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

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Anh Ngữ: Life is a Echo


Ngày 30 tháng 09 năm 2013


Anh Ngữ: The True Place of Refuge is the Mind

Hair, nails, teeth, skin... people are really hooked on these things. The Buddha established these things as the basic themes for meditation, he taught us to know these things. They are Transient, Imperfect and Ownerless; they are not 'me' or 'them'. We are born with and deluded by these things, but really they are foul. When people sweat a lot, such as when a lot of people are working hard together, the smell is awful. We go back home and rub ourselves down with soap and water and the smell abates somewhat, the fragrance of the soap replaces it. Rubbing soap on the body may make it seem fragrant, but actually the bad smell of the body is still these, temporarily suppressed. When the smell of the soap is gone the smell of the body comes back again.


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Ngày 23 tháng 09 năm 2013 (1151 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Tet Trung Thu

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

Tet Trung Thu is quickly approaching and according to Vietnamese folktales and tradition it is a time for celebration. During this time, families will get together just for the sake of being together and enjoying the season. Parents who normally work full time and hardly get to see their children, will take time off and spend more time with their children by making paper lanterns together, singing songs, eating Banh Trung Thu, Karaoke and sharing stories. Stories about life, stories of legend, stories that present myths, etc. This is a precious time for older generations to pass on their knowledge of culture to the younger generations as it had been done for them. This tradition becomes a medium for how culture is preserved and traditions are passed onto older generations to younger ones. Oral traditions are significant and the fact that they are in the native tongue makes them much more precious.


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Ngày 17 tháng 09 năm 2013 (1343 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Mother (Song Ngữ)

MOTHER



If I could give you diamonds
for each tear you cried for me.
If I could give you sapphires
for each truth you’ve helped me see.
If I could give you rubies
for the heartache that you’ve known
If I could give you pearls
for the wisdom that you’ve shown.

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Ngày 13 tháng 09 năm 2013 (2345 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Never Forget


Ngày 11 tháng 09 năm 2013


Anh Ngữ: Tranform the Seeds of Anger in Us

The Buddha taught that the fire of
anger can burn up everything we
have done to bring happiness to
ourselves and others. There is not
one of us who has not sown seeds
of anger in one's heart, and if those
seeds are watered, they will grow
rapidly and choke us and those
around us. When we are angry, we
should come back to ourselves by
means of our conscious breathing.
We should not look at or listen to
the one we feel is making us angry
and causing us to suffer. The other
person may have said or done
something unskilful or unmindful.
But his unskilful words or actions
arise from his own suffering. He
may just be seeking some relief,
hoping to survive. The excessive
suffering of one person will often
overflow to others. A person who is
suffering needs our help, not our
anger. We come to see this when
we examine our anger through our
breathing.


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Ngày 09 tháng 09 năm 2013 (1354 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: SPIRITUAL LIFE IS A LIFE OF SEARCH

SPIRITUAL LIFE IS A LIFE OF SEARCH
By Swami Ramakrishnananda

Spiritual life is a life of search... but a true search.
Not to investigate and to seek what you hope to discover,
Not the object of your aspiration,
But what you are.
Meditation is just a search for the mediator.
Enlightenment is to discover...

To discover that there is no discoverer, and there is nothing to discover...
Enlightenment is to be.
To be the most wonderful discovery of what cannot be found.
It is to arrive to nowhere...
To meet no one.
You fail, because of your habit to search only for that which satisfies your needs.
Get rid of all this need.
And you will see...
Get rid of all that you have.
And you will see...
Throw away all that can be thrown.
And you will see...
Give up these words, and what they make you feel
And you will see...
Give up your attempt to give up.
And you will see...
Give up your attempt to see.
Because then you will really see...
The farther the object you search for, the better eyesight you need.
That which is closest to you, you have to be.


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Ngày 04 tháng 09 năm 2013 (1071 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Time


Ngày 28 tháng 08 năm 2013


Anh Ngữ: I LOVE YOU MOM!

I LOVE YOU MOM!



Mom's smiles can brighten any moment,
Mom's hugs put joy in all our days,
Mom's love will stay with us forever
and touch our lives in precious ways...
The values you've taught,
the care you've given,
and the wonderful love you've shown,
have enriched my life
in more ways than I can count.
I Love you Mom!

Anonymous

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Ngày 18 tháng 08 năm 2013 (1542 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: AND GRANDMA’S TOO… (Song Ngữ)

AND GRANDMA’S TOO…



While we honor all our mothers
with words of love and praise.
While we tell about their goodness
and their kind and loving ways.
We should also think of Grandma,
she's a mother too, you see...
For she mothered my dear mother
as my mother mothers me.


Anonymous


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Ngày 15 tháng 08 năm 2013 (1511 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: THE EYES OF PRINCE CâU NA LA

THE EYES OF PRINCE CâU NA LA

Once upon a time in India, there was a King named Asoka (A Døc). He was a good ruler and everyone
lived in harmony. His wife, Queen Liên Hoa, was also a very nice person. Together they had one son
whose eyes were beautiful and kind like the Câu Na La bird; therefore, they named him Prince Câu Na la.
Not very long after prince Câu Na La's marriage to Ma ña Vi, Queen Liên Hoa passed away.
The King then remarried to Xích Di who was mean and evil. She was always jealous of the Prince. Her
hatred towards the Prince escalated after she had a son because she wanted her son to be the one to
succeed the throne.


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Ngày 12 tháng 08 năm 2013 (1356 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Understand The Person You Want To Love

Understand The Person You Want To Love:

“We really have to understand the
person we want to love. If our love
is only a will to possess, it is not
love. If we only think of ourselves,
if we know only our own needs and
ignore the needs of the other
person, we cannot love. We must
look deeply in order to see and
understand the needs, aspirations,
and suffering of the person we
love. This is the ground of real love.
You cannot resist loving another
person when you really understand
him or her.


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Ngày 08 tháng 08 năm 2013 (1099 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: The Lost Son

THE LOST SON

"A young widower, who loved his five year old son very much, was away on business when bandits came who burned down the whole village and took his son away. When the man returned, he saw the ruins and panicked. They took the burnt corpse of an infant to be his son and cried uncontrollably. He organised a cremation ceremony, collected the ashes and put them in a beautiful little bag which he always kept with him.
Soon afterwards, his real son escaped from the bandits and found his way home. He arrived at his father's new cottage at midnight and knocked at the door. The father, still grieving asked: "Who is it?" The child answered, it is me papa, open the door!" But in his agitated state of mind, convinced his son was dead, the father thought that some young boy was making fun of him. He shouted: "Go away" and continued to cry. After some time, the child left.


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Ngày 02 tháng 08 năm 2013 (1023 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: The Tail

The Tail

There is a story about a princess who had a small eye problem that she felt was really bad. Being the king's daughter, she was rather spoiled and kept crying all the time. When the doctors wanted to apply medicine, she would invariably refuse any medical treatment and kept touching the sore spot on her eye. In this way it became worse and worse, until finally the king proclaimed a large reward for whoever could cure his daughter. After some time, a man arrived who claimed to be a famous physician, but actually was not even a doctor.


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Ngày 26 tháng 07 năm 2013 (1117 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: The Top 10 Inspirational Buddha Quotes

Buddha means “Awakened One”, someone who has awakened and sees things as they really are. According to AboutBuddha.org , a Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. Because he has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and has removed all obstructions from his mind, he knows everything of the past, present, and future, directly and simultaneously. Moreover, Buddha has great compassion which is completely impartial, embracing all living beings without discrimination.

The person who is generally referred to by the name Buddha was Siddhārtha Gautama, a spiritual teacher born in Nepal and the founder of Buddhism who lived at around 500 BCE. Forty-nine days after Buddha attained enlightenment he was requested to teach. As a rematter osult of this request, Buddha rose from meditation and taught the first Wheel of Dharma.

Those teachings of The Buddha such as The Four Noble Truths or the Noble Eightfold Path are timeless and reflect personal and spiritual development.

Many Buddha quotes that are handed down until today are both inspirational as well as reflecting deeper truth of reality. What can we learn, where can we be inspired from The Buddha for everyday life and our own development today?

I selected the following Buddha quotes as both inspirational and helpful, regardless of where we are in personal development …

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Ngày 22 tháng 07 năm 2013 (1739 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: The Pain of Life is Pure Salt

The Pain of Life is Pure Salt

An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.

“How does it taste?” the master asked.

“Bitter,” said the apprentice.


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Ngày 17 tháng 07 năm 2013 (1214 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: The Thief and the Master

The Thief and the Master

One evening, Zen master Shichiri Kojun was reciting sutras when a thief entered his house with a sharp sword, demanding "money or life". Without any fear, Shichiri said, "Don't disturb me! Help yourself with the money, it's in that drawer". And he resumed his recitation.


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Ngày 12 tháng 07 năm 2013 (1424 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: The Buddha Settles a Quarrel

     This instruction was given by the Teacher while he was in residence among the Sakiyas[4] with reference to the cessation of a quarrel among kinsmen.

     The story goes that the Sakiyas and the Koliyas caused the waters of the river Rohini to be confined by a single dam between the city of Kapilavatthu and the city of Koliya and cultivated the fields on both sides of the river. Now in the month Jetthamula the crops began to droop, whereupon the laborers employed by the residents of both cities assembled. Said the residents of the city of Koliya, "If this water is diverted to both sides of the river, there will not be enough both for you and for us too. But our crops will ripen with a single watering. Therefore let us have the water."

     The Sakiyas replied, "After you have filled your storehouses, we shall not have the heart to take ruddy gold and emeralds and black pennies, and baskets and sacks in our hands, and go from house to house seeking favors at your hands. Our crops also will ripen with a single watering. Therefore let us have this water." — "We will not give it to you." — "Neither will we give it to you." Talk waxed bitter, until finally one arose and struck another a blow. The other returned the blow and a general fight ensued, the combatants making matters worse by aspersions on the origins of the two royal families.

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Ngày 09 tháng 07 năm 2013 (1253 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: Egotism

Egotism

The Prime Minister of the Tang Dynasty was a national hero for his success as both a statesman and military leader. But despite his fame, power, and wealth, he considered himself a humble and devout Buddhist. Often he visited his favorite Zen master to study under him, and they seemed to get along very well. The fact that he was prime minister apparently had no effect on their relationship, which seemed to be simply one of a revered master and respectful student.


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Ngày 03 tháng 07 năm 2013 (1132 lần đọc)


Anh Ngữ: THE ELEPHANT AND HIS OLD BLIND MOTHER

THE ELEPHANT AND HIS OLD BLIND MOTHER

Long ago, in the hills of the Himalayas near a lotus pool, the Buddha was once born as a baby elephant. He was a magnificent elephant, pure white with feet and face the color of coral. His trunk gleamed like a silver rope and his ivory tusks curled up in a long arc.

He followed his mother everywhere. She plucked the tenderest leaves and sweetest mangoes from the tall trees and gave them to him. "First you, then me," she said. She bathed him in the cool lotus pool among the fragrant flowers. Drawing the sparkling water up in her trunk, she sprayed him over the top of his head and back until he shone. Then filling his trunk with water, he took careful aim and squirted a perfect geyser right between his mother's eyes. Without blinking, she squirted him back. And back and forth, they gleefully squirted and splashed each other. Splish! Splash!

 


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Ngày 01 tháng 07 năm 2013 (1483 lần đọc)


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