Monday, July 23, 2007

'Ehipassiko - Life's Lessons To Know'

Theme of The 15th Dhamma Youth Camp 2007 - Reflections
* Ehipassiko literally means “Come and see”.
* The Dhamma, The Teaching of the Buddha is not to be believed blindly ; it is not a set of beliefs or doctrines based on blind faith, superstitions, traditions or untested ‘philosophical principles’.
* One has to ‘come and see’ the Dhamma – to listen, to read about it first, to try to understand and reflect on it, to question and investigate for oneself, to put the Dhamma teachings into practice to validate them … and when one actualizes the Dhamma in the mind or realizes it, one KNOWS … the question of blind belief has no place then.
* Ehipassiko is tied up with a Discourse the Buddha taught, namely The Kalama Sutta, a Charter of Free Inquiry.
* In the Kalama Sutta, The Buddha said : “ Come, Kalamas, Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing, nor upon tradition, nor upon rumor, nor upon scripture, nor upon surmise, nor upon axiom, nor upon specious reasoning, nor upon bias towards a notion pondered over, nor upon another’s seeming ability, nor upon the consideration “The monk is our teacher.”When you yourselves know: “These things are bad, blamable, censured by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to harm and ill,” abandon them …When you yourselves know:
“These things are good, blameless, praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,” enter on and abide in them.
* The most important lessons of life lie in the Dhamma, which also refers to Truth, The Way things really are, the Universal Laws that govern all physical and mental phenomena.
* When one learns, understands, practices and realizes the Dhamma, one develops compassion and wisdom and then one will eventually attain happiness, peace, bliss and freedom of the mind. * The most important Life’s Lesson lies in the Four Noble Truths, that is
1. The First Noble Truth – The Noble Truth of Dukkha
2. The Second Noble Truth – The Noble Truth of The Cause of Dukkha
3. The Third Noble Truth – The Noble Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha
4. The Fourth Noble Truth – The Noble Truth of The Path leading to the end of Dukkha.

* The Fourth Noble Truth is the Noble Eightfold Path which is made up of
(a) Right Understanding (b) Right Thought (c) Right Speech (d) Right Action (e) Right Livelihood (f) Right Effort (g) Right Mindfulness (h) Right Concentration

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