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Post by Dhammarakkhito » Tue May 08, 2018 2:04 am

William Frank Parker, a double murderer with a nasty habit of slugging corrections officers, was doing time in solitary confinement one day when he asked a prison guard, somewhat impolitely, for a Bible to read.

The guard, his sense of humor stimulated by Parker's insolence, opened the cell door, tossed in a copy of a Buddhist tract known as the Dhammapada, and slammed the door shut. Parker, with little else to do, began to read.

In his final words, Parker, 42, invoked his Buddist beliefs: "I seek refuge in the Buddha. I seek refuge in the Dharma. I seek refuge in the Sangha."

Si-Fu William Frank Parker was executed by injection in Arkansas on Thursday night for killing his ex-wife's parents in 1984 because he felt they broke up his marriage.

After he took office from former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker last month, Gov. Mike Huckabee advanced the execution date of Parker by six weeks, saying the victims' family had suffered long enough.

In his final words, Parker invoked his Buddhist beliefs: "I seek refuge in the Buddha. I seek refuge in the Dharma. I seek refuge in the Sangha.''
http://murderpedia.org/male.P/p1/parker-frank.htm
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Post by Dhammarakkhito » Tue May 08, 2018 2:05 am

Parker said that he was remorseful, but that he had not written Ms. Bratcher because any apology would be inadequate. "What are you going to do?" he asked. "Say, 'Sorry I killed your Mom and Dad?' "

But he also mocks Ms. Bratcher's devotion to his demise. "My death is her life," he said, "and when I die, she's going to be lost."

..."My friends on death row used to say, 'If you think those Buddhists are going to get you off death row, forget it. Those Buddhists love death,' " he said. "I don't want to die. But I'm ready. In fact, I'm sort of looking forward to the journey. I've studied it for so long."
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Post by dylanj » Tue May 08, 2018 5:35 am

still need to find cheap bulk dhammapadas
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Post by Dhammarakkhito » Tue May 08, 2018 5:43 am

the buddharakkhita version english only is 19 pages
"Just as the ocean has a single taste — that of salt — in the same way, this Dhamma-Vinaya has a single taste: that of release."
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Post by dylanj » Tue May 08, 2018 5:47 am

where
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Post by Sam Vara » Tue May 08, 2018 6:31 am

In the UK, there is a prison chaplaincy service called Angulimala.

https://angulimala.org.uk/

It distributes literature, offers advice, visits and meditation sessions, etc. for prisoners with an interest in Buddhism. Friends of mine are involved as voluntary prison visitors.

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Post by Dhammarakkhito » Tue May 08, 2018 6:37 am

sādhu 3
"Just as the ocean has a single taste — that of salt — in the same way, this Dhamma-Vinaya has a single taste: that of release."
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Post by LG2V » Tue May 08, 2018 6:39 am

It's a brilliant idea. Hopefully, the prisons (slave plantations) will allow inmates to read them.
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Post by Nicolas » Tue May 08, 2018 1:21 pm

dylanj wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 5:47 am
where
Here, you can find the Ven. Buddharkkhita's translation of the Dhammapada in a printable PDF format.
The booklet format is only 22 pages to print.
Once printed, all you need to do is to carefully staple it twice to bind it.

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Post by dylanj » Tue May 08, 2018 5:15 pm

Nicolas wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 1:21 pm
dylanj wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 5:47 am
where
Here, you can find the Ven. Buddharkkhita's translation of the Dhammapada in a printable PDF format.
The booklet format is only 22 pages to print.
Once printed, all you need to do is to carefully staple it twice to bind it.
\m/ :anjali:
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Post by BKh » Tue May 08, 2018 6:04 pm

Should be noted that the coppyright release on Ven Buddharakkhita's edition stipulates that not more than 50 copies be printed without their permission. To buy coppies directly from BPS would not actually be that expensive if someone was coming back from Sri Lanka. They might even give a discount.

Also should be mentioned that the one available for download from that site (which was created from Accesstoinsight) is an older edition than the one that is available for sale. The 22 sheet version also does not include the foot notes or Bhante Bodhi's excellent introduction (You can also download it from the link above as a seperate booklet.) His introduction serves really as an introduction to Buddhism and would make the text itself many times more valuable to a beginner than an edition without.
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Post by dylanj » Thu May 17, 2018 8:26 am

picking up 10 dhammapadas from officedepot tomorrow, spent under $35...
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Post by dylanj » Mon May 28, 2018 8:22 am

mailed one so far, not to a prisoner though
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Re: mail dhammapadas to prisoners or prison libraries

Post by LuisR » Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:24 am

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 2:04 am
William Frank Parker, a double murderer with a nasty habit of slugging corrections officers, was doing time in solitary confinement one day when he asked a prison guard, somewhat impolitely, for a Bible to read.

The guard, his sense of humor stimulated by Parker's insolence, opened the cell door, tossed in a copy of a Buddhist tract known as the Dhammapada, and slammed the door shut. Parker, with little else to do, began to read.

In his final words, Parker, 42, invoked his Buddist beliefs: "I seek refuge in the Buddha. I seek refuge in the Dharma. I seek refuge in the Sangha."

Si-Fu William Frank Parker was executed by injection in Arkansas on Thursday night for killing his ex-wife's parents in 1984 because he felt they broke up his marriage.

After he took office from former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker last month, Gov. Mike Huckabee advanced the execution date of Parker by six weeks, saying the victims' family had suffered long enough.

In his final words, Parker invoked his Buddhist beliefs: "I seek refuge in the Buddha. I seek refuge in the Dharma. I seek refuge in the Sangha.''
http://murderpedia.org/male.P/p1/parker-frank.htm
It is shame the way his life turned out but this story was actually very inspiring. It touched me. Thanks for sharing.

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