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Meditasi / Sikap dalam meditasi menurut Bhante Gunaratana
« on: 21 January 2009, 02:28:46 PM »
Vipassana adalah sebuah bentuk latihan mental yang akan mengajarkan anda untuk mengalami dunia dengan cara yg benar2 baru. Anda akan belajar untuk pertama kalinya apa yg sesungguhnya terjadi pada anda, di sekitar anda, dan di dalam anda. Vipassana merupakan sebuah proses pengenalan diri sendiri, sebuah penyelidikan di mana anda mengamati pengalaman anda sendiri sambil berpartisipasi dengan pengalaman2 itu.

Praktik haruslah dilakukan dengan sikap-sikap berikut:
"Saya tidak perduli dengan apa yang telah saya pelajari.
Lupakan sebuah teori-teori dan prasangka-prasangka dan stereotipe.
Saya ingin mengerti hakikat hidup yang sesungguhnya.
Saya ingin tahu apa sesungguhnya (pengalaman) hidup itu.
Saya ingin mengerti karakter hidup yg sejati dan terdalam,
dan saya tidak ingin hanya menerima penjelasan orang lain.
Saya ingin melihatnya sendiri."

Jika anda mengejar latihan meditasi dengan sikap (mental) di atas, anda akan berhasil.
Mindfulness in Plain English
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
halaman 32

Theravada / Sutra bakti anak versi Pali kanon / Theravada
« on: 16 January 2009, 02:13:24 PM »
bagi yg kemaren kurang sreg dengan cetak / salin buku:

"Monks, I will teach you the level of a person of no integrity and the level of a person of integrity. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak."

"As you say, lord," the monks responded.

The Blessed One said: "Now what is the level of a person of no integrity? A person of no integrity is ungrateful, doesn't acknowledge the help given to him. This ingratitude, this lack of acknowledgment is second nature among rude people. It is entirely on the level of a person of no integrity.

"A person of integrity is grateful & acknowledges the help given to him. This gratitude, this acknowledgment is second nature among fine people. It is entirely on the level of a person of integrity.

{II,iv,2} "I tell you, monks, there are two people who are not easy to repay. Which two? Your mother & father. Even if you were to carry your mother on one shoulder & your father on the other shoulder for 100 years, and were to look after them by anointing, massaging, bathing, & rubbing their limbs, and they were to defecate & urinate right there [on your shoulders], you would not in that way pay or repay your parents. If you were to establish your mother & father in absolute sovereignty over this great earth, abounding in the seven treasures, you would not in that way pay or repay your parents. Why is that? Mother & father do much for their children. They care for them, they nourish them, they introduce them to this world. But anyone who rouses his unbelieving mother & father, settles & establishes them in conviction; rouses his unvirtuous mother & father, settles & establishes them in virtue; rouses his stingy mother & father, settles & establishes them in generosity; rouses his foolish mother & father, settles & establishes them in discernment: To this extent one pays & repays one's mother & father."

Teknologi Informasi / Kalo bahasa programming itu agama...
« on: 18 December 2008, 12:26:15 PM »
C would be Judaism - it's old and restrictive, but most of the world is familiar with its laws and respects them. The catch is, you can't convert into it - you're either into it from the start, or you will think that it's insanity. Also, when things go wrong, many people are willing to blame the problems of the world on it.

Java would be Fundamentalist Christianity - it's theoretically based on C, but it voids so many of the old laws that it doesn't feel like the original at all. Instead, it adds its own set of rigid rules, which its followers believe to be far superior to the original. Not only are they certain that it's the best language in the world, but they're willing to burn those who disagree at the stake.

PHP would be Cafeteria Christianity - Fights with Java for the web market. It draws a few concepts from C and Java, but only those that it really likes. Maybe it's not as coherent as other languages, but at least it leaves you with much more freedom and ostensibly keeps the core idea of the whole thing. Also, the whole concept of "goto hell" was abandoned.

C++ would be Islam - It takes C and not only keeps all its laws, but adds a very complex new set of laws on top of it. It's so versatile that it can be used to be the foundation of anything, from great atrocities to beautiful works of art. Its followers are convinced that it is the ultimate universal language, and may be angered by those who disagree. Also, if you insult it or its founder, you'll probably be threatened with death by more radical followers.

C# would be Mormonism - At first glance, it's the same as Java, but at a closer look you realize that it's controlled by a single corporation (which many Java followers believe to be evil), and that many theological concepts are quite different. You suspect that it'd probably be nice, if only all the followers of Java wouldn't discriminate so much against you for following it.

Lisp would be Zen Buddhism - There is no syntax, there is no centralization of dogma, there are no deities to worship. The entire universe is there at your reach - if only you are enlightened enough to grasp it. Some say that it's not a language at all; others say that it's the only language that makes sense.

Haskell would be Taoism - It is so different from other languages that many people don't understand how can anyone use it to produce anything useful. Its followers believe that it's the true path to wisdom, but that wisdom is beyond the grasp of most mortals.

Erlang would be Hinduism - It's another strange language that doesn't look like it could be used for anything, but unlike most other modern languages, it's built around the concept of multiple simultaneous deities.

Perl would be Voodoo - An incomprehensible series of arcane incantations that involve the blood of goats and permanently corrupt your soul. Often used when your boss requires you to do an urgent task at 21:00 on friday night.

Lua would be Wicca - A pantheistic language that can easily be adapted for different cultures and locations. Its code is very liberal, and allows for the use of techniques that might be described as magical by those used to more traditional languages. It has a strong connection to the moon.

Ruby would be Neo-Paganism - A mixture of different languages and ideas that was beaten together into something that might be identified as a language. Its adherents are growing fast, and although most people look at them suspiciously, they are mostly well-meaning people with no intention of harming anyone.

Python would be Humanism: It's simple, unrestrictive, and all you need to follow it is common sense. Many of the followers claim to feel relieved from all the burden imposed by other languages, and that they have rediscovered the joy of programming. There are some who say that it is a form of pseudo-code.

COBOL would be Ancient Paganism - There was once a time when it ruled over a vast region and was important, but nowadays it's almost dead, for the good of us all. Although many were scarred by the rituals demanded by its deities, there are some who insist on keeping it alive even today.

APL would be Scientology - There are many people who claim to follow it, but you've always suspected that it's a huge and elaborate prank that got out of control.

LOLCODE would be Pastafarianism - An esoteric, Internet-born belief that nobody really takes seriously, despite all the efforts to develop and spread it.

Visual Basic would be Satanism - Except that you don't REALLY need to sell your soul to be a Satanist...


Waroeng English / Light bulb
« on: 08 September 2008, 03:53:24 PM »
How many meditation teachers does it take to change a light bulb?
Fifty. One to actually do the work, and forty-nine to offer reflections on it.

How many joss-stick Buddhists does it take to change a light bulb?
Why bother? Kwan Yin will do it for us.
How many monks does it take to change a light bulb?
They can’t. There’s no light bulbs in the Vinaya.
How many vipassana meditators does it take to change a light bulb?
No need. Just mindfully note: ‘darkness, darkness, darkness’.
How many tantric adepts does it take to change a light bulb?
Two; but they have to do it in full lotus posture.
How many Nagarjunas does it take to change a light bulb?
Since there’s no Nagarjuna and no light bulb, how can there be any change?
How many Buddhist scholars does it take to change a light bulb?
An internationally respected committee of academics, after deliberating all night, conclusively failed to agree on the meaning of the word ‘light bulb’. Meanwhile, the sun came up.

How many Zen masters does it take to change a light bulb?
The peach blossoms fall softly on the warty old frog.
How many Ajahn Brahms does it take to change a light bulb?
The light bulb just has to get into jhana, then it’ll glow by itself.
How many Abhidhamma scholars does it take to change a light bulb?
There are 20W light bulbs, 40W light bulbs, 80W light bulbs, 100W… 200W…
There are 6V light bulbs, 12V light bulbs, 120V light bulbs, 240V light bulbs…
There are incandescent bulbs, fluorescent bulbs…
There are clear light bulbs, pearled light bulbs, colored light bulbs…
There are screw-in light bulbs, bayonet light bulbs…
There are 20W light bulbs that are 6V, there are 20W light bulbs that are 12V… 120V… 240V…
There are 40W light bulbs that are 6V… 240V…
80W… 100W… 200W…
There are 20W light bulbs that are 6V incandescent…
There are 200W light bulbs that are 240V, florescent, colored, and bayonet.

How many arahants does it take to change a light bulb?

Pengembangan DhammaCitta / Buddhisme modern / unorthodox / non-mainstream
« on: 07 September 2008, 04:43:28 PM »
om medho, dutiyampi nih, gimana kalo bikin board buddhisme modern / unorthodox / non-mainstream?

Kafe Jongkok / The point system
« on: 14 August 2008, 01:43:43 PM »
For thousands of years, men have tried to understand the rules when dealing with women. Finally, this merit/demerit guide will help you to understand just how it works. Remember, in the world of romance, one single rule applies: Make the woman happy. Do something she likes, and you get points.  Do something she dislikes and points are subtracted. You don't get any points for doing something she expects. Sorry, but that's the way the game is played. Here is a guide to the point system:
You make the bed.....+1
You make the bed, but forget to add the decorative pillows.....0
You throw the bedspread over rumpled sheets....-1
You leave the toilet seat up.....-5
You replace the toilet paper roll when it is empty......0
When the toilet paper roll is barren, you resort to Kleenex.....-1
When the Kleenex runs out you use the next bathroom.....-2
(Got the idea? Don't worry, it gets worse....)
You go out to buy her extra-light panty liners with wings.....+5
In the snow .....+8
But return with beer.....-5
And no liners.....-25
You check out a suspicious noise at night.....0
You check out a suspicious noise and it's nothing.....0
You check out a suspicious noise and it is something.....+5
You pummel it with a six iron.....+10
It's her cat.....-40
You stay by her side the entire party.....0
You stay by her side for a while, then leave to chat with a college
drinking buddy.....-2
Named Tiffany.....-4
Tiffany is a dancer.....-10
With breast implants.....-100
You remember her birthday.....0
You buy a card and flowers.....0
You take her out to dinner.....0
You take her out to dinner and it's not a sports bar.....+1
Okay, it is a sports bar.....-2
And it's all-you-can-eat night.....-3
It's a sports bar, its all-you-can-eat night, and your face is painted
the colors of your favorite team.....-10
Go with a pal.....0
The pal is happily married.....+1
The pal is single.....-7
He drives a Ferrari.....-10
With a personalized license plate (GR8NBED)...-15
You take her to a movie.....+2
You take her to a movie she likes.....+4
You take her to a movie you hate.....+6
You take her to a movie you like.....-2
It's called Death Cop III.....-3
Which features Cyborgs that eat humans.....-9
You lied and said it was a foreign film about orphans.....-15
You develop a noticeable pot belly.....-15
You develop a noticeable pot belly &exercise to get rid of it.....+10
You develop a noticeable pot belly and resort to loose jeans and baggy
Hawaiian shirts.....-30
You say, "It doesn't matter, you have one too.".....-800
She asks, "Does this dress make me look fat?"
You hesitate in responding.....-10
You reply, "Where?".....-35
You reply, "No, I think it's your butt".....-100
Any other response.....-20
When she wants to talk about a problem:
You listen, displaying a concerned _expression.....0
You listen, for over 30 minutes.....+5
You relate to her problem and share a similar experience.....+50
Your mind wanders to sports and you suddenly hear her saying "well,
what do you think I should do?".....-100
You have fallen asleep.....-200
You talk.....-100
You don't talk.....-150
You spend time with her......-200
You don't spend time with her.....-500
You seem to be enjoying yourself.....-1000

As Singapore becomes more English-speaking and global, we also see a
growing presence of Christianity and religious mobility (see Straits Times,
Saturday, 9 August 2008), we (as Buddhists) must come to terms with
such a challenge.

My religious life began with the Bible: I loved reading, and my brother was
an elder in his own church. That was in the early 1960s. I even have a
certificate from an Australian Bible school for successfully completing a
study of the four Gospels and a few books of the Old Testament.

Two things I learned from my Bible studies: they (many different Bibles)
often use beautiful English and they write with such conviction. You will
see how I try to write in beautiful English and with conviction in what I
believe today.

One thing troubled me though. Near the end of my course, I asked my tutor
how I should treat my non-Christian friends: a saintly Hindu octogenarian,
a Bahai classmate, Muslim friends, and many Chinese friends of various
religions. In one short paragraph, he said that they worshipped Satan, and
that I best avoided them!

I was shocked, to say the least! He had not even met any of my friends.
Moreover, I have not come across anywhere in the Bible where it says you
should hate your friends.

I can say that I have at least one good Christian friend, that is, my
brother. He respected my religion and loved me even when I was a monk. Once
he quoted the Bible to me, "Let not a brother be a stumbling block to
another brother."

Another helpful piece of advice he gave me was to work for what I really
believed in. He told me to set up a kind of trust or even a small company,
if I wanted to avoid human weaknesses, such as quarrels and lack of
commitment. This is one of the ideas that inspired the Minding Centre.

If more Buddhists were like him, we would be more successful in working for

When I was a monk, my eldest nephew once visited me on a Sunday. Then the
puja bell rang. I told him that I have to go for puja, and suggested that
he went for his prayers in the church next door. He replied that he could
not do that! "Why," I asked.
He said, "They are of a different confession." My sad reply: "Now you know
why I am not a Christian: if I joined any one church, I will have to
denounce over 6000 other churches!" I can have more friends without being a

Please don't get me wrong: Christianity, like Buddhism and the other world
religions, have great teachings. But people are messing all of them up. I
loved studying religion, living ones, dead ones, new ones. But only
Buddhism encourages me to think for myself and that the answer lies within me.

A saying from Amos still inspires me: "Walk humbly with your God." As a
young monk, I put in every effort to study all the Buddhist religions:
Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Zen, Nichiren, Western Buddhism, etc. After
some 20 years, I still find that the Buddha's Buddhism is still the best.
Still I have a lot to learn from other religions, Buddhist and non-Buddhist.

In a famous beautiful verse from the first Corinthians, Paul writes, "And
though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all
knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could move mountains, and
have not charity, I am nothing." Then I discovered that the Buddha too (2
millennia before) speaks in a similar tone. But how do I learn to love and
show it? I only really learned this when I became a monk and learned
lovingkindness meditation, and I discovered a greater love than even charity.

For, to give with love and wisdom is the best giving. To love is to give a
hand to someone when he needs it; to give wisdom is to teach him how to
help himself and give a hand to others, too.

A couple of Bible verses puzzle me, though. One is where John the apostle
says, "No greater love has a man than this, that he lays down his life for
another." I discovered later that the Buddha had said the very same thing
2600 years ago (see Sigalovada Sutta). Then I thought, if the Buddha had
died for us, the world today would have had no way out of suffering! Thank
you, Buddha, for living for us. Buddhaghosa, too, said in his Visuddhimagga
that it is better not to die, but to live for those you love!

Both Matthew and Luke said something like "Do not resist evil. If someone
smites you on one cheek, give him the other. If someone takes your cloak,
let him take your shirt, too." The Samyutta tells an interesting story
about how the Buddha did something just like that (S 10.12)! There is also
a Chan story where a poor monk sheltered a thief who then stole his bowl.
But, he got up and ran after the thief: "Here, take my robe, too!'

Often in a bus or train or in public, I meet an evangelist who slaps me on
my left cheek, and I used to give him my right, too. But it got worse, he
kept on slapping me. Finally, I told them in a bus on Bukit Timah Road:
"Please stop slapping me on my cheeks. You don't know anything about
cheek-slapping. Please find out more about it from the Bible."

It's not that I love the Bible less, but I love the Buddha more. If you are
a true believer of your religion, and you find people do not really
practise what they preach, you will surely find solace in the Buddha. For,
he tells you that you are not alone.

All by himself the Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree
All the five monks left him, but he struggled on
His greatest moment came when he was all alone
The wisest being of all arose in that stillness.

Share with me this great reflection:

"When I face my life's great struggles, I may be all alone,
But so did the Buddha in his greatest moment."

With metta & mudita,

Piya Tan

Kafe Jongkok / Akibat globalisasi
« on: 04 July 2008, 01:55:12 PM »

Peoples of the Buddhist World: A Christian Prayer Guide (Paperback)
by Paul Hattaway (Author)


Editorial Reviews
Product Description
In the past 20 years, Christians around the world have launched initiatives to reach Muslims, Communists, Hindus and other major unreached people groups, but the Buddhist world has largely been overlooked. Hundreds of millions of Buddhists continue to live and die without any exposure to the Gospel.

In Peoples of the Buddhist World, researcher and author Paul Hattaway graphically presents prayer profiles of more than 200 Buddhist people groups around the world, beautifully illustrated with color pictures throughout. In addition, experts have contributed articles on various aspects of Buddhism, helping the reader to learn, pray, and work until that day when "the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 1115).

About the Author
Paul Hattaway is the director of Asia Harvest, an interdenominational ministry committed to serving the church throughout Asia. He is the author of Operation China, The Heavenly Man and Back to Jerusalem.

morpheus: asia harvest lah yg pertama kali mempublikasikan kesaksian mengenai seorang bhikkhu yg bangkit dari kematian dan melihat buddha di neraka

Planning the Demise of Buddhism
Book Review by Allen Carr, LankaWeb, July 1, 2008

A book called Peoples of the Buddhist World has recently been published by one of the leaders of this new evangelical assault on Buddhism. The book's 453 pages offer missionaries and interested Christians a complete profile of 316 Buddhist ethnic and linguistic groups in Asia, from the Nyenpa of central Bhutan to the Kui of northern Cambodia, from the Buriats of the Russian Far East to the Sinhalese of Sri Lanka.

There is a detailed breakdown of the size of each group, how many call themselves Buddhists and how many actually know and practice it, which languages they speak, their strengths and how to overcome them, their weaknesses and how to take advantage of them, an overview of their history, their culture and the best ways to evangelize them.

The book is filled with fascinating and beautiful color photos of all of these peoples, many of them little-known. It makes one very sad to think that these gentle, smiling, innocent folk are in now in the sights of worldly-wise missionaries determined to undermine their faith and destroy their ancient cultures. However, Hattaway book is also interesting for the lurid glimpse it gives into the bizarre mentality and the equally bizarre theology of the evangelical Christians. In the preface Hattaway asks, "Does it break God's heart today that hundreds of millions of Buddhists are marching to hell with little or no gospel witness? Does it break the Savior's heart that millions worship lifeless idols instead of the true, glorious Heavenly Father?"

No wonder the evangelicals are always so angry and defensive, so self-conscious and full of nervous energy. Every day they live with the contradictory belief that their God is full of love and yet throws people into eternal hell-fire, even people who have never heard of him. That must be a real strain. Like a man who has to continually pump air into a leaking balloon to keep it inflated, they have to keep insisting that Buddhism is just an empty worthless idolatry when they know very well that this is not true. That must be a real strain too. Throughout his book Hattaway repeats all the old lies, slanders and half-truths that missionaries peddled in the 19th century but which mainline Christians gave up on a hundred years ago.

Hattaway claims that Buddhists, like other non-Christians, are leading empty meaningless lives and are actually just waiting to hear the Gospel of  Christ. Not surprisingly, the statistics he presents to his readers do not always bare this out. He shows that some Buddhist groups have been subjected to quite intense evangelization for years and yet have chosen to keep their faith. For example 32% of Kyerung of Nepal have heard the Gospel but 'few have understood the heart of the message.' Hattaway tells us that 'the American Baptists worked in the Tovyan area (of Burma) for many decades, but most of the converts they made were among the Karen people. They found the Tovyan people 'slow to respond to the gospel – a pattern that continues to this day.'
Dedicated and self-sacrificing missionaries have labored in Thailand for over 140 years but have made only miniscule numbers of converts. According to Hattaway there are 2000 foreign missionaries operating in Chiangmai - more than the actual number of Christians in the city.


Hattaway's book is or at least should be a wake-up call for we Buddhists. Unless we reform the Sangha, better organize ourselves and make more of an effort to both know and apply our religion the Light of Asia may be snuffed out.

Kafe Jongkok / Christian the lion
« on: 27 June 2008, 05:29:30 PM »

Diskusi Umum / Teori dan praktek
« on: 26 June 2008, 12:09:09 PM »
Buddhist Psychology

Suatu hari, seorang dosen wanita termasyur yg mengajar metafisika buddhis datang menemui Ajahn Chah. Dia memberikan pelajaran secara berkala di Bangkok mengenai Abhidhamma dan psikologi buddhis yang rumit. Sewaktu berbicara dengan Ajahn Chah, dia menerangkan dengan detail bagaimana pentingnya mengerti psikologi buddhis bagi setiap orang dan betapa banyak siswanya yang mendapatkan manfaat dari pelajaran tersebut. Dia menanyakan Ajahn Chah apakah Ajahn Chah setuju mengenai pentingnya pemahaman tersebut.

"Ya, sangat penting", Ajahn Chah setuju.

Senang, sang guru wanita kembali bertanya apakah ada murid Ajahn Chah yang belajar Abhidhamma.

"Ya, tentu saja."

Si guru wanita kembali bertanya, darimana murid-murid Ajahn Chah mempelajarinya, dari buku apa dan subjek apa yg terbaik untuk memulai?

"Hanya di sini," kata Ajahn Chah, menunjuk ke arah dadanya (hati), "hanya di sini."

The Chicken or the Egg?

Selama kunjungannya di Inggris, Ajahn Chah berceramah ke banyak kelompok-kelompok buddhis. Pada suatu malam setelah berceramah, dia mendapat pertanyaan dari seorang wanita Inggris terhormat yang menghabiskan waktu beberapa tahun mempelajari cybernetics komplex dari pikiran berdasarkan 89 kelompok kesadaran dalam buku teks psikologi Abhidhamma buddhis. Apakah Ajahn Chah berkenan untuk menjelaskan beberapa aspek di sistem psikologi yang rumit dan sulit kepadanya agar dia dapat meneruskan pelajarannya?

Dharma mengajarkan kita untuk melepas. Tapi pertama-tama, kita secara alamiah melekat pada prinsip-prinsip Dharma. Orang bijaksana mengambil prinsip-prinsip ini dan menggunakannya sebagai alat untuk menemukan esensi hidup.

Menyadari betapa si penanya terjebak dalam konsep intelektual daripada mendapatkan manfaat dari praktek di hatinya sendiri, Ajahn Chah menjawab dia dengan gamblang, "Anda, bu, seperti orang yang memelihara ayam betina di halaman rumah," jelasnya, "dan berkeliling halaman memunguti kotoran ayam ketimbang telornya."


Kafe Jongkok / Komik pelajaran agama :)
« on: 17 June 2008, 09:13:22 PM »
mungkin dari pengertian bumi berumur 5000 tahun ;D

Kafe Jongkok / God is an atheist?
« on: 03 June 2008, 02:42:25 PM »

Waroeng English / Bogus Monks Busting
« on: 22 May 2008, 05:21:22 PM »

Read the encounter of bogus monks in Guangzhou during the Buddhist Fellowship tour to Louyang.

Bogus Monks Busting
By Angie Monksfield
(Edited by Bro Rich)

Buddhist Fellowship organized a tour to Louyang to visit the Longmen Grottoes, Guang Lin Temple, White Horse Temple and the Shao Lin Monastery. We were on last the leg of our tour, transiting in Guangzhou to return to Singapore.

We stayed overnight at the 5-star Novotel Airport Hotel in Guangzhou. On the morning of our departure, as my room-mate and I entered the restaurant to have breakfast, one of the group members who happens to be our Buddhist Fellowship Treasurer, greeted us and informed us that there were 3 monks in the restaurant seated against the wall in bench seats, claiming to be from "Chew Hua San" in Anhui Province, soliciting donations from her and other guests from the hotel. She highlighted that the name-cards given to her indicated a different address from the monastery they claimed to be from and she suspected they were not real monks.

Three female members of the group and I sat at a table diagonally across from them. Where I sat, I could see two of the monks and the one claiming to be the Abbot (wearing big beads around his neck) had his back to me and he was mostly hidden by the high back of the bench seat.

Their behaviour was not of the usual monk-like demeanour. They were chatting and laughing quite loudly, constantly eyeing newcomers into the restaurant.

Whenever a new guest walked into the restaurant, one of them would walk over to invite him/her to meet the Abbot. On one occasion, it was a member of our group who, after being approached by them and upon returning to his table, started to prepare an ang pow (red packet) by stuffing it with a few hundred Yuan. I walked to up to him and asked him if he thought they were real monks He felt that they were and they told him they were running out of money. I asked him then why were
they then staying in a 5-star hotel. I cautioned him that they could be bogus monks.

I had noticed that their shoes were all different: two of them wore sneakers and the Abbot wore leather shoes. Subsequently, when one of them walked to get more food from the buffet table, I noticed that the pants they wore beneath their outer brown Mahayana robe, were also all different in shades of beige and one was wearing a red T-shirt.

By this time, I decided to confront them. After asking my group members seated with me what was the word for ‘monk’ among other words, I shouted a question in my basic Mandarin across to them “Are you real monks?”. Through translation, I learnt that their response was that they have come from Anhui. I replied, “I know that you are from Anhui but are you real monks?”. Their answer, to our surprise was, “No, we are lay-disciples”. To this, I raised my voice, “Why are you pretending to be monks and soliciting donations? Do you realize how bad your karma is by lying and cheating the kind-hearted? You are also undermining the faith people have in monks. And your friend there, should be ashamed of himself in pretending to be an Abbot - you are all giving Buddhism a bad name.” By thistime, they were rattled. The ‘Abbot‘ removed his beads and they picked up their bags and scurried away!

I am sharing this story because it is important to be aware that not every person with a shaven head and clad in a robe is a real monk. The attire may make them look the part but it is only through observation that we can determine if they are genuine.

Let’s not be gullible and forget the Buddha’s advice “Investigate before believing” and as in the Salutation to the Sangha chant “Only the monks and nuns who are practicing in the good way, upright way, knowledgeable way and proper way that they are worthy of gifts, hospitality, offerings and reverential salutation”. So, lets combine compassion with wisdom whenever the moment calls for it.

Pojok Seni / Tarian Thousand-Hand Guan Yin
« on: 20 May 2008, 01:23:50 PM »
Thousand-Hand Guan Yin


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