Our Mind Is Our Best Friend

Excerpt from a talk by Bhikkhu Bodhi (August 2, 2002) In our lives we often distinguish people as enemies and friends. We consider as enemies those people who are benton harming us, on doing some damage to us or to our loved ones. And we consider as friends those people who wish to benefit us,

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The Challenge to the Sangha in the 21st Century

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Speech Lanka Daily News, July 19, 2006 The Sangha — the order of fully ordained monks and nuns — is the visible representation of the Buddha in the world; for twenty-five centuries, it has sustained the continuity of the Dharma among humankind; by its procedures of ordination and transmission it ensures that

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The Problem of Conflict

It is one of the bitterest ironies of human life that although virtually all human beings cherish a desire to live in peace, we continually find ourselves embroiled in conflict, pitted against others in relationships marred by tension, distrust or open hostility. This irony is particularly poignant because it is immediately evident to us that

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The Three Essentials of Practice

As it is written in the Maha Prajna Sutra, it is necessary: 1. To concentrate our mind on the cognition of enlightment (the perfect wisdom) 2. To focus on the thought of great compassion; and 3. To learn the skillful means of emptiness (the universal reality behind all phenomena) This sutra [Maha Prajna Sutra] stresses

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The Five and Eight Precepts

The Five Precepts The Buddha’s teaching is not a system of salvation by faith but a path to enlightenment and liberation from suffering. The path unfolds in three main stages: moral discipline (sila), concentration (samadhi), and wisdom (pañña). These three divisions of the path rise up each in dependence upon its predecessor — concentration upon

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