Gia Đình Phật Tử Việt Nam Trên Thế Giới: Anh Ngữ (English)

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Anh Ngữ: Tired of Being Tired

‘A man grows most tired while standing still.’ ~Chinese proverb

Post written by Leo Babauta.

It’s tough being tired all day. I’ve had days like this, when I’m struggling through the day and don’t have the energy to tackle anything that matters.

Hell, I’ve had years like this.

When you’re tired, not much seems appealing. Life is dulled, and you don’t get much accomplished. Worst, you don’t have the energy to change the situation.

These days I don’t have many days like this, but when I do, I rest. We have gotten good at ignoring our body’s signals — much of our lives is training our minds to pretend our bodies aren’t tired, so we can be more productive.

This is wrong. It ends up in burnout and less production, because we inevitably run out of energy. Listen to your body — your long-term health and sanity depend on it.


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Ngày 12 tháng 10 năm 2011 (3196 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Stuff the Turkey (indoor game)

Players: 4 or more in pairs; referee
Materials: 10 inflated balloons for each team, laundry basket for each team, T-shirt for one player in each team
Surface: Soft surface

Stuff the Turkey is hilarious, if not a little noisy. Prepare for the game by blowing up 10 balloons for each pair of players. Place these balloons in the laundry baskets. One player of each pair also gets a T-shirt to wear.


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Ngày 11 tháng 10 năm 2011 (4384 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Sincerrity

Sincerity

It is easy to call oneself a Buddhist and to talk about religion. Many individuals like to talk about Buddhist doctrines, to recite devotions and to be a Buddhist “on the outside.” Our Lord’s Dharma is for “the inside” of a person as well as for outside and is far more than just something to argue about or words to recite. If we really have respect for Lord Buddha’s Dharma in our hearts, then our “outside” lives will be right and will set bright examples to others.

It is sad that a few of us seem to think that regular recitation of certain favorite devotions is all that is necessary in order to be a first-class Buddhist. Of course, recitations of holy texts are very good indeed, but this is not all there is to the Buddhist way of life. Unless we live the doctrines of our religion every moment of our daily lives, then we are not really sincere Buddhists. Let us not forget the well-known Chinese proverb: “Empty barrels make the most noise.” If we do not walk on the Noble Eightfold Path, then there is not much us in merely talking about it. Chatter about Buddha-dharma without living Buddha-dharma is just noise from an empty barrel.


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Ngày 06 tháng 10 năm 2011 (3005 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Strange Silhouettes (indoor game)

Players: 5 or more
Materials: Large white sheet; gooseneck desk lamp or similar lamp; small table; costume articles, such as hats, wigs, scarves, and false noses

In this version of Blind Man’s Buff, the chosen player has to recognize his friends by their silhouettes.

Tack the large white sheet to an open doorway so that you cover most of the opening. Place the small table about 6 feet (2 m) from the sheet, and place the lamp on top of the table. Turn the lamp so that the light shines directly on the sheet.


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Ngày 02 tháng 10 năm 2011 (2895 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Who Are You?


Ngày 29 tháng 09 năm 2011


Anh Ngữ: The Art of Tree Shaping



Peter Cook and Becky Northey practice the unique art of tree shaping in Australia. Using Wild Plum and Black Cherry trees, they gently and slowly coax out Pooktre - living tree figures, tables and chairs.

The work is slow and methodical, but the results are stunning. We caught up with Peter and Becky to ask a few questions about the growing phenomenon of tree shaping.


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Ngày 23 tháng 09 năm 2011 (3432 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Right Speech

Right Speech

It is not always easy to understand the Eightfold Path when we take the points one by one. Speech and action often go together. They show to all who know us what is going on in our minds. For this lesson, however, we shall consider only speech, and leave action in its usual fourth place. But as we go on with trying to understand the meaning of Right Speech, we ought to take note of the fact that Right Action follows immediately after Right Speech. There is a close connection between the two.

There are not many real secrets in our lives. The kind of speech we use tells to all who know us what kind of people we are. Wise people do not use foolish speech; fools do not talk like sages. Kindly people do not use cruel or harsh language. Those who are cruel by nature may try hard to deceive others by using soft and kindly speech but, sooner or later, their true nature reveals itself. “The cat always gets out of the bag.”


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Ngày 18 tháng 09 năm 2011 (2910 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Under the Table (indoor game)

Players: 5 or more; Leader

Materials: Large table, large wastepaper basket, cardboard box, clock or watch with a second hand, chair for each player, pencil and pad for each player, and an assortment of small, unbreakable objects the Leader chooses and hides from other players


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Ngày 12 tháng 09 năm 2011 (3256 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Right Mindfulness

Right Mindfulness

This is often called Right Recollectedness or Right Attention. Actually it means keeping one’s mind on what one is doing. As an example of how important it is to have this Right Mindfulness, or Right Attention, let us imagine a boy is riding his bicycle down a busy city-street. He is not paying attention to what he is doing and absent-mindedly goes through a stop-light. Another vehicle strikes his bike and the boy gets badly hurt. All this happens as a result of not using this important point seven of the Noble Path.

Right Mindfulness is a very great help to us in every good thing we do. Any job we are doing is a job that is done better if we use Right Mindfulness. If we fail to center our attention on what we are doing, then it is very likely that the finished job will not be satisfactory.


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Ngày 06 tháng 09 năm 2011 (3415 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

This or That? (indoor game)

Players: 3 or more
Materials: none

This ESP (extrasensory perception) game will have your friends puzzled and perplexed, but you’ll need a secret partner to share the trick of the game. This is how it works: Gather your friends together for a demonstration of mind-reading. Choose one person (your secret partner) to leave the room. Ask any one of the others to choose an object in the room that you’ll communicate telepathically. After the object is chosen, call your partner back in the room.


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Ngày 02 tháng 09 năm 2011 (3491 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Right Livelihood

Right Livelihood

 

We cannot fully understand this point of the Noble Eightfold Path unless we realize how closely Right thought and Right Action go together, because earning our living requires both thought and action. Every boy and girl ought to give serious thought to selecting the way they plan to earn their livelihood when they grow up. There are many important points to think about.

First of all, we ought to try to choose an occupation likely to be a source of helpfulness and happiness to others. For example, a young person who wishes to study to be a doctor, is planning a life-work that will be a blessing to many. His work will ease human suffering. This sort of work is considered by Buddhists to be very meritorious. Those who grow food or build houses, make roads and bridges, work in the postal service or any other occupation that is of real value to the human race, are all earning Right Livelihood.


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Ngày 28 tháng 08 năm 2011 (3426 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Globe Spinners (indoor game)

Players: 4 or more in pairs
Materials: Spinning globe; atlas; clock with second hand; blindfold; pencil and notepad for each team

In this geography game, each team keeps track of the competing team’s progress. Players sit around a small table with their pads and pencils. At the center of the table, place a globe. Keep the clock and atlas on the table, too.

The first player in Team #1 stands. The second player spins the globe as fast as possible. Then the first player, without looking, stops the spinning globe with his finger. He calls out the place where his finger stopped, and his teammate must list everything he knows about the place in 15 seconds. If the country is Australia for example, he might write “kangaroos, Sydney, crocodile Dundee, Ayre’s Rock, Southern Hemisphere, down under…” while the other team watches the clock and calls “Time!” when 15 seconds are up.


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Ngày 20 tháng 08 năm 2011 (2942 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Remembering Lord Buddha

Remembering Lord Buddha

Every family ought to have its shrine, even if it is only a tiny one. It is really too bad that some families seem to think, because they cannot afford a costly shrine, they must go without any at all. When a small picture of image of the Buddha is given a position of honor in a home, that means the Blessed One has been invited to become a member of that family and to share the house.

Quite often in Buddhist magazines or annuals or even on calendars, we find attractive colored pictures of the Buddha. After everyone has finished reading the various articles, news items, etc., we usually throw away old magazines. Just think how easy it would be to cut out a picture of the Blessed One from such a periodical and put it in a frame. Such a picture could be the center of the family shrine.


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Ngày 15 tháng 08 năm 2011 (3232 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Phantom Hands (indoor game)

Players: 2 or more; Lamp Keeper
Materials: Hooded desk lamp

More of a trick than a game, Phantom Hands will still amuse your friends, if not spook them out of their wits. It’s a great stunt for a Halloween Party.

This trick works by fooling the eyes into seeing something that isn’t really there through the effect of retinal afterimage. You’ve probably already experienced something like it when a flashbulb popped in your face.

Choose one player to be the Lamp Keeper. The lamp itself should be of the metal-hooded variety, easily switched on and off, and with a good strong light that the Lamp Keeper can direct downward.


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Ngày 10 tháng 08 năm 2011 (3696 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Meaning Vu Lan Festival



Full moon in July called Buddhist Bon Vu Lan day of death or spiritual. The old area, Section Interreligious Suppose, one of the most outstanding disciple, was practicing magic arts, the mother went looking to see where the hell she was oppressed and tortured are suffering. By his divine power, this Bodhisattva to save her mother from hell, but because of karma, the actions were too heavy when alive, so can not be saved. His return to earth Section Lien asked the Buddha. Buddha said the only way thanks to the power of ten increase (the practice) and those that mind, that these souls must repent and change. Why? Because the increase in ten precepts must retreat (together, reciting scriptures, seek) within 03 months. In Vietnam, Buddhist monks often retreat in the three summer months from April full moon lunar month (ceremony of Buddha's birthday) to the full moon in July (Vu Lan festival, lower canopy).


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Ngày 07 tháng 08 năm 2011 (4446 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Up, Jenkins! (indoor game)

Players: 6 or more in two teams
Materials: Large coin, square table, chair for each player

 

Divide the players into two teams, each team sitting at opposite sides of the table. Both teams choose a Captain, who gives the commands for his team.

One team starts with a coin—preferably a large coin—that team members pass back and forth under the table. When the opposing Captain calls “Up, Jenkins!” the team with the coin must clench their hands and raise them above the table so that all hands are visible to the opposing team. Of course, the coin is hidden in one of these hands, and it’s the job of the opposing team’s Captain to find it.


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Ngày 02 tháng 08 năm 2011 (3582 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: The Deer King



Long ago in a forgotten forest, lived a deer named Banyan. He was golden like the sun and his horns glistened like silver. His body was as large as a colt and his eyes sparkled like jewels-alight with wisdom. He was a King of Deer and watched over a herd of 500 deer.

Not far away, another herd of deer was watched over by another golden deer named Branch. In the tall grass and shadows of the deep forest, the two herds lived in peace.

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Ngày 27 tháng 07 năm 2011 (3351 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: The Monkey King And The Mangoes


Once upon a time, the Buddha came into the world as a Monkey King and ruled over 80,000 monkeys. He was very tall and strong and had wisdom like the sun. In his kingdom on the banks of the Ganges River, there was a mango tree as big as the moon. The 80,000 monkeys jumped from branch to branch chattering and eating the lovely fruit that was big and sweet and delicious. Sometimes a ripe mango fell into the river.

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Ngày 25 tháng 07 năm 2011 (3216 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: What Is Bodhisattva?

In Tibetan Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is anyone who is motivated by compassion and seeks enlightenment not only for him/herself but also for everyone...

Becoming a Bodhisattva is a huge step in helping not only yourself, but also every other sentient being, both seen and unseen. Most people are self-motivated and work primarily to solve their own problems, keeping others a distant second. Should someone do an act of kindness, repayment is generally expected whether in the form of a thank you and/or further praise.

A Bodhisattva is motivated by pure compassion and love. Their goal is to achieve the highest level of being: that of a Buddha. Bodhisattva is a Sanskrit term which translates as: Bodhi [enlightenment] and sattva [being]. And their reason for becoming a Buddha is to help others. The Bodhisattva will undergo any type of suffering to help another sentient being, whether a tiny insect or a huge mammal. In Shakyamuni Buddha's 'Perfection of Wisdom in 8,000 Lines' it states: "I will become a savior to all those beings, I will release them from all their sufferings." If this sounds familiar to anyone not acquainted with Buddhism, then you only need to think of the example of Jesus Christ, a true Bodhisattva.

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Ngày 22 tháng 07 năm 2011 (3090 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: The Dalai Lama Meets President Barrack Obama

Washington DC, USA, 16 July 2011 - On his last full day of stay in Washington, D.C. during this visit, His Holiness the Dalai Lama first bestowed the longevity of White Tara to the people. Thereafter, a long life prayer was conducted for His Holiness the Dalai Lama by the organizers of the teachings.  Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche recited the attributes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his contribution to humanity and the recognition he has been receiving from the international community.


Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche making offerings to His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Long Life Offering ceremony held in Washington DC on July 16, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
At the conclusion of the long life offering, His Holiness, in his remarks, appreciated the gesture. He said that from the spiritual perspective, the Teacher’s life has some connection with the aspiration and trust of the students.  He said that the past several days of interaction between him and the attendees have developed some connection and warm feeling. He said that this thus had some connection with the Teacher’s life

His Holiness reminded the attendees that his favorite prayer was that of Shantideva:  "For as long as space endures, and for as long as living beings remain, until then may I too abide to dispel the misery of the world." He added that some people do seem to benefit from interaction with him.  He said that he therefore gets the determination to live long.  Telling the people that he enjoyed good physical health, His Holiness recalled his physician calling him a young patient despite being 76 years old.



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Ngày 17 tháng 07 năm 2011 (3817 lần đọc)


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