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Dharma Quotes Encourage Suffering

The past has passed, and the future has not yet come. Make the present the best it can be, and the future will be good on its own.


Dharma Quotes Encourage Suffering

Don't linger with your suffering; you have the right to be as happy as anyone else.


"A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves you a hundred moments of regret."

"Even if someone does wrong, don't see them as an 'enemy,' but elevate them to the status of a 'teacher' who shows you what 'not to do'."


"The art of letting go."

"The time when we have nothing (letting go, not clinging) is when it truly belongs to us. That's the time when we are happiest."


Dharma Quotes, Enlightenment, Letting Go

"Do not try to become the owner of 'someone' or 'something,' because the only thing we can truly own is our own breath."

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Moral Teaching Stories: Chasing the Clouds

"Chasing the Cloud"
A Tale for Adults

As we grow into adults, sometimes we forget that when we were children, we enjoyed and got excited about listening to numerous stories. If we were to say that stories are the highlights of childhood for most humans, it wouldn't be far from the truth. However, as we grow older, many of us stop listening to stories without even realizing it. Despite that, good stories still have a place in the adult world, just as much as they do in the world of children.

This story begins with a river flowing down from a mountain. Its goal is to reach the vast sea. When the river was young, it wanted to flow as fast as possible, to rush through and reach the open sea quickly. But as it flowed through fields and meadows, it had to slow down. It slowed down because it had transformed into a stream. As it had to flow slowly, it began to notice clouds. The river saw that clouds took on different shapes and colors. And when it paid closer attention, it started to follow the clouds. From one cloud to another, the clouds were never still, always coming and going. As the river felt that the clouds didn't want to stay with it, the river became sad and began to cry.

One day, a strong wind blew and the clouds were blown away. The sky became blue like never before. However, as the clouds disappeared, the river began to think that life was no longer worth living. It had never learned to appreciate the beauty of the clear blue sky. Instead, it saw the sky as empty. Just like its life had become... empty and meaningless.

That night, the river wanted to end its life, but how could a river kill itself? Where would the river go? From something that existed, it would become emptiness. That night, the river cried its heart out. Its tears created a rhythm against the shore. And for the first time, it started to look inward, searching for itself, instead of searching for happiness outside.

One night, a strong wind blew the clouds back. The sky became clear and blue again. But now, the river had started to realize that it could reflect the clouds without clinging to them. As the clouds passed by, the river said, "Hello, Cloud!" And as the clouds moved away, it said, "See you again." It didn't feel sorrow this time. It had learned that freedom was the foundation of happiness.

As the sun rose, the clouds returned once more. But this time, the river noticed that it could reflect the clouds without attaching itself to them. As the clouds passed, the river reflected both the clouds and the full moon. It realized that true happiness was within itself. It had learned to stop running and had found itself in the present moment. The river started to move towards the vast sea, no longer rushing, but aware of the beauty of every moment.

Moral Teaching Stories: "Choti Palakumara"

Prince Siddhartha

Once upon a time, there was a young warrior named "Chotipalakumara," who possessed unparalleled archery skills that no one could rival in the entire Chomphu continent. His name and reputation spread far and wide.

One day, he organized a demonstration of his exceptional archery skills for the public. He received an immense amount of money from the impressed onlookers, including even the king himself, who admired him greatly. The king rewarded him generously and promised him a high-ranking position for the next day.

However, the young warrior, Chotipalakumara, after receiving the wealth from the admiring crowd, thought that those who gave him money must have been in a more difficult financial situation than he was. Out of compassion, he returned all the money to the spectators.

Reflecting on his desire for a high-ranking position, he realized that his archery skills caused harm by taking lives and led to rewards upon victory, which ultimately brought him into the cycle of desires and suffering. He decided to leave his home and become a monk to seek spiritual liberation.

He practiced diligently in the forest and became known as "Chotipaladabas" for his wisdom and virtue. Later on, he guided the king and his courtiers to ordain as monks after the king abdicated his throne.

One day, a disciple of Chotipaladabas, named Keesuwajchadabas, stayed in the palace gardens of King Thanakiti. He encountered a beautiful woman who had been dismissed from her position. Feeling sorrowful, she wandered the garden and encountered Chotipaladabas. Mistaking him for a gardener, she poured water over his head.

Later, the king reinstated her to her position after realizing her virtues, which she thought were a result of her actions towards Chotipaladabas. After the king was dethroned, she believed that her actions caused her to regain her position.

When the king was about to lead an army to the border, Keesuwajchadabas advised him to seek blessings before going to battle. The king trusted him and visited the garden to pour water on Chotipaladabas' head.

After defeating the enemy, the king came back to the palace. A heavy rain fell, bringing prosperity at first but eventually led to devastation. Chotipaladabas' prediction of celestial anger causing destruction came true, and the city was destroyed.

Chotipaladabas then sent two statues to invite Keesuwajchadabas to return to his abode. Afterward, the king realized his wrongdoing and restored Keesuwajchadabas to his previous position.

The story conveys the message that good deeds will ultimately bring positive outcomes, even if not immediately apparent. It also emphasizes the importance of understanding the consequences of one's actions and the need to have faith in doing good, as its benefits will manifest in due course.

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