Dhamma sharing of Kalyanamithra groups

By ven. (Ampare) Dhammodaya (January 11, 2008), Main hall IBC, 31 Dec. 2007

samanhta cakkavalesu - atragacchantu devata
saddhammam munnirajassa - sunantu saggamokkhadam
(May all the super natural beings gather here, to listen dhamma of the great ascetic which helps to gain the liberation, joyful life)

dhammassavana kalo ayam bhadannta
dhammassavana kalo ayam bhadannta
dhammassavana kalo ayam bhadannta

(This is the time to listen dhamma)
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa!

Dittheva ditthamattam - suteva sutamattam
Muteva mutamattam - vinnate vinnata mattam

Pay my respect to the exalted one, the freed one, the liberated one, the great person Buddha!

Good evening everybody,

We, the IBC community have decided to preach dhamma after evening chanting every day. All of us accepted and applauded that decision with pleasure. Through this event, we, as Buddhist monks can improve our preaching abilities, talents. That's not only a beneficial to for us, but to the whole Buddhist community worldwide. So, I offer my honorable respect to most venerable Wei Wu the founder of IBC for giving this golden opportunity to the Buddhist World. Today I launch this first sermon with pleasure.

The great person Buddha emphasized three steps that should practice on dhamma, in his own words sunatha, dharetha caratha dhamme.

The first step sunatha, listen:
In the past there was only one famous source to get knowledge, that's listening. In the present with the development of technology, we've many sources to get knowledge, printed materials, sound recordings, inter-net and so on. It doesn't matter, if we get the knowledge from any other way that refers the way we get knowledge, all those are applicable to sunatha.

The second step is dharetha, to keep it in your memory.

As the third step, caratha: to behave accordingly what we learnt.
Any learning process becomes fruitful when, only after we've accomplished these three steps.

The stanza, the topic of this sermon The Buddha preached to daruciriya. He was a lay person who has having dressed with a wooden cloth.

People often believe on that only the bhikkhus and bhikkhunis can obtain nibbana. But both the lay and ascetic can realize nibbana. Actually there are no any gender differences, too, for the purpose of attaining nibbana.

Daruciriya was a bewildered person and he did not talk too much. So others thought he is wise and attained arahantship. Actually he wanted to realize arahantship. At the same time he was eager to find arhants.

Occasionally once he asked the Buddha has visited area which he lived. Then he was eager to meet the Buddha. He asked the directions the Buddha passing by from the passengers. Any way, He was lucky. At the end he could meet the Buddha. He requested to preach dhamma: the exalted one, the great person, the Arahant teach me the dhamma, show me the path to liberation.

The Buddha replied: o daruciriya this is not the time to preach dhamma, but the time for walking for foods. Come to me after the meal. Buddha continued his walking. But he was following the Buddha, in a moment he requested again and received the same reply. He was so eager, he requested for the third time, too. Then the Budddha waited for a while and said that stanza and went forward.

Daruciriya suddenly understood the meaning and realized the nibbana.

Dittheva ditthamattam: whatever you see just see them
suteva sutamattam: whatever you listen just listen them
Muteva mutamattam: whatever you touch just touch them
vinnate vinnata mattam: whatever you think just think it

You know, every human being have six faculties: cakkhu- eye, sota- ear, ghana- nose, jivha- tongue, kaya- body, mana- mind. These six faculties are called as the internal world. It is located inside our body. We can see through eye, listen or hear through ear, smell through nose, taste with tongue, get contact through body and think with our mind. Those, whatever we have seen, heard or listened, smelled, tasted, touched and thought are called as outer world. Those are located in the outside of our body. When we see something some thing, then our mind create a thought flaw that connected to whatever we have seen. That thought flaw creates the delusion of self.

I would like to mention, here a famous parable: a magician creates a lion. Again the same lion swallows the magician. Similarly, our thought flaw contaminates our mind with self. Self is just a concept. If we actualize the real meaning of that stanza what may happen? Daruciriya attained nibbana.

May all the beings in the universe be happy, well and prosperous in their future life!
May they attain the ultimate goal of nibbana!

Akasattha ca bhummattha - deva naga mahiddhika
Punnam tam anumoditva - ciram rakkhantu sasanam
Ciram rakkhantu desanam
Ciram rakkhantu man param.!

Sadhu! Sadhu!! Sadhu!!!