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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A Word from the Teacher

These recordings are of lessons that I gave at Bodhi Monastery between January and October 2003 (with a few added at a later date). They are all based on the book, James Gair and W.S. Karunatilleke, A New Course in Reading Pali (publisher: Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi). They contain all the imperfections of extemporaneous classes, including

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