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THE SIGN - A GREAT MESSAGE
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 09 January 2011 00:25

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet.

He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"

The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it."

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

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Raga-vinaya Sutta: The Subduing of Passion
Written by Ven.Wellawatte Seelagawesi   
Monday, 29 November 2010 14:31

Raga-vinaya Sutta: The Subduing of Passion

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

© 1998–2010

 

"Monks, these four types of individuals are to be found existing in the world. Which four? The one who practices for his/her own benefit but not for that of others. The one who practices for the benefit of others but not for his/her own. The one who practices neither for his/her own benefit nor for that of others. The one who practices for his/her own benefit and for that of others.

 

"And who is the individual who practices for his/her own benefit but not for that of others? There is the case where a certain individual practices for the subduing of passion within him/herself but doesn't encourage others in the subduing of passion; practices for the subduing of aversion within him/herself but doesn't encourage others in the subduing of aversion; practices for the subduing of delusion within him/herself but doesn't encourage others in the subduing of delusion. Such is the individual who practices for his/her own benefit but not for that of others.

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Efficiency and Proficiency
Written by Bhante Seelagawsei Thero   
Saturday, 20 November 2010 14:41

Unless we appreciate the problem, we never grow ourselves to find the solution.  Trust is one of the best mental factors that makes us strong to overcome our problems.  Concentration is the best friend of trust and they invite wisdom.

We become efficient because of wisdom.  Efficiency makes the perfect structure of the solution in a beautiful manner.  The progress of our efficiency to lead the life with proper answers may inherit proficiency of the mind.  This mental condition is very helpful to attend every difficulty and succeed the life without much effort.

 

The world is full of difficulties.  But it is useless to be afraid and escape.  Let's be aware of trust and develop concentration. Then we would be able to taste the life of blameless.

 

May everyone be mindful and find wisdom through meditation!

 
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