1. UNIVERSAL LOVE reprise (A J Williams) May all sentient beings be happy May they live in safety & joy All sentient beings, whether weak or strong Great or small, short or tall Seen or unseen, near or distant Born or to be born, may they all be happy
2. DEAL OF GOLD (A J Williams) (Student) Teacher, what are those people singing? (Teacher) The Buddha's words on Universal Love (Student) What does it mean? Please explain. Please teach us where, when & why it was taught (Teacher) Very well my young friends, first I will teach you about the place where it was spoken It was known as Jetavana Monastery Near the city of Savatthi Now, Anathapindika was a very rich man Known for his generosity Also known as the friend of the poor Who was respected & loved by all When the Buddha accepted his invitation To come to teach in Savatthi He set out in search of a suitable location To offer to the Buddha He soon discovered a beautiful place Known as Prince Jeta's Grove So he approached the Prince To seek permission to buy his land, he said “Your Royal Highness I would like to buy this land from you To offer to the Lord Buddha Please advise, what is your price?” At first the Prince had no intention Of selling his land to the rich man But testing his devotion & honesty He responded jokingly, he said “Not even if you can cover this whole place with all of your gold, will I sell it to you” Anathapindika replied “Ok, I will buy it at that price With all the gold it takes to cover the land” Now the Prince was impressed By his pure motivation He said, “Due to your pure intentions & your generous attitude I now agree to sell it to you” So the friend of the poor began to cover the grove with his gold
3. GOLDEN GENEROSITY (A J Williams & R J McLachlan) Now with most of the Grove covered with gold Inspired by generosity, the Prince asked “May I be allowed to donate the rest of the land, along with all of the trees?” Anathapindika agreed & all were happy Then the Prince had the gateway built Using all the gold he'd received & the rich man built the Monastery Along with all of the facilities & this my friends is how The place where the Buddha gave the teaching on Universal Love, came to be. Therefore, we should develop & practice generosity
4. PROMISE (A J Williams) And so my young friends the next time we meet I promise to teach you when & why The Lord Buddha gave the teaching On Universal Love & now I would like to invite All living beings to sing his words
5. UNIVERSAL LOVE reprise (A J Williams) May all sentient beings be happy. May they live in safety & joy. All sentient beings, whether weak or strong, Great or small, short or tall, Seen or unseen, near or distant, Born or to be born, may they all be happy.
6. ONE PEOPLE (A J Williams) Different color, one people Different language, one people Different country, one people Living in a world with so much love to give Though we are different, we are the same Though we are many, we really are one So let's live in peace, live in harmony Live with hope, that all the people be free Peace is harmony Hoping that the people of the world be free Different religion, one people Different tradition, one people Different culture, one people Living in a world with so much love to give Though we are different, we are the same Though we are many, we really are one So let's live in peace, live in harmony Live with hope, that all the people be free Peace is harmony Hoping that the people of the world be free Different faith, one people Different belief, one people Different way, one people
7. PERFECT PLACE (A J Williams) Now my young friends, I will tell you when & why The Buddha’s teaching on Universal Love came to be In those days, just before the rains retreat Disciples would come to see the Buddha To receive instruction on particular techniques of meditation Suitable to their individual temperaments & needs Then they would go to a suitable location For meditation, in the hope of liberation It is said, that a certain 500 monks Came to the Supreme Master, at Jetavana Monastery And after they had received their instructions Went in search of a place to practice diligently They soon found a perfect place At the foothills of the Himalayas By its beauty, they were captivated It appeared like a glistening blue quartz crystal With a cool, dense, green forest grove & a stretch of ground strewn with sand Like a pearl net or a silver sheet With a clean spring of cool water & villages and market town nearby, a Perfect Place
8. REVERENCE (A J Williams) So they spent the night & in the morning Went to the town for alms The people of the villages, were overjoyed to see them As it was rare to see monks in these parts So filled with devotion, they fed the monks & requested them to, “stay here as our guests" They said “We promise to take care of all of your needs So you can meditate in the shade of the ancient trees” The monks agreed, settling down contently Each selected a tree, to practice by day & night Now it is said, that these great trees Were inhabited by deities Who had built a celestial mansion, using the trees as its base & as virtue is revered by all, even more so by deities Out of reverence, they did not want to remain above the monks & came down from their homes & stood aside with their families
9. CELESTIAL BALLET (A J Williams) From a distance, the deities remained, watching & waiting Growing anxious to return to their homes They had thought the monks would only stay for a while But day after day passed, with no sign of them leaving So the deities decided to scare the monks away With terrifying visions, noises & smells
10. OBSTACLES & FEARS (A J Williams & R J McLachlan) And so the deities created these terrifying conditions & soon the monks grew pale & could no longer meditate Terrifying objects, dreadful noises, Sickening smells, distracted minds The monks all shared their experiences with their elder Who said ”Let us go to the blessed one & place our problem before him” So they set out at once to seek advice from the Buddha
11.THE SOLUTION (A J Williams) After the monks had related their experiences to the Lord Buddha He advised them to return to the same location As it was the perfect place for them to purify their minds For meditation & to achieve liberation He said “Fear-not! To be free from the harassment Caused by the deities, learn this teaching It will be a theme for your meditation As well as a formula for protection & healing” & so the Buddha gave the teaching Which they all memorized & reverently took their leave & journeyed back to that perfect place Constantly reciting & meditating on the Buddha’s words on Universal Love
12. LIBERATION (A J Williams) Nearing the forest, the hearts of the deities Were now filled with friendship & good will So they materialized themselves in human form Welcoming the monks with great respect & hospitality Causing water & food to be supplied They reverently made offerings Then resuming their normal form, extend an invitation To stay & meditate, without fear or hesitation Throughout the rains retreat, the deities protected them & caused the place to be free from all noise & distraction In perfect silence, they practised their meditations & for the good of all, attained liberation Such is the power of Universal Love Infinite are the blessings for those who live this way So my friends, I encourage you & all living beings To sing the Buddha’s words on Universal Love
13. UNIVERSAL LOVE (A J Williams) This is the work for those who are skilled & peaceful, who seek the good May they be able & upright, honest, of gentle speech & not proud May they be content & easily supported Unburdened with their senses calmed May they be wise, not arrogant & without desire for the possessions of others May they do nothing mean, or that the wise would reprove May all sentient beings be happy May they live in safety & joy All sentient beings, whether weak or strong Great or small, short or tall Seen or unseen, near or distant Born or to be born, may they all be happy Let no-one deceive or despise another being in any state Let none by anger or hatred wish harm upon another Just as a mother would protect Her only child with her life Even so, let one cultivate a boundless love Toward all sentient beings Let one radiate that boundless love Towards the entire world Above, below & in all directions Without hindrance, without ill will, without enmity Standing or walking, sitting or lying down During all one’s waking hours May one remain mindful of this heart & this way of living that is the best in the world Unattached to speculations, views & sense desires With clear vision, such a person Will never be reborn in the cycles of suffering Forever free & happy
14. MERIT DEDICATION (A J Williams) May the merit made by me Now or at some other time Be shared by all sentient beings here By rejoicing in this cause This gift of merits given by me May all sentient beings live a happy life Be free from hatred & may they find the path secure & their good wishes all succeed
Come and join us for this multicultural celebration of the
Buddha’s Birth Enlightenment and Passing
Its a Free Event - All Welcome
Vesak Procession & Commemoration in the City of Melbourne.
10am - 3.30pm, Saturday 27 May
Come along to celebrate one of the most important days in the Buddhist Calendar and together commemorate the Buddha’s universal peace message for the world.
ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE BUDDHA
Written by Andrew. J. Williams
Produced and performed by Andrew. J. Williams and Roger. J. McLachlan
Recorded by Roger. J. McLachlan
01 Enlightenment (Buddha)
02 The Senses (Williams/McLachlan)
03 What is the Meaning of Life? (Williams/McLachlan)
04 The Four Signs (Williams)
05 What is the Meaning of Life? Reprise (Williams/McLachlan)
06 Farewell (Williams)
07 The Middle Path (Williams)
08 Sujata’s Song (Williams)
09 The Struggle (Williams)
10 The Enlightenment/The Teaching (Williams)
11 The Senses Reprise (Williams/McLachlan)
Hôm nay là ngày 22/2/2017, chúng tôi, phái đoàn Phật giáo Việt Nam, đã được anh Norway mời đến văn phòng để cầu nguyện bình an cho công ty. Nhân đây, chúng tôi xin chia sẻ đến toàn thể quý vị những bước chân thiền hành đem đến sự an lạc cho quý vị ngay trong giây phút này.
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The Vesak Friendship Dinner brings our diverse and growing VictorianBuddhist community together for a social evening, vegetarian cuisine and traditional and cultural performances by groups from across Melbourne.
Recently I was asked why I love Buddhism. So here are 7 answers for why I love, appreciate, respect, study, practise and share the precious Buddha Dharma.
Some answers are short and sweet, while others are in more detail. Of course I could give many more answers and more details, however I've kept it to just 7, for the benefit of easy reading.
Don't live like a fish in Egypt, a frog in a well, or an emu or ostrich with its head in the sand.
1) "Don’t be like a fish in Egypt, and live in denial (the Nile river). LOL."
This quote, or joke with meaning, "Don't be like a fish in Egypt, and live in denial (the Nile River)", was something that just popped out of my mouth while teaching a Dharma class a few years ago at a monthly half-day Buddhist youth retreat.
The classes were simply entitled 'Q&A' and we would give each class a name that related to the subject matter at the end of the class. The subject matter was determined by the questions asked by the students.
Every morning when I read the news, there are so many reports on war and destruction happening all over the world. This sometimes leads me to feel overwhelmed, helpless and somewhat guiltyfor the relatively peaceful life I have. How do Itransform these feelings of sadness, anger and helplessness into something a lot more productive and constructive?
Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World | BBC Documentary | with English Subtitles, Over thirty years ago I sat and watched a programme on British television about Tutankhamen. I still remember the frisson - the realisation that the stories I'd heard; of boy-kings dripping in gold; of hidden burial chambers and court intrigue could, sometimes, be true.
That BBC documentary was inspirational. I've been fortunate enough to spend my adult life following my own research interests - and delight in being able to share the results with a wider public.
In India in the 6th century BC, Sakyamuni, "a wise man of the Sakya tribe", had been meditating under a tree when, suddenly, he was struck with the comprehension of all things. He became Buddha, meaning the « Illuminated ». His message, based on a pragmatic philosophy, taught how to free oneself from all needs in order to achieve illumination. After the death of the Enlightened One, his disciples – a few monks – began to spread his teachings all over India, from Ceylon to the Himalayan. Fearing man’s penc