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His Holiness Somdet Phranyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera The 19 th Supreme Patriach Of Thailand

H.H. Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara the Supreme Patriarch was in his early days known as Charern, his family name being Gajavatra. The first son of three children, he was a native of Kanchanaburi, a province bordering Burma, 130 km. to the west of Bangkok. He was born on the third of October 1916 (B.E.2456). His father’s name was Noi Gajavatra, his mother’s, Kimnoi. It is said that H.H. Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara became distinguished for his serenity of spirit and very high intelligence early on, showing signs of his future profession. Even as a child, his favorite playthings were centered around the monkhood. Sometimes he dressed himself like a monk and imitated monks activities; carrying an alms-bowl, reciting Pali verses after alms collecting, preaching a sermon and so on. His secular education began when he was 8 years old. Being admitted to an elementary school located in Wat Devasangharam in the city of Kanchanaburi near his home, he completed Prathom 5 (5th grade), equivalent to Mathayom 2 of the present national education curriculum. After completion of his elementary education, he was ordained a Samanera (novice) at Wat Devasangharam (Temple), in Kanchanaburi, at the age of fourteen, Phra Kru Adulsamanakit, the abbot of Wat Devasangaram, was his preceptor. Read the rest of this entry »

Sudahlah, Maafkan Saja!

Bayangkan Anda sedang menghadiri pesta yang amat meriah. Semua orang tampil dengan pakaian terbaik. Makanan yang dihidangkanpun tampak lezat dan mengundang selera. Saat Anda antre untuk mengambil makanan, tiba-tiba seseorang yang sangat Anda percaya berbisik di telinga Anda, ”Hati-hati, banyak makanan tak halal disini, bahkan ada beberapa yang beracun!”

Saya berani menjamin Anda akan mengurungkan niat mengambil makanan. Boleh jadi Anda pun langsung pulang ke rumah. Anda benar, hanya orang bodohlah yang mau menyantap makanan tersebut. Kita tak mau makan sembarangan. Kita sangat peduli pada kesehatan kita. Read the rest of this entry »

Hidup Hanya Sebuah Perjalanan

Dulu, ada seorang Kaisar yg mengatakan pada seorang penunggang kuda, bahwa jika dia bisa menjelajahi daerah seluas apapun, maka Kaisar akan memberikan kepadanya daerah seluas yg sanggup dijelajahinya itu. Kontan si penunggang kuda itu melompat ke punggung kudanya & melesat secepat mungkin untuk menjelajahi dataran seluas mungkin.

Dia melaju & terus melaju, melecuti kudanya untuk lari secepat mungkin untuk menjelajahi dataran seluas mungkin. Ketika lapar & letih, dia tidak berhenti untuk makan dan minum karena dia mau memiliki tanah yg maha seluas.

Akhirnya tiba ia pada suatu tempat setelah berhasil menjelajahi daerah cukup luas, tetapi ia sudah sangat lelah & hampir mati. Lalu dia berkata terhadap dirinya sendiri, “Mengapa aku paksa diri begitu keras untuk menguasai tanah yg seluas ini? Kini aku sudah sekarat, & hampir mati&aku hanya butuh tanah seluas 2 meter untuk menguburkan diriku sendiri. Read the rest of this entry »

Kesedihan Sahabat Kita

Di beberapa bagian dunia, ada masyarakat yang menyebut kesedihan sebagai akibat dari perbuatan buruk sebelumnya atau di masa lalu. Ada masyarakat lain yang menyimpulkannya sebagai hukuman. Sehingga kesedihan muncul dengan wajah yang menakutkan dan menyedihkan.

Dan larilah manusia jauh-jauh dari sahabat kehidupan yang bernama kesedihan. Semakin jauh manusia lari dari kesedihan, semakin cepat sahabat kesedihan mengejarnya dari belakang.

Disebut sahabat, karena kesedihan tidak selamanya seperti musuh yang senantiasa membawa batu, palu dan pisau untuk menyakiti. Dalam sinar-sinar kejernihan, kesedihan bisa membawa bunga-bunga kebijaksanaan, kedewasaan, kearifan dan kematangan. Meminjam bahasa Kahlil Gibran dalam The Prophet, ketika kita bercengkerama dengan kebahagiaan di kamar tamu, kesedihan sedang menunggu di tempat tidur. Tidak bisa kita lari terlalu lama dari sahabat serumah. Dan bukankah ini sejenis kedewasaan, ! kearifan dan kematangan yang ditunjukkan wajahnya oleh sinar-sinar kesedihan ? Read the rest of this entry »

……….KABAR GEMBIRA……………………

Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2009 07:54:42 -0700
From: Bhante Sunim
Subject: Check this out,Please.

Subject: “Buddhism won “The Best Religion In The World Award”

Very interesting to read this …..
Buddhism won “The Best Religion In The World” award

15 Jul 2009, TribunMe de Geneve

The Geneva-based International Coalition for the Advancement of Religious and Spirituality (ICARUS) has bestowed “The Best Religion In the World” award this year on the Buddhist Community.

This special award was voted on by an international round table of more than 200 religious leaders from every part of the spiritual spectrum. It was fascinating to note that many religious leaders voted for Buddhism rather than their own religion although Buddhists actually make up a tiny minority of ICARUS membership. Here are the comments by four voting members:
Jonna Hult, Director of Research for ICARUS said “It wasn’t a surprise to me that Buddhism won Best Religion in the World, because we could find literally not one single instance of a war fought in the name of Buddhism, in contrast to every other religion that seems to keep a gunin the closet just in case God makes a mistake. We were hard pressed to even find a Buddhist that had ever been in an army. These people practice what they preach to an extent we simply could not document with any other spiritual tradition.” Read the rest of this entry »

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