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Mahayana Origination   2 comments


The Mahayana Buddhism, a sect, must have come initially, the origination or who has true faith based on the Mahanama Sutta and the ‘Faith is kept First’. This is my hypothesis. I personally don’t believe in ‘..ism’ thing as Buddha’s words are universal means applies to everyone, everything, and no need to sect it. No one should necessarily claim that you are Buddhist. But do not limit yourself in such any sects which was later devised from their little, incapable thoughts. Buddha’s all words are beyond the capacity of those who disected buddha and developed a piece and made personalized sects. It is universal, not personalized. Keep doing vipasana meditation.

“Mahanama Sutta: Being a Lay Buddhist” (AN 8.25), translated from the Pali by Kumara Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (BCBS Edition), 30 November 2013.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an08/an08.025.kuma.html .

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Once the Blessed One was dwelling among the Sakyas in Nigrodha Park at Kapilavatthu. There, Mahanama the Sakyan approached the Blessed One. Having approached and paid respect to the Blessed One, he sat aside. Then, seated aside, Mahanama the Sakyan said thus to the Blessed One:

“Venerable sir, in what way is one a lay follower?”[1]

“Mahanama, inasmuch as one has gone to the Buddha for refuge, has gone to the Dhamma for refuge, has gone to the Sangha for refuge; in that way, Mahanama, one is a lay follower.”

“Then, venerable sir, in what way is a lay follower virtuous?”

“Mahanama, inasmuch as a lay follower abstains from destroying living beings; abstains from taking what is not given; abstains from sexual misconduct; abstains from lying; and abstains from wine, liquor and intoxicants that are causes for heedlessness; in that way, Mahanama, a lay follower is virtuous.”

“Then, venerable sir, in what way is a lay follower engaged in his own welfare, but not in others’ welfare?”

“Mahanama, inasmuch as a lay follower is possessed of faith himself, but rouses not others to possess faith; is possessed of virtue himself, but rouses not others to possess virtue; is possessed of liberality himself, but rouses not others to possess liberality; is himself desirous of meeting with monks, but rouses not others to meet with monks; is himself desirous of hearing the true Dhamma, but rouses not others to hear the true Dhamma; is himself habitually mindful of the Dhamma that is heard, but rouses not others to be mindful of the Dhamma; has himself ascertained the meaning/benefit of the Dhamma that is heard, but rouses not others to ascertain the meaning/benefit; having known the meaning/benefit, having known the Dhamma, is himself committed to the practice according to the Dhamma, but rouses not others to be committed to the practice according to the Dhamma; in that way, Mahanama, a lay follower is engaged in his own welfare, but not in others’ welfare.”

“Then, venerable sir, in what way is a lay follower engaged in his own welfare and in others’ welfare?”

“Mahanama, inasmuch as a lay follower is possessed of faith himself, and rouses others to possess faith; is possessed of virtue himself, and rouses others to possess virtue; is possessed of liberality himself, and rouses others to possess liberality; is himself desirous of meeting with monks, and rouses others to meet with monks; is himself desirous of hearing the true Dhamma, and rouses others to hear the true Dhamma; is himself habitually mindful of the Dhamma that is heard, and rouses others to be mindful of the Dhamma; is himself ascertained of the meaning/benefit of the Dhamma that is heard, and rouses others to ascertain the meaning/benefit; having known the meaning/benefit, having known the Dhamma, is himself committed to the practice according to the Dhamma, and rouses others to be committed to the practice according to the Dhamma; in that way, Mahanama, a lay follower is engaged in his own welfare and in others’ welfare.”

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Hungry Souls   Leave a comment


Our hungry soul is looking for a high positioned job, abundant money, a few owned car, a flamboyant house and we believe, i’d be very happy in this life. But have you ever seen such people happy? in fact, I do not own worldly neither of all above. But still my hungry soul is in search of something different.

No doubt, in a soliloquy, a person always is always in search of unsurpassed heavenly happiness, the ultimate purpose & meaning of life existence. Our hungry soul is like a thirsty deer’s mirage illusion of water, while running far distances in vast desert.

In search we entangled ourselves into swinging back and forth between both high and low lives that reverberated with high and lows feelings as our hungry soul is looking for a bodily and mental resting place, even though we know, “There’s no such place actually to rest, we need to keep moving”. But where and how far? I need to make a decision and find a Resting house for my hungry soul.

i had glanced at dogmatic, conflicting religious books, educated formally, saw few mystical & magical powers. i needed something that pervades my simple hungry soul with a real happiness. A simple person spends most of his life in making a life to survive for food, education, house and few momentary amenities surrounding to display flamboyantly. Everyone’s soul actually needs a Resting place in midst of densely populated society and hungry fulfilling desires. In such an intermediary and transient playful mind, I’ve found an answer how we, human need to live a life by understanding basic rules of happiness as follows.

  1. Life is a Mirror and Third Law of Newton’s Law: Since happiness is our goal, so, no matter what i will not be a greedy, anger, anomaly, hatred or at least no increase them for now; & learn to forgive, care and love. Love & care nurtures. Everybody needs a space, so i will respect others’ soul, interest, thoughts, capacity. All my actions will have an unconditional Love. Be the first to apologize. When you act or pray, do with 100% determination.
  2. Circle of Love: Encompass yourself with positive forces (good books, movies, friends) that inspires, aspires my soul.
  3. Today and Now: Yesterday is gone, i’m a new person today and i’ll be better tomorrow.
  4. Every individual’s action is a reflection of a society structure. so i will make a positive vibe reflection in society of kindness, empathy and forgiving nature as an individual effort.
  5. Intellect solves Problems;
    Knowledge expands Horizon;
    Experience gives you a realization;
    Love Nurtures;
    Forgiveness Heals & cleanse Soul;
    Faith gives you a Strength
    Trust gives you a Bonding;
    Patience teaches to remain Strong;
    Hope gives you a Second Life of chance.
    Every new Second of minutes is to change Mistakes.
  6. If my actions, thoughts hamper any other living or dead soul, i will be unhappy. The first victim of my actions originated first from my thought processes. But i want to be a Happy and Share my Happiness to others.

Until i find a satisfaction to my hungry soul, i will keep blogging. what do your hungry soul is looking?

5 Effective Fund Raising Techniques   Leave a comment


Is it asking Money to your Parent, Relatives, Neighbor?
Is it to organize a Dance party?
Is it to write a grant letter request to local Grantees?
Is it to make a donation box in a Big Shopping Complex?

Above all is true to fund raising techniques, however, there’s a bit more to understand it. I’ve risen $$ funds for my projects even from unknown people and kind organizations from my laptop all over the world. Can you believe, I still haven’t met those generous donors? How do I do?

First of all, Fund is the most important fundamental to do a project. However, a fund raiser must know following.

* the Project Mission
* Objectives
* Goals
* Project Activities
*Time Frame
*Project Location
* Partners.

A project could be a supplying water plan to village, buying books for child education, school construction in developing countries. Here comes, the fund raising techniques you need as a fund raiser:

1. TRUST: Globally, People put importance of Connection and Networking in first place, but I put Trust and Faith in First place, which is more humane. Because People give you money if they believe you. So, First Things you need to understand is the real project impacts because you need to Convince your donors that your project is going to make with their funds.

Is the cause you support is of value?Because People value things.
Can you feel the real impacts by yourself?Because you’ve to explain it to donors.
What is your value or a trust you’ve gained in a circle of life?

Networking starts with Connection through your Family, Friends and Relatives.Connection means your Second person or direct contact (who they know you in person). So, Think, how you can gain a trust?

 2. WORDS and PICTURES:Do you feel the words are very powerful? Which words do you use to eloquently influence your donors? Your words and physical expressions should have a passion. Once you get to know the project details with Pictures (that displays current grim situation), the powerful words automatically appear to your mouth and bring trickling sensations to your donors, when you speak or email to your donor. Listen to your heart before you speak –
* Short, Sweet, Relevant and Quick sentences.
* Carry a Placard with pictures of Poor Infrastructure of classrooms.
* Words should touch your donors : Effective communication

 3. APPROACHES:You and Your Plan should be the “Talk of the Town”. Use the tools as below:

  • Person to Person or face to face: is the best approach, people believe in human relation more.
  • E-mail: Take a review of your writing proposal before sending it. Make contact lists to say thank you after your project completed, like email lists, phone number.
  • Social Media : Make a group by Connection and Networking
  • Linkedin : Professional profile.
  • Special Occasion: Weddings, Birthday, Party House- Put a donation box with project pictures and take a few seconds to public assembling to let a reason of a donation.
  • Internet : Make use of search engines.

 4. NUMBERS: You should play with a number. Think !! How can you achieve your budget?

  • Many people- less $$ collection per person.
  • Less people –   More $$ collection per person. (Go and Dare to ask a dollar from one person and ask from 1000 people), Can you meet 1000 people in a day, holding a placard with pictures of poor infrastructure of classrooms that you want to reconstruct them?

         TIME- Fund Raising has a limited duration. Think of few effective words to bring attention in order to save time of your      donors. Keep back in mind “People are Busy”.

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You should “Dare” to ask to leave an evening BEER drink for a Good Cause? And ready to compel them logically, Why can’t they donate?

5. RECOGNITION : Say Thank you to your project supporters with a letter, email, and sending pictures of completed projects and explain real impacts in numbers, percentage, graphs.You will gain more trust and become more competent among other fund raisers in future. Officially you can provide report writing. If they are in town, it is better to make a call and say ‘Thank you’, it makes them happy.They will give you $$$ again and again.

TIPS: THOUGHTS OF THE DAY

Do you give money when someone asks you? What you think more when someone ask? Do you become Skeptics about his/her proposal? What questions do you ask him/her? How much time do you take to decide whether to give or not? Do you think about his/her past behavior to you? Do you actually Trust him/her? You can do it and earn “Good Karma”. You will learn more positive aspects of Life than difficulties in raising funds.

Same questions you should ask to yourself before you go to ask money?

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