Whoever does no wrong
is restrained in these three ways:
he's what I call
Not by matted hair,
by clan, or by birth,
is one a brahman.
Whoever has truth
he is a pure one,
he, a brahman.
Sarnath wrote:Namaste Blackbird
Thank you for the links. I was very happy to notice in the "learn some more about the Buddha's teachings" (where I went to first), the very first reference came from Ven. S Dhammika! I had just started reading a book "Middle Land Middle Way A Pilgrim's Guide to Buddha's India"! There is a map in this wonderful book, which shows Nalanda. This brought back memories of learning and being instructed about this great center of learning by a beloved college Professor in my University days decades ago when I was young.
Sarnath wrote:I have much to explore. Honestly, there will be adjustments in my experience. I notice that the Venerable Dhammika says that the Buddha was not a God. I am not saying He was, but there was special circumstances to His birth and the visions involved, His Mother, and so on. Honestly, it will be difficult for me not to have a concept which does not consider Him as having been gifted with Divine endowment even from the very beginning.
Multiplying the body into many bodies, then collapsing it into one again
Vanishing and appearing at will (invisibility)
Passing through solid objects as if through space (intangibility)
Rising and sinking in the ground as if in the water
Walking on water as if on land
Touching anything at any distance (e.g. the moon or sun)
Traveling to other worlds (like the world of Brahma) with or without the body
Sarnath wrote:Besides Buddhism in India, I did visit a Korean Buddhist meditation temple decades ago in the US, and a Mahayana Chinese Buddhist Temple on several occasions also in the US. But I always connect back to India. I will be going to India again soon. But before I go, I am wondering about a Theravada Temple to visit. If someone can message me, I will let the kind person know where I will be in the next few weeks, as I am thinking of visiting such a temple. However, I fully admit, I am very much of a typical grihastya in that I participate but am not a philosopher.
I looked up the picture of Ven. S. Dhammika on the internet. I am surprised, he is a "Caucasian" from Australia, as I was expecting a Sri Lankan or a Thai, or an Indian or Singalese. He seems very, very nice.
I noticed this book I am reading now, it was published in Kandy (Lanka) by the Buddhist Publication Society. This reminded me, when I was a teenager I wrote to a Kandy based Buddhist Society for books (well, actually these were almost always small books, almost pamphlets actually) and some had titles such as "Bodhi Leaves". I almost wonder if that was the very same Buddhist Publication Society. But perhaps not, that was long ago.
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