I wish to present to you some Teachings of Lord Buddha for humans to give you access to prosperous, leisured, filled with happiness life.
A Pali blessing, free from any post-structuralist confusion is:-
‘SABBE SATTA AVERA HONTU’
(All beings- May they be free from enmity)
You may sense, (although it may be difficult to prove that approaches to translation are slightly different for practising Buddhists, especially those in yellow robes than for practicing Academics.
A position you may use as a benchmark of utility of Buddha Dharma is measured by the effectiveness or performance when they show the WAY.
In historical fact, both types of translator persons have a tradition of cross referencing dialogue. I have no intention to disparage the intellect or motive of any person’s institutions who handle Buddha Dharma texts.
Although personal views and opinions may have allure as cultural matters of great interest, they must be put down when you practice. No thought should obscure the central theme because of attention on side issues is not required. Clear motive doesn't need extending by the person who intends to begin practicing the Centre WAY towards freedom from enmity.
As soon as an established right motive is formed, the next obstructing block appears. This may be that you doubt there exists a WAY that can be followed by anyone less than ‘a good person'. The ‘Mind with Doubt’ is a saboteur which poses reasons against good things. It must be left behind, to permit the event which replaces doubt with confidence or fate.
Then, empty of doubt, confidence in the Way makes it possible to begin the events that culminate in the mind state free of all cares. The WAY allows it to appear to any human being.
Without doubt, there have been, are now, and will be human persons who developed their latent loving kindness mind or good mind qualities to such a power that they know peaceful minds that cease ill-will towards all others.
The action step that activates a person to begin this method search, each for himself or herself, is to give up alibis or reasons for delay. The fact that some gracious human feelings are felt when you become empty of doubt shows you have some sort of peaceful inner strength. After experiencing repeated intervals of discernment you know by direct evidence that you prove into staying empty of doubt is the correct method.
Keeping this peaceful strength within you and being empty of doubt, you can now picture more facts of foremost meaning. To better understand the circumstances of your lived experience depends on maintaining ‘trustworthy’ concentration. ‘Trustworthy’ means keeping the five sense bases of hearing, seeing, tasting, touching and smelling consciousness inside the volume of your present body. The ‘Trustworthy’ mind or heart deals with the present body happenings is sweet and clear like the blue sky.
Stay empty of adding to the present living clear mind any errors, such as guilt or false regret, which appears as a series of phoney ‘ untrustworthy’ mind. Stays empty of the mind that suggests you give undue attention to the long past dead persons or happenings. The past happenings or dead persons ‘seen’ are not now real.
There is a type of memory, which misleads the process by which your present name and form developed through the coarse and fine changes since this very human birth. Keep empty of these type of things by attending to the real, (the present changes in events). The foremost meaning facts simply stated are:
All beings are subject to a common destiny defined by the process of birth, aging, sickness and death. If we wish to get rid of hatred, wars, killings, sinful acts…the best policy for all of us is to commit ourselves in the search of a state of mind free of all cares in order for our lives to be happy, enjoyable and uninfluenced by sufferings whatsoever, especially in the aging state.
What does ‘state of mind free of all cares’ mean?
Under what circumstances can people claim to be free from all cares and troubles?
What sort of concentration on maintaining the correct emptiness is suitable to give this result?
The various state of minds needed to attend to these questions consists of three different parts:
1. An individual with a peaceful state of mind.
Here, a person whose conscience is not shaded by the slightest nuisance of hatred, sin or betrayal to self or others.
On the contrary, the person is filled with wishes that in the future, everybody’s life be abundant in happiness, fortune, mutual assistance and true love for human beings and for animals as well. By contrast, an individual (without a peaceful mind) is the one whose heart is infected with troubles, hatred, conflicts, gambling intentions, wallowing in sensual pleasures, burglaries and killings for money and states that give flurry and worry.
The secret of minimising troubles is to make a break from the past minds, increasing your observation of the current events and backing onto an empty mind, which refuses to let new greed arise.
Lord Buddha compared this idea to the protection given by a wall thatched roof against the elements. If you dictate it to your mind, you imagine something that helps prepares you to stay empty of troubles yet to arise.
It might be as simple as pondering on the steps of taming a wild horse. It is wise to guard and prepare the mind against blind greed in advance by pondering on how kind it is to be generous to others.
It is unavoidable for some persons (because of cause and effect) who mentally echo of aspects of greed, day in day out, to experience troubles.
Greed for things let causality interminably multiply, leading to an agitated state of mind, sickness, loss of appetite, anemia and multitude of other troubles. The causes of the lengthy process lie in the past for all these unfortunate happening is actually an incorrect state of a troubled mind.
2. A family with a peaceful state of mind
is the one in which all members-parents, spouses and children are well aware of their duties – a good husband cares for the welfare of his wife and children, a virtuous wife is well aware of her obligations as a wife to her husband and as a mother to her children. Remember – keep the correct emptiness as you consider these ideals.
The ideal is that well – behaved children obey their parents, devote time for their studies without neglecting to provide services to the family. Good families exist in the past, the present and the future for those who practiced to acoelomate good minds. No matter what your family problems, act as if it is never too early or too late to cultivate the peaceful state of the correct empty minds.
Dutiful grand- children obey their grand-parents words and comply with their parent’s orders. That is a happy family. On the contrary, family with a troubled state of mind in one in which:
there cannot be a single moment free of nasty happenings ;
arguments, quarrels, violence with husbands committing adultery or getting degenerated, addicted to drinks and captivated by gambling;
the wife is not aware of her obligations and duties;
the children are involved in drug problems and leave school.
The family as a social unit is consequently broken with each member going his or her own way, father is separated from children and wife from her husband. Not a single shade of happiness is prevailing in the family and all of this has been stemming from the lack of peace of mind.
3. A country is peaceful state of free of all problems
is a country where peace, human rights, civil rights, civil rights and prosperity are prevailing and its people can live a comfortable life in every aspect. On the contrary, a country that is not free of cares had been most of the time tormented by wars, destroyed by bombs and bullets and incessantly exposed to natural calamities destruction. The inhabitants of such an unfortunate country are encountering disabilities, starvation, separation with the father away from his children, the wife from her husband, brothers and sisters from one another and no trace from relatives.
We are all victims of those unpleasant happenings and thus condemned to perpetual sufferings. When a war or armed revolution erupts (even a ‘moderate’ scale) it may wipe out a few elements of infrastructure of a country.
Under such conditions, its inhabitants had no other choice other than try to escape from the native village of city to a peaceful place.
Even under such extreme conditions, a few well practiced persons can access a peaceful state of mind, free of all cares and troubles. Such a person’s mind can find paths for persons along paths where others pass unmolested to a new secure place. Without this kind guide, they may not be able to find the path and could never live in happiness this life. Where there is a guide to happiness, that guide has Lord Buddha in heart. The Teachings of Lord Buddha (Dharma) is the guide. In a word, it is sensible to say that all humans, animals, environments, without discrimination of races and skin colors, being all living in the same atmosphere of the universe, need to have peace at heart, be free of all cares and troubles so as to be able to live.
As a token of gratitude to the Teachings of Lord Buddha, I undertake to offer you this book and would like to invite you to join me in the search for the real meaning of ‘peaceful state of mind’ pureness of heart and true happiness so we can live together in peace. Let us get access to that peaceful state of mind.
The word ‘has no emptiness' means a troubled Citta and when you cannot find emptiness you will be suffering from all sorts of things including all sorts of illness. When you cannot find emptiness you will not be happy. When you are empty you will be happy. Emptiness is the source of Dharma. When you have Dharma you will be happy. Emptiness leads to happiness. Emptiness is important; Emptiness is precious. We are all searching for an emptiness which is happiness.
Written by Luongta Chanhphy Manivong
In the refugee camp,
21st March 1976