Seeking a Path
as the ocean has only one taste -- that of salt -- this Dhamma-Vinaya has
web site will, to begin with, mirror much of the material on two related
web sites: the Chieng Mai
Dhamma Study Group and the Ñanavira Thera Dhamma Page.
Over time, I will be upgrading all the material to comply with standards for usability and accessability (XHTML/CSS and WAI), then adding new material and evolving the site in such a way as to gradually develop its own specific identity.
"What is the
ripening of suffering? ... I say that suffering ripens either
There are currently three books in this section. The Buddha's Teaching In His Own Words presents that teaching in dramatic and vivid form: we are told everything we need to know and nothing we don't. Getting to Know Buddhism is a fine introduction to Buddhism, containing a detailed outline of the teachings of Buddhism and of its history, with special emphasis on the position of Buddhism in Thai society. Getting Off: A Portrait is the autobiography of a Western monk, unusual in its honesty, wit and depth of insight.
|Venerable P. A. Payutto (Ven. Phra Dhammapitaka) is widely acknowledged as Thailand's foremost Buddhist scholar. He has taught extensively in Thailand and also in the West. His experience and interest in both Eastern and Western cultures provide him with a rare scope for presenting Buddhist teachings and principles to modern sensibilities.|
|To apply the Buddha's advice and instructions is to be practising the Dhamma (the Teaching). This is to take the Buddha's Teaching personally. If one takes that Teaching personally enough, one is practising Dhamma (the way things are in themselves, unappropriated and unconceived). The Buddha's Teaching then has a conclusion, at which point one can finally relax: there is no longer anything new to be experienced.|
|The way to see is by seeing. Those who are blind, knowing nothing of sight, cannot even know their blindness. Indeed, ignorance is the one thing that must be understood in order to be free from ignorance. Whatever is said that spurs one to make the effort to see is well said. No amount of erudition will substitute for a call to action.|
|The purpose of Purpose.
What should I do? (This is the question of Ethics.) No ethical action exists in isolation from a goal, a purpose. Our goal is to have goals, or a goal. Goals seek unification, a Purpose, purposes being way-stations.
Ethical action tends to be self-limiting.
Unethical action tends to be self-perpetuating.
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Some superior links:
- Theravada Buddhism is presented with great depth and sensitivity, in a huge library of fine documents, at Access to Insight.
- For those individuals eager to deal with the fundamental problem of personal existence, the Ñanavira Thera Dhamma Page may clear the path.
This site was last updated on December 27, 2546/2003
Introduction to Buddhism | Ven. P. A. Payutto Page
Practising Dhamma | Anthology | Reflections
"How will we live, seeing we have to die?"