Family Day By Day

Read | Download ForwardWhen we want to introduce a new food item to the population of a country, we have to adjust the seasoning to fit the general tastes and flavor of the country that the new food is for. It is not that we are trying to diminish its inherent value; we just want…

Getting to Know Wat Phra Dhammakaya

Read | Download Wat Phra DhammakayaFrom no land to a large tract of land From fallow fields to a graceful Buddhist temple From 1 Bhikku to tens to hundreds to a thousand and increasing From 100 laypeople to 1,000, 10,000, 100,000 and 1 million in the future   Four decades have gone past since Wat…

A Little Book of Buddhist Chanting

Read | Download The Importance of ChantingA. Chanting in Buddhism A1. Historical Origins Chanting is found in nearly all spiritual traditions of the world. In historical India, the birthplace of Buddhism, the use of the voice was considered sacred and true words spoken aloud were considered eternal:   Saccaṃ ve amatā vācā True words are…

转法轮经 Dhammacak zhs

Read | Download 前言《转法轮经》讲述的是佛陀开悟后第一次宣讲佛法 的​​历史性事件。虽然念诵经文的时间不达二十分钟, 但是经文却涵盖了相续几千年佛陀对人类最圆满的爱。 佛教建立的基础就是无条件的爱。在爱一个人的 时候,我们不仅希望这个人快乐,还会尽一切努力给 予、分享、甚至自我牺牲,只为了让这个人真的幸 福。佛陀就是这样做的。他以自己的生命为代价,与 全人类分享了如何离苦得乐的知识。不求任何回报, 只为了使全人类获得真正的幸福。 生为释迦族的太子,乔达摩•悉达多的贵族生活 优裕而舒适,但他始终觉得感官享乐不是正道。于 是,29岁那年,悉达多太子夜出宫门,开始禁欲苦 行。经过6年,形体枯瘦,昏倒路旁,几乎丧命。最 终,他明白了苦行也不是正道。真正的修行,是离开 苦乐二边的“中道”。他苦苦寻求的答案,终于在心 静定的那一刻,由内在涌现出来。 佛陀初转法轮时,明确开示了彻底解脱、离苦得 乐的唯一方法就是“中道”。“中道”源自内心, 而非两种学说所提倡的外在方法。佛陀以自己的故事 为例,向曾经和他一起修苦行的五位苦行者宣讲了​ “中道”,即如何令他由苦行者悉达多转变成阿罗汉。 苦行者悉达多的开悟,不是因为阅读了真理书籍, 不是因为剖析了他人的教法,不是因为从事了学术研 究,也不是因为参与了知识研讨。总而言之,他不是 经由思考而证得涅槃,我们也不能。佛陀是于菩提树 下静坐,万念俱空而悟道。也就是说,若我们想证悟 佛陀所证悟的正法,或只是部分的正法,我们需要静 坐。 这种静坐方法不同于其他静坐。佛陀证悟前,曾 和五位苦行者静坐苦修,最终因发现方法错误而终 止。诸多静坐技巧中最为正确的静坐方法是:将心引 导至身体的中心点,即体内垂直和水平中轴线的交点 (具体位于身体内部,肚脐以上约两指宽的地方)。 身体的中心点,是心最终静定之所。 据寻回佛陀失传已久之法身法门的北揽寺蒙昆贴牟 尼祖师说,“身体的中心点就是‘中道’之源。”只 有通过静坐,让心静定下来,才能亲身体验“中道” 及其带来的无限愉悦。用头脑我们可以学习和思考佛 陀的教义;但是锻炼和净化内心,我们就需要静坐。 “中道”修行,内外兼顾。为了获得更好的静坐效 果,我们需要遵守戒律(在家居士遵守五戒或八戒), 实行布施(诸如给予物质上的支持、参与慈善工作、 宽恕他人、化解恼怒,给予朋友精神支持,发慈悲 心,待人友善不求回报等等)。 当我们言谈举止温文尔雅时,我们的内心会变温 柔。当我们思想纯洁、言语清净,并且保持环境整洁 时,我们的内心会变得更容易被清理。总之,我们越 实践佛法,就越接近涅槃。佛陀体现了无条件的爱, 因此,当我们不知道如何说话或如何做事时,只要想 想佛陀会怎么做,我们就会得到指引。 佛陀教义的基础 《转法轮经》是佛陀最重要的开示,不仅奠定了…

Sharing is Great

Read | Download Preface The Boxing Day Tsunami catastrophe has been the worst natural disaster in the last century. It has left a death toll of almost 300,000. Thailand is one of the countries to have suffered serious damage at its hands. Those losing their lives and suffering damage as a result of this tidal…

AT LAST YOU WIN

Read | Download PREFACE Dhammakaya Foundation 1 January 2011   “Laypeople always worry about obstacles, but there are extraordinary people for whom overcoming them is child’s play.”   Our lives are always challenged by competitions and rivalries in which we are obliged to participate for expected achievement, whether they are significant or insignificant. As a…

East Meets West

Read | Download Preface While Buddhism was born and has prospered in the Oriental world, blessing people with the teachings that guide them towards happy lives and both mental and physical wellbeing, people from the Occidental world have recently become increasingly more interested in Buddhist philosophy as a way to find the answers for their…

The Lord Buddha’s History

Read | Download PREFACE   The noble life of The Lord Buddha and his remarkable historic journey along the path to enlightenment is one of the most illustrious stories known to the world. Admired and recounted in countless ways before, it has served as an untarnished shining example of a righteous and perfect being, searching…