Giving Thanks Without Forgetting Others

A Discourse on Thanksgiving Weekend given by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi I dedicate this essay to the memory of my closest friend, Ven. Bhikkhu Sumedha, who expired in Sri Lanka on Dec. 21, 2006, minutes after I finished writing it. I dedicate it to him as a true monk and visionary: cave-dwelling meditator, spiritual patron of

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The Buddha and His Message

Lecture on Vesak Day United Nations, 15 May 2000 Prologue To begin, I would like to express my pleasure to be here today, on this auspicious occasion of the first international recognition and celebration of Vesak at the United Nations. Though I wear the robe of a Theravada Buddhist monk, I am not an Asian

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Dhamma Without Rebirth?

n line with the present-day stress on the need for religious teachings to be personally relevant and directly verifiable, in certain Dhamma circles the time-honored Buddhist doctrine of rebirth has come up for severe re-examination. Although only a few contemporary Buddhist thinkers still go so far as to suggest that this doctrine be scrapped as

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Spiritual Friendship

Part I: “Horizontal” Friendship eople new to Buddhism often take the Dharma to be a purely individual path of spiritual development. They imagine that the only correct way to follow the Dharma is to lock oneself up in one’s room, turn off the lights, and devote all one’s efforts to practicing meditation. However, if we

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Spring Essay – Year of 2008

Making a Fresh Start in Life A talk given at the Chinese New Year assembly at Bodhi Monastery, February 9th, 2008 “For Buddhists, the new year should not be an occasion merely to celebrate and enjoy good food and the company of friends. It is an opportunity to take a new birth and start a

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