BUDDHISTS are oft en told to take refuge in the Triple Gem, and many believe that they actually do. Do We Go to the Triple Gem for Refuge? provides indisputable evidence from the Pāli Canon as well as sound reasons to show
the fallacy of such a pervasive and long-held misconception.
In the process of clearly disti nguishing the Triple Gem from the Triple Refuge and explaining the range of Buddhist faith, Do We Go to the Triple Gem for Refuge? reveals that during the Buddha’s ti me, Buddhists did not take refuge in the Triple Gem. Rather, they were encouraged to have faith in the abstract ideal qualiti es of the Buddha, Dhamma and Community of noble ones (sāvaka·Saṅgha)—only some of which are included in the Triple Gem—while they actually went to Gotama Buddha, his Dhamma Teaching and the Community of monks (bhikkhu·Saṅgha) for refuge.
With this astonishing revelati on, Do We Go to the Triple Gem for Refuge? hopes to alert all practi sing Buddhists to the need for more cauti on in their acceptance and practi ce of what is claimed to be the Buddha’s Teaching.
Practitioners walking the spiritual path to awakening are often confused as to which meditation methodnis really correct. Some teachers, each claiming his is the method, tend to dismiss other methods taught by other teachers as wrong. Meditators argue with one another over the same issue. What is the Truth?
Awaken to Truth in Harmony: A Trilogy byâyasmà Aggacitta gives us an overview of this unhealthy state within the Buddhist community today and shows us how we can awaken to a wide range of Truth in peace and with harmony.
In “Coping With a Handful of Leaves”, he urges meditators to coexist peacefully, each practising the method that works best for him, as what works for one may not work for another. “Harmony in Diversity” shows how, using doctrinal as well as experiential criteria, meditators can be guided along the Path as to the method of practice that is correct for him. “Be Truthful About Truth” reminds us that even if one is right, it doesn’t mean that others are wrong, as no one has a monopoly on Truth—not even Buddhists.
Killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and taking intoxicants are muversally censurable. One who does these things is considered immoral while one who abstains from them, morally virtuous;and they are karmically responsible for their actions-whether or not they have undertaken the precepts. Nonetheless, undertaking the precepts can help reinforce kindly dispositions and change unkindly ones.
In this booklet, Ayasma Aggacitta elucidates the positive and negative consequences respectively of undertaking the precepts and committing these censurable deeds, giving practical advice on how this is applicable in daily life. And he assures us that it is really not that difficult to keep the precepts- for if we are patient and persevering, they will eventually become so automatic that we need not even have to make any conscious effort to check our behaviour.
The Importance of Being Morally Virtuous is certainly a practical manual and inspiring companion for the aspiring lay Buddhist practitioner.
Can any one method of vipassana meditation claim superiority over another? Then again, is it true that absorption concentration is an absolute
prerequisite to vipassana? These are some of the perennial debates that haunt Buddhists walking diverse roads to liberation from samsara.
In Coping with a Handful of Leaves, Ven Aggacitta touches on these issues with reference to the Pali
scriptures and contemporary experiences. He reminds us that we should not allow our differences to become a source of disagreement and a cause of
disunity. Rather, he urges us to practise unconditional love, mutual respect and sympathetic joy as a means of transmuting our discriminative energy into positive
qualities such as strength and unity within the richness of diversity.
Coping with a Handful of Leaves does not only encourage yogis to be brave enough to try other methods of meditation if the first one they have been introduced to is not suitable. It would also help to bring about a paradigm shift in the mental attitude of
yogis, irrespective of their methods of meditation.
From these references we can make the following conclusions:
1. The canonical procedure of dedicating merits is actually
• Perform dana
• At the end of the dana, dedicate the merits by saying:
“May the merits and the great meritorious fruits of
this dana be for the happiness of so-and-so.”
2. One can still gain merit by rejoicing in others’ meritorious
deeds regardless of whether the meritorious deeds had
been dedicated to one.
The kathina ceremony is now an internationally established celebration where the Sangha
and the laity meet to participate in mutually rewarding, meritorious activities. Throughout
the centuries, the way of carrying out the ceremony has changed with local interpretations,
practices and customs. How much has deviated from the original scriptural tradition—
how much is in accordance with the scriptures and how much is mere invention? In this
booklet, Venerable Aggacitta Bhikkhu combines his scriptural knowledge and practical
experience to scrutinise the kathina ceremony through two articles:
The Scriptural Tradition of Kathina
Kathina Benefits—Illusion, Delusion & Resolution
Buku kecil ini yang dicetak bersempena dengan hari Kathina SASANARAKKHA
BUDDHIST SANCTUARY pada tahun 2003 merupakan kertas yang dikemukakan oleh Bhante Aggacitta dalam forum “Peranan Sangha dalam Alaf Baru” pada Persidangan Global Buddhisme yang diadakan di Shah Alam, Malaysia pada Disember 2002. Ia menerangkan secara terperinci rasional dan perlunya pelbagai jenis biarawan yang terlatih dalam masyarakat moden ini.
SASANARAKKHA BUDDHIST SANCTUARY, sebuah pusat latihan biarawan yang bersandar di antara anakanak sungai dan lembah
This booklet, published in conjunction with SASANARAKKHA BUDDHIST SANCTUARY'S KATHINA 2003, is the paper that Ven Aggacitta presented in the Forum "Role of the Sangha in the New Millennium" at the Global Conference on Buddhism held in Shah Alam, Malaysia, in December 2002. It explains in detail the rationale and the need for different types of well-trained monks in modern day society.
SASANARAKKHA BUDDHIST SANCTUARY, a monk training centre nestled among secluded valleys and brooks near Taiping, Perak, Malaysia, aims to fulfil this role of the Sangha that Venerable