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?
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.