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

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Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Bubble-Pong (indoor game) 

Players: 2 to 4 players in teams
Materials: Soap bubbles for each player or team; construction paper; Ping-Pong table (or table plus 2 pencils, clay, colored yarn, construction paper)

Except for the soap bubbles and construction paper, you can forget the rest of the materials if you have a Ping-Pong table. If not, find the middle of a table and place two balls of clay at the edges. Stick pencils into the balls of clay so that the pencils stand upright like posts. Stretch a long piece of brightly colored yarn across the pencils for a “dividing net.” Fold the construction paper accordionlike into fans, one for each player.


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Ngày 06 tháng 08 năm 2010 (3537 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: BASIC TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHA (2)

CDT viết "
Chapter 2
THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS

Once there was a woman named Kisagotami, whose first-born son died. She was so stricken with grief that she roamed the streets carrying the dead body and asking for help to bring her son back to life. A kind and wise man took her to the Buddha.

The Buddha told her, "Fetch me a handful of mustard seeds and I will bring your child back to life." Joyfully Kisagotami started off to get them. Then the Buddha added, "But the seeds must come from a family that has not known death."

Kisagotami went from door to door in the whole village asking for the mustard seeds, but everyone said, "Oh, there have been many deaths here", "I lost my father", I lost my sister". She could not find a single household that had not been visited by death. Finally Kisagotami returned to the Buddha and said, "There is death in every family. Everyone dies. Now I understand your teaching."
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Ngày 03 tháng 08 năm 2010 (3217 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: BASIC TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHA (1)

CDT viết "
Chapter 1
THE THREE UNIVERSAL TRUTHS

One day, the Buddha sat down in the shade of a tree and noticed how beautiful the countryside was. Flowers were blooming and trees were putting on bright new leaves, but among all this beauty, he saw much unhappiness. A farmer beat his ox in the field. A bird pecked at an earthworm, and then an eagle swooped down on the bird. Deeply troubled, he asked, "Why does the farmer beat his ox? Why must one creature eat another to live?"

During his enlightenment, the Buddha found the answer to these questions. He discovered three great truths. He explained these truths in a simple way so that everyone could understand them.
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Ngày 29 tháng 07 năm 2010 (3601 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: BUDDHISM - A Way Of Life

CDT viết "
          The teachings of the Buddha have been a way of life for millions of people in the East for over two and a half thousand years. Yet, in the West, it is only comparatively recently that many have turned away from materialism to seek answers in Buddhism. Part of the reason for this development may well lie in Buddhism’s age-old refusal to demand blind faith from its followers. As the Buddha himself always insisted that people see for themselves the truth of his teachings, we hope that you may be encouraged by this brief introduction to explore further for yourself the rich and varied religious philosophy that is Buddhism.
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Ngày 27 tháng 07 năm 2010 (4253 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Buddhism – Too Real For Most Americans?

CDT viết "

by E. Raymond Rock

Similar to Christianity, Buddhism has many branches. The original doctrine that the Buddha taught his monks is called the Theravada or the Teaching of the Elders, but this very deep teaching may be too strange and frightening for everyday Americans.

This unpopularity is not unusual when we consider the deeper teachings of many religions, such as Kabbalah in Judaism and Orison in Christianity. People usually talk a good story about God, but don’t want to really go there, opting instead for earthly glories such as sex, money, power, security and entertainment. Familiar things.

For exactly these reasons, some Buddhist branches, for example, Zen, Tibetan, and many other divisions of Buddhism have split off from the original, strict Theravada, making their particular brand of Buddhism more user-friendly, and have thus enjoyed great success in attracting followers, while the Theravada remains somewhat obscure in most of the world.
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Ngày 24 tháng 07 năm 2010 (3276 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Simple Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

CDT viết "


You hear a lot about living a healthy lifestyle, but what does that mean? In general, a healthy person doesn't smoke, is at a healthy weight, eats healthy and exercises. Sounds simple, doesn't it?The trick to healthy living is making small changes...taking more steps, adding fruit to your cereal, having an extra glass of water...these are just a few ways you can start living healthy without drastic changes.

Exercise

One of the biggest problems in America today is lack of activity. We know it's good for us but avoid it like the plague either because we're used to being sedentary or afraid that exercise has to be vigorous to be worth our time. The truth is, movement is movement and the more you do, the healthier you'll be. Even moderate activities like chores, gardening and walking can make a difference.
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Ngày 23 tháng 07 năm 2010 (3566 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: The Tale of Monkey Brothers

CDT viết "
A long time back, in one of his earlier births Buddha was born a monkey named Nandaka. The forests of the Himalayas were his abode where he lived with his younger brother, Chullanandaka . Both brothers together had a band of eighty four thousand monkeys, besides their old blind mother. Since they were kind leaders, the entire band lived in peace and harmony.

Once, while looking for more food, both brothers traveled far away from their abode. But, they sent back food for their blind mother regularly through other monkeys. The monkeys were careless and insensitive to the needs of the blind monkey. They did not feed her, and soon the old monkey became weak and sick. When Nandaka and Chullanandaka returned home, they were shaken to see their mother in such neglected state. Sad, as they were upon learning that their followers did not feed her at all, the two brothers decided to leave the band and live a reclusive life. A banyan tree, deep in the forest, became their new home.
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Ngày 22 tháng 07 năm 2010 (3068 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: OMG! UFO! Or Maybe Not

CDT viết "

Last week, the Web was aflutter over rumors that a UFO had been spotted over Xiaoshan Airport in Hangzhou, China. There was even video that showed, well, something, soaring high in the sky.

The Atlantic reports that Geoffrey Forden, a weapons expert from MIT, has analyzed several of the alleged UFO videos. He has come to the conclusion that a) what people saw in one of the videos wasn't a UFO, but a rocket, and b) the same video wasn't taken anywhere near China. It was shot near Kazakhstan."

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Ngày 20 tháng 07 năm 2010 (3708 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Important Info for Bee Stings

This information may be something to remember, as this season will soon be here again...

It might be wise to carry a penny in your pocket while working in the yard........ .. BEE STINGS!

A couple of weeks ago, I was stung by both a bee and hornet while working in the garden.

My arm swelled up, so I went to the doctor. The clinic gave me cream and an antihistamine. The next day the swelling was getting progressively worse, so I went to my regular doctor. The arm was Infected and needed an antibiotic. The doctor told me - " The next time you get stung, put a penny on the bite for 15 minutes".


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Ngày 18 tháng 07 năm 2010 (3341 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Sick Leave

CDT viết "

I urgently needed a few days off work, but, I knew the Boss would not allow me to take a leave.

I thought that maybe if I acted 'Crazy' then he would tell me to take a few days off.

So I hung upside-down on the ceiling and made funny noises.

My co-worker (who's blonde) asked me what I was doing.

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Ngày 15 tháng 07 năm 2010 (3717 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Street Artist

CDT viết "
Could you drive down a street painted like this?
Street Artist... new stuff


Great Crevase Edgar Mueller. Hard work: Together with up to five assistants, Mueller painted all day long from sunrise to sunset. The picture appeared on the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, as part of the own's Festival of World Cultures
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Ngày 13 tháng 07 năm 2010 (3401 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Bubble Hoops (indoor game)

Players: 2 or more
Materials: Soap bubbles, 7 feet (2.3 m) of wire, 14 sewing spools, Post-it notes, marker, long table

This game requires a little preparation. Cut the wire into seven 1-foot (30 cm) sections, and bend each section into a hoop. Stick the ends of each hoop into the spools, and place the hoops on a table top, following the diagram. Hoops should be about 2 feet (60 cm) from each other, a little farther if your table is large enough. To show the playing order of the hoops, mark the numbers 1-9 on Post-it notes, and fold each note around the top of each hoop. Notice how the starting hoop (1) is also the finishing hoop (9).


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Ngày 08 tháng 07 năm 2010 (3025 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Right Action

Right Action

When we speak of action we always mean doing Our conduct, our behavior, our deeds, everything that we do, must be such that we can properly call each act “Right Action”.

There is an ancient proverb that says: “Actions speak louder than words”. Good words ought to be coupled with good deeds. No matter how cleverly we may try always to speak in a good way, we shall fail to disguise our true nature unless our acts are the same as our words.

Every boy and girl ought to learn quite early in life that promises are sacred things. We must not be too quick to promise to do this or that. We ought first to decide if the promise when kept will be “Right Action”. Also, before we make a promise, we ought to ask ourselves if we shall be able to make our actions fit in with our words. Those who fail to keep promises, soon are not respected.


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Ngày 01 tháng 07 năm 2010 (3159 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Drinking Water

Drinking water at the correct time maximizes its effectiveness on the Human body:

2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack


Ngày 29 tháng 06 năm 2010


Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Blow Hard
(indoor game)

Players: 4 or more
Materials: Chairs and straws for each player, a small downy feather

Players arrange their chairs in a circle and sit close together facing the inside of the circle. One player stands and tosses the feather in the air above the center of the circle. Then each player, without standing, blows through the straw to keep the feather from floating down. If the feather touches a player, that player leaves the game and the circle of chairs grows smaller. The feather is tossed in the air again, and the game continues as before.


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Ngày 25 tháng 06 năm 2010 (3328 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Getting Directions

A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery Store. As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked, "Son, Can You tell me where the Post Office is?"


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Ngày 22 tháng 06 năm 2010 (3217 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Dad


Ngày 19 tháng 06 năm 2010


Anh Ngữ: Long Live Friendship!!!!

After losing his parents, this 3 year old orangutan was so depressed he wouldn't eat and didn't respond to any medical treatments.  The veterinarians thought he would surely die from sadness.   The zoo keepers found an old sick dog on the grounds in the park at the zoo where the  orangutan lived and took the dog to the animal  treatment center.  The dog arrived at the same time the orangutan was there being treated.   The 2 lost souls met and have been  inseparable ever since.  

The orangutan  found a new reason to live and each always tries his best to be a good companion to his new found friend.  They are together 24 hours a day in all their activities.


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Ngày 18 tháng 06 năm 2010 (3157 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Rebirth

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 16 tháng 06 năm 2010 (3959 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Dealing with Criticism

Bad reputation is very powerful to use for your practice, and it should be used that way. As a Kadampa geshe once said, "If someone criticizes you, this destroys your mistakes; it blows away immediately one’s own mistakes. If you are praised, it causes pride/the ego to inflate and causes great pride." … Big smiles all round as Rinpoche invites Osel to future FPMT Board meetings

Transforming bad conditions into happiness by looking at them as positive, favorable conditions is the way to make problems, bad conditions, beneficial, by using them as the path to enlightenment. How? Meditating on loving kindness and bodhichitta destroys the ego. We use them as a weapon to destroy the self-cherishing thought, which brings all obstacles. So, meditate on bodhichitta and wisdom.

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Ngày 14 tháng 06 năm 2010 (3116 lần đọc)


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