Sunday, 20 January 2019

FULL MOON - Strength and Weakness

Those who have renounced the use of force in relationship to other beings,
whether weak or strong,
who neither kill nor cause to be killed,
can be called great beings.

Dhammapada v.405

The gentleness with which we would hold a young child is clearly not a sign of our weakness. The sensitivity with which we would listen to a friend who had suffered from loss, would likewise not be judged as weakness. Acting with humility in acknowledging any part we might have played in contributing to the suffering of others, would likewise, hopefully, not be considered as an indication of weakness. That which can sometimes be seen as weakness is in fact strength. Conversely, hiding behind a display of invulnerability; refusing to ask for help when it is clear that we need it; being unable to empathize when faced with the pain of others, these are in fact forms of weakness and would benefit from careful attention.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Walk With Me on Amazon Prime

For everyone (like me) who missed out on the film "Walk With Me", about Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village, when it was shown at the Ryde Commodore back in February last year it is now available on Amazon Prime Video.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Dhammapada Reflections

Regular readers will know that we have for some time been featuring Ajahn Munindo's fortnightly excerpts from his collected volumes of Dhammapada Reflections on the occasions of the new and full moons known as uposatha days. Ajahn is changing this to once a month; in the email I received the other day he explains why......

Announcement - January 2019


In keeping with the natural way of things, after more than ten years of offering fortnightly Dhammapada quotes and comments, the time has arrived when it seems suitable to reduce the frequency of these offerings to once per month. Accordingly, for the foreseeable future, you can look forward to receiving these emails on the occasion of each FULL MOON.

I can assure you that I am not in poor health, just that ageing does mean that I have somewhat less energy.

May your commitment to Dhamma continue to strengthen, nourishing clarity of mind and warmth of heart.

With well-wishing,

Ajahn Munindo