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?
- Cambodian Buddhists believe that their ancestors are released from Peta during 15 days of Phchum Ben ceremony.
According to Tirokudda Sutta, those ancestors come from temple to temple to look for their relatives and have food there. If their relatives do not go to the temple for offering food to the monks and dedicating that offering for those ancestors during this ceremony, the ancestors have nothing to eat and are angry with the relatives. Because those ancestors are angry, their relatives meet a lot of problems in every day life.
Indeed, we cannot have wisdom to see clearly the abstract idea of this story, but the reality is that we are doing merits for ourselves, our ancestors, and others in this world and the next world. Traditionally, we come to the temple to chant together, to offer food and some donation to the monks or elders for maintaining the temple, to listen to sermon and Suttas from the monks, to keep friendship, and to make friends for peace, happiness, and social harmony.
So, please participate in Phchum Ben ceremony any day among 16 days of this traditional event at the Khmer Buddhist Society, Inc. Bronx, New York 10458 from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon every day.
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Samdech Preah Mahaghosananda is a Buddhist spiritual teacher who always teaches three essential Dhammas to Buddhists, especially Cambodian Buddhists: Truth, Patience, and Gratitude. These three Dhammas are called Trikod Dhamma.
He is the only one Cambodian monk who most famously devotes for teaching Trikod Dhamma and pilgrimaging for Cambodia Peace.
Whenever he goes, he talks about local and international peace and gives three fruits to the people he meets. The first fruit is to live with Truth. The second fruit is to live with Patience. The third fruit is to live with Gratitude.
These are the top Dhammas of all others.
Buddha brief his all teachings during 45 years of enlightenment into three words: 1. No doing all wrong doings by applying Buddhist disciplines. 2. Doing all good deeds by applying individual duties. 3. Beautifying minds by reducing and eliminating Anger, Greed, and Delusion. This is the teaching of all Buddha.
Unity is a foundation of calmness, peace, and happiness. Buddha always asks Bhikkhu two questions when they go to pay respect Buddha.
The first question is Bhikkhu! can you be patient? and the second question is Bukkhu! are you united?
It means that Buddha wants Buddhists to be patient and to be united for succeeding in calmness, peace, happiness, harmony, and ultimate happiness, Nibbana.