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The Buddha and his Teachings

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We are proud to announce the latest addition to our BPS Pariyatti Editions (BPE)* catalog:
 
 
Ven. Nārada Mahāthera, who was a member of the Buddhist Sangha in SriLanka for 65 years, based his explanation of the Buddha-Dhamma on the Pāli texts, commentaries and traditions prevailing in Buddhist countries, especially Sri Lanka. 
Excerpt Chapter 19: What is Kamma?
Volition is kamma. - Aṅguttara Nikāya
 
The Pāli term kamma literally means action or doing. Any kind of intentional action whether mental, verbal, or physical, is regarded as kamma. It covers all that is included in the phrase: “Thought, word and deed.” Generally speaking, all good and bad actions constitute kamma. In its ultimate sense kamma means all moral and immoral volition (kusala akusala cetanā). Involuntary, unintentional or unconscious actions, though technically deeds do not constitute kamma, because volition, the most important factor in determining kamma, is absent.
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Some religions attribute this unevenness to kamma, but they differ from Buddhism when they state that even unintentional actions should be regarded as kamma. According to them, “the unintentional murderer of his mother is a hideous criminal. The man who kills or who harasses in any way a living being without intent is none the less guilty, just as a man who touches fire is burnt.” This astounding theory undoubtedly leads to palpable absurdities. The embryo and the mother would both be guilty of making each other suffer. 
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In the working of kamma its most important feature is mind. All our words and deeds are coloured by the mind or consciousness we experience at such particular moments. 
 
When the mind is unguarded, bodily action is unguarded; speech also is unguarded; thought also is unguarded. When the mind is guarded, bodily action is guarded; speech also is guarded; and thought also is guarded. 
Immaterial mind conditions all kammic activities. Kamma does not necessarily mean past actions. It embraces both past and present deeds. Hence, in one sense, we are the result of what we were; we will be the result of what we are. In another sense, it should be added, we are not totally the result of what we were; we will not absolutely be the result of what we are. The present is no doubt the offspring of the past and is the parent of the future, but the present is not always a true index of either the past or the future—so complex is the working of kamma. For instance, a criminal today may be a saint tomorrow; a good person yesterday may be a vicious one today. It is this doctrine of kamma that the mother teaches her child when she says: “Be good and you will be happy and we will love you. But if you are bad, you will be unhappy and we will not love you.” Like attracts like. Good begets good. Evil begets evil. This is the law of kamma. In short kamma is the law of cause and effect in the ethical realm, or as some Westerners prefer to say ‘action influence’.
 
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Pariyatti Presents...

When Dr. Panth held his talk on the revival of pilgrimages in India In New York as part of the Pariyatti Presents… tour earlier this year, we streamed the event online. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to watch it, we have now uploaded a higher quality version of the video on our website. Enjoy!
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In addition to several talks on the revival of pilgrimages on both the west and the east coast of the USA, and the two residential Pāli workshops in California we reported on in previous newsletters, Dr. Panth also taught a couple of half-day Pāli introductory workshops. These were for old students of S.N. Goenka and started with a group sitting. 
 
Our small Dhamma hall was packed during the morning meditation on the day Dr. Panth visited us in Onalaska! We had a full house in the main area of our bookstore too, which we had turned into an auditorium for the occasion, with chairs and a big screen.
 
Captivating
Dr. Panth’s delivery of the workshop was truly captivating. One participant mentioned the event was like a Dhamma talk, a history lesson and a language tutoring in one. He said Dr. Path’s thorough knowledge of history and the suttas, combined with his understanding of the Pāli language, made it seem as if he "danced" between those three aspects, taking the participants “on a wonderful ride”. “While talking on Pāli he would emphasize on history, giving context for [its] time and how the language had been brought to us… [And for instance that] Emperor Ashoka had played a huge roll in getting the Dhamma to us in written form.”
The participant said it was such a treasure to have someone as knowledgeable as Dr. Panth in our tradition and that the way the workshop conveyed the message of the Buddha had helped him to maintain strong awareness of anicca during the event.
Dr. Panth, who had served as a Director of the Vipassana Research Institute (VRI) for 14 years under the guidance of Goenkaji, had been on the front lines of the team working on digitizing the whole
 
It's hard to imagine how enormous this undertaking was, as the Tipitaka consists of around 84,000 suttas; commentaries were digitized as well. Being able to digitally search through tipitaka.org nowadays saves scholarly monks having to reference through the whole canon by hand. 
Tipiṭaka (Pāli word for Three Baskets’) is the extensive body of discourses and teachings (in three categories) by the Buddha. It is also called the Pāli Canon.
After the workshop Pariyatti brought several dishes to a potluck lunch that the participants enjoyed until well into the afternoon, making good use of the comfortable couches at the reception. Dr. Panth and the rest of the Pariyatti Presents… team were on a tight schedule, as they had to fly to California for the residential Pāli workshops. They left as soon as the audiovisual equipment was loaded into the van.
 
The last stop of this Pariyatti Presents... series was New York, where the event was blessed with great attendance as well. The turnout for the half-day Intro to Pāli workshop was around 70 to 80 people and about half of that amount stayed on or came over for the public talk on pilgrimages.
 
We are very grateful to Dr. Panth for donating his time and knowledge, and we hope the information participants received will support and inspire them on their path of Dhamma.

Sowing seeds in fertile minds

Goenkaji emphasized the importance of sowing seeds of Dhamma in children. Children’s minds are very fertile, as they are not yet bound to attachment to beliefs. Sowing the seed of Dhamma in children at a young age will prepare them to live a happy, peaceful life. 
Short courses tailored to children and teens are held at various locations across the globe, teaching the practice of Anapana - awareness of the breath.
Seeds of Awareness documents modern children's experiences with Anapana. This short film outlines the course process and impact. In interviews participants, parents and teachers talk of how Anapana helps in dealing with the pressures of school, family and social life, as well as the challenges and benefits - calmness, improved concentration and compassion. It is a beautiful outreach tool to attract young minds to the Dhamma. In the next newsletter we will give you some insight in the making of...  (stay tuned for that!).
Thanks to the hard work of the many translation teams of old students,
Seeds Of Awareness is already available for streaming online in the following languages: Bulgarian, English, French, German (dubbed), Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Telugu, Traditional Chinese.
 
However, in many countries the Internet is not reliable enough, and we are aiming to produce a multi-lingual DVD of Seeds of Awareness, which will allow many more old-student groups to use this film as a tool to reach out to the next generation. We will need to raise approximately $1,000 for this project, and we would welcome donations to help cover the costs.
 
Should you wish to financially support this project you can specifically allocate your donation. Please choose 'Publishing Funds Special Projects' in the dropdown menu in the 'Choose Fund' section and mention 'Seeds of Awareness DVD' in the comments section.  
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Pilgrimages

Dhamekh Stupa in Deer Park, Sarnath- where the Buddha first proclaimed the Dhamma to the world.

Upcoming dates:

Along the Path - India & Nepal
October 31 to November 21, 2017
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February 8 to 23, 2018 (In Chinese language only)
Applications closed
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February 28 to March 21, 2018

The Golden Path – Burma
December 13 to 30, 2017 

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Pāli Workshops

Participants during study time at a residential Pāli workshop in California. The daily schedule of such a workshops is similar to that of a 10-day Vipassana course, however, with both study and meditation periods.
We have recently added two new residential Pāli workshops to our calendar for early next year. Both workshops will again take place at our location in the beautiful hills of Temecula, California, USA; the Introductory workshop is scheduled for January 7-17, the Intermediate workshop for January 17-21. 
Both workshops will be taught by Sean Salkin, who studied Pāli for one year at the Vipassana Research Institute (VRI) in Igatpuri, India, and then continued his Pāli studies at the University of Sydney. His workshops aim to give students a solid grounding in Pāli grammar and vocabulary so that they can continue this studies independently after the course. Emphasis is also placed on the correct pronunciation of Pāli words. The textbook used during the workshop is A.K. Warder’s Introduction to Pāli, which uses examples taken directly from the Pāli Canon.
Sean Salkin during a previous Pāli workshop for Pariyatti.
Other texts studied are passages from discourses and chantings heard during 10-day Vipassana meditation courses and the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (the Discourse on the Setting in Motion of the Wheel of Dhamma, the first discourse of the Buddha).
 
The courses are open to old students of S.N Goenka, and Vipassana meditation will be an integral part of the schedule, including three daily group sittings and morning chanting. Participants will observe noble speech outside of meditation hours. There will be complete segregation of men and women during the workshop. The daily schedule of activities will be similar to that of a 10-day Vipassana course, however, there will be both study and meditation periods throughout the day.
 
Upcoming Pāli Workshops:
 
Introductory (California, USA): January 7 - 17, 2018
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Intermediate (California, USA): January 17 - 21, 2018
 
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​Learn Pāli for free at Pariyatti’s Learning Centre (PLC). The PLC currently offers an ‘Introduction to Pāli’ course, an intermediate Pāli course - Exploring the Path - and a course called Buddhasahassanāmāvali.

In this last course the Buddhasahassanāmāvali verses, composed and chanted by renowned Vipassana meditation teacher S.N. Goenka to express his gratitude and devotion towards the Buddha, are used as the basis for learning Pāli.
Our Pali learning program ‘Exploring the Path’ has posted lesson 3.7.1: ‘Sammāvāyāmo - Vibhaṅgasuttaṃ-7 - What is Right Effort?’ 
The extract from the Vibhaṅgasutta defines precisely the four characteristics of Sammāvāyāmo: to prevent the arising of unarisen evil unwholesome mental states, to eradicate evil unwholesome mental states, to develop and to maintain wholesome mental states. 
The introduction highlights the three main terminologies used in Pāli when endeavour, effort, perseverance and striving is discussed: vīriya; vāyāmo and padhāna. It also gives an overview over the coming lessons that try to support meditators in their spiritual quest.
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Daily Words
Manopubbaṅgamā dhammā,
manoseṭṭhā manomayā.
Manasā ce paduṭṭhena
bhāsati vā karoti vā,
tato naṃ dukkhamanveti
cakkaṃva vahato padaṃ.
 
Manopubbaṅgamā dhammā,
manoseṭṭhā manomayā.
Manasā ce pasannena
bhāsati vā karoti vā,
tato naṃ sukhamanveti
chāyāva anapāyinī.
 
Mind precedes all phenomena,
mind matters most, everything is mind-made.
If with an impure mind
one performs any action of speech or body,
then suffering will follow that person
as the cartwheel follows the foot of the draught animal.
 
Mind precedes all phenomena,
mind matters most, everything is mind-made.
If with a pure mind
one performs any action of speech or body,
then happiness will follow that person
as a shadow that never departs.
 
 
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