Welcome to Wat Jotanaram
You are all invited to Khmer New Year 2558-2014
On April 11,12,13,14,15, and 16 in the mornings from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Have a safe trip and keep our culture strong for Khmer national value.
Only education can make people reduce suffering and live their lives with being happier, more harmonious, and peaceful. You have suffered considerably because your father had died recently, but you could leave this suffering behind and studied hard until success. On behalf of our community, I am very happy to see, to hear, and to congratulate on your being the best student in the Bronx. Hopefully, you are the best student furthermore.
According to Buddhism, people are socially classified into two groups. 1. Good people. 2. Bad people. People are called good people because they have done good things for themselves and others. Because of those good things, they are happy, and others are also happy for this life and the next life.
Good people are alive forever because their well beings and masterpieces are applied by people who live now and continue for generation to generation.
People are called bad people because they have committed bad doings for themselves and others. Because of those bad doings, they suffer mentally physically and make others suffer as well in this world and the next world. These people namely kill themselves and others socially.
Physically, bad people are alive but mentally have died already because their names and masterpieces are rejected totally by society, and additionally they live in terrible condition.
We are all human beings. We are the same. We are created by four elements, such as solidity, fluidity, heat, and motion. We are also created by five aggregates, like material form, feeling, perception, mental formations, and consciousness. We are also the result of what we have done.
Why cannot we change? Yes, we can change ourselves by decision. We can change ourselves from bad people to good people when we decide strongly definitely to change the ways we live in the bad ways we have realized already. No one change us when we deny to change.
To know that you are good or bad, ask yourself these questions. 1. Who am I? What am I doing? What are the results I have done? Who benefit those results? Is it peaceful, happy, and harmonious?