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    Published on 25th-June-2011 02:46 PM
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    You may take Refuge and take the Five Buddhist Precepts anytime right here from this page. Even if you have taken them before you can reaffirm them by going to a private place and chanting along (click play on the audio below). Going for Refuge and taking the Precepts define a person as a practising Buddhist.

    Going for Refuge gives a continuous perspective on life by referring to one's conduct and understanding of the qualities of the Buddha (wisdom), Dhamma (truth) and Sangha (virtue). The Precepts are for reflection and to define one's actions as a responsible human being. There is a formal means of requesting Refuge and Precepts from a bhikkhu/bhikkhuni, which is as follows:

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    by Published on 16th-June-2011 03:14 PM
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    In early January I attended a talk given by Venerable Buddharakkhita. It was a very special evening devoted to a guided meditation and talk on Mudita - sympathetic joy. It is not a topic I have heard spoken of much before so I have written down what I learnt from him. Mudita is one of the 4 Brahma Viharas or Divine Abidings, the others being loving-kindness, compassion and equanimity. These are all powerful antidotes for self-doubt, unfriendliness, cruelty and unbalanced destructive mind states. ...
    by Published on 2nd-April-2011 07:49 PM
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    The following essay is an edited transcript of a talk given at the Buddhist Society of W.A. on 17th April 2009.

    As you read the word of the Buddha and get a feel for what he taught, again and again you come across the teaching of dependent origination (paṭicca samuppāda). It soon becomes quite obvious that this teaching is a very important part of the way the Buddha explained things. At the same time dependent origination is a difficult teaching to understand. This essay, then, is an attempt to draw out the most important aspects of dependent origination in such a way as to make it more easily comprehensible.
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    Please join -anytime- the Dhammaloka community in Perth Western Australia in their Buddhist chants. These are chanted every Friday night before the mediation and weekly Dhamma talk, however you can chant along anytime! Are you doing a home retreat?



    Would you like to pay homage to the Dhamma in the morning, take the 5 Precepts at home or just recite the Metta Sutta before you begin your meditation? Use this recording and its text as it suits you...in your daily Dhamma practice. ...
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    PART 1: Sustained attention on the present moment

    "The goal of this meditation is the beautiful silence, stillness and clarity of mind."

    Meditation is the way to achieve letting go. In meditation one lets go of the complex world outside in order to reach the serene world inside. In all types of mysticism and in many traditions, this is known as the path to the pure and powerful mind. The experience of this pure mind, released from the world, is very wonderful and blissful.
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    Introduction

    For more than 2,500 years, the religion we know today as Buddhism has been the primary inspiration behind many successful civilizations, a source of great cultural achievements, and a lasting and meaningful guide to the very purpose of life for millions of people. Today, large numbers of men and women from diverse backgrounds throughout the world are following the Teachings of the Buddha. So who was the Buddha and what are his teachings?
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    If you practise this meditation it can help you stay positive towards yourself and others. It can also help to keep you calm and kind in difficult situations and reduce irritation and anger. Kindness is an antidote for anger and irritation. Many Buddhists use this loving kindness meditation extensively and particularly to dissolve anger and bitterness from the past. ...