Welcome to our online Sangha sponsored by the International Sangha of the Venerable Light. The International Sangha is a physical community in Tibet and China, founded by Ajahn Jyoti. To facilitate practice for those who live in distant areas or far a part from one another, this online group was established. The physical Sangha meets twice each day for meditation and other practices (morning and evening). It is my hope that this online Sangha will serve our Dhamma (Dharma) brothers and sisters, lay persons and monks who might be residing in isolated areas to come together and share in the practices similar to those in the physical Sangha.
Each day the practices are the same, except for Tuesdays when we recite the Prayer of Streams in the morning before the regular daily meditation texts. In most cases, on Saturdays a short lesson, usually based on one of the texts, will be made available.
In the mornings or evenings from the 1st through the 26th of the month, we read and contemplate on an assigned chapter from the Dhammapada.
Guests are welcome to participate in this group without being members of the physical Sangha. Questions about Monijiao should be posted over at http://mithranet.com/home/groups/monijiao/ Suttas (Sutras) can be accessed at http://mithranet.com/home/groups/monijiao-sacred-texts/
I do not say that the attainment of profound knowledge comes straight away; on the contrary, it comes by a gradual training, a gradual doing, a gradual practice.
○● The Majjhima Nikaya
Behold the words of the wise Lord.
Here in the world one should train carefully to purify virtue; for virtue when well cultivated
brings all success to hand.
Not harming living beings, not speaking lies, taking nothing in all the world unasked, nor going to the wives of other men.
And never drinking intoxicants: One who gives up these five…[Read more]
Whatever one keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.
○● The Dvedhavitakka Sutta: Two Sorts of Thinking
Do not wage wordy warfare, saying: ‘You don’t understand this Dhamma and discipline, I understand this Dhamma and discipline’; ‘How could you understand it?
You have fallen into wrong practices: I have the right practice’; ‘You have said afterwards what you should have said first, and you have said first what you should have said afterwards.…[Read more]
These are the direct and correct antidotes to the faulty ideas.
He investigates them with the power of wisdom, and rejects them like a snake’s carcass.
He should not remember those ideas, not attend to them, but become one who is otherwise engaged.
He should be like someone who, not wanting to see a certain sight-object, just closes his eyes;…[Read more]
In the discipline of a noble one is there the unexcelled development of the faculties?
There is the case where, when seeing a form with the eye, there arises in a monk what is agreeable, what is disagreeable, what is agreeable & disagreeable.
He discerns that ‘This agreeable thing has arisen in me, this disagreeable thing… this agreeable &…[Read more]
For one who desires long life, health, beauty, heaven, & noble birth, lavish delights, one after another.
The wise praise heedfulness in performing deeds of merit.
When heedful, wise, you achieve both kinds of benefit: benefits in this life, & benefits in lives to come.
By breaking through to your benefit, you’re called enlightened,…[Read more]
“Imagine that the whole earth was covered with water, and that a man were to throw a yoke with a hole in it into the water.
Blown by the wind, that yoke would drift north, south, east and west.
Now suppose that once in a hundred years a blind turtle were to rise to the surface.
What would be the chances of that turtle putting his head…[Read more]
You shouldn’t chase after the past or place expectations on the future.
What is past is left behind.
The future is as yet unreached.
Whatever quality is present you clearly see right there, right there.
Not taken in, unshaken, that’s how you develop the heart.
Ardently doing what should be done today,
for — who knows? — tomorrow dea…[Read more]
It is indeed a fault for one, Who returns anger for anger.
Not giving anger for anger, One wins a double victory.
He behaves for the good of both: Himself and the other person.
Knowing well the other’s anger, He is mindful and remains calm.
In this way he is healing both: Himself and the other person.
The people who think “He’s a fool,” Just…[Read more]
The Blessed One said:
“It’s because of not understanding and not penetrating four things that we have wandered & transmigrated on such a long, long time, you & I. Which four?
“It’s because of not understanding and not penetrating noble virtue that we have wandered & transmigrated on such a long, long time, you & I.
“It’s because of not…[Read more]
Blessed Sunday October 22nd, 2017.
The living are soft and yielding; the dead are rigid and stiff.
Living plants are flexible and tender; the dead are brittle and dry.
Those who are stiff and rigid are the disciples of death.
Those who are soft and yielding are the disciples of life.
The rigid and stiff will be broken. The…[Read more]
Mara stood in the Awakened One’s presence.
And to that Mara, speaking thus, the Blessed One said this:
Sensual passions are your first army.
Your second is called Discontent.
Your third is Hunger & Thirst.
Your fourth is called Craving.
Fifth is Sloth & Drowsiness.
Sixth is called Terror.
Your seventh is Uncertainty.
Hypocrisy &…[Read more]
Having killed what? Do you sleep in ease?
Having killed what? Do you not grieve?
Of the slaying of what one thing?
Does Gotama approve?
The Awakened One:
Having killed anger you sleep in ease.
Having killed anger you do not grieve.
The noble ones praise the slaying of anger — with its honeyed crest & poison root — for having killed it you…[Read more]
What are the highest of Blessings?!
Many deities and men longing for happiness have pondered on (the question of) blessings.
Pray tell me what the highest blessings are!
The Awakened One responded:
Not to associate with the foolish, but to associate with the wise, and to honor those worthy of honor — this is the highest blessing.
To reside i…[Read more]
Speak only the speech that neither torments self nor does harm to others.
That speech is truly well spoken.
Speak only endearing speech, speech that is welcomed.
Speech when it brings no evil to others is pleasant.
Truth, indeed, is deathless speech:
This is an ancient principle.
The goal and the Dhamma — so say the calm —
are firmly est…[Read more]
Dhammapada Reading ○● September 26th.
Brahmanavagga: The Holy Man
383. Exert yourself, O holy man! Cut off the stream (of craving), and discard sense desires. Knowing the destruction of all the conditioned things, become, O holy man, the knower of the Uncreated (Nibbana)! 
384. When a holy man has reached the summit of two paths (me…[Read more]
Dhammapada Reading ○● September 25th
Bhikkhuvagga: The Monk
360. Good is restraint over the eye; good is restraint over the ear; good is restraint over the nose; good is restraint over the tongue.
361. Good is restraint in the body; good is restraint in speech; good is restraint in thought. Restraint everywhere is good. The monk restrained in…[Read more]
Dhammapada Reading ○● September 24th.
334. The craving of one given to heedless living grows like a creeper. Like the monkey seeking fruits in the forest, he leaps from life to life (tasting the fruit of his kamma).
335. Whoever is overcome by this wretched and sticky craving, his sorrows grow like grass after the rai…[Read more]
Dhammapada Reading ○● September 23rd
Nagavagga: The Elephant
320. As an elephant in the battlefield withstands arrows shot from bows all around, even so shall I endure abuse. There are many, indeed, who lack virtue.
321. A tamed elephant is led into a crowd, and the king mounts a tamed elephant. Best among men is the subdued one who endures abu…[Read more]
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