Daily Words of the Buddha for May 30, 2020

Sabbadānaṃ dhammadānaṃ jināti;
sabbarasaṃ dhammaraso jināti;
sabbaratiṃ dhammarati jināti;
taṇhakkhayo sabbadukkhaṃ jināti.

The gift of Dhamma triumphs over all other gifts;
the taste of Dhamma triumphs over all other tastes;
the happiness of Dhamma triumphs over all other pleasures;
the eradication of craving triumphs over all suffering.

Dhammapada 24.354
The Discourse Summaries by S.N. Goenka

Home Gardening | The Art of Gardening For Beginners – Urban Moonshine

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Are you fantasizing about starting a garden this year but not sure where to begin? Not to worry! There are many ways to participate in the gardening resurgence even if you don’t know the first thing about soil science, pollinators, or the difference between the 50 tomatoes to choose from on the seed rack at your local gardening store. Here are a few tips to get you started on your gardening journey.

Depending on your access to gardening space (tiny apartment or sprawling country farmhouse), free time, and available resources (how much money do you want to spend on this new gardening hobby anyway), you may want to start small or dig up your whole front yard and join the Food Not Lawns movement. All gardeners are welcome to the gardening club. As a start, I’m a big fan of growing sprouts in the kitchen as well as a…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for May 21, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for May 21, 2020
vimutti — freedom, release, deliverance, emancipation, liberation

Na paresaṃ vilomāni,
na paresaṃ katākataṃ.
Attanova avekkheyya,
katāni akatāni ca.

Look not to the faults of others,
nor to their omissions and commissions.
But rather look to your own acts,
to what you have done and left undone.

Dhammapada 4.50
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Daily Words of the Buddha for May 19, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for May 19, 2020
passaddhi — calm, tranquility

Ubhinnamatthaṃ carati,
attano ca parassa ca;
paraṃ saṅkupitaṃ ñatvā,
yo sato upasammati.

Knowing that the other person is angry,
one who remains mindful and calm
acts for one’s own best interest
and for the other’s interest, too.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.188
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Musings …

To touch someone with kindness is to change someone forever. Heavy, huh? That’s nothing …

Because for everyone you touch, you also reach everyone they will ever know. And everyone they will ever know. And everyone they will ever know. And so, for the rest of all time, your kindness will be felt, in waves that will spread, long after you move on.

Daily Words of the Buddha for May 17, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for May 17, 2020
khamati — to be patient, to endure, to forgive

Dānañca, peyyavajjañca,
atthacariyā ca yā idha,
samānattatā ca dhammesu,
tattha tattha yathārahaṃ;
ete kho saṅgahā loke
rathassāṇīva yāyato.

Generosity, kind words,
doing a good turn for others,
and treating all people alike:
these bonds of sympathy are to the world
what the linchpin is to the chariot wheel.

Jātaka 20
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Daily Words of the Buddha for May 16, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for May 16, 2020
avyāpāda — free from desire to injure, free from malice, friendly, benevolent

Dhammena saṃharitvāna,
uṭṭhānādhigataṃ dhanaṃ,
tappeti annapānena
sammā satte vanibbake.

With one’s wealth collected justly,
won through one’s own efforts,
one shares both food and drink
with beings who are in need.

Itivuttaka 3.75
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Daily Words of the Buddha for May 14, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for May 14, 2020
mahāsantuṭṭha— the greatly contented one

Uddhaṃ, tiriyaṃ apācinaṃ,
yāvatā jagato gati
samavekkhitā va dhammānaṃ
khandhānaṃ udayabbayaṃ.

Above, across or back again,
wherever one goes in the world
let one carefully scrutinise
the rise and fall of compounded things.

Itivuttaka 4.111
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Daily Words of the Buddha for May 13, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for May 13, 2020
pabhā — light, radiance, shine

Sabbe tasanti daṇḍassa.
Sabbesaṃ jīvitaṃ piyaṃ.
Attānaṃ upamaṃ katvā;
na haneyya na ghātaye.

All tremble at punishment.
Life is dear to all.
Put yourself in the place of others;
kill none nor have another killed.

Dhammapada 10.130
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

“No Mow May” Campaign Asks Us to Leave the Lawn Alone Until June to Help Save Bees

Not mowing in May results in more flowers and nectar all summer long for struggling pollinators. Wildlife organization urges us to leave lawnmowers locked up until June. April showers bring May flowers, and if you like food, you should leave those flowers alone. Not mowing in May results in a […]

Source: “No Mow May” Campaign Asks Us to Leave the Lawn Alone Until June to Help Save Bees

Daily Words of the Buddha for May 11, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for May 11, 2020
parāyaṇa— the destination

Kāmaṃ kāmayamānassa,
tassa ce taṃ samijjhati, addhā pītimano hoti.
Laddhā macco yadicchati.
Tassa ce — kāmayānassa, chandajātassa — jantuno
te kāmā parihāyanti,
sallaviddhova ruppati.

If one, longing for sensual pleasure,
achieves it, yes, one’s enraptured at heart.
The mortal gets what one wants.
But if for that person — longing, desiring —
the pleasures diminish,
one’s shattered, as if shot with an arrow.

Sutta Nipāta 4.772, 4.773
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Ecology | Beachgoers Left 13,000 Pounds of Trash on Florida’s Cocoa Beach After It Reopened

Here we go … again! People being THOUGHTLESS, MINDLESS and INDIFFERENT to the environment around them. Have they valued the places they haven’t been able to enjoy these past few months? APPARENTLY NOT! SMH!

Littering in Cocoa Beach, which only reopened on April 21, can now land offenders with a $250 fine.

Source: Beachgoers Left 13,000 Pounds of Trash on Florida’s Cocoa Beach After It Reopened

Daily Words of the Buddha for May 10, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for May 10, 2020
paramaṃhita — the ultimate welfare

Pabbatassa suvaṇṇassa,
jātarūpassa kevalo
dvittāva nālamekassa:
iti vidvā samañcare.

Were there a mountain all made of gold,
doubled that would not be enough
to satisfy a single person:
know this and live accordingly.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.156
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika