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Forgiveness - the only way to free yourself from the past
Written by Ven. Londonaye Dammagawesi Thero   
Saturday, 08 August 2009 03:46

The Buddha has shown in many discourses how individuals free themselves from defilements and their consequences. One needs to appreciate a few things within themselves, if they are to adopt the practice of forgiveness. This is the only way to free oneself from the past, so one can prepare towards enlightenment. 

One needs to first realise that we are all, a heap of memories of our past and hopes and plans of the future. The present is about experiencing the consequences of the past, and collecting more memory through sensory contact. There is a lengthy explanation as to how this is achieved.  It is best that one accepts that this is what happens or this also can happen (with a reasonable level of scepticism). Amongst the fundamentals that one needs to understand about oneself is, why one “saves and hordes” all these memories. We store experiences of kind, compassionate, pleasant, happy, good, right, generous, and forgiving, events, and we also have experiences of angry, hateful, unpleasant, unhappy, bad, wrong, selfish, revengeful, and events.  While we have pleasant outcomes from the store of pleasant experiences, funnily, we seem to have the unpleasant ones in the forefront of our minds and they seem to preoccupy our existence with paranoia. 

A letter to MYSELF to remind myself of this rare oppertunity ............
Written by Ven. Londonaye Dammagawesi Thero   
Friday, 31 July 2009 09:00
Here is a little “timeless letter” I sent to myself, to remind myself of the rare opportunity of becoming a human being...................

..... I should never think that anything is too far away to achieve; never think that “the Dhamma" is too hard to grasp; that this time it doesn't count; that this time I just need to feel, until all of the feelings are gone; that this time it is better to soak in my own emotions.

Please, for my own sake, I should not wallow in my own crisis, in the depression, nor exaggerate my emotions. I should be honest and truthful to myself.

I must just remember when I last sat here ...... having just remembered the harsh things I said and did in the past, having forgiven myself for all of these incidents. I felt very different. I feel very different. The harder I pursued them, the longer these feelings lasted.

Please, for my own sake, let me be able to look at myself, look at my ego, look at the attention and recognition I seek, look at the fame I aspire to. Let me look at the unpleasantness this has created within me. I do not want to pretend that these feelings are not there. I want to consider & accept all these feelings. Look at why I have continued to "nurture" these qualities for so long!!!!
Buddhism more scientific than modern science
Written by Ven. Londonaye Dammagawesi Thero   
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 00:00
Dear Dhamma friends & readers .... I have attached this note from Most Ven Ajhan Brahmavanso from Perth, just as a reminder for myself, as to how I was conditioned to this material world and how science took over my life and the process of reasoning. ( please respect everybody’s opinion) Thank you Bikku Dhammagawesi

Ven. Ajahn Brahmavamso reflects on Buddhism's enduring significance .....

I used to be a scientist. I did Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University , hanging out in the same building as the later-to-be-famous Professor Stephen Hawking. I became disillusioned with such science when, as an insider, I saw how dogmatic some scientists could be.
A dogma, according to the dictionary, is an arrogant declaration of an opinion. This was a fitting description of the science that I saw in the labs of Cambridge . Science had lost its sense of humility. Egotistical opinion prevailed over the impartial search for Truth. My favourite aphorism from that time was: "The eminence of a great scientist, is measured by the length of time that they OBSTRUCT PROGRESS in their field"!

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