ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE BUDDHA Written & sung by Andrew. J. Williams Produced & performed by Andrew. J. Williams & Roger. J. McLachlan Recorded by Roger. J. McLachlan at Low Note Production Studios Female vocals by My Hong Pham
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)
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1: ENLIGHTENMENT (Buddha) Do no evil, do only good, train your mind. This is the teaching of the Buddha. This is the path to enlightenment.
2: THE SENSES ( A J Williams/R J McLachlan ) In everything we do we want pleasure In what we see In what we hear In what we smell In what we taste In what we touch In what we think We think this is happiness.
3: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? (A J Williams/R J McLachlan ) What does this all mean What is beyond these palace walls There must be more to life Something seems to be missing I feel I am not free I feel I am trapped here It seems things are not what they appear to be Why am I not satisfied? I must see for myself What is beyond these palace walls I must see for myself What is the meaning of life
4. THE FOUR SIGNS ( A J Williams ) This is old age As time passes We all get older Everyone This is sickness It can happen at anytime No one can stop it It can happen to anyone This is death The end of life Everyone will die one day You, me, everyone This is the Holy Way A simple life, free from worldly desire Seeking the meaning of life For the good of everyone
5: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? REPRISE ( A J Williams/R J McLachlan ) We all grow old, get sick and die There must be an end to all this suffering What is the point of living if we must die I must find out the reason why Ah! But that holy man So calm, so at peace He is one who has renounced the world Living so naturally, in harmony Seeking the answer, to the meaning of life I must know for myself, what is the meaning of life.
6: FAREWELL ( A J Williams ) My dear Yosadhara, the time has come for me to leave you and our son I am to assume a more important and responsible role at once. My love and compassion for those who suffer is of greater concern and for the good of all. Since both of you have everything in abundance,I leave you now. Farewell, Farewell, Farewell my love, Farewell. Farewell, Farewell, for the good of all, Farewell. My dear friend Channa, the time has come for me to say goodbye to you. Take these clothes, ornaments, my hair and my sword back to the Palace with you. Give them to my father and tell him I have put on an ascetics robe. From now on, all my effort and time will be used to attain enlightenment. Farewell, Farewell, Farewell royal crown, Farewell. I will not look back until I have achieved my noble aim. Tell my wife and my mother that I am in good health and I am well. There is no need to search for me,at the appropriate time I shall return. Farewell, Farewell, Farewell my friend, Farewell. Farewell, Farewell, for the good of all, Farewell
7: THE MIDDLE PATH ( A J Williams ) (Ascetic) Look, isn't that Prince Siddhartha. He must have left the palace as predicted.We should join him. We can attend to all his needs, until he realizes the supreme truth.
I am concerned for Siddhartha. Six years have gone by. He has eaten very little and look at his body.If he goes on like this, he will surely die.
(Siddhartha) What is this? I just saw the shining pebbles In the clear water and now I don't. Ah yes, now I see the shining pebbles Perhaps if I don't exert myself too much, I will discover the truth. Not too tight, not too loose, not too much, not too little. Walk the middle path
(Cowherd) Sir, this is very strange I bring my cattle to cross this river almost everyday. I have no problems in getting them across. But today they refuse to cross. They look at you in great wonder. Sir, who are you? Where do you come from?
(Siddhartha) Young man, I am a seeker of the truth An ascetic, I come from afar I shall meditate here under this tree Please say nothing about me, no one should know that I'm living here.
(Cowherd) As you wish sir, but please accept my offering of milk for your sustenance.
(Ascetic) Hmm, for nearly six years Siddhartha has been performing austerities without being able to attain the truth. And now, he has resumed begging for food. I am confused. Master, what is the meaning of this? Have you given up the struggle? What are you eating?
(Siddhartha) My friends, we must now avoid all extremes and practice the middle path Not too tight, not too loose, not too much, not too little. Walk the middle path
8: SUJATA'S SONG (A J Williams) Venerable sir, my name is Sujata. I am the village chief's daughter Venerable sir, as a young girl I made a vow, that I would make offerings Here at this tree, if I got a husband of equal status and if our children grow up to be well My wish has been fulfilled Please accept this offering of rice milk And may you be successful In fulfilling your wishes, as I have been.
9: THE STRUGGLE ( A J Williams ) (Siddhartha) If I am to succeed in becoming a Buddha today, let this bowl float upstream. But if not, let it float downstream.
(Mara ) Good sir, what do you hope to achieve? With all this effort and striving, what is it that you need? You are a Royal Prince, return to your palace, lead a life of luxury
(Siddhartha) I will not leave this place, until I have attained the highest wisdom that leads to ever lasting happiness
(Mara) Ha Ha Ha so be it, you foolish one. My charming daughters, I have a simple task for you, seduce that man
(Mara's daughters) Feel it, get up, get up, come on, oh my oh my lordy, get up on your feet, get up on your feet, get up, get up, come on
(Mara) Oh my daughters, you are fools, you have failed me, off with you
Now I summon up the winds of chaos Rise all you forces of darkness Strike him with bolts of fire and destroy this fool
Even my storms of darkness can not drive him from his seat, I have lost, I am defeated
10: THE ENLIGHTENMENT / THE TEACHING (A J Williams)
THE ENLIGHTENMENT The darkness of ignorance has been dispelled and the light of knowledge has arisen. I have finally realized the truth, I have attained supreme enlightenment. I am the Buddha.
THE TEACHING Listen friends, I have found the way to overcome old age, sickness and death. Let me teach you, and if you listen, learn and practice as I tell you, very soon you will know for yourselves, that what I say is true. All phenomena are dependent on conditions, cause and effect. Ignorance is the root of all evil and the cause of all suffering. When it is replaced with wisdom, one realises Nirvana. Avoid all extremes, practice the middle path. The noble eight fold path, which consists of perfect understanding, perfect thought, perfect speech, perfect action, perfect livelihood, perfect effort, perfect mindfulness, perfect concentration. Do no evil, do only good, train your mind, the teaching of the Buddha is the path to enlightenment. For the benefit of all, teach the Dharma, which is excellent in the beginning, in the middle and the end.
11: THE SENSES REPRISE (A J Williams/ R J McLachlan)
Within a tree, there is a flower
Within a rock, there is a flame
Dedication for Most Venerable Thich Nhu Dien
on the ceremonial event of his 70th birthday, and 40 year-milestone for Vien Giac Temple to be established in Germany
Bhikhhu Thích Nguyên Tạng
Translated into English by: Dr Tâm Tịnh, Hoa Chí & Hoa Nghiêm
“Within a tree, there’s a flower, within a rock, there’s a flame” is the dharma taught by Zen Master Dao, recalled by Most Venerable Thich Nhu Dien during his dharmic teachings to which I had good fortune to attend in his dharma-propagating journey to the United States of America in 2006 when I acted as an assistant to him.
Commencing at 10:00 am on Saturday, 6th October 2018
Then every Saturday from 10:00 am to 11:30am
Why do we practice meditation?
Modern life is stressful and impermanent. Meditation is a way of calming the mind and help us to attain more awareness, compassion, happiness, and inner peace. Discover for yourself the inner peace and happiness that arise when your mind becomes still.
The Buddhist community is extremely upset by the inappropriate and disrespectful use of the image of Buddha, The Buddhist community is extremely upset by the inappropriate and disrespectful use of the image of Buddha, in a display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) entitled the 'Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana, the Dying Gaul, Farnese Hercules, Night, Day, Sartyr and Bacchante, Funerary Genius, Achilles, Persian Soldier Fighting, Dancing Faun, Crouching Aphrodite, Narcisse Couché, Othryades the Spartan Dying, the Fall of Icarus, A River, Milo of Croton'. It can also be seen at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/131149/
Although this display has been in place for some months, we have only just been made aware of its' existence. We are not usually outspoken, but this display desecrates the image of Buddha by placing images of these mythical images on him and in doing so, showing no apparent regard or respect for Him.
"Buddhism has taken firm roots in Australia during the last few decades, due in part to people migrating to Australia from various Buddhist cultures and their 2nd generation, who either moved to Australia as children or were born there.
The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism
By Sutra Translation Committee of USA/Canada
This is a revised and expanded edition of The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism. The text is a compendium of excerpts and quotations from some 350 works by monks, nuns, professors, scholars and other laypersons from nine different countries, in their own words or in translation. The editors have merely organized the material, adding a few connecting thoughts of their own for ease in reading.
Imagine if the whole world practised meditation. If everybody in the world had the opportunity to get to know their mind. To clearly perceive the wholesome mental qualities that need to be adopted, nurtured and perfected, as well as the unwholesome mental afflictions that need to be relinquished and eradicated, and then implemented the invaluable meditation methods taught by the Buddha. I think that you may agree that all wars and conflicts would be pacified, and peace and understanding would pervade the world. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, “If every eight year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation."
When you hear something about Buddhism in the daily news you usually think of it having a background of huge idols and yellow-robed monks, with a thick atmosphere of incense fumes. You never feel that there is anything in it for you, except, maybe, an exotic spectacle.
Nguyện đem công đức này, trang nghiêm Phật Tịnh Độ, trên đền bốn ơn nặng, dưới cứu khổ ba đường, nếu có người thấy nghe, đều phát lòng Bồ Đề, hết một báo thân này, sinh qua cõi Cực Lạc.
May the Merit and virtue,accrued from this work, adorn the Buddhas pureland, Repay the four great kindnesses above, andrelieve the suffering of those on the three paths below, may those who see or hear of these efforts generates Bodhi Mind, spend their lives devoted to the Buddha Dharma, the Land of Ultimate Bliss.