’t get what is hoped for.

Dear Bikkhus, what is the state of suffering of all five attachments in summary?
Those five attachments are: rupa (objects that generate from the four kinds or satara maha bhotha, that is patavi (things that become sand with time), apo (things that mix with water), thejo (the warmth), vayo (things that mix with wind; the air)), vedana (feelings occur due to touch), sangna (recognitions occur due to touch), sanskara (deeds/or aims that occur due to touch), and vinggnana (explicit recognitions that occur due to nama-ropa).

Dear Bikkhus; if everything is folded or summarized into one, the five attachments can be recognized as the suffering.

Dear Bikkhus, this is the ultimate truth of the state of suffering.

(The Lord Buddha – Satipatthana Sutta – Deega Nikaya)

What is the Buddha’s basic teaching ? 2017-08-13T13:58:20+00:00

What the Buddha taught us was the Four Noble Truths. All of the Buddha’s teachings including every skill correspond to good deeds and insightful information consisted of these four noble truths. It is like the foot print of the largest elephant in the forest. Foot prints all other animals can be fitted into that elephant’s foot print.

What does Buddhism teach us to overcome poverty ? 2017-08-13T13:52:29+00:00

There are poor countries in the world today. The Lord Buddha taught us that the poverty grows or spreads among people when the rulers or the government of these countries do not help poor citizens providing means such as food, money, and land to live their lives. If there are poor people in a country, the government treasury of that country and also the other rich countries should come forth and facilitate those people. They should be helped finding jobs and making their future stable by following the ways that Buddha has shown us. I will explain you those ways of development shown in Buddhism.

Lord Buddha in one of his teachings known as the ‘Vyaghghapajja Sutta’, he taught us a number of qualities that one needs to build within him to help fighting poverty. If someone earns money from a job related to agriculture, business, government, or any other type, then that person has to cultivate four qualities in order to become prosperous. Those are:

  1. Effort (Utthana Sampada):- One should build the ability to work hard and skillfully overcoming any laziness tactfully. Also, the person should be capable of organizing the work efficiently. This is the effort.
  2. Protection (Aarakkha Sampada):- The money one earned by working hard needs to be protected without letting it destroyed from natural disasters such as fire, wind, floods, and landslides and from being confiscated.
  3. Noble friendship (Kalyhanhamittata):- A Noble friend has excellent characteristics such as being pleased about Lord Buddha, virtuous, fond of giving, and association with wise friends. When someone has such a friendship, that person will also become rich with the same qualities.
  4. Living according to what you earn or have (Samajevikata):- That is living a life by only spending money matched to what is being earned. One should not spend money carelessly, but at the same time should not be greedy. One needs to be comfortably live spending money according to that person’s wealth.

After improving these qualities, one should also close the four doorways of destruction. Those four destructive doorways are:

  1. Passion towards women.
  2. Thirst towards liquor.
  3. Eagerness towards gambling.
  4. Longing of low-quality friendships.

One who lives a life according to these teachings of Buddha will definitely see a prospered life in a little period of time. This is how prosperity can be achieved through Buddhism. Try this method by yourself, and you will also witness the wisdom of Buddha.

I cannot understand the theory (or concept) of soul-less (Anatma vadaya) taught in the Buddhism. 2017-08-13T13:50:37+00:00

Let us first understand what the meaning of the soul (Aatma) or the view of soul (Aatma drustiya) is. Let us assume that there is something that we can control to our wish. Then, that thing is known as a soul. However, nothing in this world including our own life can be controlled as to our own expectations. Every type of life is made out of objects (rupa), feelings (vedana), recognitions (sangna), deeds/or aims (sanskara), and explicit recognitions (viññana). If someone thinks that these things can be controlled as one wishes, thinking life as me, mine, and my soul, then it is called the view of soul. One who is attached to this view thinks that his/or her soul will become eternal or will be gone forever after the death. Both these ideas can be seen because the soul is thought to be controllable. There are religions that state there is a soul that can be controlled, be thought of as me, mine, and my soul, and it becomes eternal after death. All these religions are therefore categorized into the group of religions that believe in the theory of soul.

However, nothing in this world can be controlled according to someone’s will because everything becomes destroyed someday. We can consider our own lives as an example. This body gets sick, become old, and dies one day. None of these can be stopped as we wish. You get different types of pains, but they cannot be either changed or make disappeared as you desire. The thoughts that come into your mind are also random and cannot be controlled. This means, none of these can be considered as ‘I’ or ‘mine.’ All of those are soul-less. They are just some things that occurred due to a reason and stop existing after that reason is gone. They do not belong to someone. Therefore, they are soul-less.

Let us think whether there is anything that is permanent, at least a little bit. All the figures in this world are transient. All the comfortable, painful, or moderate feelings we perceive are temporary. Recognition of figures, sounds, odors, tastes, feelings, and thoughts will also become impermanent. They change rapidly. Our expectations and recognitions also subjected to change. Since all these are changing with time and even a small thing cannot be seen as permanent; there is nothing we can control as to our aspiration. Whether we like it or not, we all grow old, become sick, and die. It happens in such a way because none of these things belong to us. This is why everything is known to be soul-less. This implies that we cannot keep anything under our control or change them as we desire. Thus, the Supreme Buddha taught us the true nature of the world and taught us the way of the theory of soul-less.

What is the Buddha’s idea about the nature ? 2017-08-13T13:49:00+00:00

There is no other person than the Buddha Himself who loved the nature. He was even born under a tree called Sal Tree. He also attained the Buddha-hood under a tree (Bodhi Tree) and passed away under two Sal Trees in Upawartana forest. The Buddha used to live in deep forests at time to time since He attained the Buddha-hood, but He never destroyed any trees or leaves. He never killed an animal. Our teacher even established some rules for His disciples to live a harmless life that protects the environment. He ordered His disciples not to cut trees, not to urinate into flowing water, and not to urinate, spit, or dump foods on to green grass. Thus, it is clear that the Buddha started to think about nature about 2553 years ago, and He is also a great example of a person who loved the nature.

What does Buddhism say about abortion ? 2017-08-13T13:48:14+00:00

The Buddha taught us not to involve in killings. In Parajikapali (a part of the Buddha’s teachings included in the discipline part which is known as the Vinaya Pitaka), the Buddha has taught us that it is a sin to kill even one day lasted pregnancy. In fact, Supreme Buddha is the first teacher who made a voice objecting the abortions about 2553 years ago. Thus, you could imagine how marvelous the Buddhism is.

Can Buddhism be matched with science ? 2017-08-13T13:47:45+00:00

What people knew through science about couple of years ago has changed now. Almost all the instruments we have now are different from what we had before. The knowledge that the science provides us today will be changed by tomorrow. When science proves to comfort people with worldly and luxurious items, they start to depend on it. Some even look for refuge of science ignorantly failing to see the good qualities that human race lacks today. This trend promoted bad habits of people such as killing, stealing, adulteration, lying, telling tales, speaking rude and worthless words, drinking alcohols, and living immoral lives. As a result, dreadful effects on the preservation of moral qualities that a society depends on and as well as on the world itself have been increased over the last few decades. Crimes and wars at small and large scales can also be seen because of these ignorant behaviors. Therefore, one could predict a rather dangerous world in the future than at present.

In contrast to the modern science, Buddhism describes an effective way of helping the world to make it a better place. Buddhism is not some mere concepts that someone has described in the past. It is the truth of this world that was emanated from the mind of the greatest person of all time. It holds the reality of every living thing. It does not change depending on the time we live, and it does not change because science has found something new, which can still be proved to be wrong after another thing is invented from the same science. What the Buddha taught will cure the corrupted minds and hearts of humans and as well as deities ceasing the above mentioned immoral actions of the world. Considering these details, how can we match science to Buddhism? Scientific experiments may have observed or proved some features taught in Buddhism, but has science reached its climax or identified a way to stop the Samsara? In fact, if Buddhism is an ocean, scientists will only be able to find a piece of knowledge of the size of small nacre in that ocean. Thus, to match Buddhism to science is as unwise as to match that small nacre to the huge ocean.

Do all other religions become false except Buddhism ? 2017-08-13T13:47:18+00:00

There are four truths or realities in this world. They are known as the Four Noble Truths or Chaturarya Satthya. Whether someone has been categorized into being poor, rich, or any other type, that person still has to face the pain, the suffering, or the stress of being born into this world. Every being has to face birth, sickness, aging, death, leaving the loved ones behind, blending with the dislike people, pain or the stress of not getting what is wanted, and etc. This is the first noble truth, which is called the Dukka Aarya Satthya, of the world. This suffering belongs to every living being and it is a noble truth. Also, this suffering exists because of the craving one has towards different things. This is the second noble truth or the Dukka Samudaya Aarya Satthya. The third noble truth is known as the Dukka Nirodha Aarya Satthya, which is the truth of cessation of the first noble truth (suffering) by defeating the second noble truth (craving). The method to overcome suffering is known as the Eight Noble Path and is the fourth noble truth or the Dukka Nirodha Gamini Patipada Aarya Satthya. No one can prove that these four noble truths are false with proper facts and reasoning. The Lord Buddha is the one who found these Four Noble Truths and can only be found in the Order of Gautama Buddha. Therefore, please select the truth. You will then be able to clarify what is false.

Why do we see many Buddhist sects in the world today ? 2017-08-13T13:46:52+00:00

The disciple Sangha (Bhikkhus) of the Buddha protected their teacher’s discourses by memorizing and carrying them to the next generation by heart for a long period of time. Since that time, everyone’s private opinions have been appeared as Dhamma by shrinking true words of the Buddha even though His true words are still preserved untainted in sacred texts of Buddhism (Tripitaka). As a result, monks were divided into groups of different views at time to time. This is why diverse sects of Buddhism can be identified today. Though, the truth is that one can still attain great Nibbana (rid of Samsara or the circle of life, aging, sickness, and death) by living a life according to the Buddha’s teachings. There is no doubt or an argument about it…

As long as the pure Biddhism is preserved, one can achieve Nibbana by following it and observing the Eight Noble Path no matter what sect of Buddhism that person belongs to. This is the doctrine that you are going to receive from our website.

If Buddhism is superior as we say, then why the Buddhist countries are poor? 2017-08-13T13:46:16+00:00

We have to think twice about you being saying that the Buddhist countries are poor. Let us think about the past for a moment. Buddhist countries like India and Sri Lanka were the most developed countries in the world at the Buddha’s time. This was also true at the time when there were Arahants (the noble disciples of the Buddha who attained Nibbana) among us even after the Buddha’s passing away. This statement can be verified if we go to those countries and check their past. In that time period, these countries have had huge buildings such as castles of seven or eight floors, advanced irrigation systems, parks, well-developed highway systems, and as well as self-sustaining economies. The people in most of the western countries now known as powerful and developed were not even morally matured in that era about 2550 years ago. The Buddhist countries will still be powerful like before if the people are still following the Buddha’s teachings and live a true life of a Buddhist. Since some Buddhists fail to follow the pure teachings of the Buddha, they lost their wealth. However, people who are still living true Buddhist lives remain rich and prosperous. They will not lose their wealth in the future as long as they follow the Buddha’s teachings to guide their lives. Using the Buddhist way of economy, therefore, not only the Buddhist countries but also the whole world can be developed.

What is the meaning of the rituals or religious services in temples ? 2017-08-13T13:44:40+00:00

There are different types of rituals that are performed in temples to worship the Buddha nowadays. Among these rituals, ringing bells, lighting oil lamps, and offering the scent of fragrant sticks, flowers, and food and drinks are some of them. All of these are done as a part of worshiping the Lord Buddha. Nevertheless, the Buddha told us that the most profound way to worship Him is by traversing the Samsara by following the noble path He taught us.

Why do Buddhists worship statues of the Buddha ? 2017-08-13T13:44:13+00:00

As Buddhists, we used to select a place to worship the Buddha. This place is called a ‘temple.’ The utmost position of this temple belongs to the Lord Buddha as He is the most fortunate one. This is why Buddhists make the Buddha’s statues to represent Him and place them in the temple. However, we cannot ever make a statue containing the thirty two great bodily characteristics of the Buddha to represent His extraordinary figure. In the temple, we worship the Buddha by thinking him and his endless noble qualities that no one else possesses.

If the Buddha is not a human, why people worship him ? 2017-08-13T13:43:43+00:00

The Buddha has an excellent behavior beyond normal human nature, and is only seen in another Buddha. Veranja Brahmin one day asked the Buddha “why aren’t you worship or admire the old and matured people?” The Buddha answered him “dear Brahmin, let’s say a chicken has eight, ten, or twelve eggs. When that chicken warms its eggs sitting on them without caring about the bad chicken smell it is making, the chicks will one day come out from those eggs. Dear Brahmin, the chick who will come out first by breaking the egg shell will be the eldest of all. Dear Brahmin, every being in every world is trapped within an egg known as ignorance. These poor people don’t know how to free themselves from it. In fact, I am the first to break that shell of ignorance and free myself from the suffering in which everyone is being trapped. This is why I became the greatest person among all beings of all worlds. I realized the truth of life without any guidance of a teacher. Thus, I became the Supreme Buddha (Samma Sambuddha). This is why I am the eldest person of the entire world.”

According to this discussion, the Buddha is the eldest and the greatest of all because He was the first to realize the Four Noble Truths or the truth of the world and to attain the Nibbana by overcoming the ignorance. Thus, who else is there to worship or to admire more highly than to our teacher, the Gautama Buddha?

Is the Buddha a god ? 2017-08-13T13:39:00+00:00

The Buddha is not a god neither a normal human being. He was a noble man, and became the greatest among humans (and deities) attaining the Nibbana after he was born as a human.

The Buddha has passed away. How can he help us now ? 2017-08-13T13:38:37+00:00

One day, the Buddha addressed Aananda Thero and said “Dear Aananda, you might think ‘isn’t this a doctrine of a teacher who has passed away? So, we don’t have a teacher now.’ Dear Aananda, don’t ever think in that way. Aananda, the Dhamma and the discipline I taught you will be the teacher for you after I die.” It is clear from this statement that if the Dhamma is spared even after so many years of the Buddha’s passing away, one will still be able to see Him alive through the Dhamma he taught us. Hence, the Dhamma will be our refuge. We shall therefore act according to the Dhamma without being regret about our teacher’s death. It is that Dhamma we will be presenting in our website.

Who is the Buddha? 2017-08-13T13:38:00+00:00

The Buddha is the greatest human being that has ever been born in this world. He is the most fortunate one who freed himself from craving, anger, and the delusional state we are in because of the ignorance of the four noble truths. He followed the Eightfold Path by Himself and realized the Dhamma without a teacher. The Buddha was a miraculous person with a tremendous wisdom. With this miraculous wisdom, He could see the past lives of other beings, find out where one has been born after the death, see any object at any distance, listen to sounds at any distance, walk in the sky, and penetrate any solid substances including the ground, move inside of it, and come out of it from a different place like swimming in the water. He could also walk on the water like on the floor, go through any kind of barriers like mountains or walls, and touch the sun, the moon, and the starts. He lived a life according to the experience He gained from His wisdom after purifying Himself from all defilements. In order to purify himself from the defilements, He sought after the path to Nibbana and found it. Following this path He attained the great Nibbana. He saw, understood, and freed himself from all the worlds including human, animal, and the worlds that a normal human eye cannot see. There were dangerous, misbehaved, and stubborn animals, humans, and divine beings at the Buddha’s time. They could not be controlled by a normal person or a god, but the Buddha was able to control, calm, and finally to show them the bliss of Nibbana with His wisdom and kindness. He is also the one true teacher to humans and to gods because He is the only leader who can show them the path to free their lives from suffering. The ultimate purpose of the dawn of a Buddha’s era is to show the innocent beings the path to Nibbana or to shed the light of Four Noble Truths on to the lives of many. The Buddha taught us the Dhamma, which includes the Four Noble Truths, composed of clear and excellent words and meanings so that others can understand it well. He who is with such remarkable qualities is certainly the most fortunate of all beings. The Buddha is such a person who lived about 2553 years ago and is still the greatest person to be ever lived in this world.

Is Buddhism only a philosophy ? 2017-08-13T13:35:47+00:00

Some people identify Buddhism as a philosophy. In a way, it is correct. The philosophy of the Buddha is the truth or the exact way of the world. Because the teachings of the Buddha allow one to attain Nibbana ending the suffering of being in the repeating cycle of life, aging, sickness, and death, Buddhism can also be considered as a religion.

What is Buddhism? 2017-08-13T13:35:18+00:00

There is a great deal of suffering in a life of anyone who was born to this world. Buddhism helps understanding this realty and reveals the one and only path to free one’s self from this entire suffering. Buddhism is the Dhamma that consists of discourses preached by the Buddha. The Dhamma was well taught with a comparable beginning, middle, and an end. Irrelevant of the time of practicing, the Dhamma can be understood in this very own life. Anyone can be asked to come and witness it. Like a person uses a mirror to see the reflected image of himself, a disciple needs to see his/her own life with the mirror of Dhamma. One of the main characteristics of the Dhamma is its ability to open/prepare someone’s mind to realize it according to the person’s wisdom. This is why the Dhamma is remarkable and esteemed.