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

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Anh Ngữ: A Cup of Tea

Ngày 14 tháng 10 năm 2010

Anh Ngữ: Racing Color

Racing Colors (indoor game)

Players: 10 or more in two teams; referee
Materials: Construction paper, pack with many colors; fruits and vegetables in many colors, such as yellow banana, red apple, purple grapes, orange, green lettuce, and brown potato. Substitute a crumpled ball of construction paper for any color for which you can’t obtain a fruit or vegetable.

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Ngày 13 tháng 10 năm 2010 (3810 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Wheel of the law

The Wheel of the Law

Usually, we call The Wheel of the Law by its Sanskrit name of Dharmacakra (pronounced Dharmachakra). This is only one of the many signs or symbols which are holy to Buddhists, because they stand for our religion and make us think of its teachings when we see any of these symbols. The lotus is the flower of Buddhism and the tree is the Bo or Bodhi tree. In Burma and northern Siam, the tail of the pea***** is often used to represent the glory and beauty of the Dharma. The swastika is another sign much used by Buddhists. Sometimes we see three baskets used to represent the Buddhist teaching. Each of the three baskets stands for one of the three main divisions of the Buddhist holy scriptures. At other time we see a shining jewel used to represent our religion and, frequently, three jewels are used. The one jewel means Truth is like a beautiful gem. The Three Jewels stand for the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.

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Ngày 10 tháng 10 năm 2010 (3905 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Tình Bạn (song ngữ)

We never get what we want, - Chúng ta không bao giờ nhận những gì chúng ta muốn
We never want what we get, - Chúng ta không bao giờ muốn những gì chúng ta nhận
We never have what we like, - Chúng ta không bao giờ có những gì chúng ta thích
We never like what we have. - Chúng ta không bao giờ thích những gì chúng ta có

And still we live & love.
That's life...
Và chúng ta vẫn tiếp tục sống & yêu đương.
Đời là thế …

* Riêng mượn bài này gởi tặng đến đứa em của anh. CDT!

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Ngày 08 tháng 10 năm 2010 (3664 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Sa Mạc

Ngày 05 tháng 10 năm 2010

Anh Ngữ: Rebirth

We cannot understand the teaching concerning rebirth unless we have first understood how the Law of Karma works. Rebirth depends on karma. If we think good thoughts and do only good acts in this life, we not only get good results here and now, but we also get a better rebirth when our life in this world is finished.

A person’s karma, good or bad, is actually that person and it is the karma that is reborn in some other life, either in a heaven or a hell, or again in this world. In some cases, a person with extremely bad karma might be reborn as an animal. Let us imagine a man so cruel and bloodthirsty that he is like a tiger in all his thought and action. It is quite possible that such a person might be reborn as a tiger. Or to imagine another case – a person whose habits make him seem very much like a pig. How could we expect such a person to be reborn as a heavenly being, or even as a good, normal, decent human being?

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Ngày 03 tháng 10 năm 2010 (3181 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: WHO KNEW?????? GEEZ

Garden snakes can be dangerous

I didn't think twice about this tiny fellow on my baby boxwood until I got this letter:

Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous. Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here's why.

A couple in Swee*****er, Texas, had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze.

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Ngày 29 tháng 09 năm 2010 (3789 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Hunters & Hounds (indoor game)

Players: 8 or more in two teams; referee
Materials: 20 dog biscuits, 2 paper bags

In preparation for the game, the referee goes around the house and hides 20 dog biscuits in various locations.

Each team chooses a Hunter. The rest of the players on the team become Hounds. Both teams start in the same room of the house, and the Hounds practice barking and howling for their Hunter so that he can learn to recognize their sounds.

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Ngày 27 tháng 09 năm 2010 (3341 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Mid-Autumn Festival

CDT viết "
The joyous Mid-Autumn Festival, the third and last festival for the living, was celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth moon, around the time of the autumn equinox. Many referred to it simply as the "Fifteenth of the Eighth Moon". In the Western calendar, the day of the festival usually occurred sometime between the second week of September and the second week ofOctober.

This day was also considered a harvest festival since fruits, vegetables and grain had been harvested by this time and food was abundant. With delinquent accounts settled prior to the festival , it was a time for relaxation and celebration. Food offerings were placed on an altar set up in the courtyard. Apples, pears, peaches, grapes, pomegranates , melons, oranges and pomelos might be seen. Special foods for the festival included moon cakes, cooked taro, edible snails from the taro patches or rice paddies cooked with sweet basil, and water caltrope, a type of water chestnut resembling black buffalo horns. Some people insisted that cooked taro be included because at the time of creation, taro was the first food discovered at night in the moonlight. Of all these foods, it could not be omitted from the Mid-Autumn Festival.

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Ngày 20 tháng 09 năm 2010 (3120 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Mystery Adverb (indoor game)

Players: 4 or more
Materials: None

This game combines charades with word guessing. Send one player out of the room. The remaining players choose between them the mystery adverb, preferring one that can be easily demonstrated. Good choices are adverbs like angrily, sleepily, happily, quickly, strangely, or hysterically.

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Ngày 17 tháng 09 năm 2010 (3360 lần đọc)


A police officer in Penticton stops at a local ranch. He talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs".

The rancher says, "Okay , but do not go in that field over there", as he points out the location.

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Ngày 11 tháng 09 năm 2010 (3267 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Flour Tower (indoor game)

Players: 2
Materials: Flour, shallow bowl, cutting board, coin, plastic knives, table

This game can get messy, so set it up on a table with a moist sponge nearby. Still, it is best to play it indoors because of possible wind problems outdoors.

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Ngày 08 tháng 09 năm 2010 (2933 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Helping Mother

Helping Mother

Filial Piety

The two words, filial piety, are important to all civilized peoples, but they are doubly important to Buddhists. The actual words mean duties of children to parents, but there is a much deeper meaning in these words if we are faithful followers of Lord Buddha. The young are not only under a holy obligation to show respect and affection for their parents, but also to be considerate of all elderly persons and to be helpful towards them in such ways as to bring happiness into their lives. In some countries of the world the idea of filial piety has been almost forgotten. We can see quite clearly that those countries are slipping backwards towards unhappiness.

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Ngày 04 tháng 09 năm 2010 (3138 lần đọc)


I was walking around in a Target store, when I saw a Cashier hand this little boy some money back

The boy couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 years old.

The Cashier said, 'I'm sorry, but you don't have enough money to buy this doll.'

Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him: ''Granny, are you sure I don't have enough money?''

The old lady replied: ''You know that you don't have enough money to buy this doll, my dear.''

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Ngày 31 tháng 08 năm 2010 (3349 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Creeping Cats (indoor game)

Players: 6 or more
Materials: 2 books to mark safe zone
Surface: carpeted

Place two books about 10 feet apart and imagine a line stretching between them. This is the safe zone.

All players get down on their hands and knees. The Cats start out behind the safe zone while the Dogs wait for them on the opposite side of the room, facing away. Choose one player to be the Top Dog. This Dog will listen for the approach of the Cats and tell the other Dogs when to turn and chase them.

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Ngày 27 tháng 08 năm 2010 (3395 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Singapore 2010 Youth Olympics

CDT viết "
On Saturday, Singapore welcomed young athletes from around the world in a ceremony opening the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. This is the first ever Summer Youth Olympics, an event designed to be celebrated in the same tradition of the Olympic Games - the major difference being that the competitors are all between 14 and 18 years of age. This year, 3,500 athletes from more than 200 countries are competing in 184 events in 26 sports. Collected here are some photographs of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, which will run until its closing ceremony on August 26th.


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Ngày 24 tháng 08 năm 2010 (4001 lần đọc)


CDT viết "
Chapter 3

When the Buddha gave his first sermon in the Deer Park, he began the 'Turning of the Dharma Wheel'. He chose the beautiful symbol of the wheel with its eight spokes to represent the Noble Eightfold Path. The Buddha's teaching goes round and round like a great wheel that never stops, leading to the central point of the wheel, the only point which is fixed, Nirvana. The eight spokes on the wheel represent the eight parts of the Noble Eightfold Path. Just as every spoke is needed for the wheel to keep turning, we need to follow each step of the path.

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Ngày 21 tháng 08 năm 2010 (3547 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Salmonella outbreak prompts recall of 228M eggs

Salmonella outbreak prompts recall of 228M eggs
CDC, FDA launch growing investigations; hundreds of illnesses suspected


By JoNel Aleccia
Health writer
updated 8/17/2010

An outbreak of salmonella illnesses linked to shell eggs has prompted a nationwide recall of 13 brands of eggs produced by an Iowa company and triggered a multi-state investigation that is expected to grow.

The Associated Press estimated the total recalled at 228 million eggs, although the company in question, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, wouldn't confirm it.

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Ngày 18 tháng 08 năm 2010 (3996 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Clumps (indoor game)

Players: 10 or more, an even number
Materials: Any small object in the room that can be carried

Players form two circles, each circle standing about 10 feet from the other. One member of each circle goes out to select some small item to bring back into the circle. The item can be a book, a vase, a piece of fruit, a small bowl, or anything that can be easily hidden from the plays of the opposing circle.

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Ngày 15 tháng 08 năm 2010 (3400 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Right Aims

Right Aims

As we learned in the preceding lesson, good understanding and good thinking go together like twins that are never separated. But, to Buddhists, the use of the word thought in connection with our religion has a very special meaning. We are all familiar with what is meant when someone says “I have made up my mind.” We know he has decided what he wants to do and is determined to do it. We can not gain Right Understanding without thinking that is resolute, that has Right Aim. Buddhists who wish to get the most out of the Dharma of the Blessed One must have their minds made up to get Right Understanding and to use that understanding in their daily lives.

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Ngày 11 tháng 08 năm 2010 (3740 lần đọc)

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