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 new life, a time to renew

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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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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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Dharma talks given at the Bodhi Monastery

Arahants, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas Given by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Bodhi Monastery, July 1, 2006 Respect:The Basis of Compassion and Wisdom Given by Ven. Master Jen-Chun, Bodhi Monastery, March 13, 2004 Inspirations from the Natural World (Part I) Given by Ven. Master Jen-Chun, Bodhi Monastery, January 10, 2004 Inspirations from the Natural World (Part II) Given

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