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22 07 2012 SUNDAY LESSON 675 FREE ONLINE eNālāndā Research and Practice UNIVERSITY up a levelTipitaka network … his life, his acts, his words sabbe satta bhavantu sukhi-tatta TIPITAKA TIPITAKA AND TWELVE DIVISIONS Brief historical background Sutta Pitaka Vinaya Pitaka Abhidhamma Pitaka Twelve Divisions of Buddhist Canons Nine Divisions of Buddhist Canons Sutta Piṭaka — The basket of discourses —Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta (DN 22) {excerpt} - all infobubbles— Attendance on awareness —Kāyānupassanā DhammapadaVerses 262 and 263 Sambahulabhikkhu Vatthu-Verse 262. Who Gives Up Jealousy Is Good-Natured-Verse 263. Who Uproots Evil Is The Virtuous One ALL ABOUT AWAKEN ONES WITH AWARENESS USANew_Mexico Soshimsa • So Shim Sa Zen Center
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22 07 2012 SUNDAY LESSON 675 FREE ONLINE  eNālāndā Research and Practice UNIVERSITY
up a levelTipitaka network … his life, his acts, his words
               
sabbe satta bhavantu sukhi-tatta
TIPITAKA
TIPITAKA   AND   TWELVE   DIVISIONS
    Brief historical background
   Sutta Pitaka
   Vinaya Pitaka
   Abhidhamma Pitaka
     Twelve Divisions of Buddhist Canons
Nine Divisions of Buddhist Canons
Sutta Piṭaka

— The basket of discourses —Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta (DN 22) {excerpt} - all infobubbles— Attendance on awareness —Kāyānupassanā

DhammapadaVerses 262 and 263

Sambahulabhikkhu Vatthu-Verse 262. Who Gives Up Jealousy Is Good-Natured-Verse 263. Who Uproots Evil Is The Virtuous One


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Verse 262. Who Gives Up Jealousy Is Good-Natured

Not by eloquence alone
or by lovely countenance
is a person beautiful
if jealous, boastful, mean.

Explanation: Merely because of one’s verbal flourishes,
impressive style of speaking, or the charming presence, a person who
is greedy, envious and deceitful, does not become an acceptable individual.


Verse 263. Who Uproots Evil Is The Virtuous One

But ‘beautiful’ is called that one
in whom these are completely shed,
uprooted, utterly destroyed,
a wise one purged of hate.

Explanation: If an individual has uprooted and eradicated
all these evils and has got rid of blemishes, such a person is truly
an acceptable person.



Dhammapada Verses 262 and 263
Sambahulabhikkhu Vatthu

Na vakkaranamattena
vannapokkharataya va
sadhurupo naro hoti
issuki macchari satho.

Yassa cetam samucchinnam
mulaghaccam samuhatam
sa vantadoso medhavi
“sadhurupo” ti vuccati.

Verse 262: Not by fine talk, nor by good looks could one be a good-hearted
man, if he were envious, miserly and crafty.

Verse 263: A wise man who has cut off, uprooted and removed these and has rid
himself of moral defilements is indeed called a good-hearted man.


The Story of Some Bhikkhus

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verses (262) and
(263) of this book, with reference to some bhikkhus who were very envious of
other bhikkhus.

At the monastery, young bhikkhus and samaneras were in the habit of attending
on older bhikkhus who were their teachers. They washed and dyed the robes, or
else performed other small services for their teachers. Some bhikkhus noticing
these services envied those senior bhikkhus, and so they thought out a plan that
would benefit them materially. Their plan was that they would suggest to the
Buddha that young bhikkhus and samaneras should be required to come to them for
further instruction and guidance even though they had been taught by their
respective teachers. When they went to the Buddha with this proposal, the
Buddha, knowing full well their motive, turned it down. To them the Buddha said,
“Bhikkhus I do not say that you are good-hearted just because you can
talk eloquently. Only he who has got rid of covetousness and all that is evil by
means of Arahatta Magga is to be called a good-hearted man.”

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 262: Not by fine talk, nor by good looks
could one be a good-hearted man, if he were envious, miserly and
crafty.

 

Verse 263: A wise man who has cut off, uprooted
and removed these and has rid himself of moral defilements is indeed
called a good-hearted man.

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Location of Jemez Springs, New Mexico

Coordinates: 35°46′15″N 106°41′33″WCoordinates: 35°46′15″N 106°41′33″W
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Sandoval
Area
 • Total 4.8 sq mi (12.4 km2)
 • Land 4.8 sq mi (12.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 6,198 ft (1,889 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 375
 • Density 78.1/sq mi (30.2/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 87025
Area code(s) 575
FIPS code 35-35320
GNIS feature ID 0918208


House in Jemez Springs


Soda Dam on Jemez Creek, north of Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 375 at the 2000 census.[1] Named for the nearby Pueblo of Jemez[2]:76, the village is the site of Jemez State Monument and the headquarters of the Jemez Ranger District. The village and nearby locations in the Jemez Valley are the site of hot springs and several religious retreats.

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The Los Padillas Aquatics
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A fully automated water
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Edgewood

Wildlife West Nature
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The Albuquerque Aquarium
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Albuquerque

The Rattlesnake Museum is
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Albuquerque

Founded in 1927, the
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Roswell

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Alamogordo

The Alameda Park Zoo
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Madrid

When you stroll up the
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Chama

The Cumbres & Toltec
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Santa Fe

Welcome! We invite you to
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Watrous

ort Union was established
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Taos

Taos Pueblo is the only
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Aztec

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Every weekend,
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Acoma

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Red Light Green Light is
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Los Alamos

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Santa Fe

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is located on beautiful Museum
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The Museum of
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Albuquerque

The Museum of Natural
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Rio Rancho

Gab bought his first
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Albuquerque

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Albuquerque

One of the nation’s
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Clayton

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Portales

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Portales

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Santa Teresa

The War Eagles Air Museum
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Las Cruces

Housed in a historic
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Roswell

The Roswell Museum and
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Alamogordo

The Museum of Space
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Station.

Taos

The Harwood Museum of Art
of the University of New Mexico preserves, collects and exhibits
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Taos

Bringing to the Taos
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Gallup

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Albuquerque

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Fort Sumner

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Santa Fe

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Taos

Raft the white-knuckle
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Taos

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Albuquerque

Come to the CooLLest
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Albuquerque

Mom and Baby Yoga,
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Taos

Cottam’s Ski &
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adrenaline in the magnificent landscapes of Rio Grande: river trips,
mountain bike, fishing, paintball and skateboard. One of the many fun
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Embudo

New Mexico River
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quality, fun and exciting rafting and multi-adventure trips in New
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Santa Fe

Enjoy a Santa Fe Southern
Railway day trip, night train, holiday or special events train,
rambling along in vintage coaches with family and friends through High
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Albuquerque

All aboard! Experience
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open-air trolley. One of the many fun family places to visit if you’re
looking for things to do in Nassau County for kids

Sunspot

The National Solar
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Observatory is open to the public between dawn and dusk. To find out
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Albuquerque

Ideas you can touch!
Creating opportunities for inspirational discovery and the joy of
lifelong learning through interactive experiences in science, technology
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Albuquerque

The Balloon Museums
collection includes more than fifty historic and contemporary gondolas,
many accompanied by complete balloon systems. Of special note are
gondolas related to scientific and record-setting flights.

Albuquerque

Come See Santa at Colorful Gatherings on December 3rd, from 12;00pm to 2:00pm

There also will be snacks, face painter, clowns, balloon artists and lots of activities for the Kids.

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Taos

Wind your way carefree
through the scenic streets of Taos, NM starting with a tour of the
historic Taos Plaza. Check out the picturesque shops, museums and other
places of interest along the way. Hear fascinating stories about the
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Albuquerque

Specializing in hot air
balloon rides all year round, Rainbow Ryders is the authorized hot air
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Albuquerque

Tours of Old Town
specializes in informative, interesting and entertaining outdoor walking
tours which share a wide variety of interesting trivia and historical
facts in the heart of the Duke City.


Sandia Peak

A trip on the world’s
longest aerial tramway transports you above deep canyons and
breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. See some of nature’s more
dramatic beauty unfold before you. At sunset the desert skies produce a
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Nageezi

Chaco Canyon was a major
center of Puebloan culture between AD 850 and 1250. The Chacoan sites
are part of the homeland of Pueblo Indian peoples of New Mexico, the
Hopi Indians of Arizona, and the Navajo Indians of the Southwest.

Carlsbad

As you pass through the
Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and
west Texasfilled with prickly pear, chollas, sotols and agavesyou might
never guess there are more than 300 known caves beneath the surface.
The park con…

NW Albuquerque

Petroglyph National
Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including
volcanos, archeological sites and an estimated 20,000 carved images.
Many of the images are recognizable as animals, people, brands and
crosses; others are mo…

Taos

The Carson National
Forest is one of five National Forests in New Mexico. The National
Forests are Americas Great outdoors, here to serve the American people
at work and play!

Some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest is found in the
1…


Prewitt

Rolling hills studded
with pinon and juniper trees
encircle the lake, which is stocked with trout and catfish.Bluewater
Lake State Park is popular for boating and year-round fishing.

Albuquerque

Albuquerques lush and
peaceful Botanic Garden is an oasis in the desert. A fourteen-foot high
dragon guards the entrance of the Fantasy Garden that gives children a
mites eye perspective on the garden. Giant rakes, hoes and watering cans
are tools us…

Roswell

The International UFO
Museum & Research Center endeavors to be the leading information
source in history, science and research about UFO events worldwide.

Albuquerque

It’s the PLACE TO HAVE
FUN! You can party, you can ride,Or play Lazer Tag inside!We’ve got
“Jungle Play”and Bumper Cars. Play under the sun or the stars!We’ve got
Mini Golf by streams and lakes
Come and see us … that’s all it takes!

Sandia Park

It took Ross Ward over 40
years to carve, collect, and lovingly construct what is now Tinkertown
Museum. His miniature wood-carved figures were first part of a traveling
exhibit, driven to county fairs and carnivals in the 1960s and ’70s.
Today over …

Chimayo

El Santuario has been
called the “Lourdes of America”. No one seems to know exactly how this
came about. However, there are testimonies that the extraordinary has
occurred. Fr. Sebastian Alvarez in his letter to the Episcopal See of
Durango, dated No…

Albuquerque

Tingley Beach features
three fishing lakes, a model boating pond and a train station with gift
shop and food service. During the summer only, Tingley visitors can rent
pedal boats and bicycles. Tingley Beach is open from sunrise to sunset
every day o…

Churchrock

Red Rock Park, situated
in Indian Country, is the gateway to Zuni, one of the Seven Cites of
Cibola sought by Coronado and the Conquistadors; Acoma, the sky city,
one of the oldest inhabited cities in the United States; Old Laguna
Pueblo and its Span…

Rio Rancho

The Stagecoach Stop RV
Park welcomes you to the land of Enchantment! Rio Rancho, is a
progressive, growing city with a diverse culture, and activities for
everyone.

There are so many fun places to go with kids in New Mexico - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks,
water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), historical places of
interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look
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The Buddha – The Story of Siddhartha

 

THIS
IS A INTERESTING SHOW ON BUDDHA’S LIFE STORY. Adults would find it
refreshing, and children would find it a nice way to learn. Please take
do enjoy the learning.

I
have provided on my blog a wide variety of subjects to explore, read,
learn, and think about. You literally have to just carry your laptop and
I have so much to share with everyone. You don’t have to keep so many
files in your computer that takes up space, just access this blog. I
will add more to it in time for your benefit. It’s like entering another
world. My world which I open to you.

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Science, Religion With Buddhist Monk Dr. Matthieu Ricard (VIDEO)

As an atheist, I do not believe in god. Neither does Dr. Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk who earned his PhD in cellular genetics and currently lives in the Himalayan region, where he leads humanitarian efforts in India, Nepal, and Tibet.

I sat down with Dr. Ricard at the 2012 World Science Festival
in New York City to talk about science and religion. His comments
surprised my skeptical ears. I’m interested to see if they do the same
for you.

Click the link below and watch the video above to learn more. And
don’t forget to sound off by leaving a comment at the bottom of the
page. Talk nerdy to me!

CARA SANTA MARIA: Hi everyone. Cara Santa Maria here. When Dr. Matthieu Ricard was 26 years old, he earned his doctorate degree in cellular genetics from the Pasteur Institute
in Paris. Instead of pursuing a traditional post-doc, he left his
worldly possessions behind and moved to the Himalayas to become a
Buddhist monk. Today, he’s the founding director of Karuna-Shechen, a humanitarian charity, and he works as the French translator for the Dalai Lama. I sat down with him to discuss Buddhism from a scientific perspective.

DR. MATTHIEU RICARD: It’s not about a religious
practice, and as the Dalai Lama often says religion can be a choice and
we may not make that choice, but we need, from the moment we are born,
we need affection, we need love, we need interconnection, we need
emotional balance. From the moment we are born to the moment we die, we
need to receive and give those affections, love and kindness, and other
qualities. So that’s not an issue of religion, or religion can help each
person in their own part if they choose to do so, it can help
techniques to enhance that, but the main thing is for all human beings
and their techniques to become a better human being.

CSM: I told Dr. Ricard that as a scientist, skeptic,
and atheist, I was wary of the language often used in the context of
Buddhism. Like the word “spirituality,” it just doesn’t compute. So when
I asked him what that term meant to him, well, he surprised me.

MR: When we say
“spirituality,” again we must be careful. I actually don’t use that word
usually. I prefer to speak, let’s say, if I speak of a spiritual path,
for me in Buddhism, it is a path of transformation. Each and every one
of us has the potential for transformation, that’s the fundamental
aspect of Buddhism. We don’t speak of original sin, but original
goodness, and again original goodness is not some kind of weird, sort of
dogmatic thing, it’s just a fact that there’s the potential for change
in every human being. If you look deep within the mind, of course
there’s a lot of emotion, some positive emotion, negative emotion,
sometime anger, sometime love and kindness, but basically the
fundamental nature of mind, you know it’s like light. Cognitive faculty,
the basic cognitive faculty of mind is like a beam of light. It’s not
modified by what it lights up. Like, if light shines on a heap of
garbage it doesn’t become dirty. If light shines on a piece of gold it
doesn’t become expensive. We don’t want to fall prey to the chain
reaction that goes from, you know, feeling a bit upset to animosity to
anger and to full-fledged hate. You don’t want to cause that, the spark
gives birth to that forest fire. You want to just let it vanish before,
that’s all the science of mind that applies to every human being. So a
part of transformation to inner means, that’s what I would call
spirituality. But I would happily dispense of the word spirituality to
say that it is a science of mind. A contemplative science.

CSM: This got me thinking about the eternal debate between science and religion.
I know where I stand, and you may know where you stand. But what does
this man, who is so enlightened in the ways of the scientific method and
Buddhism, have to say?

MR: I think what the Dalai Lama often says about
that, the relation between religion and one’s life, not only with
science, is that it is a fact that possibly more than half of humanity,
even the minimally religious, they don’t really live every moment
according to their religion. And of course there are many completely
nonbelievers, whether they are agnostic or atheist or whatever, those
are human beings, and of course I’m not saying that like a sort of, “OK,
you are also human beings.” No, they are full human beings with a full
potential for being extraordinarily good human beings. So you can’t
associate the potential that we have to express those human qualities
with religion. So that’s why the Dalai Lama says, you know, let’s keep
religion aside. But not being against religion, but it is not
intrinsically linked with religion. So when you speak of secular ethics
and secular spirituality or meditation, he does that. He says, always as
it happens in India, India is a secular state but the notion is
secularism means, respecting all religion including nonbelievers in a
very open society without choosing a particular one and even less
without wanting to impose it on others saying “no, no, because it is
best for me it is best for you,” that doesn’t make sense. As he says
often, “if there was only one dish served in all the worlds’ restaurants
nobody would go to the restaurant, it’s boring.” And also we all have
different mental dispositions. So some people would feel comfortable
with the notion of God, some people it just doesn’t make sense and they
prefer the idea of interdependence and law and cause and effect. And
Buddhism, some people don’t care about Buddhism either, but they still
can and want to be a good human being. So it’s just an option, but it’s
definitely not a necessity.

CSM: Hear hear, Dr. Ricard. What role do you think
religion should play in our modern, scientific society? Let me know your
thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, or by leaving a comment right here on
the Huffington Post. Come on, talk nerdy to me!

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